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Deep Eddy Pool100

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The City of Austin offers lifeguard certification year round. The StarGuard lifeguard program is an internationally-recognized certification with a curriculum that teaches trainees how to act in the event of an emergency situation.

Anyone interested in applying to be a lifeguard can stop by the Aquatic Office, 2818 San Gabriel St., for free pizza during Lifeguard Hiring Open Hours from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 21 and Friday, April 5.

Everyone must complete the job application and hiring paperwork befo…

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A child walks on the play structure at Govalle Neighborhood Park
A child walks on a play structure at Govalle Neighborhood Park

Photo Courtesy of Elizabeth McGuire for Austin Parks Foundation

The 2020-2023 renovation of Govalle Neighborhood Park included a new playground, safety lighting, resurfacing and lighting for the basketball court, a softball field backstop, and new connection paths. Austin Parks…

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Sylvia Stinson talks about how the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center has enriched her life and the lives of her family and the community at large. Through the preservation and exhibition of African American material culture, history, and aesthetic expression, the Carver Museum works to create a space where the global contributions of all Black people are celebrated.

The Carver Museum and Cultural Center is housed in a 36,000 square-foot facility that includes four galleries, a confe…

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Thomas Danbo Troll

Installation of a Thomas Dambo Troll will soon be underway in Pease Park! Following an extensive community engagement and review process with the City of Austin, the project is approved and the Thomas Dambo team will arrive in Austin in late February of 2024 to initiate the build. 

Thomas Dambo is a critically acclaimed artist and designer and a self-described “Recycling Art Activist” who creates public art sculptures from recycled and reused materials. He specializes in making sculptures from wasted materials, such…

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Solar Eclipse Photo by Jongsun Lee on Unsplash

 

On April 8, 2024, Austin will experience a once in a lifetime total solar eclipse in the path of totality. Stay close to home when viewing the eclipse. Because of the total solar eclipse and other events happening in Austin of April 6, 7, and 8, 2024, a higher volume of visitors is expected to be in the city over the weekend and extending into Monday. Expect travel times to take longer than usual. 

Most of the city is in the path of totality, except for few parts of southeast Austin…

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BY USING THE SHAPES ON YOUR BOOKMARK TO PROJECT THE SUN'S IMAGE ONTO ANOTHER SURFACE, YOU CAN EXPERIENCE THE ECLIPSE WITHOUT RISKING EYE DAMAGE! AS THE MOON MOVES IN FRONT OF THE SUN, OBSERVE HOW THE SHADOWS BEGIN TO CHANGE!

 

Safe Viewing During a Total Solar Eclipse

As the moon is moving in front of the sun viewers must wear protective eyewear (certified eclipse glasses or level 14 welding goggles). Once the moon completely covers the sun, the eclipse will no longer be visib…

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Pete Rivera stares into the distance at Red Bluff

Pete Rivera tells the story of how he and his brother advocated for the City of Austin to designate Red Bluff as a nature preserve so that future generations can benefit from the natural area. 

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Walter E. Long Metro Park
Walnut Creek Metro Park

 

At the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, we preserve, protect and grow parkland; manage, maintain, and renovate our facilities and spaces; and create places and programs for Austin's growing population to r…

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In The Parks With Aleu Aleu

As a boy, Aleu Aleu moved to Austin with his family, Sudanese refugees who had fled to Kenya where he was born and lived until the age of 12. 

Aleu Aleu playing basketball