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AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION
2019 Annual Report
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AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION

2019 Annual Report

Letter from our CEO
Message from CEO Colin Wallis
Letter from CEO
Message from CEO Colin Wallis
Dear Friends,

It's hard to reflect on 2019 when we are living in such a very different time. No one would ever have imagined that we would be in the midst of a global pandemic while our country also fights to dismantle centuries of racial injustice. Whether through good times or challenging ones, there has been one nurturing constant for our community - our parks. Our parks have been there for us - to support our physical health while also providing comfort and respite for our hearts and minds.

Over the past several months, our community has relied on parks, trails and green spaces. They were ready. This is the result, in part, of Austin Parks Foundation (APF) working tirelessly for over 25 years to create safe and vibrant parks in every neighborhood in Austin.

We are incredibly proud of our work in 2019, putting millions of dollars into park improvements and renovations, as well as long-term investments, many in underserved neighborhoods across Austin. This work led to more ribbon cuttings in 2019 than in any year prior. We deployed more than 10,000 volunteers into our parks system, completing more than 300 critical projects in parks across Austin.

We also worked tirelessly with the community to advocate for additional funding to the city Parks & Recreation Department (PARD) budget. City Council recognized and prioritized parks during a difficult budget year, and our efforts resulted in an additional $1 million being added to the PARD budget.

The efforts of our team in 2019, as well as decades of work before, were critical to creating a parks system that has supported our community during the most trying of times. We could not do this work alone. Whether you’re a donor, volunteer, park adopter or advocate, this work was only possible because of you.

At Austin Parks Foundation, one of our core values is inclusivity. We work to equitably engage all Austinites in our work because we recognize the power of diversity in our neighborhoods and parks. Thank you for being part of the APF community, and helping us live this value. We look forward to continuing this work together for decades to come.

With sincere thanks,

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COLIN WALLIS
CEO, Austin Parks Foundation
Dear Friends,

It's hard to reflect on 2019 when we are living in such a very different time. No one would ever have imagined that we would be in the midst of a global pandemic while our country also fights to dismantle centuries of racial injustice. Whether through good times or challenging ones, there has been one nurturing constant for our community - our parks. Our parks have been there for us - to support our physical health while also providing comfort and respite for our hearts and minds.

Over the past several months, our community has relied on parks, trails and green spaces. They were ready. This is the result, in part, of Austin Parks Foundation (APF) working tirelessly for over 25 years to create safe and vibrant parks in every neighborhood in Austin.

We are incredibly proud of our work in 2019, putting millions of dollars into park improvements and renovations, as well as long-term investments, many in underserved neighborhoods across Austin. This work led to more ribbon cuttings in 2019 than in any year prior. We deployed more than 10,000 volunteers into our parks system, completing more than 300 critical projects in parks across Austin.

We also worked tirelessly with the community to advocate for additional funding to the city Parks & Recreation Department (PARD) budget. City Council recognized and prioritized parks during a difficult budget year, and our efforts resulted in an additional $1 million being added to the PARD budget.

The efforts of our team in 2019, as well as decades of work before, were critical to creating a parks system that has supported our community during the most trying of times. We could not do this work alone. Whether you’re a donor, volunteer, park adopter or advocate, this work was only possible because of you.

At Austin Parks Foundation, one of our core values is inclusivity. We work to equitably engage all Austinites in our work because we recognize the power of diversity in our neighborhoods and parks. Thank you for being part of the APF community, and helping us live into this value. We look forward to continuing this work together for decades to come.

