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Public Notice: Two Steps Forward ...
A year ago, the last CodeNEXT draft was "unworkable." What's changed?
"...Austin PARD's Aquatic Division offers swim lessons for all ages and..."

April 19, 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

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

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

The City Needs Gravediggers, Too
PARD's long, hot summer with interment services
"...which then contracted InterCare Corp. in 1990. In 2013, PARD terminated that contract and reclaimed direct management. The administrative..."

Aug. 24, 2018 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

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
" 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

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

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

Stratford Drive: Let’s Work On It
Redevelopment plan goes back to drawing board
"...solution to "reduce usage of green space parking." So PARD hatched a plan to turn the ad hoc parking..."

June 29, 2018 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

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

Austin's Pool System Will Collapse If We Don't Save It
Shall we dive in?
" be filled and drained each day of operation. PARD destroyed it this spring. A recreation area will be..."

June 1, 2018 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Zilker Park: Paved Paradise, or Vice Versa
When is a parking lot not a parking lot? When it’s next to the beloved park.
"...surface covers over what's now a clay-capped landfill, and PARD, which has tried but failed to grow a solid..."

June 1, 2018 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

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

Point Austin: If You Build It, They Will Come
Arguments over infrastructure reflect community visions
"...public recreational development of Long Metropoli­tan Park, expanded the PARD maintenance budget accordingly, and thereby embarked on the recreational..."

Feb. 2, 2018 News Column 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

Public Notice: What a Difference a Year Makes
Election news, and your city at work
" 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

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

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