Tag Archives: City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department

Thursday, January 28, 2016 by Vicky Garza

Parkland dedication fees head to Council, again

The Open Space, Environment and Sustainability Committee voted on Wednesday to push forward on a long-overdue proposal to amend the city’s Parkland Dedication Ordinance after a one-month delay.During that time, Parks and Recreation Department staff added an additional amendment to…

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 by Tyler Whitson

Zero waste commission endorses sale of city land

In a move that may ultimately help the city create a hub for manufacturing companies that use locally recycled materials, the Zero Waste Advisory Commission has endorsed the sale of a piece of property owned by Austin Resource Recovery.Nine commissioners…

Monday, December 21, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Despite consensus, park dedication fees delayed

To the apparent disappointment of all sides, a long-lingering proposal to change the city’s Parkland Dedication Fees was postponed by City Council on Thursday.Council Member Leslie Pool pushed for the postponement of the changes and explained that she needed more…

Monday, December 14, 2015 by Vicky Garza

Changes to park renaming rules advance

It may soon be harder to name a park or facility in Austin after a person. At the Tuesday meeting of the Parks and Recreation Board, members voted 6-0 to recommend a draft ordinance that adds restrictions to rules regarding…

Monday, December 7, 2015 by Jack Craver

Playground talk sparks district conflict

Parks advocates appear united in their belief that the city needs to spend more money to provide green spaces and playgrounds for kids, but precisely where it should invest limited resources is a source of contention.At a meeting of the…

Friday, November 20, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Sale of city land divides city interests

Plans for a dog park in Southeast Austin may be dead. Why? In short: The city cannot afford its own land, which is now worth more than six times what it was valued at less than two years ago. But…

Friday, November 20, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Tennis Center renaming debate remains tied

Most people seem to agree that the Austin Tennis Center could use a new name, but City Council moved no closer to replacing the current, prosaic moniker Thursday afternoon.Instead, Council remained firm in its commitment to postpone the renaming in…

Thursday, November 19, 2015 by Jack Craver

Does Austin spend enough on parks?

The Parks and Recreation Department is growing. And, though the department’s funding is much larger now than in past years, department leaders say Austin isn’t spending nearly enough on parks to keep the city competitive with other parks systems across…

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Debate continues over parkland dedication changes

Both sides of the debate over a new Parkland Dedication Ordinance stayed late into the night to state their cases Thursday.In the end, City Council voted to approve the ordinance 10-1 on first reading at 2:25 a.m. Council Member Don…

Monday, November 9, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

City mulls free swimming for some Austin seniors

Plans to waive pool fees for all Austinites ages 80 years or older at Barton Springs Pool and other city pools are moving forward.Previously, the “Lifetime Pass” program – which grants free entry to Barton Springs for seniors who meet…

Friday, October 23, 2015 by Margaret Nicklas

Special events ordinance re-emerges

With ACL in the rearview mirror, the Trail of Lights just ahead and the city’s South by Southwest Music Festival already on the horizon, Austinites may be wondering what has happened to the special events ordinance that was supposed to…

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Council puts off vote on parkland fees

Last week, City Council postponed action on a staff proposal that would significantly increase parkland dedication fees for developers of most new residential developments, with fees dependent on density. Staff brought forth the proposal after more than a year of…

Monday, September 21, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Naming Parks: The struggle continues

A park’s namesake must be dead.Members of the Land, Facilities and Programs Committee discussed this and other new stipulations as part of a first look Wednesday at a naming ordinance for Austin parks and recreation buildings. After more than an…

Friday, August 28, 2015 by Jack Craver

Committee is unanimous: Caswell Center tennis players need parking spots

A vacant court isn’t all it takes to play tennis in Austin. It also takes a vacant parking spot.To that end, City Council’s Open Space, Environment and Sustainability Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to recommend that 28 parking spaces be transferred…

Thursday, August 20, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Parks Department dives into future of Austin pools

Next week signals the close of many Austin municipal and neighborhood pools. Diving boards active throughout the summer months will be hushed as the kids who once tumbled from them head back to school.During these final days, volunteers with the…

Thursday, August 13, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Budget proposal catches Council off guard

With a city budget of $3.5 billion, there are a lot of line items that don’t get individual attention during Austin City Council’s budget talks. But on Monday, there was one Parks and Recreation Department allocation request that was curious…

Friday, August 7, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council reaches Fun Fun Fun Fest compromise

Amid concerns that Fun Fun Fun Fest would not take place this November at Vic Mathias Shores, City Council has intervened in negotiations between festival organizers and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department to ensure that it goes forward as…

Monday, August 3, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Naming protocol on the way for city parks

The road to naming city parks and recreation facilities has been strewn with indecision and tough choices.And so, the Parks and Recreation Board on Tuesday said it would begin drafting its own protocol for the naming and renaming of its…

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Parks Department sat on Metz Pool repair bid for nearly 6 months

Although the city’s Parks and Recreation Department ordered the repair of an East Austin neighborhood pool in late April, it appears that the department had bids for the work for some time. This, even as department officials initially told residents…

Monday, July 20, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Communication breaks down between city and community over Sunken Garden tree removal

When the city of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department decided to remove three trees from Sunken Garden, home to one of the three cardinal springs that feed Barton Springs, it did so before seeking community input — and now the feedback…

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