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Recreation

Austin360 recreation list, June 23-29

Austin360 recreation list, June 23-29

Markets Barton Creek Farmers Markets. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lot of Barton Creek Square, intersection of South MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) and South Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays at 2323 S. Lamar Blvd.512-443-0143,bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org. Bastrop Producers Market. Indoor farmers market. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays,...
Public invited to help determine future of Seaholm intake building

Public invited to help determine future of Seaholm intake building

Want a say in what becomes of the old Seaholm water intake structure? The Austin Parks Foundation and the Trail Foundation are funding a study to help decide what to do with the old art deco building and some surrounding parkland next to the river downtown. They’re working in partnership with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department. “It has such opportunity to become a transformational...
Can a silicon wedding band save your finger?

Can a silicon wedding band save your finger?

A silicon wedding ring comes in handy for athletes and people who work with heavy machinery. Pam LeBlanc tries one by Rinfit  here – in the real world, she’d take off that other metal ring, too.
What’s it like to rappel down a 38-story high-rise in downtown Austin?

What’s it like to rappel down a 38-story high-rise in downtown Austin?

I really do feel like Wonder Woman up here, creeping down the shimmery skin of a 38-story high-rise building in downtown Austin. Except, of course, for my legs, which are shaking so badly I could probably hitch them up to a generator and power an entire city full of lights for 24 hours. I glance over my shoulder, without looking down. The Frost Bank tower rises like a giant nose-hair clipper toward...
New bike and pedestrian bridge over Barton Creek opens

New bike and pedestrian bridge over Barton Creek opens

It just got a whole lot easier to commute by bike from southwest Austin to downtown. The bicycle and pedestrian bridge over Loop 360 and Barton Creek opened this week, and I took an 8-mile detour just so I roll along the new, ultra smooth stretch of concrete.
Austin360 recreation list, June 16-22

Austin360 recreation list, June 16-22

Barton Creek Farmers Markets. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lot of Barton Creek Square, intersection of South MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) and South Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays at 2323 S. Lamar Blvd.512-443-0143,bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org. Bastrop Producers Market. Indoor farmers market. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, 12 to 5...
Kayakers tackle plunges and drops on Mexican Creek

Kayakers tackle plunges and drops on Mexican Creek

Ben Kvanli steers toward a frothy, stair-stepped rapid on Mexican Creek called the Big Enchilada, then nudges his bright yellow inflatable kayak over the edge. A couple of quick turns and he’s through it and on to enjoy the rest of one of the best stretches of kayakable water in Central Texas, one that twists through a rocky channel for about a mile between the south side of Medina Lake before...
For a glimpse of the East Texas bayou, book a trip on the Ivory Bill

For a glimpse of the East Texas bayou, book a trip on the Ivory Bill

A 10-minute ride from a downtown marina, a curtain of green pulls back, showcasing the Neches River. A snowy egret, its yellow feet as bright as crayons, flaps overhead, leading the Ivory Bill pontoon boat toward Ten Mile Bayou. All around, the swampy surroundings echo with the call of birds. A blue heron perches on a tree. Turtles plop into the water, leaving their posts on half-submerged logs. An...
Austin360 recreation list, June 9-15

Austin360 recreation list, June 9-15

Barton Creek Farmers Markets. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lot of Barton Creek Square, intersection of South MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) and South Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays at 2323 S. Lamar Blvd.512-443-0143,bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org. Bastrop Producers Market. Indoor farmers market. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, 12 to 5...
5 things to know about cryptosporidium: Parasite puts pools in peril

5 things to know about cryptosporidium: Parasite puts pools in peril

For many Central Texas schoolchildren, this is the first weekend of summer break and they’re ready to hit the pool. But parents should be aware of a dangerous parasite, cryptosporidium, that has been linked to water in pools and water playscapes. Here are five things to know: 1. It’s a growing concern. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported at least 32 cryptosporidium...
Joe Barger, 91, heads to National Senior Games

Joe Barger, 91, heads to National Senior Games

Joe Barger, dressed for a run on a recent muggy morning, says he just wants to finish his races at the National Senior Games later this week. Then a sly grin creeps across his face. Actually, he confesses, he’s also aiming to take down his nemesis — a fast and lean runner named Charlie Baker, who just aged up into the 90- to 95-year-old age group alongside Barger, who is 91. Barger will...

