Jan 19, 2022 - 08:47 am CST

Summer Camp 2022

Austin Parks and Recreation provides accessible, diverse, and inclusive summer camps, and now offers early registration for community participants who qualify for financial aid, adaptive and inclusion support programs. There are camps for youth (ages 5 to 12) and for teens (ages 12 to 15) at select locations.

You can register in person, over the phone, or online. For more information about Summer Camps, visit AustinTexas.gov/SummerCamp


El Departamento de Parques y Recreación de Austin ofrece campamentos de verano accesibles, diversos e inclusivos, y ahora ofrece inscripción anticipada para los participantes de la comunidad que califican para ayuda financiera, programas de apoyo de adaptación y de inclusión. Hay campamentos para jóvenes (de 5 a 12 años) y para adolescentes (de 12 a 15 años) en lugares selectos.

Puede registrarse en persona, por teléfono o en línea. Para obtener más información sobre los campamentos de verano, visite AustinTexas.gov/SummerCamp

Jan 06, 2022 - 08:39 am CST

Project Connect

Join the City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department and the Project Connect team to discuss the future of the Waller Creek Boathouse via Zoom on January 12, 2022 at 5 p.m.

The Blue Line, an 8.2-mile light rail transit corridor that would operate from Republic Square to the Airport, will travel downtown in a tunnel and surface at what is currently the Waller Creek Boathouse. Your feedback and input is encouraged.

All meetings will be broadcast in English and Spanish. For other language translations or accommodations, please call 512.904.0180 at least three working days prior to virtual scheduled meeting date.

Click here to register for the future of the Waller Creek Boathouse discussion meeting. 


Español

Únase al Departamento de Parques y Recreación de la Ciudad de Austin y al equipo de Project Connect para hablar sobre el tema del futuro de Waller Creek Boathouse sobre Zoom el 12 de enero de 2022 a las 5 p.m.

La Línea Azul, un corredor de tránsito de tren ligero de 8.2 millas que operaría desde Republic Square hasta el Aeropuerto, viajará al centro de la ciudad en un túnel y saldrá a la superficie en lo que actualmente es Waller Creek Boathouse. Sus comentarios y aportaciones serán bienvenidos.

Todas las reuniones se transmitirán en inglés y español. Para traducciones o adaptaciones a otros idiomas, llame al 512.904.0180 al menos 3 días laborales antes de la fecha programada de la reunión virtual.

Haga clic aquí para registrarse para la reunión para hablar sobre el tema del futuro de Waller Creek Boathouse.

Dec 16, 2021 - 10:41 am CST

Have you been economically impacted by COVID-19? Do you live in Austin? American Youthworks is looking for crew members and leaders ages 18-35 to join their team beginning in January of 2022!

Earn $15–$17/hour and get health insurance. No experience is needed. Uniforms and Personal Protective Equipment will be provided. All skills levels are encouraged to apply.

The Austin Civilian Conservation Corps (ACCC) is an initiative with the City of Austin and American YouthWorks. ACCC provides on-the-job training opportunities for individuals impacted by COVID-19 while contributing to the health and sustainability of Austin’s natural environment.

ACCC Fuels Crew participants will complete wildfire mitigation and vegetation fuel reduction projects throughout the City of Austin and surrounding landscape. 

Learn more and apply now at AustinTexas.gov/ACCC.

Nov 23, 2021 - 09:04 am CST

Civitan Mini Pitch

Through a community PARKNERSHIPS program with Austin FC and the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) announces the transformation of an under-used space at the park into a brand-new, state-of-the-art mini-pitch for the Austin community at Civitan Neighborhood Park. The project is through the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Safe Places to Play program. 

The Civitan Park mini-pitch marks the third mini-pitch in the greater Austin area that 4ATX Foundation has helped install in partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation, joining the Wooldridge Square Park mini-pitch which opened in north Austin in October 2020 and the Dove Springs Recreation Center futbal court which opened in southeast Austin in November 2019.

Located in the Montopolis neighborhood of southeast Austin, the Civitan Neighborhood Park mini-pitch will provide local families and residents with free and safe recreation space to gather, play soccer, and stay active and healthy. Installation of the mini-pitch began on November 8. 

There will be a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on December 7, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 513 Vargas Rd. This is an outdoor park event, so please dress comfortably.

