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Public Notice: Top 10 Stories of 2021
Some top topics on the community news front
"...tried to make changes before. Just before the pandemic, PARD floated a redevelopment plan that met with such public..."

Dec. 17, 2021 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Public Notice: Trying to Get Swimmers’ Ears
Plus parks, public safety, naked gardening, and more...
"...said above about lifeguards – that's mostly true about PARD's summer camp programs as well; PARD is looking for..."

April 30, 2021 News Column by Nick Barbaro

What to Expect at Austin's Newly Reopened Pools
New policies, fewer pools, and how to navigate them
"...Jodi Jay said that the Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) prioritized “ensur[ing] that each community in Austin had its..."

June 2, 2020 News Post by Clara Ence Morse

Public Notice: Earth Day Redux
Early showers stretch timeline for Earth Day celebrations
"...10-year plan for parks, facilities, and recreational programming, which PARD will adopt later this year. They're holding a second..."

April 26, 2019 News Column by Nick Barbaro

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
"...off 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

The Big Picture Map
A comprehensive map of Town Lake Corridor public and private development projects
"...the shoreline hike-and-bike trail is a multimillion-dollar project that PARD and trail advocates would love to get done. In..."

Jan. 19, 2007 News Feature

Budget 'Highlights' -- the Bad News
The major cuts in the FY2004 proposed city budget.
"..."Nontraditional" PARD programs like Totally Cool, Totally Art, and the Summer..."

Aug. 8, 2003 News Feature

Give It a Rest
Homeless people still get tickets for public sleeping, even though city law no longer bans it.
"...the rest of the force. Fealy has also asked PARD Police Chief Darrell Lewis to the view the material..."

Sept. 20, 2002 News Feature by Amy Smith

To Dog or Not to Dog
The leash-law controversy continues in Old West Austin
"...the intent to get one side to win." Although PARD Director Jesus Olivares and the Parks Board oppose the..."

Aug. 23, 2002 News Feature by Lauri Apple

Dog Park Redux
"...work as a leash-free area. But in recent months, PARD patrol officers have stepped up enforcement of the park's..."

March 8, 2002 News Feature by Lauri Apple

He's Got a Little List
Key highlights and lowlights of the proposed city budget
"...Parks and libraries: PARD is losing eight Roving Leader positions -- four of..."

Aug. 3, 2001 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Naked City
Austin Stories
"...owners who congregate there in the early evening. Since PARD handed down its decision on the park, dog owners..."

June 1, 2001 News Feature by Erica C. Barnett

Naked City
Austin Youth Hostel gets a reprieve from the city, which agreed not to evict the hostel in exchange for $1,625 in rent a month.
"...office space for the city's Parks and Recreation Department (PARD)...."

Sept. 22, 2000 News Feature by Emily Pyle

Summer Free Lunch Program
Jorge Zapata, supervisor of the Austin PARD's summer free-lunch program, is serious about outreach. He wants the parents of all Austin school kids who qualify for reduced-price or free lunches to know their kids are welcome at the 55 PARD summer free-lunch sites around the city.
"...Jorge Zapata, supervisor of the Austin PARD's summer free-lunch program, is serious about outreach. He wants..."

April 28, 2000 Food Feature

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