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Common Ground on the Colorado
The new Eastside Colorado River Park begins to take shape.
"...ground creates community," says Ted Siff of the Austin Parks Foundation, who has been helping marshal the latest efforts..."

April 26, 2002 News Feature by Dan Oko

From Austin to Travis County -- With $$$$$$
Travis County's upcoming bond election asks mostly urban voters to fund suburban sprawl.
"...Prop. 2: County Parks Project ($28.6 million)..."

Oct. 19, 2001 News Feature by Amy Smith

Naked City
The West Austin Park, for years an unofficial off-leash "dog park" for neighborhood residents, gets an unexpected makeover into a T-ball field.
"...up in arms over a decision by the city Parks and Recreation Dept. (PARD) to turn the park into..."

May 11, 2001 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Naked City
Council members' feuding bond proposals are sure to set off a major tectonic event at this week's council meeting.
"...could get plugged, soccer fields could sprout up, and parks, roads, and sidewalks could appear where there were none..."

Aug. 18, 2000 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

Outgunned in the Greenbelt
"...The officers who patrol Austin's parks are the most neglected law enforcement officers in the..."

Aug. 8, 1997 News Feature by Robert Bryce

Eco-Education 101
The DUD: New Heitz or New Lowz?
"...have expertise in those areas?" asks the former city Parks & Recreation Department director. "Point-blank, no."..."

Feb. 9, 1996 News Feature by Alex de Marban

Day Trips & Beyond: Stay Trips
Daytripping in the age of stay-at-home orders
" that has been the gates at Texas State Parks lately, the parks reopened on Monday, April 20, albeit..."

April 28, 2020 Travel Post by Gerald E. McLeod

What’s on the Agenda for Tomorrow's City Council Meeting
A new shelter strategy, Cap Metro’s Red Line expansion, and more
"...Street Special District fund; adoption of a new long-range parks master plan, and a resolution directing staff to explore..."

Nov. 13, 2019 News Post by Austin Sanders

City of Austin "Major Events" Roster
The city lists over 400 days’ worth of events from the Commitment Day 5K on Jan. 1 to the New Year’s Celebration on Dec. 31. The full list is posted here.
"...Saturday)5/11/20135/11/2013 Paramount & State Gala5/11/20135/12/2013 MALC 40th Anniversary5/15/20135/15/2013 Austin Parks Foundation - Movies in the Park5/16/20135/16/2013 COTA EVENT -..."

July 12, 2013 News Feature

New 'Action' Park Rolls Closer to Reality
Skaters, BMXers collaborate on new digs
"...fill a longstanding gap in the city's park inventory. Parks Planning Department Project Coordinator Gary Gregson calls it "an..."

June 25, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Developing Stories
Getting back to our Wooldridge Square roots
"...Architecture, sponsored by the Downtown Austin Alliance. The study ( was conducted by professors Louise Harpman and Jason Sowell..."

Aug. 3, 2007 News Column by Katherine Gregor

Funding TP&W: No Walk Through the Park
Texas' parks come one step closer to funding they need to reverse years of budgetary-shortfall-induced decay
"...Texas' parks last week came one step closer to seeing the..."

May 11, 2007 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

The Hightower Lowdown
Health care fight proves that The People can prevail; and what happened to Ranger George?
"...When you go into America's national parks, your eyes and soul soak up the experience --..."

June 13, 2003 News Column by Jim Hightower

Naked City
Off the Desk:
"...abuzz this week at the prospect of the city parks police getting a nice pay raise -- without even..."

Dec. 5, 1997 News Feature

Merriment & What-Not
Will Eeyore Be Banished From the Hundred Acre Wood?
"...held in Pease Park. Pease, one of the oldest parks in Austin, flanks the banks of Shoal Creek beside..."

April 11, 1997 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Day Trips & Beyond: April Events Roundup
Updates from around the state and things to look forward to
"...not prohibit people from visiting grocery stores, gas stations, parks, and banks. Domestic travel remains unrestricted, but it advised..."

April 1, 2020 Travel Post by Gerald E. McLeod

Day Trips & Beyond: September Events Roundup
Art festivals and dance halls liven up the landscape in September
"...Texas Navy Day Sept. 15, Angleton,"

Sept. 1, 2018 Travel Post by Gerald E. McLeod

Day Trips & Beyond: September Events Roundup
Autumn events you ought to check out
"...and most of the parking lot will remain open."

Aug. 30, 2017 Travel Post by Gerald E. McLeod

Day Trips & Beyond: August Events Roundup
Last call for summer fun
"...Every year the national and state parks in Stonewall and Johnson City hold special events to..."

Aug. 14, 2017 Travel Post by Gerald E. McLeod

Day Trips & Beyond: Ice Fishing, Door County, Wis.
A trip to Sturgeon Bay
"...the winter. The trails in the state and county parks on the peninsula are converted from hiking and biking..."

Feb. 15, 2017 Travel Post by Gerald E. McLeod

The New Republic
The Downtown square will get a face-lift and new management
"...upgrade is the result of a partnership among the Parks and Recreation Department, the Austin Parks Foundation, and the..."

May 27, 2016 News Feature by Robyn Ross

Auditorium Shores: The Next Millennium?
Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley on hand
"...when they proposed to "give back" via the Austin Parks Foun­da­tion, it was on the condition that an outside..."

July 12, 2013 News Feature by Michael King

Naked City
News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere
"...says he chose Sara Hensley to be Austin's new Parks & Recreation Department director because "she understands Austin's love..."

Sept. 26, 2008 News Feature

Death by a Thousand Waivers: Variances granted here
Many projects on the waterfront are asking for exceptions to the rules
"...Planning Commission, it has already been reviewed by the Parks and Recreation Board. This gives PARD the first voice,..."

Jan. 19, 2007 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Our readers talk back.
"...Carpe Diem Entertainment LLC, DBA TambaleoNot About Parks, but MoneyDear Editor:..."

Aug. 5, 2005 Column

"...non-road project that would upgrade and develop four county parks. Given these unsettling times, $185 million seems an exorbitant..."

Oct. 26, 2001 News Feature

Naked City
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department makes a timely hire: Jeff Francell, formerly of the Nature Conservancy as head of its land acquisition program.
"...Francell is commandeering a land-acquisition quest for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department...."

Feb. 2, 2001 News Feature by Amy Smith

Naked City
The tragic shooting of Austin Parks Police officer William Jones highlights deficiencies in pay and staffing levels in the parks police department.
"...responsible for a massive amount of territory -- 200 parks and 23 greenbelts encompassing more than 14,000 acres of..."

June 2, 2000 News Feature by Robert Bryce

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.
"...evolved under the careful stewardship of the nonprofit Austin Parks Foundation into a bona fide success story with minimal..."

April 28, 2000 News Feature by Dan Oko

Day Trips
Old Settler's Park in Round Rock is one of the best city parks in Texas.
"...Park, but it is one of the best small-town parks in Central Texas and getting better all the time...."

Oct. 15, 1999 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

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