Tag Archives: City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department

Monday, July 6, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Parks Department collects more from special events ticket sales

The city of Austin collected more than double the previous year’s amount of money from Austin City Limits Music Festival ticket sales last year, following a new fee schedule adopted by City Council starting in the 2013-2014 budget year.In 2013,…

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Fun Fun Fun Fest fights for space

The battle rages bloodless over a 3-acre tract of dog park.The Parks and Recreation Department and the organizer of Fun Fun Fun Fest, Transmission Events, are ensnarled in a dispute over festival planning. At the center of that dispute is…

Monday, June 15, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Open-space recycling a challenge to city, says staff

Austin’s recycling requirements are ambitious, but they don’t cover one major area — open spaces. Now, the city is taking steps to make up for it.The Austin Resource Recovery Department recently performed an assessment on Parks and Recreation Department recycling…

Friday, June 5, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin ventures into civic crowdfunding

The Internet is replete with crowdfunding appeals for endless pet projects: help fund your college roommate’s rap EP, pitch in for your buddy’s film or donate a few dollars toward your cousin’s volunteer trip to Haiti.But what about a Kickstarter…

Monday, June 1, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Cemetery Master Plan gets swift approval, some add-ons

Although the city’s 511-page Historic Cemeteries Master Plan has gotten quick approval from relevant boards and commissions before heading to City Council, several bodies have tacked on their own concerns along the way.The master plan, which considers the future of…

Friday, May 22, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Economic development proposals going to task force

Mayor Steve Adler pushed for and won more time to consider an economic development plan for East Austin on Thursday. The plan will go along with consideration of an agreement to create PGA-style golf courses at Walter E. Long Metropolitan…

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Houston sees disparity in treatment of parks

Unless the item gets bogged down by a requirement that a master plan for Lamar Beach be completed first, City Council is likely to approve on Thursday a 50-year agreement with the West Austin Youth Association for renovations to three…

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Metz and Mabel Davis pools to remain open

This summer, the Parks and Recreation Department plans to keep open both Metz Neighborhood Pool and Mabel Davis Municipal Pool.Late last month, the department announced its intention to close the District 3 pools. Last summer, Mabel Davis lost 25,561 gallons…

Thursday, April 30, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Parks will consider keeping city pools open

After impassioned reactions from neighbors to news that the city would close Metz Neighborhood and Mabel Davis Municipal pools this summer for extensive repairs, the Parks and Recreation Department told the Open Space, Environment and Sustainability Committee on Wednesday that…

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

City to close some swimming pools, reduce hours

Citing budget shortfalls, water conservation issues and a lack of lifeguards, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department says it will close two pools and cut back pool operating hours this summer.The department says it would cost the city $41 million…

Friday, April 17, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Urban Forestry Board critical of USA Cycling report

Members of the Urban Forestry Board are highly critical of the methods used in a report by USA Cycling that claims the city, not the cycling organization, caused most of the damage done to 57 trees in Zilker Park during…

Monday, April 6, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Council puts off controversial appointment

City Council postponed the appointment of a controversial cemetery advocate to two parks committees Thursday, with only Council Member Don Zimmerman, who sponsored Sharon Blythe’s appointment, in opposition.In the past, Council nominations for city boards and commissions have caused little…

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Council weighs in on Parkland Events Task Force

Some City Council members say the naming of a public parks task force will finally bring action on discussions the city has been having for years about the strain special events place on the city’s parkland.Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo…

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 by Jo Clifton

No progress at committee on Decker Golf proposal

Those interested in progress on the proposed license agreement between the city and Decker Lake Golf LLC for the development and management of a world-class golf course at Walter E. Long Lake were probably disappointed in the outcome of Monday’s…

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Council vote on Decker Golf contract uncertain

At least four members of City Council expressed an interest Tuesday in sending the question of whether the city should enter into the contract for a developer to create two PGA-class golf courses at Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park to…

Friday, February 20, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Board may amend applications to protect city trees

On paper, Austin protects its trees. City code requires people to get approval from the city arborist before damaging or removing a tree. But representatives from the Austin Heritage Tree Foundation told the Environmental Board on Wednesday that these ordinances…

Friday, February 20, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Staff says Decker golf plan may limit water hazard

A proposal to construct a set of golf courses in Austin in the midst of a record drought has whipped up controversy over the past few months, but city staff has indicated that a plan the prospective developer floated last…

Thursday, January 22, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

City plans to repair cyclo-cross damage at Zilker

City staff has revealed a one-year plan that they hope will remediate tree and turf damage related to a national cyclo-cross championship held in Zilker Park earlier this month.Watershed Protection Department Environmental Officer Chuck Lesniak told the Environmental Board Wednesday…

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Fate of Crestview land parcel remains in limbo

Though the fate of an Austin Energy-owned parcel of land in the Crestview neighborhood remains uncertain, there was an update about 6909 Ryan Drive last month.Planning and Development Review Department Director Greg Guernsey wrote the Dec. 10 memo that provided an…

Friday, December 19, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Longer hike-and-bike trail hours on the way

As a parting gesture, City Council members finally found a way to keep some of the city’s hike-and-bike trails open a little longer.At their final meeting, Council members unanimously approved an ordinance that will allow the Parks and Recreation Department…

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