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Austin @ Large: No Picnic for PARD
Parks & Recreation downsizes, shedding functions that perhaps it never should have had.
"...Consider: In the last year, PARD has given up control of the city's Balcones Canyonlands..."

Sept. 20, 2002 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

PARD in Heat Over Dog Park
"...chase each other, when suddenly Sarah Uribe noticed a PARD police car pull up close to the entrance. "He's..."

Feb. 22, 2002 News Feature by Lauri Apple

Beleaguered PARD Considers Dousing Trail of Lights
What are the holidays without that special twinkle at Zilker?
"...two previous rounds of to-the-bone cuts in 2008-2009 – PARD faces some very tough decisions...."

May 29, 2009 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Former City Forester Charges Harassment, Sex Bias at PARD
Susan Murray alleges her career as Austin's urban forester fell apart after she complained about her boss' conduct.
"...Director Juan Garza (now general manager of Austin Energy), PARD Director Jesus Olivares, and PARD Operations Manager Warren Struss...."

Feb. 21, 2003 News Feature by Lauri Apple

PARD's Peeved Constituents
"...This: Parks and Rec in Review," News, Dec. 28]. PARD's inability to come up with a fair renewal contract..."

Jan. 2, 2013 Postmarks

ARC Done a Disservice in PARD Article
"...the “Rich Uncle Poor Relation” section. You mention that PARD has been giving away the farm for decades and..."

July 28, 2009 Postmarks

Austin PARD Skatepark

April 7, 2000 Features Feature by Inga M. Muscio

Sara Hensley Turns Over a New Leaf
The new PARD director has big ideas – to realize them, she'll have to raise big bucks
"...water, and nature into the urban fabric, captured by PARD's motto: "A city within a park." That presumably means..."

July 24, 2009 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Then There's This: Parks and Rec in Review
In a parks-centric town like Austin, it's not easy being PARD
"...people it peeved in 2012. Name a constituency, and PARD has riled it in some way...."

Dec. 28, 2012 News Column by Amy Smith

Pease Out
New year will mean limited park use for commercial fitness groups
"...Audience members hurled numerous complaints at PARD staff during the meeting, attended by about 25 instructors..."

Dec. 2, 2011 News Feature by Laurel Chesky

Chain-Saw Frenzy
Fear of a Springs PARD massacre is about trust as well as trees
"...New PARD Director Sara Hensley tempered the plan by allowing 60..."

May 8, 2009 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

The City Needs Gravediggers, Too
PARD's long, hot summer with interment services
"...which then contracted InterCare Corp. in 1990. In 2013, PARD terminated that contract and reclaimed direct management. The administrative..."

Aug. 24, 2018 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

... Until Your Pool Runs Dry
Austin's swimming pools are leaking – and that may be the least of PARD's problems
"...the public culmination of a lengthy review of all PARD's Aquatics Division programs, which – as described to the..."

May 15, 2015 News Feature by Michael King

Developing Stories: May's Plan-a-Thon
Public meetings on Downtown plans produce mixed – or uncertain – results
"...to restructure the TIF agreement to cover bike/ped improvements. PARD Boathouse..."

May 29, 2009 News Column by Katherine Gregor

Parks Department Implements ID Cards
PARD says "everyone is welcome"
"...Austin Parks and Recreation Department visitors in coming weeks. PARD is currently implementing a "pass" system that will ask..."

March 31, 2017 News Feature by Michael King

We Don't Need No Stinkin' De-Icer
City trumpets response to the great storm of aught-7
"...responded to 887 calls Austin Parks & Recreation Department: PARD coordinated with local service agencies and provided a location..."

Jan. 19, 2007 News Post by Wells Dunbar

Kids Summer Fun Guide
Austin Pard and Public Libraries
"...lose it/etc. etc.? Nah, you knew that already. Austin PARD Administration: 499-6700. Playground & Summer Programs: 499-6738. Recreation Centers..."

May 5, 2000 Features Feature

Plugging the Eastside Leaks
PARD looks for solutions to keep Mabel Davis and Metz pools open
"...options for Metz and Mabel Davis Pool," Cheryl Bolin, PARD division manager of Aquatics & Athletics, wrote in response..."

May 15, 2015 News Feature by Tony Cantú

Greenbacks for Green Space
City moves to make development pay more for parks
"...a fast-growing population. To help address this persistent problem, PARD now is asking council for help; racing toward a..."

May 4, 2007 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Merriment & What-Not
Will Eeyore Be Banished From the Hundred Acre Wood?
"...Park in 1982, either the Old Enfield Homeowners' Association, PARD, or both have been trying to get it to..."

April 11, 1997 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Clear-Cutting at Parks & Rec
Budget Pruning Kills Horticulture Unit
"...at the beds around the Parks & Recreation Department (PARD) building before knocking off for the day...."

Aug. 30, 1996 News Feature by Louisa C. Brinsmade

Keeping Austin Green
The Parks budget finally got a boost, but the real job has just begun
"...PARD's been getting the dead end of the funding stick..."

Nov. 8, 2013 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Poison in the Park
Plants and trees in Stacy Park began to die after a Parks and Rec volunteer sprayed herbicide
"...the perils posed by the plant. He's also approached PARD on several occasions with "information and opinion on maintenance"..."

Sept. 2, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Wreckless Recs?
Garza's Affordability Strategy Slides Into Uselessness
"...the council-appointed Parkland Maintenance Task Force, whose suggestion that PARD pursue high-dollar concessionaires (like restaurants) on parkland is repeated..."

Sept. 12, 1997 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Keeping the Golf Division Weird
Hancock neighbors want to keep the golf course open
"...last we left this story back in Dec­em­ber, the PARD golf division was canvassing Hancock neighbors and the public..."

April 13, 2012 News Feature by Nick Barbaro

Naked City
The West Austin Park, for years an unofficial off-leash "dog park" for neighborhood residents, gets an unexpected makeover into a T-ball field.
"...a decision by the city Parks and Recreation Dept. (PARD) to turn the park into a T-ball field for..."

May 11, 2001 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Budgeting for Happiness
Parks and Rec Finds Its Bottom Line
"...the full slogan for the Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) reads: "Making people happy through quality programs and beautiful..."

July 28, 1995 News Feature

Eeyoring About Eeyore's
Eeyore's and PARD get crossways over damage deposit
"...FFF board member Scott Sexton told the Chronicle that PARD initially issued a $49,000 bill for repairs and maintenance,..."

May 4, 2012 News Feature by Michael King

Who Will Preside Over Parks?
Austin Parks and Rec searches for a visionary new director
"...all expressed a sense that the choice to lead PARD is critically important to Austin now. As we gain..."

June 6, 2008 News Feature by James Scott Bankston

Paint By Numbers
Racial Divides in Austin's Public Arts Funding
"...$2,500 award to Dancer's Edge, a group identified by PARD staff as Anglo, which failed to win funding in..."

June 28, 1996 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

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