Adopt-a-Park Summit


5th Annual Adopt-A-Park Summit
is May 18, 2019

Adopt-A-Park Summit is Almost Here!

Austin Parks Foundation and the Austin Parks and Recreation Department are partnering to host the 5th Annual Adopt-A-Park Summit. This free event will feature a full day of sessions centered around making the vision for your park a reality.

Sessions will include:

Adopt-A-Park 101
For new adopters or those that need a refresh on the program

Park History
History and fascinating facts about Austin's Park System

Changing park needs
Focus on issues around homelessness, as well as the motorized scooter pilot program

PARD programming
Focus on Community Gardens, Park Rangers, and Children in Nature programs

Making the most of your Sponsored Fund Account
Park adopters will share successful fundraising initiatives

Advocacy and Community Organizing
Learn about how local government works and how to organize your neighbors

We will also have a great morning panel centered on effective community engagement to get your neighborhood more invested in your park!

Registration starts at 8:45 and coffee and breakfast treats will be served, as well as a complimentary lunch featuring table presentations and table topics. Childcare, transportation, and interpretation services will be available, if needed.

It's going to be a fun day with some great speakers. Whether you're a current park adopter or someone who's thought about adopting a park, the AAP Summit is for you. Join us for a day of learning and camaraderie!

RSVP for Adopt-A-Park Summit Here!
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This Year We're Excited to Be Offering:


No need to worry, you can bring your kids! We’ve got you covered.

Lunch by TacoDeli

Because what’s better than TacoDeli tacos for lunch?

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We’ll make sure you can join us: transportation is available.

Coffee & Snacks

We’ll keep you caffeinated and snacks will be available.

Happy Hour

Join us for a Happy Hour/Mixer after the Summit!!

2019 Schedule & Sessions

*This schedule is tentative. Please stay tuned for updates!*

Registration - 8:45am

Opening Remarks - 9:00am


Icebreaker with forklift Danceworks

9:30 - 10:20am

Panel: Community Engagement that reaches your whole community

Session 1 - 10:30am - 11:20am

Park History - Learn the history of Austin's Parks with a PARD Historian

Adopt-A-Park 101 - Learn the essentials for new adopters and those that need a refresher!

Lunch and Table Topics or Urban Steward Training: 11:30am - 12:50pm

Participants will have the opportunity to talk to community partners during lunch OR attend an Urban Forest Steward training in one of the classrooms, brought to you by TreeFolks and the UFS program.

Session 2 - 1:00 - 1:50pm

Advocacy and Community Organizing - Get a city civics lesson and learn how to get community investment in your park!

Amplify Your SFA  - Learn from park adopters how to hold successful fundraising campaigns and amplify your SFA

Session 3 - 2:00 - 2:50pm

PARD Programming and Activation - Hear about Community Gardens, Park Rangers, Green Schools and more!

Changing Park Needs - Learn about addressing homelessness in parks and the pilot scooter program

Closing Remarks and Happy Hour - 3:00 - 4:00pm


8:45 am
Sign in and pick up materials

9:00 am Opening Remarks
Colin Wallis, CEO – Austin Parks Foundation
Kimberly McNeely, Acting Director – Austin Parks & Recreation

9:30 am Keynote Panel
Funding our Future: Parks Priorities in the 2018 Bond Election
Opening Speaker: Council Member Leslie Pool
Panel Members: Terry Jungman, Ted Siff, Estrella de Leon
Moderator: John Rooney

10:30 am Session 1
Adopt-A-Park 101
Speakers: Christine Chute-Canul, Kathleen Mannello
From Vision to Design: Introducing APF Park Design Services!
Speakers: Katie Robillard, Charles Mabry

11:30 am Lunch Time Tables
While you enjoy complimentary lunch, please visit our table presenters:
TreeFolks, APF Ambassadors, Neighborhood Partnering Program and Bark Rangers!

12:30 pm – Session 2
Put the FUN in Fundraising: Creative and Effective Fundraising Activities
Speakers: Adrienne Dever, Todd Moon, Jason Traweek, John Rooney
People + Parks: Creating Community and Activity in Your Park
Speakers: Christine Chute-Canul, Kerstin Johansson

1:30 pm – Session 3
Planning for Your Park’s Future: Long-Term Vision and Planning
Speakers: Jennifer Potter-Miller, Laura Bucaro, Kristine Poland
Get the Word Out! Community Engagement and Communication Strategies
Speakers: Rachel Carneglia, Kathleen Mannello, Anissa Castillo