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Public Notice: Your City at Work
Planning, talking, digging, housing, walking
"...on Saturday, Council Member Ora Houston's office and the PARD project team will share information about the findings and..."

March 24, 2017 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Peace in the Grove?
Opponents & developer hammer out PUD compromise
"...A PARD-approved parkland management agreement that includes a management committee with..."

Dec. 4, 2016 News Post by Michael King

Council: Coyotes, Garages, and Manure
Old zoning cases never die; they just reincarnate as amendments
"...Zimmerman has already raised questions about the details, so PARD Director Sara Hensley is on notice...."

Oct. 7, 2016 News Feature by Michael King

Council: Next Stop, ACL Fest
Even the Dais Denizens have to take a break every once in a while
" staff – potentially 10 years and $2.4 million. PARD says the contracts would provide savings over short-term purchases;..."

Sept. 30, 2016 News Feature by Michael King

City Council Clashes Over 2017 Budget
Competing ideas on how to spend $969 million
"...those sponsored by Parks & Recreation, and was told PARD only handles particular programs hosted in the parks. Zimmerman..."

Aug. 19, 2016 News Feature by Michael King

Logistical Issue Delays Grove Public Hearing
The Zoning and Platting Commission postpones public hearing on Grove at Shoal Creek to July 5
"...another marathon meeting during which the commissioners heard from PARD staffers, discussed the fate of the heritage oaks on..."

June 24, 2016 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

The New Republic
The Downtown square will get a face-lift and new management
"...would be at least $300,000 per year. In contrast, PARD currently spends about $10,000 per year maintaining Republic Square...."

May 27, 2016 News Feature by Robyn Ross

10-1, Take Two
Five City Council incumbents up for re-election this November
" make improvements at Northwest Pool, and to increase PARD's budget for 2015-16. She's co-sponsored resolutions to increase solar..."

May 20, 2016 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Public Notice: In Defense of Socialism
Government does a lot of good things that aren’t possible to achieve privately
"...lifeguards who are trained and hired by May 23. PARD conducts Hiring Days at their Aquatic Administration and Train­ing..."

March 25, 2016 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Public Notice: Being a Good Host
SXSW in full bloom
"...Now, after two-and-a-half more years of polling and drafting, PARD has pretty much boiled it down to two very..."

March 18, 2016 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Public Notice: Amnesty Now!
Council expected to tackle the issue of small-lot amnesty
"...the Austin History Center. This Wed., Feb. 17, 6:30-8pm, PARD will hold a first stakeholder and community engagement meeting..."

Feb. 12, 2016 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Public Notice: Out of Their Cold, Dead Brains
GOP refuses to be sensible about guns
"...PARD is also planning potential park improvements in the Barton..."

Jan. 8, 2016 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Public Notice: 'Tis the Season
Parties nightly, and events in pairs
"...PARD has held several public engagement events regarding potential park..."

Dec. 4, 2015 News Column by Nick Barbaro

"...supplement city funding for improvements to Barton Springs Pool. PARD has increasingly looked to private sources to help sustain..."

Oct. 30, 2015 News Feature

Public Notice: Plans for the Future
The CodeNEXT process is upon us
"...PARD's Urban Forestry Program and TreeFolks present an Arbor Day..."

Oct. 16, 2015 News Column by Nick Barbaro

News Roundup: Congress, Council, & Concealed Weapons
Guns in; refugees out
"...water irrigation." An online survey is available here, and PARD requests residents to complete the survey in time for..."

Sept. 8, 2015 News Post by the News Staff

News Roundup: Smoke and Fire
Arsonists, burn bans, and heated arguments
"...early Saturday rain was the first in 44 days), PARD warns of increased risk of wildfires. "The ban temporarily..."

Aug. 17, 2015 News Post by the News Staff

Council: Are We Having Fun Fun Fun Yet?
The show must go on, but where exactly?
" its earlier configuration prior to the just-completed redesign. PARD staff were still negotiating with the festival this week,..."

Aug. 7, 2015 News Feature by Michael King

City Pools by City Council District
"...The PARD Aquatic Division operates 50 public pool facilities – among..."

May 15, 2015 News Feature

Point Austin: Balancing Budget Numbers and Needs
Council wants a property tax cut, but service needs are real
"...the department already cannot afford its assigned duties; similarly, PARD is overstretched in general, trying to maintain 26 leaking..."

May 15, 2015 News Column by Michael King

Public Notice
Privatize, privatize, dance to the music
"...PARD (still) needs lifeguards: Wed., May 20, is the final..."

May 15, 2015 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Will Metz Stay Open?
Recently announced closure draws ire
" backlash appeared to have had an effect, as PARD announced Wednesday that it would reconsider the closure in..."

May 4, 2015 News Post by Tony Cantú

Public Notice: What Goes Around ...
This week's news sounds suspiciously familiar
"...her District 10 constituents to meet with representatives from PARD, the Public Works Department, and Alison Alter, chair of..."

March 20, 2015 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Public Notice: First, Do No Harm
Council dives in
"...Zilker CafE Austin PARD is looking for a vendor to operate the Zilker..."

Feb. 6, 2015 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Public Notice: Government by Committee
Tonight's Town Hall: First step in a "New Way Forward"
"...This collaboration of the Austin Parks Foundation and Austin PARD, held the first Saturday of March, brings thousands of..."

Jan. 23, 2015 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Bikes in the Mud
Parks & Rec cancels, then delays, Cyclo-cross event
"...several hours, USA Cycling – after discussions with Austin PARD Director Sara Hensley, and with the unexpected intervention of..."

Jan. 16, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Public Notice: City Hall Shark Tank
Council might be no fun, but there's lots of cool stuff going on this weekend
"...Duncan Park VISIONING: Austin PARD, Shoal Creek Conservancy, Austin Parks Foundation, and other stakeholders..."

Nov. 14, 2014 News Column by Nick Barbaro

ACC: Bonds Yes, Taxes No
"...PLACE 2 Gigi Edwards Bryant: 36,965 (32.6%) Jade Chang Sheppard: 31,386 (27.7%) Bob Allen: 19,915 (17.5%) Michael J. Lewis:..."

Nov. 7, 2014 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Ten Districts, Many Visions
First, Representation
"...bonds) has ended the discussion, and Garza, Reyes, and Sheppard oppose it. (Owen hasn't yet spoken, on this or..."

Sept. 26, 2014 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Civics 101
Duty now for the future
"...Call for Names for the Zilker Park Clubhouse and PARD Main Office. Public comment period continues through Sept. 29...."

Sept. 5, 2014 News Column

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