With sincere thanks,

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COLIN WALLIS
CEO, Austin Parks Foundation
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
2019 Board Officers + Members
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
2019 Board Officers + Members

Board Officers

Chair
Ford Alexander
Vice Chair
Rich Garza
Treasurer
Monica Fernandes
Secretary
Stuart Laves
Past Chair
Margaret Menicucci

Board Members

Barbara Austin

Bryan Barksdale

Laura Cortez

Matt Dow

Luke Ellis

Bobby Garza

Ryan Gravelle

Rashed Islam

Cory Laurel

Robyn Lewis

Jen Ohlson

Jennifer Potter-Miller

Max Rutherford
Anna Stepan

Greg Weaver

Doug Wolfe

Barbara Austin

Bryan Barksdale

Laura Cortez

Matt Dow

Luke Ellis

Bobby Garza

Ryan Gravelle

Rashed Islam

Cory Laurel

Robyn Lewis

Jen Ohlson

Jennifer Potter-Miller

Max Rutherford
Anna Stepan

Greg Weaver

Doug Wolfe

Investments
2019 ACL Music Festival Grants
Investments
2019 ACL Music Festival Grants

Neighborhood Grants

Neighborhood Grants are awarded for small-scale, community-initiated park improvement projects. Grants from $500 to $5,000 are awarded throughout the year with a grant period of 6 months. Learn more about our Neighborhood Grants Program here.

Featured Project

Copperfield Nature Trails

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See All 2019 Neighborhood Grants:

Community Grants

As the anchor of our ACL Music Festival Grants Program, Community Grants are intended for large, community-initiated park improvement projects that fall between $5,000 to $50,000. Learn more about our Community Grants Program here.

Featured Project

Barton Springs Pool

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See All 2019 Community Grants:

2019 Impact Grant

2019 Impact Grant

Featured Project

Alderbrook Pocket Park

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Alderbrook Pocket Park

The Impact Grant is intended to support large, community-initiated, physical park improvement projects, as well as master plan implementations and place-making. One grant for $100,000 is awarded annually through a highly competitive process with a grant period of 24 months.

Our 2019 Impact Grantee was Alderbrook Pocket Park. With this grant the neighborhood plans to turn an undeveloped piece of park land into a neighborhood gathering space in North Austin.

Alderbrook Pocket Park

The Impact Grant is intended to support large, community-initiated, physical park improvement projects, as well as master plan implementations and place-making. One grant for $100,000 is awarded annually through a highly competitive process with a grant period of 24 months.

Our 2019 Impact Grantee was Alderbrook Pocket Park. With this grant the neighborhood plans to turn an undeveloped piece of park land into a neighborhood gathering space in North Austin.

LEARN MORE ABOUT ACL MUSIC FEST GRANTS
Investments
Short Term Special Projects
Investments
Short Term Special Projects

Comal Pocket park

Parque Comal, or Comal Pocket Park, is nestled in central east Austin on the corner of Comal and 3rd Street. Originally home to Comal School in 1925, Austin Parks Foundation will be providing brand new play equipment and undertaking a full playground renovation, led by the Parks & Recreation Department.

Investment:
$100,000
Timeline:
Fall 2020
more about this park project

Comal Pocket park

Parque Comal, or Comal Pocket Park, is nestled in central east Austin on the corner of Comal and 3rd Street. Originally home to Comal School in 1925, Austin Parks Foundation will be providing brand new play equipment and undertaking a full playground renovation, led by the Parks & Recreation Department.

Investment:
$100,000
Timeline:
Fall 2020
more about this park project

Hartford park

Hartford Park was once an overgrown traffic triangle in central Austin. Thanks to the grassroots efforts of Friends of Hartford Park, it has evolved into an urban green space that enhances the surrounding community. Neighbors raised close to $200,000 all on their own, before reaching out to APF for help in closing the funding gap.

Investment:
$50,000
Timeline:
Completed May 2019
more about this park project

North Oaks Park

Once a simple green space in North East Austin, North Oaks Park is now a neighborhood oasis. Working with the community to envision the park they needed, we completed construction on a new playscape as well as nature play elements, and an updated walking trail in partnership with the City of Austin and supported by St. David's Foundation and an Urban Forestry Grant.