For more information, visit the Civitan Park Mini-Pitch Project Page

Nov 15, 2021 - 10:08 am CST

The Alliance Children’s Garden is a 2-acre play venue within Michael Butler Park that encourages group play, learning and creativity in downtown Austin. The garden design is tailored for children while providing a variety of play and recreational experiences, including promotion of wellness and education for families and visitors of all ages and abilities.The space is divided into four thematic rooms, each reflecting Austin’s unique culture and environment. Learn more at AustinTexas.gov/AllianceChildrensGarden.

The Alliance Children’s Garden was made possible through the Town Lake Venue Fund, The City of Austin Urban Forest Grant, the Town Lake Park Alliance, and the Austin Parks Foundation. 

#AllianceChildrensGarden

Nov 08, 2021 - 11:16 am CST

Join the City of Austin and the Parks and Recreation Department for the Veterans Pocket Park Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Thursday, November 11 at 9:30 a.m. at 2200 Veterans Dr. This is an outdoor park event, please dress comfortably. There is limited parking on the street near the site.

About The Veterans Pocket Park

The Veterans Pocket Park project objective is to enhance the exhibition of three war memorials by relocating them to Veterans Park at the intersection of Atlanta and Veterans Drive, adjacent to the American Legion. The project will create a setting for the monuments that expresses a respectful and peaceful sense of place. In addition, the project will also incorporate additional space for potential future memorials. The design allocates space for events which may include ceremonies, dedications and local, regional, and national holiday observances. The display of the monuments will be fully accessible. This includes the ability to touch and read inscriptions on any part of a memorial as intended. The design of the park addresses accessibility from Atlanta Street and Veterans Drive and maximizes accessibility throughout while being sensitive to the display of war memorials. For more information, view the Veterans Pocket Park project page.

Oct 15, 2021 - 01:39 pm CDT

Artist Access Program

Attention performance artists, apply October 15 through December 15, 2021 for the 2023 Artist Access Program. Open office hours will be held throughout the period to assist you with completing the application.

The Artist Access Program provides free or low-cost rehearsal and production spaces to emerging and established performance artists from the Austin area. Created to address the needs of local artists, participating organizations collaborate with the City of Austin’s Cultural Centers for professional performances, rehearsal space and marketing and staff support.

Participating artists and arts organizations are able to take advantage of expanded rehearsal hours and the opportunity to produce public performances at four of the City-owned cultural centers for free or at a reduced rental fee of $1 per ticket sold. Participating sites include Asian American Resource Center, Dougherty Arts Center, George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center, and the Zilker Hillside Theater.

The Artist Access Program was created out of a directive from City Council to utilize Hotel Occupancy Tax’s Cultural Arts funds to expand hours at City-owned cultural centers. Applicants are ranked by an impartial panel made up of professional artists from Austin using an established criteria.

View the Artist Access Program participants for 2022. Email questions about the Artist Access Program to aapinfo@austintexas.gov. Find the application, program guidelines, and venue information at AustinTexas.gov/ArtistAccess.

Oct 08, 2021 - 11:19 am CDT

Zilker Tree Art Contest

Attention kids 5 to 10 years old! Austin Parks and Recreation invites young artists to create and enter an original drawing of the Zilker Holiday Tree for the Annual Zilker Holiday Tree Art Contest.
 
We will publicly recognize the top three selected artwork winners from each age category, Junior Division and Senior Division. Contest winners will help light the Zilker Holiday Tree! 

Visit our Flickr page to see artwork from previous contest winners
 
You can use crayons, watercolors, ink, colored paper, pastels or paint to show us your version of Austin’s traditional holiday symbol. 
 
The rules are simple: 

  • Entries must be received by November 1 at 5 p.m. 

  • Art must show the Zilker Holiday Tree. 

  • Only one entry per child. 

  • Divisions: 

    • Junior Division: 5 – 7 years old 

    • Senior Division: 8 – 10 years old 

  • Artwork must be no larger than 8.5" x 11". Any artwork that is larger will be automatically disqualified. 

  • Paper thickness only. The artwork must fit into an 8.5” x 11” flat frame. 

  • Completely fill out the entry form, which is available in English and Spanish, cut it out and attach it to the back of the artwork. 

  • All artwork becomes the property of the Zilker Holiday Tree Art Contest, City of Austin.

Submit Artwork Entry Online 

Or mail artwork entries to: 
Parks and Recreation Department 
Office of Special Events 
200 S. Lamar Blvd. 
Austin, Texas 78704 

Mailed submissions MUST include the entry printed information form. 

