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Sand Beach Battle
Sand Beach Reserve on the north shore of Town Lake is the subject of a land-use and legal dispute.
"...on the surface to be a strange alliance, local parks advocates are supporting the Aggies' plan, in hopes that..."

Oct. 1, 1999 News Feature by Jenny Staff Johnson

New Austin Music Worth Your Bandwidth This Week
Here's what we're listening to
"...like "The Hip" and "The U.T." – Tim Stegall Aaron Parks: Parks & Wreck..."

June 19, 2020 Music Feature by Doug Freeman

Day Trips & Beyond: Daytripping in the Age of a Pandemic
Texas travel updates as of Memorial Day weekend
"...Texas State Parks have resumed limited overnight camping. This gradual reopening of..."

May 22, 2020 Travel Post by Gerald E. McLeod

Day Trips & Beyond: Daytripping in the Age of a Pandemic
Houston Art Car Parade goes virtual, and more travel news
"...Easter tree. Right before the weekend began, Texas State Parks and Texas Historic Sites were closed until a date..."

April 17, 2020 Travel Post by Gerald E. McLeod

As Charlie Jones Exits C3, He Traces His Journey From College Station to Founding ACL Fest
Leaving the music promotions empire he helped build, Jones begins his new events company, Four Leaf
"...and the city, so my credibility within the [Austin] Parks Department went up because of the way I operated...."

Feb. 28, 2020 Music Feature by Raoul Hernandez

Day Trips & Beyond: December Events Roundup
Plenty of fun still to be had in 2019
"...Get ready to catch your dinner as the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department stocks delicious rainbow trout in 185..."

Nov. 29, 2019 Travel Post by Gerald E. McLeod

Day Trips & Beyond: Texas Springs Under Threat
Visit these five watering holes while you can
"...In a 2005 article in Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine, Larry McKinney counted: “Of the 31..."

April 20, 2017 Travel Post by Gerald E. McLeod

City Council Clashes Over 2017 Budget
Competing ideas on how to spend $969 million
"...what residents generally consider city services: police, fire, EMS, parks, libraries, health and human services, etc...."

Aug. 19, 2016 News Feature by Michael King

Public Notice: In Defense of Socialism
Government does a lot of good things that aren’t possible to achieve privately
"...outside! The Next Ten Years is the Travis County Parks countywide parks master plan, which the county just released..."

March 25, 2016 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Day Trips: National Public Lands Day
National Public Lands Day puts a shine on America's best idea
"...ground. As the largest single-day push to improve our parks, it is a day of grunts and learning...."

Sept. 25, 2015 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Point Austin: Follow the Money
Final city budget discussions begin in earnest
"...a 4.5% bump ($12.7 million) in APD funding; but Parks and Recreation is also recommended for an 8.3% increase..."

Aug. 9, 2013 News Column by Michael King

Day Trips
Happy birthday National Park Service!
"...20,000 men and women who keep our 397 national parks running...."

Aug. 24, 2012 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Res Publica
Citizens' calendar, Feb. 17-24
"...PARKS & REC COMMUNITY MEETING Tell the city how you..."

Feb. 18, 2011 News Column

Res Publica
Citizens' calendar, Nov. 18-23
"...CENTERS FORUM Discuss community issues with folks from the Parks and Rec Department. 6:30pm. A.B. Cantu Pan American Recreation..."

Nov. 19, 2010 News Column

'Service Reductions' and 'Unmet Needs'
What the numbers show
"...and managerial consideration. City Department* Proposed Cuts Unmet Needs Parks and Recreation $994,000 $2,141,000 Health and Human Services 482,000..."

June 25, 2010 News Feature

Here We Go Again
Does Austin need a cancer survivors plaza?
"...part of the foundation's national effort to place similar parks in every metropolitan center in the U.S. and Canada..."

Aug. 14, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

The Chips Are Down
Budget balancing picks up speed – and it's anything but fun and games
"...library hours, closing city pools, and canning funding for parks and youth programs? Are these also structural changes we're..."

June 26, 2009 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

ANC: Do More With Less
ANC members see breath of fresh air in new Parks director
"...double-bill attraction of City Manager Marc Ott and new Parks & Recreation Department Director Sara Hensley brought a standing-room-only..."

Feb. 6, 2009 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Naked City
News briefs from Austin, the region, and elsewhere
"...• Do you care about the future of parks in Austin? Then make your voice heard on Thursday,..."

May 2, 2008 News Feature

Developing Stories: Private Projects, Public Benefits
Could developers become Austin's new benefactors?
"...to livable city goals – such as affordable housing, parks and open space, public transportation, a clean environment, climate..."

April 6, 2007 News Column by Katherine Gregor

365 National Festival: A Suzan-Lori play a day ...
Starting Nov. 13, Austin will join nine other cities across the country in a national festival that will produce 365 plays by Suzan-Lori Parks in 365 days
"...for a year dedicated to Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist Suzan-Lori Parks in which we'll be treated to one of her..."

Sept. 29, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

PSEM: City Coy About Coy report
In wake of public release of assessment report of city's Public Safety and Emergency Management forces, officials announce Park Police Chief Darryl Lewis will step down to division manager, but dance around saying much else
"...Hall controversy over whether to consolidate the airport police, parks police, and city marshals – merged last August into..."

July 7, 2006 News Feature by Michael King

Day Trips
The good and the bad news from the year 2005
"...2) The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department hemorrhaged bad news after the Legislature..."

Jan. 6, 2006 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Day Trips
Kerrville-Schreiner Park is no longer a state park, but it is better than ever
"...the Kerrville city limits was transferred from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department to the city parks department...."

Aug. 13, 2004 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Naked City
One More New Job for Heitz
"...a lower-paying job as director of the city's Metro Parks system. The pay may be less -- $98,000 there,..."

June 13, 2003 News Feature by Amy Smith

Austin @ Large: No Picnic for PARD
Parks & Recreation downsizes, shedding functions that perhaps it never should have had.
"...Austin loves its parks, and consequently Austin loves its Parks and Recreation Department...."

Sept. 20, 2002 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Day Trips
"...Austin and 15 miles east of Georgetown, the four parks at the lake are often nearly silent except for..."

July 27, 2001 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Jesus Saves
With the city facing its biggest budget crunch in a decade, city manager Jesus Garza has begun to make some tough financial choices.
"...public safety, public health, planning and public works, and parks and libraries. The utilities, airport, and other things that..."

May 25, 2001 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Day Trips
Off-road biking trails of the Lone Star State.
"...be a hair-raising, white-knuckle experience. Several public and private parks around Texas offer a wilderness experience on two wheels...."

May 18, 2001 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

2001 Kids' Summer Fun Guide
"...2001 AUSTIN JUNIOR GOLF ACADEMY is Austin Parks and Recreation Department's high-quality golf instruction program for future..."

May 4, 2001 Features Feature

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