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

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

Rachel ACL Music Festival Grants, APF News, Completed Projects (Our Impact), Featured Projects, Impact Grants, Special Projects


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
, 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 …

Valuable Volunteers: It’s My Park Day Volunteers Making an Impact for Austin Parks

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

On a chilly Saturday morning, 3,000 volunteers bundled up and flocked to their local parks. We want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who braved the cold 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 Fall 2019. We …

Save the Date & Amplify APF

Rachel APF News, Support Our Parks, Volunteer Leave a Comment

Save-the-Date! On February 28th from 6pm to 6pm on March 1st, APF is participating in Amplify Austin – our city’s 24-hour online giving campaign, which raises millions of dollars for hundreds of local nonprofits. This 24-hour period provides an easy and fun way for our entire community to come together and support our parks! Will you help us #AmplifyAPF, and make …

Norwood Project

APF Grants $250K Matching Grant to Norwood Estate

Rachel APF News, Featured Projects, News Coverage, Press Release

AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION GIFTS $250,000 AS MATCHING GRANT FOR RESTORATION OF THE HISTORIC NORWOOD ESTATE Project construction poised to begin if grant is fully matched    AUSTIN, TX (December 19, 2018) – Austin Parks Foundation (APF) is excited and proud to announce it has awarded a $250,000 matching grant to the Norwood Park Foundation (NPF) for the restoration and repurposing of …

Parks Could Receive $149M in Bond Funding through November Ballot

Rachel APF News, Park Advocacy
, Park Advocacy

At their June 28th meeting, City Council voted to move forward and put multiple bond propositions on the ballot in November! Read on for the details, and be sure to check out the video re-cap below. Council approved a resolution directing the City Manager to come back with ballot language which they’ll look over in August. During their discussion, Council …