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Use Your Voice - Speak Up for Austin's Parks!

Austin’s parks consistently face critical funding shortfalls - holding them back from being the best they can be. We must close this gap and improve parks for every Austinite! Austin Parks Foundation’s advocacy is critical to the health of Austin’s parks system. We demand equitable funding for Austin’s parks, and we need your help to make this a reality.


August 2021 Advocacy Updates

Austin's City Budget Brings Good News for Parks!

Austin City Council passed the annual city budget including over $4 million for Austin's parks and children! Thanks to the advocacy by APF, the new budget addresses multiple high-priority areas in our city's parks including the Park Ranger program, grounds maintenance, children's programming and more. Check out the details of this year's city budget and the victories for parks here!

Zilker Park Vision Plan: Let Your Voice Be Heard!

Austin's oldest Metropolitan Park and is currently undergoing a Vision Plan! The Austin Parks and Recreation Department wants to hear from you: what should the future development of the park look like? What amenities and programming would you like to see? Learn how the Zilker Metropolitan Park Vision Plan will be used as a roadmap for the park’s future here!

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.