Print Entry Form - English
Print Entry Form - Español 

For more information, visit AustinTexas.gov/ZilkerHolidayTree.

Sep 30, 2021 - 08:25 am CDT

Artist Talk: The Small Black Museum Residency Exhibition

Join the George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center for an in-person artist talk about The Small Black Museum Residency Exhibition on Saturday, October 2 from 1 – 3 p.m. The artist talk will be hosted in the atrium of the Carver Museum. Limited seating available. RSVP via EventBrite to reserve your seat.

Featured artists from the inaugural residency cohort includes: Temitope Olujobi, Hypatia Sorunke, and Adrian Armstrong. Olujobi is an architect turned game designer who utilizes virtual landscapes as a medium to deconstruct and contemplate linearity and binary gender expression. Sorunke uses film in both print and motion-media to navigate what it means to return to a sense of “normalcy” built around an unbalanced social and economic system. Armstrong treats collage and acrylic based paintings as a vehicle to disrupt the expectation to embody “Black Excellence” through a series of both simple and glorifying portraiture.

The group exhibition marks the completion of the first residency series, which aims to support and promote both established and emerging artists of African descent. The artist talk will delve into the new series of works produced by the artists during their three-month residency which are now on view in the Carver Museum’s gallery until January 2022.  

The talk will be moderated by Kendyll Gross, Education Coordinator at The Art Galleries at Black Studies at University of Texas at Austin and a doctoral candidate at the Department of Art History at UT Austin.  

Patrons are strongly encouraged to wear masks inside of the museum and observe social distancing measures. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information please call (512) 974-4926 or email Carver.Museum@AustinTexas.gov

Jul 20, 2021 - 01:39 pm CDT

Veteran Austinite

 

 

 

Oakwood Cemetery Chapel and Cemetery Operations are looking for volunteers who can walk the cemeteries to help geolocate and document veteran headstones on specific volunteer days. 

Using their own phones, with the supplemental GNSS location device provided, volunteers can upload the latitude and longitude points of the headstones and contribute to a full listing of every veteran buried within City of Austin cemeteries.

This field work will add to a public-facing searchable map of burials which can be viewed as part of the digital exhibit, To Serve: Honoring Veterans in Austin’s Cemeteries.

To volunteer, please email programs_conservation@austintexas.gov.

 

Photo Credit: Charles (Charley) W. Lewis, son of C.M. Lewis, Austin, Travis County dairyman ice cream factory, brother of Mae Dee Lewis. The Lewis Family of the Southgate-Lewis home on the corner of Comal and 12th Street, on the City and National Historic Register, courtesy of the George Washington Carver Museum

Jan 06, 2022 - 08:39 am CST

Project Connect

Join the City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department and the Project Connect team to discuss the future of the Waller Creek Boathouse via Zoom on January 12, 2022 at 5 p.m.

The Blue Line, an 8.2-mile light rail transit corridor that would operate from Republic Square to the Airport, will travel downtown in a tunnel and surface at what is currently the Waller Creek Boathouse. Your feedback and input is encouraged.

All meetings will be broadcast in English and Spanish. For other language translations or accommodations, please call 512.904.0180 at least three working days prior to virtual scheduled meeting date.

Click here to register for the future of the Waller Creek Boathouse discussion meeting. 


Español

Únase al Departamento de Parques y Recreación de la Ciudad de Austin y al equipo de Project Connect para hablar sobre el tema del futuro de Waller Creek Boathouse sobre Zoom el 12 de enero de 2022 a las 5 p.m.

La Línea Azul, un corredor de tránsito de tren ligero de 8.2 millas que operaría desde Republic Square hasta el Aeropuerto, viajará al centro de la ciudad en un túnel y saldrá a la superficie en lo que actualmente es Waller Creek Boathouse. Sus comentarios y aportaciones serán bienvenidos.

Todas las reuniones se transmitirán en inglés y español. Para traducciones o adaptaciones a otros idiomas, llame al 512.904.0180 al menos 3 días laborales antes de la fecha programada de la reunión virtual.

Haga clic aquí para registrarse para la reunión para hablar sobre el tema del futuro de Waller Creek Boathouse.

In the Parks
Dec 16, 2021 - 10:41 am CST

Have you been economically impacted by COVID-19? Do you live in Austin? American Youthworks is looking for crew members and leaders ages 18-35 to join their team beginning in January of 2022!

