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Austin Parks Foundation is spearheading an alliance of residents, park adopters and organizations from across the city to ask that Austin’s parks, trails and green spaces receive more funding in the upcoming bond and the City of Austin’s FY19 budget.

While Austin appears at the top of almost every “best of” list, ParkScore - by the Trust for Public Land - ranked Austin 42 out of the 100 most populous U.S. cities for how well we meet our residents’ needs for parks. That’s why we need YOU to speak up for Austin’s cherished public spaces.

Understanding the Needs

Austin has an amazing parks system. We have 300+ parks, 227 miles of trails and more than 20,000 acres of green space. Our parklands provide vital green space and wildlife habitat, and keep our environment healthy. Parks and trails also have tremendous economic, health, ecological and educational benefits. Unfortunately, annual investments in Austin parks are not keeping pace with the needs of our growing city.

Austin currently spends $108 per resident on maintenance and enhancements, while the top 10 ranked cities on ParkScore spend $208 per resident. This is why PARD needs our support. They are doing the best they can with limited resources, but the department’s current needs assessment indicates a gap of $700 million for repairs and renovations to aging park infrastructure. You can help us advocate for more funding to take care of these cherished public spaces!

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Connecting with Council
Your council members want to hear from you! Learn more about how to connect with them, the most effective way to get your point across, and what to say in our connect with your council member blog.

What's the latest on the bond?
City council has recommended $149M in parks funding in the 2018 bond! See the re-cap video below, and learn more about the next steps in our latest blog.

How does this Bond Work?
Why do we vote on bonds?  How did we arrive at the recommendations? How can I help? What should I say to Council? These questions - and more - answered on our blog!

Why the bond & budget?
We see the upcoming bond and the city’s FY19 budget as great ways to fill the funding gap. Learn more about the process in our advocacy 101 blog.

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