People + Parks: Miles and Miles of Generosity

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By Elizabeth McGuire When the Statesman Capitol 10,000 weaves through Austin for its 41st annual race on April 8th, race director Jeff Simecek will have “every job and no job.” He will be at the start and the finish, and of course communicating with his team throughout, but by the time the gun goes off, much of his work has …

New in 2018

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Park Pollinators: Meet Vanessa Hillis

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Our tagline is people + parks, and we take that to heart. We know the people we work with, both inside and outside the office, are what make this organization successful, and we’re proud of the team we’ve put together. Each of us is committed to making Austin’s parks, trails and green spaces great for each and every Austinite. Read …

People + Parks: An Ace Adoption

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By Elizabeth McGuire Big changes are happening to a small park in southeast Austin, thanks to a handful of persistent community members. Houston School Park, which is adjacent to Josephine Houston Elementary, was recently awarded a $100,000 APF Impact Grant to build a multi-purpose pavilion that will serve both the school and its surrounding neighborhood. Spearheaded by park adopter and …

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Driving Force: Carvana Shares the Love with Austin Parks

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Meet the Carvana Team! Just over a year ago, Austin Parks Foundation hosted an energetic crew of volunteers at Zilker Park. Though the team was small, they were mighty, helping us repaint and revitalize a piece of one of Austin’s most well-loved parks. Back then, Carvana was a small start-up office in Austin. The team lead – Ben Chako, Austin Market Operations …

#OptOutside & Win!

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#OptOutside this Holiday Season and Win! You may remember REI has done things a little different on Black Friday —they have closed their doors, and invited the nation to opt outside with them. And more than a million people have done just that – including us! It really caught the attention of our community, and we saw hundreds of you posting …

Fall 2017 It’s My Park Day Breaks Records!

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Fall 2017 It’s My Park Day Highlights In only it’s second year, our Fall It’s My Park Day has already broken the previous records for volunteer turnout. We want to send a special thanks to all the project leaders and volunteers that made this city-wide volunteer day such a success. We couldn’t have done it without you! We’d also like …

People + Parks: Planting Seeds

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By Elizabeth McGuire Meet Katie Falgoust Like many people, Katie Falgoust spends 40 hours a week working in front of a computer. Unlike many people, when Katie’s not working she is often thinking about vegetables. Or compost. Or mulch. Or water. Katie is an avid gardener and member of the Festival Beach Community Garden. She serves as the Volunteer and …

The Perks of Being a Volunteer

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It’s My Park Day Volunteers Get Back When They Give Back This Saturday, November 4, 2017, Austin Parks Foundation (APF) will host our second Fall It’s My Park Day. It’s My Park Day is APF’s largest city-wide volunteer event where thousands of volunteers come together to work on various improvement projects in parks and greenbelts throughout the city. In addition …