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City Bond Breakdown: $385 Million
Seven bond proposals for capital improvement projects near the bottom of the ballot
"...Perennially starved PARD needs new parks and facilities, and renovations to existing..."

Oct. 19, 2012 News Feature

Open House Meeting for Town Lake Park Master Plan
The first in a series of public meetings
"...Shores/Butler Park. Some parks advocates, meanwhile, are wondering why PARD is reopening the planning process instead of funding the..."

Dec. 2, 2011 News Feature by Nick Barbaro

Keep Disc Golf in Pease Park
"...disc golf up there. I strongly believe that: 1) PARD shouldn’t remove the course for the main creek bank..."

June 18, 2010 Postmarks

The Daily Hustle: 4/12/10
Board and commission round-up
"...Parks and Recreation Board's Navigation Committee huddles in the PARD Conference Room, 200 S. Lamar, 5pm, to consider boat..."

April 12, 2010 News Post by Wells Dunbar

Nay to Ney Landscape Plans
Hyde Park residents fear PARD landscaping plan could harm Elisabet Ney Museum
"...between 1892 and 1907. "We were getting ignored until [PARD Director] Sara Hens­ley got word of it, and it..."

Sept. 18, 2009 News Feature by Amy Smith

Developing Stories: Great Public Spaces Summit
Dancing in the streets, singing odes to streetscapes
"...Parks and Recreation Department Director Sara Hensley is shaking PARD out of its doldrums, calling for fresh ideas on..."

July 10, 2009 News Column by Katherine Gregor

Naked City
"...parks. Maintenance of the park is carried out, with PARD's blessing, by a volunteer group, Friends of Red Bud..."

March 20, 2009 News Feature

ANC: Do More With Less
ANC members see breath of fresh air in new Parks director
"...She's asked Roger Duncan at Austin Energy to use PARD as a city pilot program for buying only electric,..."

Feb. 6, 2009 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Naked City
News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere
"...and about 42,000 square feet of retail/restaurant/office space. Ideally, PARD would speed up its own master plan for the..."

Oct. 31, 2008 News Feature

Naked City
News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere

May 2, 2008 News Feature

Naked City
"...to retire: in 2004, a Gold Medal Award recognizing PARD as the No. 1 major metropolitan park system in..."

Oct. 26, 2007 News Feature

Investing in Downtown Parks
"...outdoor people places requires both vision and cash. This PARD "wish list" documents current needs – all unfunded –..."

May 4, 2007 News Feature

Death by a Thousand Waivers: Variances granted here
Many projects on the waterfront are asking for exceptions to the rules
"...reviewed by the Parks and Recreation Board. This gives PARD the first voice, appropriately, on developer requests to build..."

Jan. 19, 2007 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Point Austin: Beside the Point
Bowing to public pressure, city declines to change management of Zilker's canoe rental service from longtime concessionaire Zilker Park Boat Rentals
"...from longtime concessionaire Zilker Park Boat Rentals to the PARD-approved Zilker Park Canoe and Kayak – was listed on..."

Dec. 23, 2005 News Column by Wells Dunbar

Naked City
"...of his hometown of Eagle Pass. Olivares, who became PARD director in 1995, leaves a department that's widely beloved..."

Jan. 2, 2004 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

You Can't Touch This
The budget battles, Round 2: Citizens rally to save community services
"...the operating funds of the library." Branch's counterpart at PARD, Jesus Olivares, noted that while this year, his staff..."

Aug. 22, 2003 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Naked City
The city parking police catch up with the progressive hangout on Toomey Road.
"...towed. A July 22 memo to City Council by PARD Director Jesus Olivares and Neighborhood Planning and Zoning Director..."

Aug. 1, 2003 News Feature by Lauri Apple

Great Streets, Not So Great Parks
Battle at the park over Riverside Drive
"...credits new Austin Energy General Manager Juan Garza and PARD Director Jesus Olivares for "thinking outside the box" --..."

April 12, 2002 News Feature by Lauri Apple

Postmarks
Our readers talk back.
"...let their friends run free in local public parks ["PARD in Heat Over Dog Park," Feb. 22]. Though I..."

March 8, 2002 Column

Jesus Saves
With the city facing its biggest budget crunch in a decade, city manager Jesus Garza has begun to make some tough financial choices.
"...departing City Attorney Andy Martin), the deputy director of PARD, engineers in Public Works, 15 people in Curry and..."

May 25, 2001 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

2001 Austin Parks & Recreation Pool Schedule
"...throughout the season. For hours and other info including PARD's swimming and diving classes, see www.ci.austin.tx.us/parks/pools_schedule.htm...."

May 11, 2001 Features Feature

2001 Kids' Summer Fun Guide
"...AUSTIN JUNIOR GOLF CLINICS Austin PARD also offers introductory golf instruction covering beginning fundamentals of..."

May 4, 2001 Features Feature

Postmarks
Global Warming, Public Schools, and Jazz a la Zorn.
"...been going on for several years now, courtesy of PARD, who brought in heavy bulldozers to scrape clean the..."

Jan. 26, 2001 Column

Naked City
Where's Julia Butterfly?
"...By Tuesday, the East Woods Neighborhood Association had four PARD officials meeting over the stump, explaining why the tree..."

Oct. 6, 2000 News Feature by Louis Dubose

Naked City
The Austin Youth Hostel, an 11-year-old facility in East Austin, may have to shut its doors to make way for office space for the Parks and Recreation Dept., which owns the building where the hostel is housed.
"...a place to go," said Jim Halbrook, spokesman for PARD...."

July 7, 2000 News Feature

Postmarks
Readers hash over the war on drugs in response to an AISD principal's being busted for marijuana possession.
"...They're in Georgetown. For them to be angry at PARD and against a public park is pointless. We applaud..."

April 21, 2000 Column

Postmarks
"...City Council) and gushing praise (as does the Austin PARD)? No, sorry, we're not interested in being two-faced! Or,..."

April 14, 2000 Column

Naked City
The Colorado River Park plan enters its final stages, but several details, including the relocation of a bike path and a proposed environmental assessment, have to be worked out.
"...a master plan for the park had been developed, PARD put together a plan that would have extended trails..."

Jan. 28, 2000 News Feature by Dan Oko

Critics: Kids
"...& Recreation Dept. (5)Best Organized Sports Program for Kids: PARD Aquatics (1997)..."

Sept. 24, 1999 Best of Austin Feature

The Cultural Contracts Timeline
"...Appeals A panel consisting of Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) board members, arts commissioners, and an at-large member review..."

March 26, 1999 Arts Feature

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