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The Hightower Lowdown
Corporatizing Our Public Parks; Common Sense on Drug Policy
"...Corporatizing Our Public Parks Every state has its official song, official state bird,..."

Dec. 1, 2000 News Column by Jim Hightower

Naked City
Beverly Griffith and Raul Alvarez rain on the mayor’s bond parade by adding a few proposals of their own; Cedar Avenue settlement goes back into mediation.
"...proposed adding a $100 million bond election for new parks to the same November ballot that will carry Capital..."

Aug. 11, 2000 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

On The Lege
Death Watch
"...Poor Parks..."

Feb. 19, 1999 News Column

Bond Brouhaha
Council Reenacts for Public What It Did in Private
"...propositions, representing the following categories of projects: Public Safety; Parks and Recreation; Libraries, Museums, and Cultural Centers; Public Works..."

Aug. 14, 1998 News Feature by Jenny Staff

The Impossible Dream
Should Public Money Go to Private Theatre?
"...Beverly Griffith huddled with Assistant City Manager Toby Futrell, Parks board member MaryK Isaacs, and Arts Commission president Maxine..."

Sept. 19, 1997 News Column by Kayte VanScoy

Top 10 Hits
Proposed Budget Cuts Have Some Singing the Blues
"...the Roving Leader program. The innovative program would send Parks and Rec employees to recruit youths from existing lists..."

Sept. 12, 1997 News Column by Kayte VanScoy

Day Trips & Beyond: August Travel Updates
The latest on safe travel during the pandemic
"...Park System’s birthday and free entrance day in National Parks on August 25...."

Aug. 6, 2020 Travel Post by Gerald E. McLeod

Day Trips & Beyond: Daytripping in the Age of a Pandemic
Get ready for summer with Texas beaches and Texas peaches
"...Campers, start your campfires. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has started taking new camping reservations..."

May 29, 2020 Travel Post by Gerald E. McLeod

Day Trips & Beyond: January Events Roundup
See what 2020 has in store
"...Guided Tours of Jacob’s Well Natural Area, Wimberley, 512/214-4593,"

Dec. 31, 2019 Travel Post by Gerald E. McLeod

Council OK's Motel Purchase to Help Homeless
Also on the dais: parks, trains, trails, diapers
"...Council also approved unanimously a parks master plan to guide the city for the next..."

Nov. 15, 2019 News Post by Austin Sanders

Day Trips & Beyond: August Events Roundup
Tons of Texas travel news for the dog days of summer
"...Galveston Island State Park continues to be open through..."

Aug. 1, 2019 Travel Post by Gerald E. McLeod

Day Trips & Beyond: January Events Roundup
Kick off 2019 with some Texas travel
" become a floating museum is operated by Texas Parks & Wildlife beside the San Jacinto Battleground Monument in..."

Dec. 29, 2018 Travel Post by Gerald E. McLeod

Austin Street Art Enters Into a New Era
With the city cracking down on graffiti and Hope Outdoor Gallery set to close, artists look for permission to paint
"...for the city of Austin. Sonny Chandler is a parks and grounds manager for the Parks and Recreation Department,..."

July 27, 2018 News Feature by Kate Groetzinger

How does one schedule a bond? Very carefully, and with a lot of advance planning.
"...– how government bodies fund investments into schools, roads, parks, parking lots, rail lines, and courthouses. But without voter..."

Oct. 27, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Grove at Shoal Creek Inches Forward
Council to finally consider contentious zoning case
"...a few months later, when her appointee to the Parks and Recreation Board, Alison Alter, decided to challenge Gallo..."

Sept. 23, 2016 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Paying for Waller Creek
"...The flood-control tunnel, and the surface improvements such as parks and trails, are two separate projects, with separate funding..."

Nov. 13, 2015 News Feature by Robyn Ross

A Few Rounds Over Decker
How many golf courses does Austin need?
"...foresee the project providing revenue to the city's struggling Parks Department, as well as a tourist destination for visitors..."

Nov. 21, 2014 News Feature by Jo Clifton

Velasquez Park: 'A Model That Works'
"...If there's one type of parks expansion endorsed by every invested party, it's one in..."

Nov. 8, 2013 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Game Warden's Responsibilities
"...Dear Editor, Re: “Parks, Wildlife, and Racism” [News, Aug. 10]: Ms. Ruland has..."

Aug. 13, 2012 Postmarks

Lee Leffingwell: 'Think Long-Range'
The incumbent mayor defends his record
"...because it was costing so much out of the Parks budget, and we elected to spend that money on..."

April 27, 2012 News Feature by Michael King

Poison in the Park
Plants and trees in Stacy Park began to die after a Parks and Rec volunteer sprayed herbicide
"...neighbors say they don't know is why the city's Parks and Recreation Depart­ment would agree to allow White, as..."

Sept. 2, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Planting a Place in the Shade
Volunteers help Pease Park turn new leaf
"...The report was a spur to the Parks and Recreation Department's plan, scheduled to begin major work..."

Nov. 12, 2010 News Feature by Michael King

Developing Stories: The Norwood Posse Wants You!
Travis Heights neighbors have revived the Norwood House restoration effort – are they too late?
"...The city assigned the land and house to the Parks and Recreation Department. But in a woeful lack of..."

Sept. 25, 2009 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

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 – so..."

May 29, 2009 News Column by Katherine Gregor

Beleaguered PARD Considers Dousing Trail of Lights
What are the holidays without that special twinkle at Zilker?
"...That was the conversation at the Parks and Recreation Board meeting May 20, as board members..."

May 29, 2009 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Chain-Saw Frenzy
Fear of a Springs PARD massacre is about trust as well as trees
"...The city's Parks & Recreation Depart­ment climbed out on a dangerous public..."

May 8, 2009 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Naked City
News briefs from Austin, the region, and beyond
"...(Saturday, March 7), volunteering help by sprucing up city parks is more important than ever. With so many Parks..."

Feb. 27, 2009 News Feature

Kevlar for Rudolph
Bush administration gives NRA what it wants: Guns in national parks
"...a last-minute rule change allowing concealed guns in national parks in states that allow concealed weapons is a perfect..."

Dec. 9, 2008 News Post by Richard Whittaker

GLO Chief Versus Federal Law
GLO chief makes wrong statements, possible admission of breaking federal gun law
"...problem. Except in a small number of select national parks, guns must be kept unloaded and locked away in..."

May 2, 2008 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Vote Yes on Proposition 4
"...Proposition 4, which includes critical funding for our state parks ["'Austin Chronicle' Endorsements," News, Oct. 19]. In Central Texas..."

Oct. 22, 2007 Postmarks

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