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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

A Rough Start to Summer for Austin’s Beloved Pools
Can we swim yet?
"...June, a decision which Austin's Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) attributes to continuing health risks...."

May 29, 2020 News Feature by Clara Ence Morse

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

Public Notice: Hancock Golf Park, Take 3
The plot thickens, or thins, or something ...
"...the continuation of a process interrupted by the pandemic, PARD announced a pair of civic engagement meetings a couple..."

Oct. 30, 2020 News Column by Nick Barbaro

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?
"...in 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

Public Notice: Drowning in Paperwork
City’s lifeguard hiring program may be leaking applicants
"...pools draws nearer. That's no different this year – PARD's Aquatics Division is offering a pay boost to $20..."

April 14, 2023 News Column by Nick Barbaro

After 44 Years, Contentious Gravesite Decoration Rules May Change
Will new cemetery rules stick?
"...to improve conditions and programs at the cemeteries, which PARD had farmed out to a third-party contractor for years..."

Oct. 14, 2022 News Feature by Lina Fisher

Proposition B Swaps Parkland for ... More Parkland
City seeks voters OK of land swap proposed by Oracle
"...CMC site at South Lakeshore Boulevard and Pleasant Valley, PARD will ask for at least 48 acres of waterfront..."

Oct. 15, 2021 News Feature by Lina Fisher

Council Backs Parkland Preservation in Vote for New Dougherty Arts Center Site
Austin's oldest community arts venue would relocate to new facility in Butler Shores' southeast corner
"...the buildings that share the Butler Shores space, like PARD's headquarters, a midcentury mod­ern building eligible for listing on..."

May 28, 2021 News Feature by Beth Sullivan

Public Notice: Conserve What?
Dueling Hancock Conservancies have different priorities
"...but as the city budget has continued to tighten, PARD has seemed more intent on finding a solution to..."

Feb. 12, 2021 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Austin's Pool System Will Collapse If We Don't Save It
Shall we dive in?
"...to 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

Public Notice: Park or Golf Course?
It may be time for Hancock to get off the fence
"...and even show a profit for the city. So PARD has floated various plans through the years for upgrading,..."

Oct. 16, 2020 News Column by Nick Barbaro

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

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