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Tag Archives: Parks and Recreation Board

Thursday, May 31, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Salamanders key as city considers improvements at Barton Springs

A variety of improvements totaling millions of dollars for the area around Barton Springs will move slowly forward in 2019 and 2020, with the protection of the endangered Barton Springs salamander as the primary consideration of city staff.At a combined…

Thursday, May 24, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Zilker Park staging area in line to become a parking lot

For years, the back end of the swath of parkland used for the Austin City Limits Festival, the Trail of Lights and the Kite Festival has been repurposed as a sometimes staging area and sometimes parking lot. However, until now,…

Monday, May 7, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

YMCA and city working together for more parking at Lamar Beach

In late 2016, a revised version of the Lamar Beach Master Plan made its way through City Council. It was designed to benefit all the associated stakeholders of the parkland, West Austin Youth Association, Austin Pets Alive! and Austin High…

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Parks board talks MACC design, and cost

Recently, the advisory board for the the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center wrote a letter to City Council asking to be allocated the full project cost – $40 million – instead of the $15 million that was recently recommended…

Friday, April 27, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Parks board pushes for $62M for pools

Austin pools are in serious need of repairs. Everyone knows that, but the question is how much money the citizens are actually willing to pay to fix them.Currently, $33 million of the proposed 2018 bond package totaling $851 million is specifically…

Monday, April 2, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Artist Access Program development remains paused

Recently the city paused a program for artist venue space in response to complaints about how it would balance the residential groups’ cultural identities and the programming that would take place in the individual cultural centers.Since 2011, the city has…

Thursday, March 1, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Parks board vote calls for protection, improvement of Guerrero Park

Public opposition to the possible construction of a soccer stadium in East Austin has turned city leaders’ attention toward finding the funds to improve Roy G. Guerrero Colorado River Park.At Tuesday’s meeting of the Parks and Recreation Board, a resolution…

Monday, January 29, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Nash Hernandez joint-use facility will remain indefinitely unopened 

For seven years, East Austin’s Nash Hernandez Building has remained empty as the Austin Parks and Recreation Department and the Austin Police Department have worked to create a 9,600-square-foot joint-use facility for Austin’s park rangers and park patrol units. As…

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Parks board urges concessions expansion

Taking a walk down one of the many beautiful trails of Butler Park, it’s easy to get lost in the beauty of the scenery and forget that Lady Bird Lake is also one of the city’s financial assets. Parks and…

Monday, October 30, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

An amphitheater for Bolm Road District Park?

On Oct. 24, the Parks and Recreation Board voted unanimously to make a recommendation to City Council regarding a request for information for parkland improvement and the management of Bolm Road District Park as an outdoor events venue. The RFI…

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin Energy to turn over Holly Power Plant site by December

The bitter reminder of decades of pollution that the Holly Street Power Plant presents to the residents of the Holly neighborhood will soon disappear.As of the Parks and Recreation Board meeting on Sept. 26, the plant is in its final…

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

Aquatic Master Plan Task Force moves forward

It’s no secret that Austin city pools are on life support. Last month, City Council put off a vote on the dense and troubling Aquatic Master Plan. Instead, Council members created a task force to take a closer look at…

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

Whose job it is to provide recycling in Austin parks?

Austin’s Universal Recycling Ordinance mandates that by Oct. 1, all commercial properties in Austin will be required to provide recycling. However, open spaces, including public parks, are not included in the current ordinance, which leaves the Parks and Recreation Department…

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 by Jack Craver

Proposed bond includes big money for parks

The Austin parks system is looking to win big from a major bond that voters will likely be asked to approve in 2018.A citizen task force is currently in the process of drafting a general obligation bond to fund affordable…

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by Jack Craver

Austin pools face major problems

Austin pools are in big trouble.In a presentation to the Parks and Recreation Board Tuesday night, Acting Department Director Kimberly McNeeley described a system of aging pools that are on life-support due to a lack of investment in maintenance and…

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by Sommer Brugal

New proposal connects residents to transit corridors via parklands

Austin residents are calling for a more compact and connected city. Thanks to a proposed strategy to reimagine the use of parklands around the city, Sustainable Neighborhoods might have the solution residents are seeking.Steve Zettner of Sustainable Neighborhoods presented the…

Friday, May 26, 2017 by Sommer Brugal

Could pocket parks be the new norm?

Grappling with a number of park-deficient areas around the city, various Austin neighborhoods are struggling to find places that could serve as parkland nearby residents can enjoy.This week, members of the Parks and Recreation Board agreed on a possible solution:…

Friday, May 26, 2017 by Sommer Brugal

Parks board embraces plans for Republic Square

Ten years after Austin first announced its vision for the remodeling of Republic Square, the space is finally set to make its debut in the heart of downtown Austin this fall.Mandi Thomas, the partnership and development director of the Downtown…

Thursday, April 27, 2017 by Jack Craver

What does CodeNEXT mean for Austin parks?

Parks advocates hope that the ongoing effort to overhaul the city’s land development code will make it easier to develop parks of all kinds throughout Austin.On Tuesday night, the Parks and Recreation Board voted to recommend three changes to the…

Friday, December 9, 2016 by Joseph Caterine

Parks compliance with ADA to take 10 years

Nearly a year after the city’s established compliance deadline for the new American with Disabilities Act requirements, the Parks and Recreation Board heard a presentation on the city’s ADA transition plan during its Dec. 6 meeting.Jesus Lardizabal from Altura Solutions,…

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