Our Advocacy Efforts &
What You Can Do to Help
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 43 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.
Austin Parks Need Your Help!
Understanding What Our Parks Need
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!
Use This Template When Contacting City Council!
*Share a personal story about why parks matter to you to amplify your impact!*
"My name is _____________, and as a user of Austin’s parks I urge you to better fund our parks system. Our parks are critical to the quality of life of all Austinites, and are a major part of what makes Austin a special place to live.
Every piece of our parks system is in need, with just a few examples being funding and staffing for general maintenance for parks, playscapes, and aquatics facilities, staffing for affordable out of school childcare and programming at our recreation centers, proper management of our preserve lands, and lighting for safe access to parks.
Please, help keep Austin a special place by giving our parks the funding they need!"
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Austin Park 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.