Austin360 recreation list, June 2-8

Barton Creek Farmers Markets. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lot of Barton Creek Square, intersection of South MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) and South Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays at 2323 S. Lamar Blvd.512-443-0143,bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org. Bastrop Producers Market. Indoor farmers market. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, 12 to 5...
Little Woodrow’s turtle races remain a quirky Austin tradition

Little Woodrow’s turtle races remain a quirky Austin tradition

“Racing turtles? Isn’t that kind of paradoxical?” I overhear a woman wandering by the large, green arena with the Little Woodrow’s logo emblazoned across the center of it just before the series of races at the Southpark Meadows location of the bar are set to start. Already, the growing crowd is starting to buzz with the excitement that accompanies a sporting event. But instead...
Log a cycling milestone with Lance Armstrong at WeDū Texas Hundred

Log a cycling milestone with Lance Armstrong at WeDū Texas Hundred

This must feel like coasting down a driveway to Lance Armstrong, who’s barely firing a calf muscle as we pedal up one gorgeous incline after another in the hills surrounding the small town of Burnet. Armstrong and I are riding part of the course of the upcoming WeDū Texas Hundred, the first Texas event wearing the brand of the former professional cyclist’s latest project, WeDū...
How does Austin’s park system compare to other U.S. cities?

How does Austin’s park system compare to other U.S. cities?

Zilker Park celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Photo by Tamir Kalifa/American-Statesman We’ve got Zilker Park (which celebrates its 100th birthday this year, by the way), the Barton Creek Greenbelt and a whole lot of parkland in between.
Austin360 recreation list, May 26-June 1

Austin360 recreation list, May 26-June 1

Barton Creek Farmers Markets. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lot of Barton Creek Square, intersection of South MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) and South Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays at 2323 S. Lamar Blvd.512-443-0143,bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org. Bastrop Producers Market. Indoor farmers market. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, 12 to 5...
LSU wins cool-shaped pool contest with new swimming hole

LSU wins cool-shaped pool contest with new swimming hole

One of the outdoor pools at Louisiana State University is shaped like the letters LSU. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman I get twitchy if I can’t swim or run or bike or hike or move in some way when I’m on the road – and I travel a lot for my job (and fun).
Webb Report: Where to go when you’re sad in Austin

Webb Report: Where to go when you’re sad in Austin

As Jean-Paul Sartre once said, “Every existing thing is born without reason, prolongs itself out of weakness and dies by chance.” I don’t have anything to add to that, particularly. I just compiled a list of places in Austin to go when you’re sad, and I wanted to set the ambience in the room. Oh, like you’ve never used French existentialism as emotional track lighting...
Fit Foodie Festival and 5K set for Saturday in Round Rock

Fit Foodie Festival and 5K set for Saturday in Round Rock

The Fit Foodie Festival takes place Saturday at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.   Imagine a fitness event that’s all about food, with a 5K run featuring food stations at every mile and a finish line festival with a lineup of local chefs.
Drink Zilker Brewing Co.’s Parks & Rec beer, help Zilker Park

Drink Zilker Brewing Co.’s Parks & Rec beer, help Zilker Park

I do love a beer after a nice bike ride. Or a paddling session, run or swim, on occasion. In case you needed another reason to toss back a cold one, check out the newest release from Zilker Brewing Company — a canned version of its Parks & Rec brew, a limited-edition beer that honors Zilker Park’s 100th anniversary. A portion of Parks & Rec sales benefits the Austin Parks Foundation&rsquo...
On the Mighty 5 Tour, see Utah’s geologic freak show in luxury

On the Mighty 5 Tour, see Utah’s geologic freak show in luxury

I feel like I’m wandering the set of the original “Star Trek” series. Any moment now, a snaggle-toothed alien could appear from behind a giant, mushroom-shaped rock formation. Heck, a spaceship could land behind one of those bacon-striped canyon walls and it wouldn’t surprise me. I call Utah the geologic freak show of North America. It percolates with weird landscapes, and...
Austin360 recreation list, May 19-25

Austin360 recreation list, May 19-25

Barton Creek Farmers Markets.9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lot of Barton Creek Square, intersection of South MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) and South Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays at 2323 S. Lamar Blvd.512-443-0143,bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org. Bastrop Producers Market.Indoor farmers market. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, 12 to 5 p...
Reveille Peak Ranch opens endurance trail

Reveille Peak Ranch opens endurance trail

A few years ago, I found myself grinding up a sandpapery expanse of granite at Reveille Peak Ranch, moaning a little as I hopped on and off my mountain bike to navigate the potentially rib-cracking terrain. Steep, rugged, able to shear the skin right off your kneecap at the slightest provocation, the ranch’s twisty trails have garnered comparisons to the slick rock trails of Moab, Utah. For...
Austin360 recreation list, May 12-18

Austin360 recreation list, May 12-18

Barton Creek Farmers Markets.9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lot of Barton Creek Square, intersection of South MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) and South Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays at 2323 S. Lamar Blvd.512-443-0143,bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org. Bastrop Producers Market.Indoor farmers market. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, 12 to 5 p...
On Bike to Work Day, cyclists get free breakfast — and encouragement

On Bike to Work Day, cyclists get free breakfast — and encouragement

Bike to Work Day ranks high on my list of best days of the year. Stations all over the city handing out free breakfast items and coffee to people who pedal to work? You don’t get much better than that. This year’s event is set for May 19, and more than 40 official locations will participate, along with a smattering of rogue stations that tend to pop up around town. Bike Austin organizes...
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