Earn $15–$17/hour and get health insurance. No experience is needed. Uniforms and Personal Protective Equipment will be provided. All skills levels are encouraged to apply.

The Austin Civilian Conservation Corps (ACCC) is an initiative with the City of Austin and American YouthWorks. ACCC provides on-the-job training opportunities for individuals impacted by COVID-19 while contributing to the health and sustainability of Austin’s natural environment.

ACCC Fuels Crew participants will complete wildfire mitigation and vegetation fuel reduction projects throughout the City of Austin and surrounding landscape. 

Learn more and apply now at AustinTexas.gov/ACCC.

In the Parks
Nov 23, 2021 - 09:04 am CST

Civitan Mini Pitch

Through a community PARKNERSHIPS program with Austin FC and the U.S. Soccer Foundation, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) announces the transformation of an under-used space at the park into a brand-new, state-of-the-art mini-pitch for the Austin community at Civitan Neighborhood Park. The project is through the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Safe Places to Play program. 

The Civitan Park mini-pitch marks the third mini-pitch in the greater Austin area that 4ATX Foundation has helped install in partnership with the U.S. Soccer Foundation, joining the Wooldridge Square Park mini-pitch which opened in north Austin in October 2020 and the Dove Springs Recreation Center futbal court which opened in southeast Austin in November 2019.

Located in the Montopolis neighborhood of southeast Austin, the Civitan Neighborhood Park mini-pitch will provide local families and residents with free and safe recreation space to gather, play soccer, and stay active and healthy. Installation of the mini-pitch began on November 8. 

There will be a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on December 7, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 513 Vargas Rd. This is an outdoor park event, so please dress comfortably.

For more information, visit the Civitan Park Mini-Pitch Project Page

In the Parks
Nov 15, 2021 - 10:08 am CST

The Alliance Children’s Garden is a 2-acre play venue within Michael Butler Park that encourages group play, learning and creativity in downtown Austin. The garden design is tailored for children while providing a variety of play and recreational experiences, including promotion of wellness and education for families and visitors of all ages and abilities.The space is divided into four thematic rooms, each reflecting Austin’s unique culture and environment. Learn more at AustinTexas.gov/AllianceChildrensGarden.

The Alliance Children’s Garden was made possible through the Town Lake Venue Fund, The City of Austin Urban Forest Grant, the Town Lake Park Alliance, and the Austin Parks Foundation. 

#AllianceChildrensGarden

In the Parks
Nov 08, 2021 - 11:16 am CST

Join the City of Austin and the Parks and Recreation Department for the Veterans Pocket Park Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Thursday, November 11 at 9:30 a.m. at 2200 Veterans Dr. This is an outdoor park event, please dress comfortably. There is limited parking on the street near the site.

About The Veterans Pocket Park

The Veterans Pocket Park project objective is to enhance the exhibition of three war memorials by relocating them to Veterans Park at the intersection of Atlanta and Veterans Drive, adjacent to the American Legion. The project will create a setting for the monuments that expresses a respectful and peaceful sense of place. In addition, the project will also incorporate additional space for potential future memorials. The design allocates space for events which may include ceremonies, dedications and local, regional, and national holiday observances. The display of the monuments will be fully accessible. This includes the ability to touch and read inscriptions on any part of a memorial as intended. The design of the park addresses accessibility from Atlanta Street and Veterans Drive and maximizes accessibility throughout while being sensitive to the display of war memorials. For more information, view the Veterans Pocket Park project page.

In the Parks
Oct 15, 2021 - 01:39 pm CDT

Artist Access Program

Attention performance artists, apply October 15 through December 15, 2021 for the 2023 Artist Access Program. Open office hours will be held throughout the period to assist you with completing the application.

The Artist Access Program provides free or low-cost rehearsal and production spaces to emerging and established performance artists from the Austin area. Created to address the needs of local artists, participating organizations collaborate with the City of Austin’s Cultural Centers for professional performances, rehearsal space and marketing and staff support.

Participating artists and arts organizations are able to take advantage of expanded rehearsal hours and the opportunity to produce public performances at four of the City-owned cultural centers for free or at a reduced rental fee of $1 per ticket sold. Participating sites include Asian American Resource Center, Dougherty Arts Center, George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center, and the Zilker Hillside Theater.

The Artist Access Program was created out of a directive from City Council to utilize Hotel Occupancy Tax’s Cultural Arts funds to expand hours at City-owned cultural centers. Applicants are ranked by an impartial panel made up of professional artists from Austin using an established criteria.