Investment:
$360,000
Timeline:
Completed Nov. 2019
more about this park project

Pan American Neighborhood Park

Known for its hillside theater and the longest-running music festival in Austin, Pan Am Park was in need of some rehabilitation. We are proud to have led a complete playground renovation and ADA accessibility improvements with support from Austin City Limits Music Festival.

Investment:
$500,000
Timeline:
Completed Aug. 2019
more about this park project

Quail Creek park

With support from St. David’s Foundation, Austin Parks Foundation designed and managed the playground replacement and construction of additional fitness options at Quail Creek Neighborhood Park. New play equipment and safety surfacing were also installed in partnership with PARD.

Investment:
$225,000
Timeline:
Completed Jan. 2020
more about this park project

Springdale park

The Springdale playscape and safety surfacing have a failing grade. Austin Parks Foundation is partnering with neighbors and PARD to replace playground equipment, safety surfacing and fitness equipment, as well as work to make the park more accessible.

Investment:
$250,000
Timeline:
Spring 2021
more about this park project

St. John Park

As our first-ever Impact Grantee, St. John Park holds a special place. We are so proud to have been part of this community-led effort to bring a new playscape, trail and pavilion to this neighborhood park with support from the City of Austin's 2012 Bond, Dell Match Play and Sunrise Mini Mart.

Investment:
$250,000
Timeline:
Completed Feb. 2019
more about this park project
Investments
Long Term Special Projects
Investments
Long Term Special Projects

Alliance Children's garden

APF is proud to support PARD in the development of the Alliance Children's Garden, a brand new 2-acre multi-generational recreational and cultural space within Butler Park. The new space features nature-play elements, musical play equipment, and inter-generational amenities unlike any other park in the city.

Investment:
$350,000
Timeline:
Completed APR. 2020
more about this park project

Colony park district park

Since 2016, Austin Parks Foundation, PARD, Texas Parks & Wildlife and St. David’s Foundation have partnered with the Colony Park neighborhood to develop a premiere park space in Northeast Austin. The park hosts multi-use trails, an all-inclusive children’s play environment that is integrated into the existing landscape, two sports fields, a pavilion, benches, drinking fountains and a playscape.

Investment:
$1,050,000
Timeline:
Completed Spring 2020
more about this park project

Eastlink Trail

Eastlink connects 5 miles of urban trails from Bartholomew Park to Lady Bird Lake, and aims to allow pedestrians and cyclists to utilize East Austin's parks, community assets and places of historical significance. In 2019 we invested in an interpretive placemaking and wayfinding plan, and completed the first placemaking project: The Pillars Project, an art installation highlighting the rich culture and history of East Austin.

Investment:
$250,000
Timeline:
ONGOING
more about this park project

John Treviño Jr. metropolitan Park

APF is proud to invest in the development of a master plan for John Treviño Jr. Metropolitan Park at Morrison Ranch in beautiful East Austin. This park was named to honor the first Mexican-American/Latino elected to Austin City Council and selected as Mayor Pro Tem. He served our city and the East Austin community for 14 years. We're excited for this 330 acre park, only a fraction smaller than Zilker Park, to open to the public in the coming years.

Investment:
$250,000
Timeline:
ONGOING
more about this park project

historic Montopolis Negro school Master Plan

This historic place is the site of the only school that educated black children in Montopolis in a time when the area was populated by sharecroppers. It was acquired in 2018 by the City of Austin. Austin Parks Foundation is proud to partner with PARD to fund the master planning process for the historic school building and adjacent parkland, which will kick off in 2021.

*Photo from KUT.org

Investment:
$150,000
Timeline:
Fall 2021
learn more about the school

Nature preserves and Prairie restorations

Austin Parks Foundation is partnering with PARD to support the development of comprehensive land management planning for Austin's nature preserves system.

Investment:
$50,000
Timeline:
summer 2022
more about this park project

Seaholm waterfront

The Seaholm Intake Facility and surrounding parkland have sat unused since the 1980s when the intake and power plant were officially decommissioned. In partnership with The Trail Foundation and PARD, APF funded a planning study to help envision the future of this waterfront park space. With the completed study, APF and TTF are working with PARD to initiate projects to make the building and waterfront parkland more accessible to the community.

