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PARD wins sustainability award

Friday, May 1, 2020 by Tai Moses

The city parks department’s long-range plan, Our Parks, Our Future, has garnered an Award for Excellence in Sustainability from the American Planning Association’s Sustainable Communities Division. The coveted award – PARD is one of only eight winners nationally – “recognizes extraordinary projects, plans, policies, individuals, and organizations whose work is dedicated to supporting sustainable communities,” according to a news release. PARD’s award-winning plan “recommends adding new parkland acres, increasing natural areas, incorporating stormwater infrastructure, growing the number of community gardens in parks, prioritizing park development along waterways, and conserving parkland in the eastern part of Austin. The plan also addressed social equity by prioritizing projects in areas with elevated poverty and disability rates, less walking access to parks, and a higher percentage of people of color.” Parks Director Kimberly McNeeley said the department is honored “to implement the community’s vision for environmental sustainability.”

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