Tag Archives: City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department

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…

Friday, December 5, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Anti-lobby complaint filed on Long Park golf plan

A complaint filed Thursday with the City of Austin alleges violations of the city’s No-Contact Rule between the developers of the proposed Walter E. Long Park golf courses and city employees. Community activist Brian Rodgers filed the complaint after obtaining…

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Audit finds trouble at city cemeteries

A report by the city auditor’s staff found that the Parks and Recreation Department’s Cemetery Operations Group has demonstrated a “general lack of oversight” in managing certain aspects of the city’s municipal cemeteries.Among other issues, the October audit revealed five…

Thursday, October 30, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Parks Board says ‘no thanks’ to Rainey house

The Parks and Recreation Board voted Tuesday to recommend that City Council “politely decline” the donation of a small historic house for use as the Rainey Street History Center. The vote came after the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican-American Cultural Center…

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Concerned over ACL noise, Morrison proposes fix

City Council members discussed a resolution Tuesday that could lead to changes in the outdoor amplified sound permitting process for large-scale music events on city parkland. The move follows complaints from residents about the sound coming from this year’s Austin…

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Planning Commission OKs Pease Park Plan

Though protests over the exclusion of a disc golf course in the Pease Park Master Plan continued to ring out at the Planning Commission last week, the plan is moving on to City Council with unanimous support from commissioners.Commissioners voted 6-0…

Friday, September 5, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

South Austin park is nameless no more

Though discussion remained contentious up until the bitter end, the third time proved the charm last week for a once-nameless park in South Austin.City Council christened the park at 3000 Del Curto Road “The Tom Lasseter South Lamar Neighborhood Park”…

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Council debates Pitch and Putt contract

Though City Council members started out Tuesday intending to talk about the entire Parks and Recreation Department budget, most of their discussion Tuesday centered on the possibility that Butler Park Pitch and Putt could change management in the near future.Parks and…

Friday, February 7, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Audit finds Parks Department lax in managing safety hazards

City Auditor Ken Mory reported to Council members Wednesday that the city’s Parks and Recreation Department “is not effectively managing hazards related to patron safety” and, further noted that “there is limited assurance that hazards identified are corrected promptly.”  …

Monday, January 27, 2014 by Chris Thomas

Council members discuss plan to put dog park in industrial area

The City Council discussed and postponed action Thursday on what could be a controversial new dog park located in an industrial complex in southeast Austin. The proposed park, located off Winnebago Lane in the Missouri-Pacific Industrial Complex, would be, as…

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