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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
" 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 Considers the Future of Historic Home on Lady Bird Lake
Travis Heights citizens have fought to get it rehabbed for 40 years
"...NPF almost made that happen in 2021, after PARD allocated $3 million for the project from bond and..."

Feb. 9, 2024 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

PARD Releases Draft Long-Range Plan
“Our Parks, Our Future” charts course through 2028
"...The long-range PARD plan, called “Our Parks, Our Future,” outlines goals for..."

July 30, 2019 News Post by Savana Dunning

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

PARD Releases Draft Long-Range Plan
“Our Parks, Our Future” charts course through 2028

Aug. 2, 2019 News Feature by Savana Dunning

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
" 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

Opinion: Parks Have Been our Refuge During the Pandemic. Using Them Responsibly Is the Only Way to Keep Them Open.
The CEO of Austin Parks Foundation asks you to respect our green space and the PARD staff working to maintain it
"...heroes who are our city Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) staff. These are the fine people who mow the..."

May 29, 2020 Column by Colin Wallis

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

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

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

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

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

Opinion: Flawed Cemetery Rules Process Violates City Council Resolution and Betrays Public Trust
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is trying to force new rules that could result in the desecration of hundreds of graves
"...we learned that the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) planned to force families to remove gravesite gardens and..."

Nov. 11, 2022 Column by Sharon Weintraub

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

Tensions Rise Ahead of Meeting on Zilker Plan
Dazed and confused over Zilker
"...Rewild Zilker's Robin Rather agrees that the idea that PARD is "selling" the park to ACL "is obviously inaccurate..."

May 19, 2023 News Feature by Lina Fisher

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