Tag Archives: City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department

Monday, August 28, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Austin Monitor Radio: The Aquatic Master Plan

This week, Interim Director of the Parks and Recreation Department Kimberly McNeeley sits down with Austin Monitor freelance reporter Jack Craver. Tune in below for a conversation about the Aquatic Master Plan, which is done after years of work and…

Monday, August 21, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Memo identifies preliminary locations for temporary homeless shelters

As part of a recent push to help Austin’s homeless, the city has been looking into using city-owned buildings to help ease overcrowding in downtown shelters. Last week, the Parks and Recreation Department provided a list of recreation centers that…

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by Jack Craver

Unhappy with pools plan, Council members push for a new task force

Unsatisfied with an Aquatic Master Plan that they say endangers many of Austin’s most beloved pools, some City Council members are pushing for a new pools task force to explore ways the city could raise more money to preserve its…

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council wades nervously into pools plan

City Council delivered decidedly mixed reviews of the Parks and Recreation Department’s recently unveiled Aquatic Master Plan, with some Council members decrying what they fear is a plan to shut down neighborhood pools and others bemoaning the unequal distribution of…

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 by Jack Craver

Proposed bond includes big money for parks

The Austin parks system is looking to win big from a major bond that voters will likely be asked to approve in 2018.A citizen task force is currently in the process of drafting a general obligation bond to fund affordable…

Monday, July 31, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: We have questions

Not a priority… When it comes to more transit priority lanes, Austin Transportation Director Robert Spillar is not running any red lights. At the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Traffic Jam last week, Spillar talked about the tricky nature of dedicating…

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by Jack Craver

Austin pools face major problems

Austin pools are in big trouble.In a presentation to the Parks and Recreation Board Tuesday night, Acting Department Director Kimberly McNeeley described a system of aging pools that are on life-support due to a lack of investment in maintenance and…

Friday, June 9, 2017 by Kate Groetzinger

Plan ranks pools to pinpoint where city needs to dive in with repairs

The city of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department will present the latest version of its Aquatics Master Plan to the public in two meetings this week.The city boasts 51 public pool facilities, including everything from splash pads to Barton Springs…

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Council to weigh move to limit events in major urban parks

Special events in the city’s three core parks will eventually be scaled back in coming years if City Council approves Thursday the first slate of measures aimed at preserving local parkland.The ordinance up for consideration would alter current rules for…

Thursday, May 25, 2017 by Jack Craver

City looks to clean up graffiti program

A program that was originally intended to help at-risk youth gain job skills has evolved into a city-funded graffiti clean-up service that is doing the work that should be left to private property owners.“It’s a great program and we want…

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by Mose Buchele

For many Austinites, city parks remain out of reach

From the hike and bike trail on Lady Bird Lake to Mount Bonnell, Austin is proud of its parks. But a new study ranking city parks around the country suggests that pride might not be fully justified. Austin ranked just…

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Entertainment, arts returning to former ‘Chitlin’ Circuit’ hot spot in East Austin

An East Austin recreation center that was once a hot spot on the so-called “Chitlin’ Circuit” for African-American entertainers is expected to return to its roots as a hub of live entertainment and creative arts.Last month Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department…

Monday, May 15, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Not our jam

Bit of turbulence during that pilot program… An attempt by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department to make “data driven decisions” went slightly off the rails at Tuesday’s City Council work session, where Council members learned that a “parks pass”…

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Council ponders how to pay for golf

Most of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department programs operate on money from the city’s General Fund, but at some point in the past City Council designated golf as an enterprise fund. City staff reported to Council at last week’s budget…

Monday, April 10, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Honoring Mary Gay Maxwell

Remembering Mary Gay… A year after her death, the Environmental Commission remembered its former chair, and longtime Austin conservationist, Mary Gay Maxwell. The commission unanimously passed a resolution to rename the Slaughter Creek Management Unit on Wednesday night. The land’s…

Friday, March 31, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Looking for history: Austin’s public squares

From Lyndon B. Johnson announcing his first Senate campaign in Wooldridge Square to Booker T. Washington speaking there in 1911, some of Austin’s most historic moments and stories are set to be preserved in the city’s three original public square…

Monday, March 27, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Decision on unmarked graves, chapel at Oakwood Cemetery coming in April

Austin officials plan to have an idea next month of how to move forward with construction work on the chapel at Oakwood Cemetery that was halted in November when unrecorded burial sites were discovered under the building.Austin’s Parks and Recreation…

Monday, March 20, 2017 by Jack Craver

City moves forward on major park in Onion Creek area

The city is trying to make the best out of a bad situation by turning flood-ravaged land near Onion Creek into one of Austin’s premier open spaces. Earlier this month, City Council approved a resolution to begin the process of…

Thursday, March 2, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Hensley appointed interim assistant city manager

Interim City Manager Elaine Hart has named Parks and Recreation Department Director Sara Hensley interim assistant city manager upon the retirement of Sue Edwards on March 17. Hart announced Hensley’s promotion, as well as rearrangement of some staffing assignments, in…

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

Task force report recommends moving popular events to different parks

Parks facilities in East Austin are likely to become host sites for a variety of large events in the coming years as the city looks to reduce the event schedule at its major urban core parks.A move toward utilization of…

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