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Parks and Rec Plus Eight
A new planning approach
"...That's how Sara Hensley, director of the city's Parks & Recreation Department, expressed her excitement this week about..."

June 26, 2009 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Texas Should Really Care About Parks and Wildlife
"...decades since the Legislature has adequately funded our state parks. Even still, dedicated state employees (yes, they do exist!)..."

Feb. 21, 2007 Postmarks

Star Parks Soundtracks I Used To Go Here
Austin's Andy Bianculli on the ups and downs of movie music
" – six tracks pulled from his band Star Parks’ recent four-star LP The New Sounds of Late Capitalism,..."

July 30, 2020 Screens Post by Kevin Curtin

Star Parks' New Album Proves Prescient in These Uncertain Times
Sophomore LP, The New Sounds of Late Capitalism captures our suddenly insecure moment
"...critical self-awareness coming through in his music as Star Parks...."

April 3, 2020 Music Feature by Doug Freeman

Downtown Puzzle: Waller Creek’s Chain of Parks
What’s happened already with the ambitious park and trail project, and what might happen next
"...$230 million. Funds already accrued include $13 million in Parks & Recreation bonds approved by voters in 2012, some..."

Sept. 22, 2017 News Feature by Robyn Ross

Parks Board Member Challenges Sheri Gallo
Alison Alter says she will advocate for neighbors – not developers
"...10 seat: Alison Alter, the district's representative on the Parks and Recreation Board. Alter, who was appointed by Gallo..."

July 22, 2016 News Feature by Annamarya Scaccia

Do Not Let Loaded Guns in National Parks
"...advanced in Washington: allowing loaded guns in our national parks. Under longstanding Department of the Interior regulations, firearms are..."

June 23, 2008 Postmarks

A Parting Plan for Austin's Downtown Parks
Dunkerley pushes new plan to preserve Austin's open spaces
"...have been the Down­town Austin Alliance and the Austin Parks Foundation, which expect to partner with the city on..."

June 6, 2008 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Investing in Downtown Parks
"...Turning underperforming parks into great outdoor people places requires both vision and..."

May 4, 2007 News Feature

2001 Austin Parks & Recreation Pool Schedule
"...other info including PARD's swimming and diving classes, see"

May 11, 2001 Features Feature

Amid COVID Surge, City of Austin to Close City Parks, Barton Springs Pool
Officials fear holiday weekend will give virus a transmission boost
"...In advance of the holiday weekend, all city parks and recreational facilities – such as golf courses, tennis..."

June 29, 2020 News Post by Kimberley Jones

Forklift Danceworks' My Parks, My Pools, My City
With Bartholomew Swims, Allison Orr's dance company plunges into Austin's pool problem
"...and a pool mechanic who first worked for the Parks & Recreation Department's Aquatic Division in 1982 – he..."

July 28, 2017 Arts Feature by Jonelle Seitz

Then There's This: Dog Days of Parks and Rec
Planned changes to off-leash area at Auditorium Shores draws howls
"...where an overflow crowd milled about. After listening to Parks and Recre­a­tion Department reps Jesse Vargas and Marty Stump..."

Oct. 11, 2013 News Column by Amy Smith

Parks and Rec Shocker: More Money
PARD to get its biggest budget bump in years
"...It's not exactly a windfall, but the Parks and Recreation Department could get its biggest funding boost..."

Aug. 31, 2012 News Feature by Amy Smith

Great Streets, Not So Great Parks
Battle at the park over Riverside Drive
"...others), the Junior League of Austin, Friends of the Parks, Arts Center Stage, and others...."

April 12, 2002 News Feature by Lauri Apple

Star Parks Album Review
The New Sounds of Late Capitalism (Modern Outsider)
" a reference for his sophomore LP as Star Parks, employs a similar Instagram filter to postmodern discontent on..."

April 3, 2020 Music Feature by Rachel Rascoe

Parks Department Implements ID Cards
PARD says "everyone is welcome"
"...That may be the new question posed to Austin Parks and Recreation Department visitors in coming weeks. PARD is..."

March 31, 2017 News Feature by Michael King

Thinking Through Disc Golf and City Parks
"...and general office-mix use. Now the city of Austin Parks and Recreation Department is asking to rezone this property..."

Oct. 6, 2010 Postmarks

Parks and Rec: If You Build It ...
Is Austin's appetite for fountains bigger than its wallet?
"...Park? A fountain needs fixing, and a pond, the Parks and Recreation board has decided, needs to be left..."

May 28, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Don't Underfund Parks, Libraries
" that they’re going to cut the Library and Parks departments. I think it’s unfair to give raises and..."

May 5, 2009 Postmarks

County Gets Bonded: Roads and Parks and Jail, Oh My!
Local voters easily pass county bond package
"...East Sixth Street restaurant, where supporters (heavy on the parks supporters) had gathered to nosh on tamales and margaritas..."

Nov. 11, 2005 News Feature by Michael King

2004 Austin Parks & Recreation Pool Schedule
"...including PARD's swimming and diving classes, check online at or call the City of Austin Aquatics Division information..."

May 7, 2004 Features Feature

Add It to the Parks
"...the property and add it to the system of parks along Bull Creek. The agenda item is 98. I..."

July 21, 2020 Postmarks

Big Differences Between National Parks And Forests
"...forests are under the Department of Agriculture, while national parks fall within the Department of the Interior. Big difference!..."

Aug. 26, 2012 Postmarks

State Parks Feel Pinch
"...a conservation license plate goes straight to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. While that program has actually grown..."

Oct. 23, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Parks Under Pressure
Will a recent presidential executive order mean more hunting on federal land?
"...point may come. Except in a handful of its parks, the NPS bans hunting. In those where it does..."

Sept. 25, 2007 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Footing the Bill for New Parks?
"...will all have to foot the bill for new parks in the area...."

Sept. 8, 2007 Postmarks

Star Parks Soundtracks I Used to Go Here
Austin’s Andy Bianculli on the ups and downs of movie music

July 31, 2020 Screens Feature by Kevin Curtin

Temporary, But Indefinite: Texas State Parks Close

April 10, 2020 News Feature by Kimberley Jones

Austin Parks & Recreation Pool Schedule

May 26, 2000 Features Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

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