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. Repairs and renovations to aging park infrastructure are desperately needed. You can help us advocate for more funding to take care of these cherished public spaces!
APF's Policy platform
Austin Parks Foundation's advocacy efforts and our ask of City Council are guided by a few key policy principles. Feel free to use this platform when creating your own communications to city council and letting them know why parks funding is a priority to you. Read more here.
You Helped us accomplish so much in 2018!
We want to say a huge thanks to everyone who contacted their council members, showed up to City Hall, helped us pass the parks props in the municipal bond and voted for pro-parks candidates in this year's election. We couldn't have done this without you!
We are so grateful for all you helped us accomplish in 2018, and we can't wait to share with you what we're planning in 2019. Read more about our 2018 advocacy accomplishments in our latest blog, or click below to see all of our advocacy blogs and take a look back.