Tag Archives: City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

To save a sculpture, parks department gives Chicano artist an ultimatum

For decades, Big Rock – or Chicano Rock, as it is now called – has stood on the southeast corner of Waterloo Park. Created by artist David Santos and members of LUCHA (League of United Chicano Artists) in 1989, the…

Friday, July 26, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Golf study recommends changes at Hancock, Muny

A study from the National Golf Foundation recommends that the city consider revamping the aging Hancock Golf Course at 41st and Red River streets and transforming it into a modern golf learning center.This is just one of several recommendations in…

Friday, July 19, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Environmental Commission gives Walter E. Long Park plan the green light, with conditions

Following the lead of the Parks and Recreation Board, the Environmental Commission unanimously approved the new master plan for East Austin’s Walter E. Long Park. The vote, however, came with a host of conditions.The commissioners expressed concern that the Parks…

Monday, July 8, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Walter E. Long Park plan, all $800 million of it, gets parks board approval

With an eventual price tag expected to exceed $800 million and a timeline likely stretching more than two decades, members of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Board unanimously voted to approve a new master plan for East Austin’s Walter E. Long…

Friday, July 5, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Zilker’s botanical garden admission remains unchanged for now

City Council claimed to have residents in mind at its June 19 meeting when it denied a chance to save some money by giving the Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy a little more control over the garden’s operations and finances.In order…

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Parks working group to look for new revenue options

The city’s parks board is set to look for new ways to fund the needs of the city’s parks system, in an attempt to deal with anticipated tight city budgets as a result of coming caps on revenue enacted by…

Friday, June 21, 2019 by Jimmy Maas

Austin City Council vote brings new management to Butler golf course after 70 years under one family

The Austin City Council voted 8-3 on Thursday to lease Butler Pitch and Putt golf course to Pecan Grove Partners, marking the end of an era for the Kinser family, who have run the course since construction began in the…

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Visions of Zilker Park split over parking

After months of meetings beginning in September of last year, the Zilker Park Working Group was not able to reach a consensus on recommendations for the Polo Fields and Butler Landfill, two areas currently used for overflow parking.According to an…

Thursday, June 13, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Amphitheater, planetarium among $880M in improvements planned for Walter Long Park

Money from last year’s bond package approved by voters in November is expected to be used to fund the first of hundreds of millions of dollars in improvements and development at Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park in East Austin.Family-style recreation…

Monday, June 3, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Start of summertime brings trash to Austin’s greenbelts

Austin’s greenbelts, though beautiful, have had a fraught history of visitors contaminating the wild beauty of the Central Texas landscape with their trash.At the May 28 meeting of the Parks and Recreation Board meeting, Board Member Rich DePalma brought parks…

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Parks board critiques Butler Pitch & Putt solicitation, recommends change of hands

The Parks and Recreation Board yielded to the authority of city procedure Tuesday when it passed a recommendation for Council to approve an agreement with Pecan Grove Golf Partners to take over the management of Butler Park Pitch & Putt…

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 by Jimmy Maas

Lifeguard shortage forces Austin to stagger openings of city pools

With the opening of the Walnut Creek and Mabel Davis pools over the weekend, all municipal pools in Austin are up and running for the summer. The city says it’s waiting until smaller neighborhood pools are properly staffed before opening…

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 by Jack Craver

Travis County leaders urge vigilance on flooding

Heavy rains over the past two weeks have not resulted in major residential flooding, but at least one death appears to be linked to flooding and government officials are urging residents to avoid certain waterways and to be on high…

Monday, May 13, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Kitchen backs reopening Butler Park golf course contract

City staff has been directed to examine options to reopen the bid process for management of the Butler Park Pitch and Putt golf course so the longtime owner of the course can be considered for a contract extension.City Council Member…

Monday, May 13, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Dougherty move OK’d but questions remain

Council voted Thursday to instruct the Parks and Recreation Department to move forward with preparing a design for a new site for the Dougherty Arts Center at Butler Shores Park. However, the instructions were not an all-out endorsement of the…

Monday, May 6, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

With mural saved, East Austin groups seek clarity on public art process

A community gathering Wednesday at Givens Park in East Austin is expected to look at how the city and residents can work together to prevent a repeat of controversy over a mural created to memorialize a recent murder victim.The event,…

Thursday, May 2, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Golf course owner hopes Council will intervene in Butler Park contract dispute

The owner of Butler Park Pitch & Putt golf course is hoping City Council will reopen the contract process that threatens to end the nearly 70-year family operation.Lee Kinser, owner and president of the small golf course tucked off South…

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

ACL Fest’s $264M economic impact comes with $5M gift to parks foundation

The 2018 Austin City Limits Festival pumped more than $264 million into the Austin economy, according to data released Monday by festival organizers and the city. That represents an increase of more than $10 million in impact created by the…

Friday, April 26, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Parks and Recreation lacks $2.4 million in funding, potentially faces more cuts

As the question of property tax caps continues to loom in the state Legislature, city departments are wrestling to pare down their budgets in anticipation of what management expects to be a $51.7 million gap in funding for the entire…

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Summer pilot aims to save Zilker from parking overload

The first piece of a long-term effort to systematically rethink Zilker Park’s parking, transportation and environmental needs may come into play this summer with a short-term transportation pilot program aiming to reduce traffic and parking demand in and around the…

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