ACL Music Festival Announces 2021 Impact on Austin Parks

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C3 Presents has released the 2021 Austin City Limits Music Festival Economic Impact Report, announcing $6.7 million generated toward Austin park improvements. Over the last 17 years, Austin City Limits Music Festival’s (ACLMF) partnership with the Austin Parks Foundation has provided more than $48 million to Austin’s public park system.

As the festival’s main beneficiary, Austin Parks Foundation’s unique relationship with ACLMF ensures that a portion of every ticket purchase supports parks in every corner of Austin. This $6.7 million is in addition to maintenance and restoration of Zilker Park, which are also paid annually by ACLMF.

Proceeds from the 2021 ACLMF will be put toward several park projects in all 10 City Council districts. These funds support APF’s goal of providing equitable access to green spaces across all districts through their park improvement projects including It’s My Park Day, ACLMF activations, community project design services, the community-initiated ACL Music Festival Parks Grant Program and more. Projects include but are not limited to:

  • Little Walnut Creek Greenbelt (District 1) – Support of vision plan
  • Onion Creek Metro (District 2) – Support for planning, design and construction of all abilities playscape
  • Zilker Eagle (District 8) – Support bringing back a fully electric mini-train to Zilker Park
  • School Parks Capital Replacement (Districts 1-10) – Support for replacement and addition of PARD standard amenities at school parks.

To learn more about Austin Parks Foundation’s work in the community, updates on ACL greening programs and how ACL Fest fans have contributed to improving public parks, trails and green spaces, visit

To access the entire 2021 Austin City Limits Music Festival Economic Impact Report as well as the current ACL Fest/Austin Parks Foundation infographic and full project list, click here.


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