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Council: Coyotes, Garages, and Manure
Old zoning cases never die; they just reincarnate as amendments
"...various pieces of the Champion Tracts since the mid-Nineties, and this latest variation – concerning Tract 3 of the..."

Oct. 7, 2016 News Feature by Michael King

Council: Of Public Power and Inside Chess
Council takes up the MACC, TXI, etc.
"...week's City Council subject most likely to generate public sparks is a triplet: Items 24, 25, and 26. All..."

Oct. 12, 2012 News Feature by Michael King

If We Had Budget Enough, and Time ...
Council closes in on a final FY 2017 city budget
"...of work around a midday meeting of the Audit and Finance Committee. They're scheduled for Friday as well, although..."

Sept. 9, 2016 News Feature by Michael King

Hike-and-Bike Trail Bait and Switch
"...Dear Editor, An ideal opportunity to run the hike-and-bike trail along the river just east of I-35 is..."

July 25, 2007 Postmarks

The Threat to NEA Funding and Austin
How would the proposed cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts hit Austin? Hard.
"...Endowment for the Arts has supplied money to artists and organizations all over the U.S., the Texan art scene..."

April 28, 2017 Arts Feature by Katarina Brown

Pocket Parks Popping Up All Over Town
Miniparks stake out green space in a crowded city
"...Austin, is part of an encouraging trend by the Parks & Recreation Department to open new "pocket parks" in..."

April 17, 2009 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Who Will Preside Over Parks?
Austin Parks and Rec searches for a visionary new director
"...Austin's national search for a new director for our Parks & Recreation Department has been extended to mid-July, to..."

June 6, 2008 News Feature by James Scott Bankston

'Service Reductions' and 'Unmet Needs'
What the numbers show
"...Each General Fund department was asked to propose potential cuts to departmental budgets..."

June 25, 2010 News Feature

8 of Austin's Best Natural Springs and Swimming Holes
In and around town, keep cool all summer long
" Be prepared by getting reacquainted with these springs and natural pools. Ignore them at your own risk...."

May 17, 2019 Chron Events Post by Eilish O'Sullivan

Downtown Puzzle: Waller Creek’s Chain of Parks
What’s happened already with the ambitious park and trail project, and what might happen next
"...The Waller Creek park and trail project stretches from 15th Street to Lady Bird..."

Sept. 22, 2017 News Feature by Robyn Ross

Texas Parks in Harm's Way
New report sounds alarm that Texas parks are being financially starved, warns that many of the state's open spaces and parks are under immediate threat
"...from our daily routines, to seek peace of mind and reconnect with nature – whether at Austin's Barton Springs..."

March 3, 2006 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

Parks Board Supports Shrinking Off-Leash Area
Suggested plan would require new Downtown housing to provide dog play areas
"...park's off-leash dog area won the approval of the Parks and Recreation Board Tuesday night. The board voted 5-1..."

Dec. 13, 2013 News Feature by Amy Smith

'Chronicle' Endorsements and Election Info
Our recommendations for the Nov. 8 election
"...board's endorsements for the Nov. 8 state constitutional amendments and Travis County bond proposition elections, for which early voting..."

Oct. 21, 2011 News Feature

Will Lege Rescue Starving State Parks?
Legislators claim help is on way for suffering parks system
"...last in per-capita spending on our state park system, and it shows. More than 70 staff positions were eliminated..."

Feb. 9, 2007 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

Council: Knocked Down and Drug Out
City Council, on into the 12th round
"...the meeting everyone involved deserved a good breather – and maybe a Friday morning yoga session. There were plenty..."

May 18, 2018 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

FotoATX: Pics and the City
This new arts festival celebrates Austin as seen through the lenses of local photographers
"...Click! The Houston and Texas Central Railroad depot, bringing the Iron Horse to..."

Jan. 19, 2018 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

APD Cracks Down on Spillway Swimmers and Dogs
APD began enforces ban on swimming and off-leash dogs at the spillway, after years of turning a blind eye
"...the Barton Springs spillway with his two dogs, Ranger and Skip-Bo, on Friday, Aug. 1, he was surprised to..."

Aug. 8, 2014 News Feature by Amy Kamp

Clear-Cutting at Parks & Rec
Budget Pruning Kills Horticulture Unit
"...over a mulch pail, scooping out the rich peat and bark onto the base of one of Congress Avenue's..."

Aug. 30, 1996 News Feature by Louisa C. Brinsmade

The Life and Times of Gus Garcia
City Council Member Gus Garcia retires after more than 30 years of public service
"...Gus Garcia. He has a long list of accomplishments and a lot of people know it, but somehow the..."

June 2, 2000 News Feature by Daryl Slusher

Point Austin: Balancing Budget Numbers and Needs
Council wants a property tax cut, but service needs are real
"...the Florida genius ("women ask a lot of questions and don't like numbers"), but City Manager Marc Ott took..."

May 15, 2015 News Column by Michael King

City Hall Hustle: Gas, Water, and Trash
There could be a higher utility bill in your future
"...resource-based geopolitical woes than that old 5 o'clock news standby, "Pain at the Pump"? Maybe John McCain's dim mantra,..."

Aug. 8, 2008 News Column by Wells Dunbar

Don't Underfund Parks, Libraries
"...Dear Editor, When Marc Ott and the City Council members talk about making cuts to..."

May 5, 2009 Postmarks

Parks Under Pressure
Will a recent presidential executive order mean more hunting on federal land?
"...may be even easier to hunt on federally-held public land. On August 16, President George Bush issued an executive..."

Sept. 25, 2007 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Update: Greenbelt Closure Continues
Barton Creek Greenbelt closed due to weather concerns
"...Updated 12:24pm: The Austin Parks and Recreation Department announced this afternoon the continued closure..."

May 12, 2015 News Post by News Staff

Get Your Mulch On
City offering limited amount of free gardening supply
"...any good gardener knows, there's nothing like good mulch, and the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department is..."

Jan. 12, 2010 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Name That Skate Park
City polling public for names now through April 9
"...The City of Austin needs to give that BMX and Skate Park on Shoal Creek Boulevard a name. It..."

Jan. 10, 2014 News Post by Chase Hoffberger

Spraying the Great Lawn
PARD says herbicides applied are “extremely safe”
"...Zilker Park’s Great Lawn, so we asked the city’s Parks and Recreation Department about it – here’s the official..."

Sept. 18, 2013 News Post by Michael King

Budgeting for Happiness
Parks and Rec Finds Its Bottom Line
" Andrea Barnett Every year, city processes align fortuitously with the..."

July 28, 1995 News Feature

Greenbacks for Green Space
City moves to make development pay more for parks
"...the weekend finally comes, Austinites head to their neighborhood parks for a green respite. On a sunny spring Saturday,..."

May 4, 2007 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Keeping Austin Green
The Parks budget finally got a boost, but the real job has just begun
"...Every tree and trail in Austin let out a collective sigh of..."

Nov. 8, 2013 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

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