Project Playback: Kendra Page Nature Playscape

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The Kendra Page Nature Playscape, one of only a handful in Austin, is complete! The park adopter team at Kendra Page was awarded our 2020 Fall ACL Festival Community Grant after applying to create a nature playscape, a play environment that consists of elements and textures from the earth such as tree logs, tree stumps, and a nature trail that …

Project Playback: Alderbrook Pocket Park Playground Renovation

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For almost 20 years, Austin Parks Foundation has worked with the Friends of Alderbrook to improve Alderbrook Pocket Park (12444 Lamplight Village Ave.). The surrounding neighborhood had been designated high-need by Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD), and this undeveloped space was officially acquired by PARD in 2011. Over the years, the neighborhood advocated for a community garden, playground, trails, …

Spring Community Impact Grant & Design Award Winners

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We are excited to announce some recent ACL Grant and Design Services awards to parks across Austin: A $600 Neighborhood Grant to Overton School/Colony Park District Park in City Council District 1, for outdoor classroom installation and programming sponsorship for participation with PEAS OutdoorLearning A $1,000 Neighborhood Grant to West Austin Neighborhood Park in District 9, for the restoration of …

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 …

Austin Parks Foundation Awards $150,000 Community Impact Grant to Highland Neighborhood Park

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Austin Parks Foundation (APF) announced today that Highland Neighborhood Park will receive $150,000 as part of our Community Impact Grant. The grant will fund specific amenities as part of the park’s overall vision plan implementation, including a pedestrian bridge, connection path, water fountain and more. This year, we’re also excited to announce changes to their ACL Music Festival Grants Program …

Project Playback: How the Power of Community Shaped Brentwood Park

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Placed right beside Brentwood Elementary School, Brentwood Neighborhood Park has been the go-to location for countless community events and individual fun for many years! This park is an essential part of the outdoor culture of this community and provides a sanctuary of green space where neighbors can escape the rush of their everyday lives. As this passion for the park …

Another Wonderful Year of People + Parks: APF’s 2021 Highlights

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In 2021, Austin Parks Foundation was able to accomplish so much thanks to the generous support of our community. From our donors and sponsors, to volunteers, event attendees, partners and community leaders, we are incredibly grateful for all the ways you have shown your support for parks, trails and green spaces. Below is a brief recap of what we accomplished …

Austin Parks Foundation Awards Over $75,000 in 2021 Fall Community Grants

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Austin Parks Foundation is awarding $76,520 to their 2021 fall community grantees to fund projects dedicated to enhancing Austin parks and outdoor community spaces! Each project will update, repair or install necessary facilities, and all hold a common goal of fostering equitable access to nature. As the anchor of APF’s ACL Music Festival Grants Program, Community Grants are designed to …

Project Playback: Replacing the Failing Playground at Springdale Park

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The 2019 park review came with some difficult news for Springdale Park and local residents. According to the Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s annual assessment, the Springdale playground was failing and became a priority for replacement. The assessment considers safety, age and the condition of the equipment when evaluating each park.  Using Board Designated Funds, and grant funds from the …

APF Awards Over $102,000 in 2021 Spring Community Grants

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Austin Parks Foundation (APF) is excited to announce our 2021 Spring Community Grants recipients, that will receive over $102,000 in combined funding to build numerous park necessities and improve various parks across Austin! As a part of our ACL Music Festival Grants Program, Community Grants are designed to support community-initiated improvement projects requiring between $5,000 – $50,000 in funds. Since …