Tag Archives: City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department

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…

Thursday, December 8, 2016 by Joseph Caterine

Parks board OKs Lamar Beach Master Plan

In advance of its appearance at the Dec. 8 City Council meeting, the Lamar Beach Master Plan was approved with recommendation by the Parks and Recreation Board when it met on Dec. 6.“This is a bad deal for the parks…

Friday, October 28, 2016 by Cate Malek

Proposal stirs debate over whether internet would bring Pokemon or porn to parks

Members of the Parks and Recreation Board recently painted two very different images of a proposal to investigate the idea of bringing free Wi-Fi access to Auditorium Shores.In an 8-1 vote at their Oct. 25 meeting, board members passed a plan…

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 by Cate Malek

Parks and Rec Board hopes to make golf courses self-sustaining

Worried that Austin’s municipal golf courses are sucking money away from the city’s already underfunded parks, the Parks and Recreation Board is investigating how to make the courses pay for themselves.The city’s municipal golf courses have been operating at a…

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

Austin’s ‘big three’ parks to see fewer events

The number of festivals and large events at Austin’s highest-profile public parks could decrease in the coming years if City Council follows through on recommendations expected from the Parklands Events Task Force.Shifting usage away from the city’s “big three” parks…

Friday, September 9, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Audit says PARD needs more data, money

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department may not be able to continue to provide services that citizens expect, and it faces the prospect of either cutting back on services or finding more funding in order to ensure the department’s long-term…

Thursday, August 11, 2016 by Cate Malek

Environmental Commission recommends funds for river watchers

The health of Austin’s rivers is carefully monitored on a regular basis by a team of experts. But some of those experts are much younger than many people may realize.Austin Youth River Watch has been training at-risk high school students…

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin’s cemeteries get new leader

Tonja Walls-Davis has a new favorite gravesite: one for a child, whose headstone is in the shape of a single Lego.“I’ve traveled these grounds so many times,” she told the Austin Monitor. “But, like I said, every time I come,…

Friday, July 15, 2016 by Jack Craver

Why don’t Austin parks have recycling bins?

All commercial properties in Austin will be required by October of next year to have on-site recycling containers, but the same is not true of all properties owned by the government that put the requirement in place.The Parks and Recreation…

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Hoping new music festivals will come to Austin? Look east, where the cows are

Steps past a motorized gate and calf-deep in dung-spotted grass, Rick Cofer looks upon the acres of land that make up John Treviño Jr. Park. The entire park, Cofer says, is 330 acres. Yards in front of him, a herd…

Friday, July 1, 2016 by Cate Malek

Parks and Rec budget bogged down by golf

The Parks and Recreation Board is concerned that expenses from Austin’s city golf courses will overshadow the other needs in its already tight budget.At their meeting on June 29, board members looked over a budget forecast that predicts an increase…

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

With another lifeguard shortage, some city pools to open late

At a city-run job fair back in March, 15-year-old Jake Santema awaited an interview with staff as part of the process to become a summer lifeguard.“I’m a little nervous of the feeling of having someone’s life on my hands,” said…

Friday, May 27, 2016 by Vicky Garza

Parks board weighs in on Shoal Creek PUD

After more than three hours of presentations and testimony, the Parks and Recreation Board decided to send the message that the amount and quality of open space planned for The Grove at Shoal Creek Planned Unit Development is not to…

Thursday, April 28, 2016 by Eva Ruth Moravec

Expo Center revitalization could be city’s next bond election

The Travis County Expo Center – situated on the city of Austin’s largest park – is in need of a $620 million facelift, and City Council members hinted Wednesday that the renovation could be funded by a bond election.News came in…

Thursday, March 24, 2016 by Vicky Garza

New study envisions major changes around Barton Springs Pool

Austin’s rapid population growth and development, along with Zilker Park’s aging facilities, are threatening Barton Springs, the pool and its bathhouse. In a presentation to the Parks and Recreation Board on Tuesday, city staff and members of the Barton Spring…

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

As splash season nears, city begins to write future of Austin pools

As the temperature in Austin climbs, kids and adults flock to the city’s several dozen pools. But while the industry puts a pool’s lifespan at 30 years, many of Austin’s pools are 50 years or older. So in 2012, the…

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Staff seeking OK to fix Eliza Spring

Members of the city’s Watershed Protection and Parks and Recreation departments have been planning improvements for Eliza Spring in Zilker Park since at least 2012. The spring, which is home to the largest concentration of the endangered Barton Springs salamander…

Friday, February 19, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Parking meters? In Zilker Park?

Austinites who frequent Zilker Park are used to kites, lights and fences going up. But this week, a wholly unfamiliar sight within the park grounds caught some residents off guard.Last week, the Parks and Recreation Department sent out notice that,…

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