Tag Archives: Parks and Recreation Board

Monday, December 14, 2015 by Vicky Garza

Changes to park renaming rules advance

It may soon be harder to name a park or facility in Austin after a person. At the Tuesday meeting of the Parks and Recreation Board, members voted 6-0 to recommend a draft ordinance that adds restrictions to rules regarding…

Friday, November 20, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Austin Tennis Center renaming debate remains tied

Most people seem to agree that the Austin Tennis Center could use a new name, but City Council moved no closer to replacing the current, prosaic moniker Thursday afternoon.Instead, Council remained firm in its commitment to postpone the renaming in…

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Stratus endorsed to transform Seaholm intake

The city’s Parks and Recreation Board has endorsed city’s staff recommendation that the city choose Stratus Properties to transform, operate and maintain recreational and meeting facilities at the historic Seaholm Power Plant intake facility on Lady Bird Lake. The vote…

Thursday, October 1, 2015 by Stephen Carlson

Zilker Cafe likely to change hands

The Parks and Recreation Board recommended a new contract for the Zilker Cafe on Tuesday after months of reviewing bids by several contractors. Rodriguez Concessions has held the existing contract since 1950. It was denied a five-year extension of that…

Monday, September 21, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Naming Parks: The struggle continues

A park’s namesake must be dead.Members of the Land, Facilities and Programs Committee discussed this and other new stipulations as part of a first look Wednesday at a naming ordinance for Austin parks and recreation buildings. After more than an…

Monday, August 3, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Naming protocol on the way for city parks

The road to naming city parks and recreation facilities has been strewn with indecision and tough choices.And so, the Parks and Recreation Board on Tuesday said it would begin drafting its own protocol for the naming and renaming of its…

Monday, June 1, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Cemetery Master Plan gets swift approval, some add-ons

Although the city’s 511-page Historic Cemeteries Master Plan has gotten quick approval from relevant boards and commissions before heading to City Council, several bodies have tacked on their own concerns along the way.The master plan, which considers the future of…

Thursday, May 28, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Climate action plan blows past committee

Climate action advocates can rest assured that a proposed 2050 net-zero greenhouse gas emission plan will go before City Council in June, though it will not come with a committee recommendation.Due to a lack of quorum, the Open Space, Environment…

Thursday, April 30, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Parks will consider keeping city pools open

After impassioned reactions from neighbors to news that the city would close Metz Neighborhood and Mabel Davis Municipal pools this summer for extensive repairs, the Parks and Recreation Department told the Open Space, Environment and Sustainability Committee on Wednesday that…

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Residents confront Parks Board over pool closures

East Austin residents demanded answers from the Parks and Recreation Board during its Tuesday meeting over news that Metz Neighborhood Pool and Mabel Davis Municipal Pool will close this summer for extensive repairs. The item was not on the board’s…

Monday, April 20, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Land Committee concerned over Zilker Park lanes

In response to pushback from members of the Land, Facilities and Program Committee last week, engineers said they are open to reconsidering the placement of elevated express toll lanes proposed as part of a MoPac South expansion plan.As the proposed…

Monday, April 6, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Council puts off controversial appointment

City Council postponed the appointment of a controversial cemetery advocate to two parks committees Thursday, with only Council Member Don Zimmerman, who sponsored Sharon Blythe’s appointment, in opposition.In the past, Council nominations for city boards and commissions have caused little…

Monday, March 9, 2015 by Sunny Sone

Riverboat contract has a sewage problem

Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo and City Council Member Leslie Pool raised concerns last week about Lone Star Riverboat’s practices at the regular Council meeting Thursday, postponing the vote on a revenue contract until March 26. A memo to Council…

Thursday, February 26, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Plans for Decker golf course divide Parks board

A proposed golf course split Austin’s Parks and Recreation board down the middle Wednesday night when members landed undecided on whether to recommend to City Council a 50-year license with Decker Golf LLC to build a high-end golf complex in…

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Parks to consider Decker Golf; Council may punt

Although consideration of an agreement with Decker Golf LLC is on this week’s City Council agenda, Mayor Steve Adler said Monday that staff would be requesting postponement of an item allowing a 50-year license agreement for construction of new PGA-style…

Thursday, October 30, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Parks Board says ‘no thanks’ to Rainey house

The Parks and Recreation Board voted Tuesday to recommend that City Council “politely decline” the donation of a small historic house for use as the Rainey Street History Center. The vote came after the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican-American Cultural Center…

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