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Tag Archives: Parks and Recreation Board

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…

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…

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