The success of our parks system depends on the support, assistance, advocacy and enthusiasm of the public as stewards of their parks. The Adopt-A-Park Program helps citizens like you become those stewards through a collaborative partnership between the Austin Parks & Recreation Department (PARD) and Austin Parks Foundation (APF). The goal of this program is to build community pride and ownership around every neighborhood park in Austin.
Park Adopters serve as key community representatives for their park by organizing a community-based volunteer group, and making an ongoing commitment to improving their park. They also encourage engagement with neighbors and park users, and ultimately bring greater innovation and creativity to the park system.
The Adopt-A-Park Program is a partnership between you, PARD and APF. We’ve put together some helpful information, including key contacts and resources, in our Adopt-A-Park handbook.
A: Most City of Austin parks are adoptable, however a few exclusions apply - currently undeveloped parks and metropolitan parks are not available for adoption. If you’d like to adopt a greenbelt or nature preserve, please contact Kathleen Mannello for details. Visit our map of adoptable parks.
Once you’ve selected a park you’re interested in, submit an application online and you will be contacted by APF.
A: Ideal adopters are regular park users, neighborhood groups and nearby residents who are interested in improving their park. Businesses are not eligible to adopt a park. Read more about what it’s like to be a park adopter in the Adopt-A-Park Handbook.
A: Above all, park adopters enjoy a sense of pride in championing their parks! PARD considers park adopters key stakeholders, and provides opportunities and support for volunteer maintenance and park improvement projects. Additionally, park adopters are eligible for exclusive resources provided by APF such as access to our tool warehouse, educational opportunities like our Adopt-A-Park Summit, and park funding opportunities like our ACL Music Festival Grants and Design Services.
A: We work with groups of all sizes, and the time and volunteer commitment may vary. In general, we ask that park adopters participate in at least one of our bi-annual It’s My Park Day events (First Saturdays in March and November), as well as commit to being the main point of contact for the park for at least one year. We also ask the group to allow anyone who wants to participate in the park adopter group to do so, without requiring dues or implementing other membership barriers.