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Then There's This: Parks and Rec in Review
In a parks-centric town like Austin, it's not easy being PARD
"...mad, and maddening year it's been for the Austin Parks and Rec­re­ation Department and the people it peeved in..."

Dec. 28, 2012 News Column by Amy Smith

Day Trips: Texas State Parks
Celebrating 100 years of Texas parks and the contributions of Civilian Conservation Corps
"...Civilian Conservation Corps built the foundation of the Texas parks system. As Texas State Parks celebrate their 100th year..."

Jan. 6, 2023 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Opinion: Parks Have Been our Refuge During the Pandemic. Using Them Responsibly Is the Only Way to Keep Them Open.
The CEO of Austin Parks Foundation asks you to respect our green space and the PARD staff working to maintain it
"...not to mention the heroes who are our city Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) staff. These are the fine..."

May 29, 2020 Column by Colin Wallis

Temporary, But Indefinite: Texas State Parks Close Tonight
Governor orders closure to mitigate spread of COVID-19
"...So far in the ongoing coronavirus crisis, Texas’ state parks have stayed open, clocking in March 740,000 day and..."

April 7, 2020 News Post by Kimberley Jones

Council Candidate Forced out of Parks Board
Alison Alter was appointed by opponent Sheri Gallo nearly two years ago
"...her appointee, Alison Alter, as a member of the Parks and Recreation Board. The removal comes after Alter refused..."

Aug. 4, 2016 News Post by Annamarya Scaccia

Water Parks, Swimming Holes, and More Options to Keep You Cool
Beat the heat with these H2Options
" choose from. From floating obstacle courses to nude parks and scenic swimming holes, we’ve gathered all the fun..."

July 18, 2018 Events Post by Eilish O'Sullivan

Earth Day: Parks Through Prints
See America's natural wonders via the Fifty-Nine Parks Series
"...Day jetting around the country and visiting our national parks (and what kinda respect for the environment would that..."

April 19, 2017 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Reading The Riot Act With Devon Parks
Arkansas filmmaker on the lessons of no-resource cinema
"...DIY energy to make movies here, and now Devon Parks is creating the same stirrings of that early Austin..."

Jan. 18, 2020 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Funding Texas' Parks and Wildlife: No Walk Through the Park
Parks may finally get more funding, but advocates are wary of shifting some assets to the Texas Historical Commission
"...Texas' parks last week came one step closer to seeing the..."

May 8, 2007 News Post by Daniel Mottola

Parks Board Recommends Zilker Plan Despite Misinformation-Fueled Outrage
Stakeholders respond to 5,000-seat amphitheater concerns
"...The Zilker Park Vision Plan has cleared its last..."

May 26, 2023 News Post by Lina Fisher

Day Trips: Drive-Through Wildlife Parks
Take a drive on the wild side at these animal parks
"...Drive-through animal parks are naturally low-contact because you stay in your car...."

Aug. 14, 2020 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Parks Smoking Ban, More Up Thursday
No ifs, ands, or (37,000) butts: One smokin' council agenda
"...disappoint with a wooly, 139-item agenda this Thursday. A parks smoking ban, a Comp Plan, bond election love-in, and..."

Dec. 5, 2011 News Post by Wells Dunbar

Parks and Rec Proposes Metered Parking for Deep Eddy Pool Lot
The currently free lot could see meters in 2020
"...On Friday, Sept. 13, the city’s Parks and Recreation Director Kim McNeeley sent a memo to..."

Sept. 18, 2019 News Post by Michael King

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

Austin Parks: Trying to Fill the GAP
Group urges City Council to increase parks and rec budget
"...A coalition of park supporters called "Great Austin Parks" – comprised of members from 12 different groups, including..."

Aug. 16, 2013 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Bell Blasts Perry for Underfunded Parks
Crisis predates current administration, but Dem says guv could have prodded Lege
"...sought to highlight Gov. Rick Perry's lackluster record on parks during a campaign stop Monday at McKinney Falls, one..."

Aug. 4, 2006 News Feature by Amy Smith

Clear-Cutting at Parks & Rec
Budget Pruning Kills Horticulture Unit
"...compost from the back of the old, green city Parks truck, sets it down, and takes out a cigarette...."

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

Salvaging Our Parks
Texas State Parks Advisory Committee releases list of recommendations for saving long-neglected state park system
"...bill that would have shored up funding for state parks drew little notice and died quietly in a House..."

Sept. 1, 2006 News Feature by Amy Smith

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
"...Risk," which not only sounded an alarm that Texas parks are being financially starved, but also warned that many..."

March 3, 2006 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

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

Open City Parks for Business Parking?
A proposal to save one restaurant's parking woes is not drawing many supporters
" parking spaces that are managed by the city's Parks and Recreation Department. In turn, the businesses would contribute..."

May 24, 2013 News Feature by Elizabeth Pagano

Will Lege Rescue Starving State Parks?
Legislators claim help is on way for suffering parks system
"...70 staff positions were eliminated last year alone, many parks and historic sites cannot stay open to visitors all..."

Feb. 9, 2007 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

Austin Parks Foundation Discusses Racial Equity in Green Spaces
Panelists consider how Austin leadership should help dismantle racism in public spaces
"...In the first of two panels in Austin Parks Foundation's Parks Summit series, community members and city staff..."

Sept. 18, 2020 News Feature by Lina Fisher

Parks, Wildlife, and Racism
Wardens recount longstanding, institutional discrimination against African-Americans at TP&W
" conception," said one veteran warden at the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, the agency charged with (among many..."

Aug. 10, 2012 News Feature by Patricia J. Ruland

Texas Parks Get Drilled
Sierra Club files suit over Bush loosening of oil-and- gas rules
"...on drilling for oil and natural gas under national parks – including here in Texas, at places like Padre..."

Nov. 26, 2004 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

Grove Parks Not (Yet) Superior
Developer has more work to do if it wants staff's blessing
"...Last week, the Parks and Recreation Board met and, after hours of testimony..."

June 3, 2016 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

'Suzan-Lori Parks: Watch Me Work'
The playwright invites the public to observe her as she pursues her craft
"...writes alone, right? Not when the writer is Suzan-Lori Parks. The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright behind Topdog/Underdog and In the..."

Dec. 3, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

It's Not About Parks but Public Money
"...Court narrowly approved a $100,000 grant for Belterra subdivision parks, County Judge Jim Powers is quoted as saying, “We..."

Aug. 2, 2005 Postmarks

Explore the Natural Beauty of Texas at These Four State Parks
The best outdoor destinations near Austin are just a road trip away
"...easy to forget the 630,000-plus acres of Texas state parks and natural areas that lie only a road trip..."

May 17, 2019 Features Feature by Beth Sullivan

Austin Parks: We’re No. 46!
But dogs are happier than average!
"...Trust for Public Land ( has released its annual "ParkScore" index, and reports that Austin ranks 46th among the..."

June 9, 2017 News Feature by Michael King

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