Tag Archives: Austin City Council Open Space Environment and Sustainability Committee

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…

Monday, October 31, 2016 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: That’s not a dog. THIS is a dog.

Waterfall of Chihuahuas… If Robert “Crocodile” Corbin’s multiple accounts of abuse by dogs and “arrogant dog owners” are to be taken at face value, it’s no wonder he regularly pleads with city leaders to scrap Austin’s “no-kill” policy. Before urging…

Friday, October 28, 2016 by Jack Craver

Lamar Beach Master Plan coming together

Members of the City Council Open Space, Environment and Sustainability Committee expressed delight Wednesday at the consensus among stakeholders over the Lamar Beach Master Plan, a proposed multimillion-dollar overhaul of Lamar Beach at Town Lake Metropolitan Park.Representatives of the West…

Friday, May 27, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Flooding discussions continue at Open Space Committee

With the promise of rain, Upper Onion Creek resident Ken Jacob says his neighbors can be found with their eyes to the creek and the internet — where rain gauge levels are updated. So it’s essential to someone like Jacob,…

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, February 25, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

City staff update committee on tree maintenance

More than two decades ago, Austin’s towering Treaty Oak nearly bit the dust after being poisoned by a vandal. The tree was ultimately saved, but when the situation seemed dire, supporters with pockets shallow and deep came out in full…

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…

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, December 4, 2015 by Jack Craver

Committee recommends more home buyouts in floodplain

Property values are rising in Austin, even in areas at high risk of flooding. It’s a challenge that the Watershed Protection Department faces as it seeks to buy properties in the Middle Williamson Creek area threatened by flooding, city staff…

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, September 25, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Districts 1, 2 and 4 hardest hit by retail food deserts

Despite beating most others in population growth estimates, Districts 1, 2 and 4 are trailing the rest of the city when it comes to fresh, healthy and affordable retail food options.Edwin Marty, food policy manager for the Office of Sustainability,…

Monday, August 31, 2015 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: A pornographic departure

We make news… Capital Metro Transportation Authority’s Twitter account went off the rails last week after an apparent security breach led to a decidedly non-family-friendly detour. Shortly after 11 a.m. on Thursday, Community Impact’s eagle-eyed reporter Jennifer Curington noticed that…

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…

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Future of 64 Rainey remains unknown

The future use of a small city-owned plot of land butting up against the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center is no closer to being known.Members of City Council’s Open Space, Environment and Sustainability Committee heard from neighbors and…

Thursday, May 28, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Climate action plan blows past committee

Climate action advocates can rest assured that a proposed 2050 net-zero greenhouse gas emission plan will go before City Council in June, though it will not come with a committee recommendation.Due to a lack of quorum, the Open Space, Environment…

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…

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