Austin City Council’s 2019-20 Budget: A Big Win for the Parks

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On Tuesday, September 10, the Austin City Council formally adopted a budget for the City’s upcoming fiscal year beginning on October 1st. The budget process, which kicks off in earnest with community engagement in the spring and the release of the City Manager’s proposed budget in early August, saw significant increases for parks from beginning to end. Why is that, …

Project Playback: A Deep Dive Into Our Investment at Deep Eddy Pool

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Deep Eddy Pool and the adjacent Eilers Park are unquestionably an Austinite favorite for cooling off in the summer heat. In the early 1900s, the property orginated as a swimming hole above a limestone bed in the Colorado River. George A. Rowley founded and named the property Deep Eddy Bathing Beach, and it became a hit with locals and out-of-towners …

Pomerleau Pocket Park: APF’s First-Ever Park Design Services

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The Pomerleau Family, including their 5 children, moved to the Northeast side of Austin in 1972. The same year, Earl J. Pomerleau was hired by the State of Texas to bring the comprehensive alcohol treatment system that he had established in Nevada. Earl is credited for being the person most responsible for bringing the discussion group format of AA meetings …

What’s Going On With Parks Funding and the City Budget?

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Each August, City Hall watchers are treated to City Council returning from recess and beginning arguably their most important task. What’s that, you might be asking yourself?  The answer is crafting and adopting the upcoming fiscal year’s budget. Early each August, the City Manager presents to City Council and the public their proposed budget. This stage is both the culmination …

The First Ever It’s My Pool Day Is Happening August 3rd

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Yep, you read that correctly. There’s going to be an It’s My Pool Day, a day to celebrate Austin’s pools inspired by It’s My Park Day, APF’s bi-annual, city-wide day of volunteering in Austin’s parks, trails and green spaces. Austin summers are hot! Swimming is what keeps us all from losing our minds, but our pools need some love. This …

Austin Parks Foundation Awards Over $180,000 In 2019 Spring Grants & Park Design Services

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AUSTIN, TEXAS (July 2, 2019) – Austin Parks Foundation (APF) announced their 2019 spring grantees that will receive over $180,400 in collective funding to improve various Austin parks, trails, and green spaces across 5 districts. Projects include the creation of trails, installation of park amenities and more. Additional information on the specific park improvement projects and grant recipients can be …

Project Playback: Hartford Park

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Swing set and playscape for children ages 2 – 5 years old. Hartford Park was once an overgrown traffic triangle in the middle of a neighborhood in central Austin. Thanks to the grassroots efforts of Friends of Hartford Park (FOHP), it has evolved into an urban green space that enhances the surrounding community. Neighbors raised close to $200,000 all on …

Project Playback: Preserving the History of Downs-Mabson Fields

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Downs-Mabson Fields is currently the home of the Huston-Tillotson University Rams Baseball team but was once home to some of baseball’s legendary players. Although Austin has never hosted a Major League Baseball organization, a few of it’s biggest stars, including Hall of Famers, once played right here in central Texas. Austin Parks Foundation is proud to be a part of …

10 Austin Swimming Pools to Check Out This Summer

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You probably already know about iconic swimming spots like Barton Springs or Deep Eddy, but where else can Austinites swim? We’ve gathered 10 swimming pools around Austin to help you beat the Summer heat! The majority of Austin’s pools are free to enter which makes them great places for friends and family to gather.Do you know someone looking for a …