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Economic Cleansing
"...Boaters! The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) recently closed Walsh Landing for the summer because of..."

April 16, 1999 Column

Slide, Slide, Slippedy Slide
Replaying On Austin's Playscapes
"...playgrounds, we also found that Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) staff have adopted a long-range improvement plan and were..."

July 26, 1996 News Feature by R.U. Steinberg

Tunnel Vision
The New Waller Creek
"...the trail between Cesar Chavez Street and Town Lake. PARD also plans to make the trail ADA-accessible and install..."

July 12, 1996 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Austin Plans Its First All Abilities Playground on Onion Creek
The right to play
"...APF and PARD say the All Abilities Playground they envision will be..."

Jan. 12, 2024 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

Public Notice: Working Hard for the Money
City offers temp jobs and green job training … and lifeguarding
"...pay and signing bonuses, plus benefits and flexible scheduling, PARD's aquatic team still has only 25% of the lifeguards..."

May 13, 2022 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Public Notice: A Potpourri, Plus the World Cup
"...23 certified open water guards currently available in all, PARD has had to close the pool on Mondays and..."

April 8, 2022 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Rosemary Renteria's Family Responds to Her Death and the Encampment Sweep That Continued Despite It
Out of sight, out of mind
"...been designated Priority Level 3 (out of 5) by PARD homelessness response staff – a source of concern and..."

March 4, 2022 News Feature by Maggie Q. Thompson

How Much of Zilker Park Can Austin Return to Nature?
Balancing ecological preservation and the human element in city's Zilker Park Vision Plan
"...Greg Montes, PARD program manager, calls the rewilding plan "important input" but..."

Oct. 29, 2021 News Feature by Lina Fisher

Public Notice: Rewilding Zilker Park
How do you polish a crown jewel?
"...economic standpoint and has tried hard to economically support PARD from its profits. We are grateful for that. The..."

Oct. 15, 2021 News Column by Nick Barbaro

First-Ever Comprehensive Plan Looks at Zilker's Future
The Zilker Park Vision Plan starts rolling
"...The firm and PARD began their work in November 2020, preparing a needs..."

July 9, 2021 News Feature by Lina Fisher

Parks and Rec Proposes Metered Parking for Deep Eddy Pool Lot
The currently free lot could see meters in 2020
"...(ticketing or towing), or a more consistent presence of PARD personnel to discourage non-permitted use...."

Sept. 18, 2019 News Post by Michael King

New Plan Reimagines Walter E. Long Park
New plan reimagines Austin's largest park
"...edge carries a daunting $800 million price tag, but PARD planners and the consulting team led by Halff Associates..."

June 28, 2019 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Public Notice: Displacement Bad
New task force report finds room to improve
"...• Givens District Park: PARD is creating a master plan to guide future improvements..."

Nov. 30, 2018 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Austin Street Art Enters Into a New Era
With the city cracking down on graffiti and Hope Outdoor Gallery set to close, artists look for permission to paint
"...in 2016 directing interim Assistant City Manager (and former PARD director) Sara Hensley to conduct a review of the..."

July 27, 2018 News Feature by Kate Groetzinger

Public Notice – CodeNEXT: The Halftime Score?
If you view the code rewrite simply as a struggle between the urbanists and the preservationists, it's fair to ask, who's winning?
"...the dilapidated, but beloved and well-used, Dougherty Arts Center. PARD says the DAC has been found "beyond repair ......"

July 6, 2018 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Public Notice: What a Difference a Year Makes
Election news, and your city at work
"...store. There's one playscape there now, but in 2014, PARD acquired the empty land to expand the park from..."

Nov. 10, 2017 News Column by Nick Barbaro

City Budget: Something's Gotta Give
Cooling economy, rising costs mean tough choices for City Council
"...money and are supplemented from GF revenues. Unlike other PARD programs – parks, swimming pools, soccer fields – the..."

May 12, 2017 News Feature by Michael King

Public Notice: EV / AV Club, Continued
More mobility musings, SXSW Week Two & beyond
"...and a Pocket Park, is being jointly developed by PARD and the property owner. PARD will host the first..."

March 17, 2017 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Public Notice: Life Goes On
Gotta keep believing that love trumps hate
"...• Duncan Park: PARD and the Shoal Creek Conserv­an­cy have been collecting public..."

Nov. 11, 2016 News Column by Nick Barbaro

If We Had Budget Enough, and Time ...
Council closes in on a final FY 2017 city budget
"...• $119,000: PARD Senior Transportation Services..."

Sept. 9, 2016 News Feature by Michael King

Council Budget Afterthoughts
Council members offer post-approval thoughts on FY 2016 budget
"...• $1.150 million block grant increase to PARD’s overall budget to address department priorities, specifically maintenance and..."

Sept. 18, 2015 News Post by Michael King

Public Notice: The Dog That Didn't Bark
Will property taxes in Texas ever make sense?
"...longer than any of the commercial damage along Lamar. PARD has completed assessing the damage at Deep Eddy Pool,..."

June 5, 2015 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Point Austin: Budgets Is Hard
Council begins digging into the budget details, and it ain't easy
"...Rec announced that its budget is overstrained, and that PARD recommends cutting back on public pool availability this summer,..."

May 8, 2015 News Column by Michael King

Civics 101
"...PARD NEEDS NAMES The Parks & Rec Dept. is seeking..."

July 11, 2014 News Column

Civics 101
"...Opening of the Carver Museum's Cultural and Genealogy Center PARD celebrates the Center's opening. 2pm. 1165 Angelina...."

June 13, 2014 News Column

Homeless Campground: South Austin Dilemma
Larger issue still unaddressed
"...the area, one of Cohen's emails was forwarded to PARD when the city confirmed that the campground fell on..."

April 4, 2014 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Floating Tubes Hit NIMBY Rapids
City looks for ways to regulate Colorado River
"...Currently, PARD does not regulate the section of the Colorado River..."

Aug. 9, 2013 News Feature by Elizabeth Pagano

Auditorium Shores: The Next Millennium?
Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley on hand
"...the "Auditorium Shores Improvements Project will be led by PARD, actively coordinated with the APF and C3 Presents ......"

July 12, 2013 News Feature by Michael King

Meet and Greet the Mayor
No not that one: former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley
"...the “Auditorium Shores Improvements Project will be led by PARD, actively coordinated with the Austin Parks Foundation and C3..."

July 8, 2013 News Post by Michael King

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

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