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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 Foundati…

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Family watching total eclipse 2024

In preparation for the April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse in Austin, the Parks and Recreation Department and Austin Nature and Science Center partnered with NASA to present programming and activities that relate to this historic cosmological event. People from all around the country and local Austinites descended into Zilker Park to take part of this once-in-a-lifetime experience, as Austin won’t be in the path of totality again for another 31…

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On April 4, 2024, an Austin City Council resolution renamed the Bathhouse at Barton Springs Pool in honor of Joan Means Khabele whose courageous act of swimming in Barton Springs to protest segregation at the pool sparked the civil rights era swim-ins that eventually led to the desegregation of Barton Springs Pool.  

The name change to the Bathhouse comes two years after the City of Austin declared April 9, 2022 as…

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History of Hancock Golf Course (1899–2024)

Did you know that Hancock Golf Course holds a special place in Austin's history? Back in 1899, it was the first location of the Austin Country Club, thanks to the vision of golf enthusiast and former mayor Lewis Hancock and a group of passionate folks from the community. This nine-hole gem became the pioneer golf course in the city and has proudly maintained the title as the oldest continuously operated course in Texas.

Over the years, it's seen some changes – like adding another nine…

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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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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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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…