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

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 …

People + Parks: Veteran Volunteer, at Age 12

Rachel 
It's My Park! Day
, 
People + Parks
, APF News, Children's Programming, It's My Park! Day, National Public Lands Day
, National Trails Day, Parks, People + Parks, Volunteer

by Elizabeth McGuire Like many kids, 12-year-old Kei Yarbrough grew up in parks—climbing on playscapes and running around with friends—but she also spent her early years at those same parks picking up trash and mulching trees. She is quick to say that all of it was fun. Since she was four years old, Kei has been volunteering for parks-related events …

Advocacy Update: How does the 2018 Bond work?

Rachel Park Advocacy, Parks, Support Our Parks Leave a Comment

Every five to six years, Austin voters have been asked whether or not they will approve the city to issue general obligation bonds. These bonds fund capital improvement projects in areas such as parks & open space, cultural centers & museums, libraries, fire & police stations, affordable housing, stormwater infrastructure and transportation. The Bond Election Advisory Task Force (BEATF) is …

It’s My Park Day 2018 Highlights

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It’s My Park Day 2018: Another Success We want to send a special thanks to all the project leaders and volunteers that made this city-wide volunteer day such a success, as well as the Parks & Recreation Department, Watershed Protection and our friends at Keep Austin Beautiful. We couldn’t have done it without you! We’d also like to thank our …

Park Advocacy 101

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At Austin Parks Foundation people + parks are at the center of everything we do. We’re helping to build and improve our parks, and making sure they’re available and accessible to all Austinites. However, given the $700 million backlog of capital improvement projects and $100 million in deferred maintenance annually, our parks are starting to wonder whether we love them …