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The Way of the 'Food Forest'
Locavores planting seeds for the next phase of urban agriculture
"...community members. Once established, the coalition began working with PARD to include edible landscaping in the master plan. As..."

Feb. 14, 2014 News Feature by Anna Toon

Fun Fun Fun Fest Returns to Auditorium Shores
Festival moving slightly for ninth year downtown, Nov. 7-9
"...“PARD staff responded and helped us a get a solution..."

Jan. 14, 2014 Music Post by Chase Hoffberger

Top 10 Queer Grrrls of 2013
Here's Sarah Marloff's list of top queer ladies making history in 2013
"...third time in November and she and her long-term pard are planning their wedding. I’m tellin' ya, Texas is..."

Jan. 7, 2014 Qmmunity Post by Sarah Marloff

Council: Work Done and Happy Holidays!
After 2013 arose such a clatter, Council is settling their brains for a long winter's nap
"...revisions proposed for "vested development rights" (i.e., grandfathering); and PARD's proposed Master Plan for Holly Shores/Fiesta Gar­dens/Festival Beach. Woof!..."

Dec. 20, 2013 News Feature by Michael King

Parks Board Supports Shrinking Off-Leash Area
Suggested plan would require new Downtown housing to provide dog play areas
"...the Austin Parks Foundation, which formed a partnership with PARD and C3 to navigate the redevelopment, spoke in favor..."

Dec. 13, 2013 News Feature by Amy Smith

Council: Dem Ol' Railroad Blues
City takes on Project Connect but punts on Auditorium Shores
"...Butler Shores Ball Fields on Toomey Road – but PARD has taken a lot of flack over that proposal..."

Dec. 13, 2013 News Feature by Michael King

Don't Alter Dog Park
"...that a better solution is entirely viable, if the PARD, Council, and mayor are willing to further explore the..."

Dec. 10, 2013 Postmarks

Council Preview: Only Reconnect
Agenda weighed down with zoning
"...businesses. Also scheduled, in theory, is Council approval of PARD's design for improving Auditorium Shores, including the revised off-leash..."

Dec. 6, 2013 News Feature by Michael King

The Secret's Out
City bans Eastside tubes & swimmers
"...This danger was noted in a report by PARD that detailed the need for a change. The report..."

Oct. 25, 2013 News Feature by Elizabeth Pagano

Civics 101
"...9am-1pm. PARD Multipurpose Facility, 7201 Colony Loop. www.colonyparkatx.org...."

Oct. 18, 2013 News Column

Spraying the Great Lawn
PARD says herbicides applied are “extremely safe”
"...Department about it – here’s the official response, via PARD Public Information Manager Victor Ovalle and “the Great Lawn..."

Sept. 18, 2013 News Post by Michael King

Point Austin: Follow the Money
Final city budget discussions begin in earnest
"...percentage increase means a whole lot less money for PARD than it does for APD; almost needless to say,..."

Aug. 9, 2013 News Column by Michael King

Budget Stretch Run
City money season at full speed – and the dollars are chasing the needs
"...and above the unmet needs request already made by PARD, but council members are already hearing about it. Both..."

Aug. 2, 2013 News Feature by Michael King

Perry Calls Special Election for Strama's Seat
House District 50 on Nov 5 ballot with four Democrats in hunt
"...political engagement in Travis County: • Contractor Jade Chang Shep­pard. A ballot box newcomer, she was touted as a..."

July 12, 2013 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Lege Lines
More on the special session and a preview of the 2014 election
"...him – Municipal Judge Ramey Ko, contractor Jade Chang Shep­pard, Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce secretary Celia Isra­el,..."

July 12, 2013 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Open City Parks for Business Parking?
A proposal to save one restaurant's parking woes is not drawing many supporters
"...is no good way to evaluate these claims, either. PARD's Ricardo Soliz explained that the agreements would be short-term,..."

May 24, 2013 News Feature by Elizabeth Pagano

Did Ott Hide Ethics Study From Council?
Many employees don't believe city has a strong ethical culture, 2010 survey shows
"...behest of another study. Fire, EMS, Human Resources, and PARD remain under the management of officials who were serving..."

May 17, 2013 News Feature by Mike Kanin

What Happens Next?
As D.A. Rosemary Lehmberg serves her sentence, the county attorney takes on the civil lawsuit and the next steps
"...defendant in a first-time DWI case, her attorney David Shep­pard told reporters after she was led from the courtroom..."

May 3, 2013 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Then There's This: One Step Forward ...
Updates on Barton Springs, Gables Hotel, and amphitheatres
"...destination spots around town. In fact, the PC wants PARD staff to give serious consideration to an off-site parking..."

March 15, 2013 News Column by Amy Smith

Civics 101
"...MT. BONNELL LANDSCAPE MEETING PARD wants the community's input on proposed landscape improvements at..."

Feb. 15, 2013 News Column

Jovita's Court Dates Continue
Alleged kingpin will have his hearing July 10
"...with conditions, four of the defendants – including Amanda Pardo, 45, wife of alleged ringleader Amado "Mayo" Pardo, 64,..."

July 6, 2012 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Commercial Use of Dedicated Parkland Again Under Review
The city program that charges for classes in parks gets its six-month review
"...the Zilker Botanical Gardens Auditorium, 2220 Barton Springs Rd. PARD is conducting a review of the program, which was..."

June 15, 2012 News Feature by Nick Barbaro

Render Unto Apple
Approval of the Green Water Treatment Plant master plan development is among next week's council agenda items
"...from its longtime parkland location on South Lakeshore Boulevard. PARD has since publicly surrendered, so it's possible that controversy..."

March 30, 2012 News Feature by Michael King

Civics 101
"...ADULT SPORTS COMMUNITY INPUT Come tell PARD which programs and services you value in your neighborhood...."

Jan. 20, 2012 News Column

City Hall Hustle: Last-Minute Shopping
No Silent Night here
"...tried to split the difference in a conversation with PARD Director Sarah Hens­ley, trying to design a third way..."

Dec. 16, 2011 News Column by Wells Dunbar

Budget in Plain Sight
Council adopts a budget with the sausage prepared in public
"...• Restoring full operation of PARD's supervised summer playground program (from 10 back to 27..."

Sept. 16, 2011 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

Fire Relief and Threat Become Daily Occurrences
Burn bans are now a fact of life
"...PARD reminds us that burn bans remain in effect for..."

Sept. 16, 2011 News Feature by Anne Harris

City Hall Hustle: Come On Down!
Council takes Austin Energy's bonus money and runs with it
"...one new hire will be made to assist with PARD's "sweat equity" community matching program). "There's a method to..."

Sept. 16, 2011 News Column by Wells Dunbar

TDH: 9/13/11
Cops, parks winners in budget adoption
"...on the dais: when a motion for three new PARD employees was offered, first at three FTEs (full time..."

Sept. 13, 2011 News Post by Wells Dunbar

This Is Your City Budget
More police, vanishing grants, rising costs, and ... Jazzercise?
"..."add back some sums for the unmet needs in [PARD], especially Dottie Jordan and the Austin Recreation Center .... We..."

Sept. 2, 2011 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

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