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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

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

Parks Board Recommends Zilker Plan Despite Misinformation-Fueled Outrage
Stakeholders respond to 5,000-seat amphitheater concerns
"...other parts of town. But historically, nonprofit gifts to PARD (including ACL Fest donations) have actually been spread across..."

May 26, 2023 News Post by Lina Fisher

Community Advocates Worry Commercial Interests Dominate Zilker Park Vision Plan
Zilker Park or "Park Zilker"?
"...for operations and management of the park comes from PARD's slice of the city's General Fund (which other departments..."

Dec. 16, 2022 News Feature by Lina Fisher

Austin at Large: What’s Public, What’s Private
Power and parks: My conflicting views of privatizing public services and spaces
"...That is, coincidentally, almost exactly the annual budget of PARD. (Austin Water also kicks in $47 million to the..."

Dec. 2, 2022 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

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

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

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

Environmental Group’s Push to Spare Barton Springs Tree Ain’t Happening, City Says
No, Parks and Rec says
"...tree care services. In a city memo last Friday, PARD Director Kimberly McNeeley said the city’s structural engineer evaluated..."

Oct. 4, 2023 News Post by Maggie Q. Thompson

Local Roller Derby Community in a Jam Over Extreme Heat
A shade covering could cost more than $100,000
"...Scarpello said that while PARD has provided her with good information, there's been no..."

Aug. 5, 2022 News Feature by Hannah Uebele

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