Tag Archives: Parks and Recreation Board

Thursday, June 24, 2021 by Amy Smith

Parks board rejects alcohol sales at Zilker Cafe, but the vote is in question

A key vote by the Parks and Recreation Board may need to be recast due to a shortage of board members required to consider a proposal to sell beer and wine at the newly renovated Zilker Cafe adjacent to Barton…

Thursday, June 3, 2021 by Amy Smith

Board member asked to resign after tempers flare over creek project

Council Member Pio Renteria has requested the resignation of his appointee to the Parks and Recreation Board, citing her lack of decorum during a tense discussion about the proposed Central Williamson Creek Greenway at the board’s May 25 meeting. The…

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 by Amy Smith

Waterloo Greenway seeks alcohol permit before its August debut

A decade after closing for Waller Creek tunnel repairs, Waterloo Park, which once stretched along the shadows of state-owned parking garages, has morphed into the renovated and rebranded Waterloo Greenway, poised to reopen in August. The once no-frills park, home…

Thursday, May 27, 2021 by Amy Smith

Sparks fly over proposed plans for Williamson Creek

The Parks and Recreation Board had one of its most contentious – and longest – meetings in recent history Tuesday night with a heated debate about plans for a segment of Williamson Creek in South Austin. The dispute centered on…

Friday, May 21, 2021 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs site for new Dougherty Arts Center

City Council voted unanimously Thursday to approve a site for the Dougherty Arts Center, close to the current ZACH Theatre at Butler Shores Park. The site, called 1A, was not city staffers’ first choice, but it was clear that staffers’…

Thursday, May 6, 2021 by Sean Saldaña

PARD requests budget increase for security, staffing and program expansion

Last week, the Parks and Recreation Board unanimously voted to approve recommendations for budget increases for the 2021-22 fiscal year. According to the recommendation, Austin’s parks system has experienced an increase in off-leash dog violations, illegal parking, notifications of homeless…

Friday, April 30, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Carver Museum expansion plans headed to Council in May

City Council is set to approve expansion plans for the George Washington Carver Museum in May, the final step in a yearlong – and entirely virtual – process of planning, community engagement, and board and commission review. The museum is…

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 by Sumaiya Malik, Reporting Texas

Commissions plan joint work group to address off-leash dogs 

The Parks and Recreation Board and the Animal Advisory Commission are expected to form a work group to address the growing issue of off-leash dogs in Austin. Both bodies have received complaints from Austin residents about off-leash dogs and noncompliant…

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 by Sean Saldaña

Parks board endorses push for more benches in city parks

On Feb. 23, Janee Briesemeister, who chairs the Commission on Seniors, sought the Parks and Recreation Board’s endorsement for a recommendation passed by the senior commission back in January. The recommendation advocates for “the placement of benches on trails and other…

Friday, January 29, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

Parks board asks Council to update rules for naming facilities, features

The city will change its rules for naming parks and the amenities within them, in a move to increase equity and add more public input to the process commonly used to honor community leaders. The Parks and Recreation Board voted…

Thursday, January 28, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

Parks board pushes for easement, land dedication on S. Congress project

The Parks and Recreation Board found that a development along South Congress Avenue adjacent to Williamson Creek must provide parkland as part of its site plan approval process, and cannot pay a fee in lieu of that donation. The board…

Monday, December 14, 2020 by Sean Saldaña

Parks board tables renaming recommendations for Council

The Parks and Recreation Board has once again taken up the task of suggesting revisions to the city’s naming and renaming ordinance, the law that lays out guidelines for the naming process behind city facilities like parks, sports complexes, pools,…

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 by Sean Saldaña

Discussions continue about Hancock Golf Course’s insolvency

Parks and Recreation Assistant Director Anthony Segura and Division Manager for Golf Operations Kevin Gomillion gave an update on the community engagement status of the Hancock Golf Course’s revenue troubles at the Dec. 4 special Parks and Recreation Board meeting.…

Monday, November 9, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

Parks board wants bigger say on financial, budget issues

The Parks and Recreation Board is making a move to dive deeper into the financial and budgetary issues that affect the city’s parks department. At the board’s Oct. 27 meeting, Board Member Sarah Faust made a recommendation to modify the…

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

PARD contends with homeless encampments during pandemic with limited resources

With nearly 300 parks and 17,409 acres of property to oversee, Wes Bickham, an environmental coordinator with the Parks and Recreation Department, has a lot of ground to cover in his work finding alternative solutions for people experiencing homelessness who…

Friday, September 25, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Parks board pushes against long-term reservation program for parks

Every year when the weather warms up, the city’s parks and greenbelts fill up. This year, that trend has been amplified by the pandemic as Austinites flock to city parks, causing some of the most popular outdoor spaces to hit…

Friday, August 21, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

City to consider Walter Long park vision, while county moves ahead with expo center plans

City Council will consider and possibly adopt the vision plan for Walter E. Long Metro Park later this month, more than a year after the plan was recommended for adoption by the Parks and Recreation Board. A memo late last…

Thursday, July 9, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Goodnight Ranch working on PUD amendment, adds extra parkland

Goodnight Ranch, a planned unit development off Slaughter Lane in Southeast Austin, was originally approved in 2006. Fourteen years later, the neighborhood’s developers are looking to amend the PUD in order to create a municipal management district, add additional permitted land…

Friday, June 26, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

City gets parks board blessing to rename Metz Recreation Center

Austin is now one step closer to officially changing the name of the Metz Recreation Center at 2407 Canterbury St. to the Rodolfo “Rudy” Mendez Recreation Center. On June 24, the Parks and Recreation Board unanimously recommended that City Council…

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Parks board recommends not installing metered parking at parks

Parking in Austin is a precious commodity. It has also become more expensive for many residents who use the city’s parks for recreation. After hiking the prices for metered parking to $2 an hour last year, the city announced it will…

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