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Jackie and Foxy Brown?! Yes please!
"...most of us get to enjoy the great Austin PARD’s work at the 44 public aquatic facilities to choose..."

June 7, 2024 Arts Feature by James Scott

Headlines / Quote of the Week
"...a city report found, and the Austin Monitor reported. PARD is asking for a roughly 75% increase in maintenance..."

May 31, 2024 News Feature

PARD Considers the Future of Historic Home on Lady Bird Lake
Travis Heights citizens have fought to get it rehabbed for 40 years
"...NPF almost made that happen in 2021, after PARD allocated $3 million for the project from bond and..."

Feb. 9, 2024 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

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

Headlines / Quote of the Week
"...Lake. The building's future will be taken up at PARD's next board meeting November 27...."

Nov. 3, 2023 News Feature

Farewell to Flo
"...the people who live nearby safe. Again, thank you PARD, for making the right decision for the safety of..."

Oct. 4, 2023 Postmarks

Environmental Group’s Push to Spare Barton Springs Tree Ain’t Happening, City Says
No, Parks and Rec says
"...tree care services. In a city memo last Friday, PARD Director Kimberly McNeeley said the city’s structural engineer evaluated..."

Oct. 4, 2023 News Post by Maggie Q. Thompson

As Austin Grows, Parkland Will Shrink, Per New State Law
PARD is working to draft a new ordinance to comply with the law
"...be 30 to 60% lower than current fees, meaning PARD won’t meet its parkland goals unless it finds new..."

Oct. 3, 2023 News Post by Lina Fisher

The Summer Heat Has Been Brutal, but at Least You Can Swim for Free in These City Pools
City waives pool fees through Sept. 30
"...allowed pools to remain open all summer. In July, PARD credited the surge in lifeguard applications to a streamlined..."

Aug. 10, 2023 News Post by Austin Sanders

Headlines / Quote of the Week
"...recruitment efforts all contributed to the boost in hiring, PARD said, and as a result, all 32 of the..."

July 14, 2023 News Feature

Parks Board Recommends Zilker Plan Despite Misinformation-Fueled Outrage
Stakeholders respond to 5,000-seat amphitheater concerns
"...other parts of town. But historically, nonprofit gifts to PARD (including ACL Fest donations) have actually been spread across..."

May 26, 2023 News Post by Lina Fisher

Tensions Rise Ahead of Meeting on Zilker Plan
Dazed and confused over Zilker
"...Rewild Zilker's Robin Rather agrees that the idea that PARD is "selling" the park to ACL "is obviously inaccurate..."

May 19, 2023 News Feature by Lina Fisher

Public Notice: Drowning in Paperwork
City’s lifeguard hiring program may be leaking applicants
"...pools draws nearer. That's no different this year – PARD's Aquatics Division is offering a pay boost to $20..."

April 14, 2023 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Community Advocates Worry Commercial Interests Dominate Zilker Park Vision Plan
Zilker Park or "Park Zilker"?
"...for operations and management of the park comes from PARD's slice of the city's General Fund (which other departments..."

Dec. 16, 2022 News Feature by Lina Fisher

Public Notice: Public Land for Public Good, Act 3
Why is it so hard to make actual progress on housing?
"...As I reported a few weeks back, PARD has released the draft Zilker Metropolitan Park Vision Plan..."

Dec. 9, 2022 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Austin at Large: What’s Public, What’s Private
Power and parks: My conflicting views of privatizing public services and spaces
"...That is, coincidentally, almost exactly the annual budget of PARD. (Austin Water also kicks in $47 million to the..."

Dec. 2, 2022 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Cemetery Troubles
"...reversed only after I got the attention of the PARD director who immediately acted to plant a new tree...."

Nov. 21, 2022 Postmarks

PARDon Me
"...Dear Editor, I agree that PARD should not be in charge of the cemeteries any..."

Nov. 15, 2022 Postmarks

Opinion: Flawed Cemetery Rules Process Violates City Council Resolution and Betrays Public Trust
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is trying to force new rules that could result in the desecration of hundreds of graves
"...we learned that the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) planned to force families to remove gravesite gardens and..."

Nov. 11, 2022 Column by Sharon Weintraub

After 44 Years, Contentious Gravesite Decoration Rules May Change
Will new cemetery rules stick?
"...to improve conditions and programs at the cemeteries, which PARD had farmed out to a third-party contractor for years..."

Oct. 14, 2022 News Feature by Lina Fisher

City Base Wage Jumps to $20/Hour for Next Fiscal Year
Council approves increase for city workers
"...million to increase pay for more employees, because many PARD jobs are seasonal but are funded for the full..."

Aug. 26, 2022 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Council Recap: Adopted FY23 Budget Puts More Cash in Everybody's Pockets
Still TBD: Impact of future public safety contracts
"...million to increase pay for more employees, because many PARD jobs are seasonal even though they’re funded for the..."

Aug. 19, 2022 News Post by Austin Sanders

Local Roller Derby Community in a Jam Over Extreme Heat
A shade covering could cost more than $100,000
"...Scarpello said that while PARD has provided her with good information, there's been no..."

Aug. 5, 2022 News Feature by Hannah Uebele

Neighbors With and Without Homes Collide at Roy Guerrero Park
“But then where?”
"...In a statement provided to the Chronicle, PARD spokesperson Kanya Lyons said that the city has responded..."

July 15, 2022 News Feature by Abe Asher

Austin Desperately Needs Lifeguards but Has Resisted Calls for a Wage Increase
Lifeguards in limbo
"...the workforce." Levine also noted that it's not just PARD that has struggled to fill job openings, nor is..."

June 3, 2022 News Feature by Abe Asher

Public Notice: Setting an Agenda for Land Use
"...nice, and kind of like a no-brainer, right? Perhaps PARD can think about incorporating some of these natural elements..."

June 3, 2022 News Column by Nick Barbaro

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

City Ordered to Pay Developer for Historic Montopolis Negro School Property
The high cost of history

May 6, 2022 News Feature by Abe Asher

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

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