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Death Waits for No Plan
Austin works on making its cemeteries more accessible to the public
"...McKnight calls Hernandez's job the toughest in all of PARD, but he talks of it as a balancing act...."

Feb. 6, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Parks and Rec Shocker: More Money
PARD to get its biggest budget bump in years
"...of potential closures of pools and community centers. However, PARD Director Sara Hens­ley notes in her introduction to the..."

Aug. 31, 2012 News Feature by Amy Smith

Developing Stories: The Norwood Posse Wants You!
Travis Heights neighbors have revived the Norwood House restoration effort – are they too late?
" a woeful lack of stewardship, the city and PARD never did anything to restore the house and grounds..."

Sept. 25, 2009 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Austin's Pool System Will Collapse If We Don't Save It
Shall we dive in?
" be filled and drained each day of operation. PARD destroyed it this spring. A recreation area will be..."

June 1, 2018 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Zilker Park: Paved Paradise, or Vice Versa
When is a parking lot not a parking lot? When it’s next to the beloved park.
"...surface covers over what's now a clay-capped landfill, and PARD, which has tried but failed to grow a solid..."

June 1, 2018 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Forklift Danceworks' My Parks, My Pools, My City
With Bartholomew Swims, Allison Orr's dance company plunges into Austin's pool problem
"...public pool, which is 25-30 years, according to the PARD Aquatic Division. Even if it was expected, and even..."

July 28, 2017 Arts Feature by Jonelle Seitz

Then There's This: Turf Fight at Auditorium Shores
Dog owners challenge city's plan to shrink off-leash play space
"...partnership that includes C3, the Austin Parks Foundation and PARD, the makeover calls for new grass and an irrigation..."

Dec. 6, 2013 News Column by Amy Smith

Run This Letter as Written or Not at All
"...a power line easement) are trees and shrubs that PARD, Watershed Protection, and Austin ISD agreed to have killed...."

Sept. 27, 2011 Postmarks

Pocket Parks Popping Up All Over Town
Miniparks stake out green space in a crowded city
"...Austin neighborhoods livable as they add residents and buildings. PARD policy over the past 15 years has focused on..."

April 17, 2009 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

The Lewis File
Park Police personnel record casts a harsh light on small law enforcement agencies
"...and the underlying investigation into Lewis, a 22-year veteran PARD employee, it was meant to address – highlights a..."

Aug. 18, 2006 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Decision Reached on Fate of Oakwood Cemetery's Unidentified Graves
City will exhume and re-inter 25 bodies discovered in former "colored grounds"
"...bone fragments were discovered near the chapel last fall. PARD and District 1 City Council Member Ora Houston held..."

May 26, 2017 News Feature by Montinique Monroe

Decisions Await for the Fate of Oakwood Chapel
Is moving graves from under the chapel adding insult to injury?
"...Comments from the meeting, along with written feedback from PARD’s collaboration with the Texas Historical Commission, was used to..."

April 13, 2017 News Post by Montinique Monroe

Get Your Shovels Out
How a local crew of diggers built the baddest Downtown dirt jumps in the country at the Ninth Street BMX Trails
"...The City of Austin's Parks & Recreation Department (PARD) would execute routine dredgings of the creek back then,..."

June 6, 2014 Sports Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Then There's This: Dog Days of Parks and Rec
Planned changes to off-leash area at Auditorium Shores draws howls
"...every unpop­ular proposal or action that comes out of PARD, there are at least three or four different conspiracy..."

Oct. 11, 2013 News Column by Amy Smith

Austin Parks: Trying to Fill the GAP
Group urges City Council to increase parks and rec budget
"...the General Fund's summary of "unmet service demands" for PARD...."

Aug. 16, 2013 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Then There's This: Swimming Upstream
Families' access to city pools depends on where they live
"...the issue of pool disparity to the June 25 PARD board agenda...."

June 21, 2013 News Column by Amy Smith

Hancock Not Up to PAR(D)
The Community Engagement Process has begun
"...The course is caught in a vicious circle, as PARD's Kevin Gomillion laid it out. The number of rounds..."

Nov. 18, 2011 News Feature by Nick Barbaro

Disc Golf Face-Off Moves East
Opponents say disc golf would destroy nature preserve
"'s Parks and Recreation Department. Now, the golfers and PARD have become uneasy allies fending off opposition from Southeast..."

Dec. 31, 2010 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Parks and Rec Plus Eight
A new planning approach
"...expressed her excitement this week about an opportunity for PARD to engage in a formal, facilitated process of "agency..."

June 26, 2009 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Parkland Dedication: What the Ordinance Says
" values and varying widely from tract to tract. PARD staff has proposed amendments that would change this to..."

May 4, 2007 News Feature

Bottom of the Budget Barrel
City Hall scraped to the bone; now it cuts into it.
"...On paper, PARD is losing more than 15% of its workforce, though..."

Sept. 6, 2002 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Common Ground on the Colorado
The new Eastside Colorado River Park begins to take shape.
"...Longhorn Dam to the new Montopolis Little League complex. PARD has set its sights on restoring the natural grasses..."

April 26, 2002 News Feature by Dan Oko

Outdoors & Recreation
" for Alamo Park, that is. This summer, Austin PARD installed a mod-looking open-air structure that effectively put a..."

Sept. 24, 1999 Best of Austin Feature

Pushing Priorities
Councilmembers Lay Down Their Cards
"'s fill-and-draw swimming pools to filter systems; $500,000 for PARD youth programs; $1.2 million for an over-65 tax reduction;..."

Sept. 6, 1996 News Feature by Louisa C. Brinsmade

Public Notice: Two Steps Forward ...
A year ago, the last CodeNEXT draft was "unworkable." What's changed?
"...Austin PARD's Aquatic Division offers swim lessons for all ages and..."

April 19, 2019 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Point Austin: If You Build It, They Will Come
Arguments over infrastructure reflect community visions
"...public recreational development of Long Metropoli­tan Park, expanded the PARD maintenance budget accordingly, and thereby embarked on the recreational..."

Feb. 2, 2018 News Column by Michael King

SwimATX Tackles Lifeguard Shortage
Learn-to-swim program educates Eastside kids on water safety
"...Together with the Austin Independent School District and YMCA, PARD launched SwimATX, a learn-to-swim program, which not only counts..."

May 19, 2017 News Feature by Katarina Brown

Public Notice: The New Industrial Revolution?
Is Mayor Adler our Teddy Roosevelt?
"...7:30-9am. More info at, and register at PARD Public Planning Process..."

Jan. 22, 2016 News Column by Nick Barbaro

APD Is Enforcing the Doggone Spillway Ban
Police and Parks Department crack down on hot spot for dogs and swimmers
"...number of visitors to the area – combined with PARD’s decision to allow alcohol at the spillway – has..."

Aug. 4, 2014 News Post by Amy Kamp

Changes in Store for Duncan/BMX Park
BMX riders meet with Parks and Rec
"...natural trails in the country. The meeting occurred as PARD began a six-to-ten-month planning process designed to solve a..."

April 4, 2014 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

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