Investment:
$225,000
Timeline:
ongoing
more about this park project
Investments
Park Design & Master Planning
Investments
Park Design & Master Planning

pomerleau pocket park

Earl J. Pomerleau Pocket Park was the first-ever Park Master Plan award from Austin Parks Foundation. The Master Plan allowed the neighborhood association to get essential public input, fundraise and segment the project into phases, all with the city's approval. Pomerleau was also awarded a Neighborhood Grant and is on its way to realizing the high hopes of the neighborhood and community.

more about this park project

VOLUNTEERS

VOLUNTEERS

Volunteerism is at the core of our mission and work, and is the strong foundation we were built on back in 1992. Every year, thousands of dedicated volunteers make parks a priority with their time and effort. From our two city-wide It's My Park Day events, to our First Saturday projects, corporate volunteer days, and every project in between - we couldn't be more grateful for their hard work and dedication to getting the work done!

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It's My Park Day
It's My Park Day

Two City-Wide Days of Giving Back

Each year we host thousands of volunteers in parks all over the city at our two, city-wide It’s My Park Day events. These individual days represent a huge investment in our parks. And the love doesn’t stop with our volunteers!

From free tacos to discounts on coffee, we were fortunate to partner with local businesses who generously gave back to It's My Park Day volunteers. Park lovers have invested significant labor hours into our parks, saving the under-funded Parks & Recreation Department time and money!

Over the course of 2 days in the Spring and Fall, Austinites helped Austin Parks Foundation achieve these big numbers:

Park Projects
176
Cubic Yards of Mulch Spread
1,966
Volunteers
6,000+
Labor Costs Saved
$429,000+

IMPD Spring 2019

Check out the recap here!


IMPD Fall 2019

Check out the recap here!

NEW INITIATIVES

2018 was a year of new beginnings. Below are just a few of the exciting new initiatives APF undertook in our 26th year.

FUNDRAISING

Little Hummingbird Society

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In 2018, Little Hummingbird Society was implemented to offer kids a great way to learn about giving back to their community and the importance of Austin’s parks. Click above to learn more!

Groundbreakers

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In 2018, a founding group of visionary park lovers, dedicated to ensuring our park, trail and green space ecosystem is protected and preserved, came together to form our leadership giving society - Groundbreakers. Click above to learn more!

PROGRAMS

Park Design Services

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In order to fill the needs of our park adopters, Austin Parks Foundation's Landscape Architect began offering a 3-tiered Design Services Program in 2018. Click above to learn more!

APF Ambassadors

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The newest volunteer program brings some of our most dedicated supporters together to increase our reach. Ambassadors speak on APF's behalf and increase our ability to interface with our community. Click above to learn more!

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2019 was the biggest and best Party for the Parks yet. We were able to raise $250,000 for Austin's parks.

The quality of our city is directly related to the quality of our parks. All proceeds from Party for the Parks benefits the work of APF, helping us care for Austin’s parks, trails and green spaces. Thank you to our attendees, sponsors and donors for making our biggest fundraiser a great success!

PARTY FOR THE PARKS WEBSITE
Year of the Ribbon Cutting
People + Parks Stories
People + Parks Stories
Advocating for the Parks
Financial Summary
Financial Summary
BASED ON 2019 AUDITED FINANCIALS BY PMB HELIN DONOVAN

86% OF EVERY DOLLAR GIVEN TO APF GOES DIRECTLY TO PARK PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS

Donors and Supporters
Donors and Supporters

Austin Parks Foundation relies on the generosity of our donors and supporters. Without their commitment to our programs and projects, Austin's parks would be in even greater need. We are also proud to acknowledge the organizations who have generously supported APF with donations of $500 or more in 2019. We are grateful to the many businesses and individuals who are making an investment in our community through our mission of people + parks.

2019 Sponsors
2019 Sponsors