Austin Ranks #37 in Trust for Public Land ParkScore Report

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× Ready to speak up for parks? Use the facts below, especially the bolded information, as inspiration for your calls and emails to your city council members. You can find their contact information on our advocacy page. Let’s make sure parks receive the funding they need in the City’s FY 2021 budget! Help APF Make Austin’s Park System #1 The …

Easter Eggsibition: Bunnies on Parade in Your Neighborhood

Rachel 
Education
, APF News, Blog Page, Children's Programming, COVID-19, Easter 2020, Little Hummingbird Society Page

× Hey, y’all! Though the city’s parks may be closed for Easter weekend, there are still some great ways to have fun right in the comfort of your own home! Be sure to check out our Eggstravaganza at a Distance and Neighborhood Eggsploration blogs for more Easter fun! Everyone loves a Parade! We’ve seen people all over the nation come …

Eggstravaganza at a Distance: Egg-free Easter Ideas

Rachel 
Education
, APF News, Blog Page, Children's Programming, COVID-19, Easter 2020, Little Hummingbird Society Page

× Hey y’all! Though the city’s parks may be closed for Easter weekend, there are still some great ways to have fun without leaving your neighborhood! Be sure to check out our Neighborhood Eggsploration and Bunnies On Parade blogs for more Easter fun! While we are all being good neighbors and only purchasing what we need, we thought now would …

Movies in the Park: Social Distancing Edition

Rachel Blog Page, Movies in the Park

× Hey there! COVID-19 has changed how we do things, and your safety is our priority. Please keep social distancing best practices in mind if you choose to visit parks, trails and green spaces. Thanks, y’all! As we all practice social distancing to protect each other and flatten the curve during the COVID-19 outbreak, we thought we’d bring the Movies …

Colony Park District Park: A Premiere Park Takes Flight

Rachel 
Education
, Colony Park District Park, Completed Projects (Our Impact), Ribbon Cuttings - Annual Report 2019

Dear Readers, In November 2019, we published a blog that did not accurately reflect the long and hard-won history of the Colony Park Neighborhood and Colony Park District Park. We’d like to sincerely apologize for the way that piece neglected to give the credit due to the many neighbors and residents who have advocated for this space for over three …

Valuable Volunteers: How It’s My Park Day Volunteers Made an Impact in Parks Across Austin, TX

Rachel 
It's My Park! Day
, APF News, Volunteer

On Saturday morning, 3,000 volunteers dedicated their morning to serving their favorite parks. We want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who and made It’s My Park Day a huge success. The entire Austin Parks Foundation Staff & Board are so grateful, and we’re counting down the days, hours, and minutes until IMPD Spring 2020. We hope to …

HB 2 & SB 2 Are Bad For Austin’s Parks, Trails and Green Spaces

Rachel 
Education
, Advocacy 2019, APF News, City Budget, Park Advocacy

Simply put, House Bill 2 & Senate Bill 2 (or HB 2 & SB 2) are bad news for Austin’s public parks. In exchange for small property tax relief for homeowners estimated at a few dollars per month, municipalities will face a budgetary crisis. The bill will cause an out-sized negative impact towards their ability to provide services central to …

Earth Day + Parks

Rachel APF News, Volunteer

Earth Day is April 22nd, 2019 and APF is planning great things! From volunteer opportunities to park givebacks, there’s  plenty of ways to show Mother Earth you care this Earth Day! Here’s everything that we have going on around Austin: Join us for two special open work days to get out in the parks, get a sweat going, and make …

St. John Park Transformed

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St. John Park underwent a complete redevelopment after receiving Austin Parks Foundation’s inaugural ACL Music Festival Impact Grant of $100,000 in 2017. The Northeast Austin project broke ground in November of 2018, and APF is thrilled to have officially opened the park to the public with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, March 20. Council Member Greg Casar, Austin Parks Foundation …

State Legislators Debate Funding for Parks

Rachel APF News, Park Advocacy, Parks, Support Our Parks

Bills Propose Sporting Goods Sales Tax Be Directed to Parks as Intended Up at the Capital, legislators are considering bills (SB 26, SJR 24, HJR 39, and HR 1214) that would amend the Texas Constitution to ensure that sales tax collected from the sale of sporting goods is dedicated to Texas State Parks and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department …