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“Reimagining” APD and Its Huge Budget Starts Now
City Council and the city manager try to move away from policing, but is it enough?
"...across various departments, including Public Works, Austin Resource Recovery, PARD, and Watershed – with about $1.25 million going to..."

July 24, 2020 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Headlines / Quote of the Week
"...will cancel and refund all paid youth summer camps. PARD will now offer a free, modified summer camp program..."

May 29, 2020 News Feature

Public Notice: Damn the Analysis – Full Speed Ahead
City report cut to protect "false narrative" on LDC?
"..."a new golf learning center / academy concept," and PARD Director Kimberly McNeeley and Golf Division Manager Kevin Gomillion..."

Feb. 28, 2020 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Public Notice: More Unintended Consequences
If you build it ...
"...Days start today, Thu., Jan. 30, 4-8pm at the PARD Aquatic Office, 2818 San Gabriel St. The Parks Dept...."

Jan. 31, 2020 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Council OK's Motel Purchase to Help Homeless
Also on the dais: parks, trains, trails, diapers
"...Council also approved unanimously a parks master plan to..."

Nov. 15, 2019 News Post by Austin Sanders

Council Gives Green Light to Convention Center, Scooter Riders
May 23 meeting tackles "Downtown puzzle," "micro-mobility"
"...and is expected to wrap up in September, with PARD moving forward with proposed rules thereafter. At the meeting,..."

May 24, 2019 News Post by Austin Sanders

Dougherty Arts Center Relocation OK'd and Affordable Housing Program Gets Pushed Through at Council
And more notes from the May 9 City Council meeting
"...Department’s headquarters, currently located at Butler Shores, if the PARD office cannot be incorporated into the new DAC, and..."

May 10, 2019 News Post by Austin Sanders

Public Notice: What Happens Next?
Public process will be key to whether code rewrite succeeds
"...10-year plan for parks, facilities, and recreational programming, which PARD will adopt later this year. They're holding a second..."

May 3, 2019 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Austin Animal Center Strains to Maintain Its No-Kill Status
City shelter struggles with overcrowding and volunteer dissatisfaction
"...far. Before she took over this post, she helmed PARD's Aquat­ics Division, responsible for rebuilding Austin's long-neglected pool system...."

Feb. 8, 2019 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

The Past, Present, and Future of Waller and Shoal Creeks
Finally doing right by Austin's waterways
"...a mandate that "goes way beyond the statement that 'PARD doesn't have enough money,'" says Siff, referring to the..."

Nov. 30, 2018 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Public Notice: How Small Is a Small Area?
Out of the ruins of CodeNEXT and into the next round of city planning drama... CodeWHAT?
" the future vision for the square and give PARD your feedback by Sunday, December 2, at"

Nov. 16, 2018 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Public Notice: Decision Day?
Best of luck to all of us this coming Tuesday
" need of space: You can now participate in PARD's new Artist Access Program, providing free or low-cost rentals..."

Nov. 2, 2018 News Column by Nick Barbaro

"...will increase between $1-5. (Season passes will not change.) PARD hopes to raise $1.1 million more in funding for..."

Sept. 28, 2018 News Feature

Point Austin: Breaking Down the Bonds
Affordable housing headlines, but there's plenty in the package
"...million goes to improvements to existing parks, greenbelts, and PARD facilities...."

Sept. 7, 2018 News Column by Michael King

Everybody Into Mabel Davis Pool
East Austin swimming hole back in business
"...Shipe are the only pools that are still closed. PARD hopes to have both opened by next summer...."

July 13, 2018 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Equity Under the Lens
City office release first equity assessment
"...commissions, and multiethnic chambers of commerce, and social media. PARD, for example, advertises in local, online, and national publications...."

June 22, 2018 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Stratford Plan on Hold?
Environmental Commission throws wrench in PARD's progress

June 15, 2018 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Council: Put on Your Hard Hats
City Council, staff get to work
"...getting leaked prior to the expensive repair. McNeeley said PARD's Aquatic team was able to reduce the amount of..."

June 8, 2018 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Public Notice: People’s Housing Justice
What Council can do that's not CodeNEXT
"...sat empty and unused for seven years now while PARD, APD, and Public Works tried to figure out plans..."

April 13, 2018 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Lawsuit and Untapped Locations Add to Soccer Drama
Many balls in play for the Columbus Crew
"...was not included on the list itself. On Monday, PARD Act­ing Director Kimberly McNeeley said that once she discovered..."

March 9, 2018 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Council: Spring Has Sprung
A light agenda promises an early farewell
"...range plan." Considering Council's response earlier this year to PARD's own Aquatic Master Plan – thanks for the report,..."

March 9, 2018 News Feature by Michael King

Council: Buckets Before Vendors
Light fare on the agenda this week
"...would be cut (most of the affected are apparently PARD employees), and the co-sponsors were happy to make those..."

March 2, 2018 News Feature by Michael King

Arrest Ends Holiday Crime Spree
Xavier Lewis is charged with the Dec. 26 murder of Ebony Sheppard
"...The morning after Christmas, 30-year-old Ebony Sheppard went out into the parking lot of her North­east..."

Jan. 5, 2018 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Interim City: The Biggest Local News Stories of 2017
Welcome to Austin, where a quarter of city management has been temporary. That's just the beginning of our issues.
"...strong candidate to go back; likewise Sara Hensley to PARD. You could see Deven Desai leave the Office of..."

Dec. 29, 2017 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Point Austin: Unfinished Business
Working Austin's weirding ways to New Year's resolutions
"...• In the Swim: As if the beleaguered PARD staff didn't have enough problems, this week also welcomes..."

Dec. 15, 2017 News Column by Michael King

Public Notice: CodeNEXT Wrecks Austin?
Only if we let it continue to fester in darkness
"...slow-burning crisis mode for years now. In response, Austin PARD has completed a draft Swim 512 Aquatic Master Plan,..."

Nov. 24, 2017 News Column by Nick Barbaro

A Week in the Life of Budget Deliberations
Divvying up the pot
"...• PARD offset from hotel occupancy tax reallocation: $280,000..."

Sept. 15, 2017 News Feature by Michael King

City to Crack Down on Graffiti?
Proposal for crackdown on unauthorized street art coming?
"...for the City of San Jose (she directed Austin's PARD prior to succeeding Edwards), invited consultant and former colleague..."

Aug. 4, 2017 News Feature by Joseph Caterine

Public Notice: CodeNEXT Version 1.1?
"...Creek Conversations are two open houses hosted by Austin PARD and the Waller Creek Conser­van­cy, presenting plans for the..."

May 12, 2017 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Public Notice: More and Cheaper Housing
Demographer's report offers new perspectives
"...Austin PARD has released the 2017 summer pool schedule, for some..."

April 14, 2017 News Column by Nick Barbaro

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