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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 Au…

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Total Eclipse 2024
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; however…

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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!

 

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 visible throug…

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In The Parks With Pete Rivera
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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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

He r…

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A Ride Bikes Austin meet-up with bikes in front of a tree in Parque Zaragoza
People pose with their bikes in and around a large tree at Parque Zaragosa

Photo courtesy of Raquel Ortega for Ride Bikes Austin

Ride Bikes Austin (RBA) regularly supports Amigos de Parque Zaragoza, park adopters of Parque Zaragoza Neighborhood Park. Everyone is welcome at these organizations’ free park events, volunteer clean-ups, and group bike rides.

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Joan Means Khabele as a senior in high school

 

Austin Parks and Recreation hosted a ceremony to honor Joan Means Khabele on Saturday, April 9, 2022 at Barton Springs Pool. After not being allowed to swim at her high school senior picnic, Khabele was the first Black person to jump into Barton Springs Pool in an act of civil disobedience. In doing so, she sparked a movement of swim-ins that took place on a weekly basis throughout the summer of 1960.

A performance by the Smooth and E…

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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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People play soccer on the Wooldridge School Park Mini Pitch
Four people play basketball 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 Found…

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View of Diving Board at Barton Springs Pool

 

LifeguardAustin.com

 

The Aquatic Division of the Parks and Recreation Department is getting ready for swim season. It takes about 850 lifeguards to fully staff City pools during the summer months. There are currently 235 lifeguards on staff, so hundreds of positions are still open, for now. Hurry because, at $20.80 per hour for entry level positions, these jobs will go fast!

Winter Training
Lifeguard training happens year round. Get your Lifeguard certification or recertification no…