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Austin Hunkers Down and Waits as the Pandemic Grows
It’s closing time
"...of Austin's spring festival season – Mayor Steve Adler and Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt ordered that all bars..."

March 20, 2020 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

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
"...by 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

Vision of a New Republic
Plans for the Revitalization of Republic Square
"...was determined to focus attention on the historic downtown parks (Republic Square, Wooldridge Park, and Brush Square). "That's when..."

July 13, 2001 News Feature by Chale Nafus

This Is Your City Budget
More police, vanishing grants, rising costs, and ... Jazzercise?
"...manager's proposed budget – that annual assessment of local revenues and expenses, timed to coincide with the city of Austin's..."

Sept. 2, 2011 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

... Until Your Pool Runs Dry
Austin's swimming pools are leaking – and that may be the least of PARD's problems
"...On April 24, Parks and Recreation Depart­ment Director Sara Hensley issued a foreboding..."

May 15, 2015 News Feature by Michael King

Day Trips & Beyond: Pandemic's Effect on Travel
Out of town closings due to the threat of COVID-19
"...the rapidly changing situation caused by the COVID-19/coronavirus, daytrippers and travelers are advised to check with any public event..."

March 17, 2020 Travel Post by Gerald E. McLeod

The Town Lake Variance Shuffle
The hike-and-bike trail, questionable developer tactics, and a potential windfall for urban parks all flow together on East Riverside Drive
"...the water – is pointing up some fascinating twists and turns, as well as loopholes and inequities, in the..."

Nov. 24, 2006 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Day Trips & Beyond: Out of Town Closures Due to COVID-19
Here are the latest updates
"...COVID-19/coronavirus, events around the state are canceled or postponed, and travel is not advised. Here is a partial list..."

March 24, 2020 Travel Post by Gerald E. McLeod

Honoring the Activist Who Sparked the Integration of Barton Springs Pool
The city celebrated Joan Means Khabele life and legacy last Saturday
"...Barton Springs Pool, one of Austin's most iconic and beloved places, was segregated along with Zilker Park until..."

April 15, 2022 News Feature by Hannah Uebele

Bikes in the Mud
Parks & Rec cancels, then delays, Cyclo-cross event
"...competition that thrives on bad weather, including mud, sleet, and snow. So there was little surprise that participants were..."

Jan. 16, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Developing Stories: May's Plan-a-Thon
Public meetings on Downtown plans produce mixed – or uncertain – results
"...On the urban design, master planning, and parks circuit, May has been a public-meetings whirl –..."

May 29, 2009 News Column by Katherine Gregor

Public Notice: 'Tis the Season
Tailgaters and fundraisers: It must be fall
"...that means a heavy dose of UT football (men's and women's; see "Soccer Watch"), and candidate fundraisers and forums..."

Sept. 9, 2016 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Dedicated to the Ones They Love
Dedicated nonprofits become more strategic about sponsorships
"...Dedicated nonprofits like the Austin Parks Foundation and the Austin Public Library Foundation aren't intended..."

Oct. 23, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Musical Chairs
Re-shuffling the Deck at the City's Enviro Department
"...we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing: And a wonderful method it can be for creating the..."

Sept. 12, 1997 News Feature by Robert Bryce

As Austin Grows, Parkland Will Shrink, Per New State Law
PARD is working to draft a new ordinance to comply with the law
"...Austin is supposed to come with a chunk of parkland, and when that’s not possible, developers must pay “parkland..."

Oct. 3, 2023 News Post by Lina Fisher

How Much of Zilker Park Can Austin Return to Nature?
Balancing ecological preservation and the human element in city's Zilker Park Vision Plan
"...Austin has parks, and then it has Zilker Park. With more than..."

Oct. 29, 2021 News Feature by Lina Fisher

Public Notice: Clowns to the Left of Us, Jokers to the Right
The overwhelming hubris and audacity of Uber continues
"...few of my favorite topics today: the overwhelming hubris and audacity of Uber, and the unholy alliance between charter..."

June 10, 2016 News Column by Nick Barbaro

News Ticker: April 23
All the news that's fit to blog
"...history lesson, Larry Klayman goes on a witch hunt, and John Carona has some labor pains. Responsibility is on..."

April 23, 2013 News Post by Brandon Watson

Naked City
With plans for the Colorado River Park nearly complete, a process that looked ugly at its outset has produced a blueprint that nearly everyone can live with.
"...process that looked to be filled with interminable wrangling and name calling at its outset has evolved under the..."

April 28, 2000 News Feature by Dan Oko

Austin Animal Center Strains to Maintain Its No-Kill Status
City shelter struggles with overcrowding and volunteer dissatisfaction
"...a few of us held back in the lobby and continued conversations we'd been having all the way through...."

Feb. 8, 2019 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

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