Tag Archives: Parks and Recreation Board

Monday, July 8, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Walter E. Long Park plan, all $800 million of it, gets parks board approval

With an eventual price tag expected to exceed $800 million and a timeline likely stretching more than two decades, members of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Board unanimously voted to approve a new master plan for East Austin’s Walter E. Long…

Monday, June 3, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Start of summertime brings trash to Austin’s greenbelts

Austin’s greenbelts, though beautiful, have had a fraught history of visitors contaminating the wild beauty of the Central Texas landscape with their trash.At the May 28 meeting of the Parks and Recreation Board meeting, Board Member Rich DePalma brought parks…

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Parks board critiques Butler Pitch & Putt solicitation, recommends change of hands

The Parks and Recreation Board yielded to the authority of city procedure Tuesday when it passed a recommendation for Council to approve an agreement with Pecan Grove Golf Partners to take over the management of Butler Park Pitch & Putt…

Monday, March 4, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Commission drills down on Grove at Shoal Creek park plans

After years of contentious planning, the Grove at Shoal Creek has broken ground and begun construction on the first two blocks of residences of this mixed-use development in central Northwest Austin.The plan for the accompanying parkland remains under discussion.At the Feb.…

Monday, March 4, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporters Notebook: APD on ICE

Life after SB 4… Following Texas’ Senate Bill 4, also known as the “Sanctuary City bill,” Austin City Council asked that all instances of city collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement be tracked. A Feb. 28 memo from Austin Police Chief…

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin looks to engage residents and preserve ‘Old Austin’ through storytelling

From Wooldridge Square, the birthplace of Austin illustrator Jim Franklin’s legendary Keep Austin Weird concert poster, to Interstate 35’s historic past as a cattle driving route, Austin is built upon the stories and memories of generations past. However, as the city’s population…

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Parks board OKs Givens Park Master Plan

After months of preparation and committee reviews, the Givens District Park Master Plan arrived before the Parks and Recreation Board on Jan. 22 as a consent item, only to be pulled due to members of the public who attended the…

Friday, December 7, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Even with new funding, parks board says city has a long way to go to repair pools

The year 1996 was the gold standard for Austin’s city Aquatics Division, according to Richard DePalma, a member of the Parks and Recreation Board. Since then, “We’ve just continued to shrink.”At the Dec. 4 meeting of the board, DePalma noted…

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

City cemeteries will soon see the light with new bond funding and event space

The city of Austin has operated cemeteries since 1839; however, it was only in 2013 that the Parks and Recreation Department assumed responsibility for cemetery operations, at which point the department made a few changes.Despite funding challenges allowing for only…

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

The Norwood House may soon get a face-lift

On the northwestern corner of Interstate 35 and Riverside Drive is a plot of land that the city purchased in 1985 and that most Austinites know to be an off-leash dog park. However, also nestled on that same plot of…

Monday, October 29, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

PARD unburies contract infringement with cemetery contractor

Recently, city auditors found major flaws in how the city manages its contracts, and based on the testimony by a citizen at the Oct. 23 Parks and Recreation Board meeting, the city’s cemetery contract may fall into that category.“We have…

Thursday, October 25, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Special events ordinance on pace for April 2019 implementation

After six years of drafts and revisions, it appears Austin’s long-brewing special events ordinance will go into effect in April 2019, giving event producers during spring festival season – cityspeak for South by Southwest and spring break – another year…

Monday, September 10, 2018 by Jack Craver

City doesn’t want Austin Rowing Club’s special deal to be too sweet

City Council voted in June to grant the Austin Rowing Club the unusual privilege of negotiating a contract renewal with the city without going through the typical bidding process.ARC and Council members argued that the special deal was warranted because…

Friday, September 7, 2018 by Jack Craver

One part of Camelback PUD isn’t controversial: A big new park

The Parks and Recreation Board couldn’t find anything bad to say about the parkland proposed as part of the Camelback PUD, a proposed mixed-use development on a 145-acre plot of land that fronts Lake Austin just west of Loop 360.Members…

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Seaholm Waterfront study produces a plan that PARD recommends

Seven years ago, the Seaholm Intake building along the shores of Lady Bird Lake was turned over to the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, and it has since stood waiting for change.Now, after months of study, community input, and a partnership…

Thursday, July 26, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Rowing center contract bounced back to committee

After reviewing the reworked terms of the Austin Rowing Club’s new contract extension, the Parks and Recreation Board suggested that they go back to the drawing board.City Council voted unanimously in June to give the Austin Rowing Club the go-ahead…

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…

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