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Velasquez Park: 'A Model That Works'
"...of maintenance entirely at the expense of Cypress, something PARD Director Sarah Hensley considers "a win-win-win." It's being hailed..."

Nov. 8, 2013 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

HD 50: Circular Dem Firing Squad
Rifts deepen among candidates
"...In recent weeks, Jade Chang Sheppard and Rico Reyes have increasingly focused their campaigns on..."

Nov. 1, 2013 News Feature by Christopher Hooks

Hostel Takeover Averted – For Now
Lease extension for Hostelling International's Austin franchise exposes a few cracks
"...It also exposed an unsteady series of decisions by PARD. Speaking at a council hearing that sought to extend..."

March 9, 2012 News Feature by Mike Kanin

Par For the Course [Updated]
Smoking while golfing kept controversy putting along
"...members nor was I involved in the process (though PARD staff did let my policy adviser know that they..."

Dec. 20, 2011 News Post by Wells Dunbar

What's Up With Hancock Golf Course? Good Question.
Parks and Rec considers turning golf course into parkland
"...the future of Hancock Golf Course." To that end, PARD staff quietly sent out a notice in the last..."

Nov. 11, 2011 News Feature by Nick Barbaro

Naked City
News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere
"...Ultimately, the vote passed 4-0. – L.N. Austin's New Pardner..."

Aug. 29, 2008 News Feature

Deep Eddy Rising
Citizens and city come together to restore an Austin landmark
"...the pool. Aquatics Director Farhad Madani (now an assistant PARD director) was supportive, although members say PARD officials initially..."

June 1, 2007 News Feature by Michael King

The Town Lake Variance Shuffle
The hike-and-bike trail, questionable developer tactics, and a potential windfall for urban parks all flow together on East Riverside Drive
"...of that order would have to be rectified," said PARD's Strong, who has taken an interest in the case...."

Nov. 24, 2006 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Where Has All The Money Gone?
Most of the city's General Fund is spent on things City Hall doesn't want to cut.
"...About half of PARD's spending (3.8% of the total GF) goes to operations...."

May 30, 2003 News Feature

Outdoors & Recreation
"...2000 Enfield, Austin PARD, 499-6700..."

Sept. 24, 1999 Best of Austin Feature

Going With the Flow
The LCRA Connection
"...effective ped/bike route from the Southside to UT. The PARD project has now run into two potential obstacles: The..."

Sept. 4, 1998 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

It's a Good Economy, Stupid
Austin Plays Weak Catch-Up in Boom Times
" least in the current climate -- and making PARD the front-line department in dealing with juvenile crime and..."

Aug. 23, 1996 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Austin's Waterloo
Taking a Walk along Waller
"...right now, as the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) embarks on a $1.6 million project - bankrolled with..."

July 7, 1995 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Stratford Drive: Let’s Work On It
Redevelopment plan goes back to drawing board
"...solution to "reduce usage of green space parking." So PARD hatched a plan to turn the ad hoc parking..."

June 29, 2018 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Plans for MACC Renovation Underway
Concepts for redesign should be released in September
"...the first step in a yearlong redesign process. Both PARD and CasaBella hope to maintain the MACC’s cultural and..."

June 20, 2017 News Post by Maria Mendez

Public Notice: Race and Education
Fun times well after midnight with the AISD board
"...& Science Center and around the park, presented by PARD and the Austin Parks Foundation. There's a Celebration Kickoff..."

April 7, 2017 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Public Notice: 'Tis the Season
Tailgaters and fundraisers: It must be fall
"...• Bull Creek District Park PARD staff will conduct outreach and a park user survey..."

Sept. 9, 2016 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Public Notice: Shared History
Art and Journalism: Incubator 1.0
"...was, well, heated. That may not have been on PARD planners' minds when they set these meetings up, but..."

July 8, 2016 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Grove Parks Not (Yet) Superior
Developer has more work to do if it wants staff's blessing
"...Ltd.) is not superior when it comes to parks. PARD Direc­tor Sara Hensley expressed hope that the city, developer,..."

June 3, 2016 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Public Notice: Schools and Environment
Big Saturday events for education and environment
"...within this popular waterfront neighborhood park. Come hear what PARD has in mind, and provide input, at a community..."

April 17, 2015 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Public Notice: A Park Is a Terrible Thing to Waste
The bad idea for Long Park, and public events around town
"...12, 6:30-8:30pm at Widen Elementary, 5605 Nuckols Crossing Rd. PARD says "a new funding source creates an opportunity for..."

March 6, 2015 News Column by Nick Barbaro

APD Cracks Down on Spillway Swimmers and Dogs
APD began enforces ban on swimming and off-leash dogs at the spillway, after years of turning a blind eye
"...number of visitors to the area – combined with PARD's decision to allow alcohol at the spillway – has..."

Aug. 8, 2014 News Feature by Amy Kamp

Unasked Questions
"...when we already have one that does the job? PARD should keep its commitments regarding current facilities, before spending..."

Aug. 31, 2012 Postmarks

YMCA Has Designs on TLAC Site
Oh, so that's why the city wanted to close the Town Lake Animal Center
"...specific support of Mayor Lee Lef­fing­well. And once again, PARD appears to be trying to sideline the city's Parks..."

Feb. 3, 2012 News Feature by Nick Barbaro

Waterloo Disc Golf Club Very Dissatisfied With the City
"...for the city, no one really believes that a PARD director on her own volition would make a promise..."

April 5, 2011 Postmarks

Planting a Place in the Shade
Volunteers help Pease Park turn new leaf
"...funds raised are held in trust, then paid against PARD-approved work for planting, irrigation, and maintenance. Like many other..."

Nov. 12, 2010 News Feature by Michael King

Developing Stories: What to Do With Waterloo
Turning Waterloo Park into a beach – and other fanciful ideas
"...Toward that end, PARD engaged national placemaking guru Project for Public Spaces. The..."

Dec. 25, 2009 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Naked City
News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere
"...• NEW PARD DIRECTOR City Manager Marc Ott says he chose Sara..."

Sept. 26, 2008 News Feature

Gimme (Animal) Shelter
Swirling city politics, site selection, and – oh yes – animal welfare
" the dedicated parkland. Asked about this popular paranoia, PARD Assistant Director Stuart Strong responded that if the shelter..."

Aug. 24, 2007 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

On the Waterfront
As development accelerates along Town Lake, Austin faces urgent choices
"...of all Town Lake waterfront tracts as parkland. Both PARD and the Town Lake Trail Foundation also are pursuing..."

Jan. 19, 2007 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

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