Austin (Tex.). Boards and Commissions. Parks and Recreation Board Records
An Inventory of the Collection
Boards and commissions are an established feature of Austin's municipal government. State, federal, and charter provisions establish several of the city's boards and commissions, but most result from the passage of ordinances. Boards and commissions address a multitude of topics, including planning, zoning, transportation, parks, libraries, and the airport. The influence and value of boards and commissions is significant because, by offering citizens an opportunity to participate in the city's governmental process, they lend a more diverse viewpoint for the city council to consider. A full list of the current City of Austin boards and commissions is available on the City of Austin website.
The Austin City Council first authorized the Parks and Recreation Board (then named the Parks and Public Playgrounds Commission) via a 1928 ordinance that stated that the commission was to "act in an advisory capacity to the City Council and the City Manager in the acquirement, development, improvement and equipment of all parks, public playgrounds and boulevards owned or controlled by the City of Austin, within and without the corporate limits of the City" and "consider and prepare general plans for the parking and beautifying of the public grounds and ways, now owned or hereafter acquired by the City, and from time to time shall submit its recommendations thereon, for the action of the Council, and shall actively assist the City Council and the City Manager in all things necessary for the establishment of a park system for the City of Austin." The name of the commission was subsequently changed to the Parks and Recreation Board.
Among the Board's duties today are advising the City Council and the City Manager on various matters, including "acquisition, development, improvement, equipment, and maintenance of city parks and public playgrounds; future development of city parks, playgrounds, and recreational facilities, and purchase of additional land for those purposes; and improvements in the maintenance, operation, and general welfare of the city's parks, grounds, and recreational facilities and their use by the public." The Board is also required to "outline a general plan of development for new parks and playgrounds, including landscaping, roads, trails, buildings, and equipment."
Parks and Recreation Board website-- https://www.austintexas.gov/parb (accessed on March 25, 2014)
Austin's city code-- http://www.amlegal.com/nxt/gateway.dll/Texas/austin/thecodeofthecityofaustintexas?f=templates$fn=default.htm$3.0$vid=amlegal:austin_tx$anc= (accessed on March 25, 2014)
1928 city ordinance establishing the Parks and Public Playgrounds Commission-- http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/edims/document.cfm?id=113850 (accessed on March 25, 2014)
The collection is comprised of two series. The first series, Administrative Records (1928-2007), contains meeting minutes, agendas, and annual reports. The meeting minutes from 1928 to 1993 are bound together in large minute books. Each agenda from 1985 to 1987 (as well as the agenda from June 7, 1976) is bound together with its accompanying materials, including meeting minutes.
The second series, Correspondence (1929, 1935), includes correspondence to the mayor and city council regarding recommendations that the board made on various matters. Among those on the board who sent the correspondence were W.T. Caswell, owner of the Austin Cotton Gin, Jac L. Gubbels, a local landscape architect, and H.F. Kuehne, a local architect.
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Austin (Tex.). Boards and Commissions. Parks and Recreation Board Records (AR.2013.024). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Multiple donations for the Austin Department of Parks and Recreation (DO/1968/063) and 2013 records transfer from the Office of the City Clerk.
Processing, finding aid, and encoding by Roger Simon, March 2014.
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