Advocate for Your park
What You Can Do to Help
Austin’s parks system faces critical funding shortfalls which are holding back our parks from being the best they can be. We work to close this gap, improving parks for every Austinite through funding and advocacy.
Austin Parks Foundation’s advocacy is critical to the health of Austin’s parks system. We demand equitable funding for Austin’s parks system, and we need your help to make this a reality.
Austin's Parks Need You!
We need your help in July + August!
This year has made at least one thing very clear: Parks are essential. Austinites flock to our parks for exercise, relaxation and a bit of peace. We need our parks, and our parks need us.
Every year, City Council votes on a budget that determines how much, or how little, funding our parks system will receive. Increased parks and trail usage due to Covid-19 has stressed our parks system - stretching PARD staff and preventing volunteer stewardship of our parks.
We are asking Austin City Council to invest in the parks, trails and green spaces that have been critical during COVID-19. Check out more details on our specific asks for the 2020-2021 fiscal year budget and these shareable social media graphics!
Write Your City Council Member, Help Austin's Park System
Understanding What Our Parks Need
Austin has an amazing parks system. We have nearly 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.
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Austin Parks Foundation's Policy Platform
Austin Parks Foundation's advocacy efforts and what we 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.