Tag Archives: Parks and Recreation Board

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,…

Thursday, December 8, 2016 by Joseph Caterine

Parks board OKs Lamar Beach Master Plan

In advance of its appearance at the Dec. 8 City Council meeting, the Lamar Beach Master Plan was approved with recommendation by the Parks and Recreation Board when it met on Dec. 6.“This is a bad deal for the parks…

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, October 28, 2016 by Cate Malek

Proposal stirs debate over whether internet would bring Pokemon or porn to parks

Members of the Parks and Recreation Board recently painted two very different images of a proposal to investigate the idea of bringing free Wi-Fi access to Auditorium Shores.In an 8-1 vote at their Oct. 25 meeting, board members passed a plan…

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 by Cate Malek

Parks and Rec Board hopes to make golf courses self-sustaining

Worried that Austin’s municipal golf courses are sucking money away from the city’s already underfunded parks, the Parks and Recreation Board is investigating how to make the courses pay for themselves.The city’s municipal golf courses have been operating at a…

Thursday, August 4, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Gallo to remove opponent from Parks board

District 10 City Council Member Sheri Gallo has informed her appointee to the Parks and Recreation Board that she will be removed and replaced at today’s Council meeting. Alison Alter, who announced that she would run against Gallo in this…

Monday, August 1, 2016 by Cate Malek

Parks and Rec Board questions repairs that could add to downtown gridlock

A routine park repair has triggered pent-up frustration over Austin’s infamously congested downtown traffic.At its meeting on July 26, members of the Parks and Recreation Board recommended a repair project that will force the closure of one lane of Cesar…

Friday, July 1, 2016 by Cate Malek

Parks and Rec budget bogged down by golf

The Parks and Recreation Board is concerned that expenses from Austin’s city golf courses will overshadow the other needs in its already tight budget.At their meeting on June 29, board members looked over a budget forecast that predicts an increase…

Friday, May 27, 2016 by Vicky Garza

Parks board weighs in on Shoal Creek PUD

After more than three hours of presentations and testimony, the Parks and Recreation Board decided to send the message that the amount and quality of open space planned for The Grove at Shoal Creek Planned Unit Development is not to…

Thursday, March 24, 2016 by Vicky Garza

New study envisions major changes around Barton Springs Pool

Austin’s rapid population growth and development, along with Zilker Park’s aging facilities, are threatening Barton Springs, the pool and its bathhouse. In a presentation to the Parks and Recreation Board on Tuesday, city staff and members of the Barton Spring…

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