APF Awards $172,000 in 2018 Spring Community Grants and Announces First Recipient of Design Services

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Funding will be used for various community-initiated Austin parks’ improvements, renovations and construction projects

AUSTIN, TX (June 25, 2018) Austin Parks Foundation (APF) is thrilled to announce their 2018 spring grantees that will receive over $170,000 in collective funding to improve various Austin parks, trails, and green spaces. Projects include new playground equipment, improved community pools, school parks, sports fields and more. Additional information on the specific park improvement projects and grant recipients can be found below.

“We are so excited to see the impact that these dynamic projects will have on the greater Austin area and, more specifically, their individual neighborhoods,” said Ladye Anne Wofford, chief mission officer at Austin Parks Foundation. “We’re grateful for these dedicated Adopt-A-Park leaders and their commitment to improving and maintaining these community assets.”

In total, APF is giving $172,000 in community grants for the Foundation’s spring cycle to the following parks and green spaces:

  •      Mabson Fields ($50,000): Bleacher replacement and new shade structure over seating and scoreboard;
  •      Patterson Park ($50,000): Towards the addition of new playground equipment focused on building strength and balance, seating, and natural play elements;
  •      Barrington School Park ($27,000): To complete Phase 2 improvements to Barrington Green Schoolyard that will enable greater access and usability for neighborhood residents;
  •      Friends of Deep Eddy ($25,000): Towards the drilling of a new well to provide an additional water source for the pool; and
  •       Murchison Pool ($20,000): Towards a new playscape


Additionally, as part of their new Park Design Services, the nonprofit just awarded the first-ever Master Plan to Pomerleau Pocket Park. The new initiative launched in 2018 in coordination with the City of Austin’s Parks & Recreation Department and is intended to provide design options to Adopt-A-Park groups at every scale.

Master Planning is the most in-depth level of the new program and is awarded once every year. APF leads the design visioning process and guides neighborhood and pocket park groups to create a park master plan that will determine the long-range vision for the entirety of the park. Other levels of the Design Services program include detailed park design and design consultations. Requests for consultations are accepted on a rolling basis, and applications for detailed park design are accepted twice per year, on September 30th and April 30th.

APF’s Community Grants are intended for larger community-initiated physical park improvement projects that require between $5,000 and $50,000 in funding like signage installations, trail building and planning, physical improvements and maintenance. These grants have been offered since 2006 and applications are now accepted twice a year.

The deadline for the APF Impact Grant, an annual grant of $100,000 to support large, community-initiated, physical park improvements, is October 30. The deadline for Fall Community Grants and Design Services applications is September 30. To learn more about the Austin Parks Foundation’s ACL Music Festival Park Grants Program or Design Services and to apply, please visit www.austinparks.org.