View the Artist Access Program participants for 2022. Email questions about the Artist Access Program to aapinfo@austintexas.gov. Find the application, program guidelines, and venue information at AustinTexas.gov/ArtistAccess.

In the Parks
Oct 08, 2021 - 11:19 am CDT

Zilker Tree Art Contest

Attention kids 5 to 10 years old! Austin Parks and Recreation invites young artists to create and enter an original drawing of the Zilker Holiday Tree for the Annual Zilker Holiday Tree Art Contest.
 
We will publicly recognize the top three selected artwork winners from each age category, Junior Division and Senior Division. Contest winners will help light the Zilker Holiday Tree! 

Visit our Flickr page to see artwork from previous contest winners
 
You can use crayons, watercolors, ink, colored paper, pastels or paint to show us your version of Austin’s traditional holiday symbol. 
 
The rules are simple: 

  • Entries must be received by November 1 at 5 p.m. 

  • Art must show the Zilker Holiday Tree. 

  • Only one entry per child. 

  • Divisions: 

    • Junior Division: 5 – 7 years old 

    • Senior Division: 8 – 10 years old 

  • Artwork must be no larger than 8.5" x 11". Any artwork that is larger will be automatically disqualified. 

  • Paper thickness only. The artwork must fit into an 8.5” x 11” flat frame. 

  • Completely fill out the entry form, which is available in English and Spanish, cut it out and attach it to the back of the artwork. 

  • All artwork becomes the property of the Zilker Holiday Tree Art Contest, City of Austin.

Submit Artwork Entry Online 

Or mail artwork entries to: 
Parks and Recreation Department 
Office of Special Events 
200 S. Lamar Blvd. 
Austin, Texas 78704 

Mailed submissions MUST include the entry printed information form. 

Print Entry Form - English
Print Entry Form - Español 

For more information, visit AustinTexas.gov/ZilkerHolidayTree.

In the Parks
Sep 30, 2021 - 08:25 am CDT

Artist Talk: The Small Black Museum Residency Exhibition

Join the George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center for an in-person artist talk about The Small Black Museum Residency Exhibition on Saturday, October 2 from 1 – 3 p.m. The artist talk will be hosted in the atrium of the Carver Museum. Limited seating available. RSVP via EventBrite to reserve your seat.

Featured artists from the inaugural residency cohort includes: Temitope Olujobi, Hypatia Sorunke, and Adrian Armstrong. Olujobi is an architect turned game designer who utilizes virtual landscapes as a medium to deconstruct and contemplate linearity and binary gender expression. Sorunke uses film in both print and motion-media to navigate what it means to return to a sense of “normalcy” built around an unbalanced social and economic system. Armstrong treats collage and acrylic based paintings as a vehicle to disrupt the expectation to embody “Black Excellence” through a series of both simple and glorifying portraiture.

The group exhibition marks the completion of the first residency series, which aims to support and promote both established and emerging artists of African descent. The artist talk will delve into the new series of works produced by the artists during their three-month residency which are now on view in the Carver Museum’s gallery until January 2022.  

The talk will be moderated by Kendyll Gross, Education Coordinator at The Art Galleries at Black Studies at University of Texas at Austin and a doctoral candidate at the Department of Art History at UT Austin.  

Patrons are strongly encouraged to wear masks inside of the museum and observe social distancing measures. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information please call (512) 974-4926 or email Carver.Museum@AustinTexas.gov

In the Parks
Jul 20, 2021 - 01:39 pm CDT

Veteran Austinite

 

 

 

Oakwood Cemetery Chapel and Cemetery Operations are looking for volunteers who can walk the cemeteries to help geolocate and document veteran headstones on specific volunteer days. 

Using their own phones, with the supplemental GNSS location device provided, volunteers can upload the latitude and longitude points of the headstones and contribute to a full listing of every veteran buried within City of Austin cemeteries.

This field work will add to a public-facing searchable map of burials which can be viewed as part of the digital exhibit, To Serve: Honoring Veterans in Austin’s Cemeteries.

To volunteer, please email programs_conservation@austintexas.gov.

 

Photo Credit: Charles (Charley) W. Lewis, son of C.M. Lewis, Austin, Travis County dairyman ice cream factory, brother of Mae Dee Lewis. The Lewis Family of the Southgate-Lewis home on the corner of Comal and 12th Street, on the City and National Historic Register, courtesy of the George Washington Carver Museum

In the Parks