Austin park advocators at Austin city council budget meeting

City Budget Additions Bring Much-Needed Improvements to Parks

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Advocacy Update From Ladye Anne Wofford, CMO Earlier this month, Austin City Council approved a $3.9 billion budget for the City of Austin for the 2018 Fiscal Year. Most of the debate at city hall centered around how to best allocate $5 million that was identified to support a number of city council priorities. While the Austin City Council included …

Support the Parks at City of Austin Budget Hearings

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Austin Parks and Recreation currently needs $700 million to repair and renovate parks City of Austin budget hearings are approaching, and APF needs help telling City Council that the parks are in need. According to ParkScore, Austin is ranked #46 and currently spends $103 per resident, while cities in the top ten spend an average of $208. Austinites have enjoyed …

People + Parks: Advocacy in Action

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By Elizabeth McGuire In one of the oldest neighborhoods in Austin, a team of stewards is working to preserve their park and to inspire others to follow suit in their own neighborhoods. Three leaders of Friends of Shipe Park—Jill Nokes, Alison Young and Mark Fishman—have worked with Austin Parks Foundation and countless volunteers to keep Shipe a vibrant, healthy, resilient …

APF in the News: Addressing the $700M maintenance gap

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Austin Parks Amass $700M in Deferred Maintenance See the original story and video at Spectrum News AUSTIN, Texas–Park managers say they have $700 million worth of deferred maintenance, and some park advocates say that’s a fraction of the city’s needs. “When you look at all the rec centers, the parks, the aging infrastructure and the pools, I think that number …

People + Parks: Co-Founder of APF Stands as a Role Model

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Closing the Funding GAP

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Great Austin Parks is a coalition of environmental groups that advocates for increases to the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) budget. Coalition members include: Austin Parks Foundation, The Trail Foundation, Keep Austin Beautiful, TreeFolks, Shoal Creek Conservancy, Pease Park Conservancy, and Austin Metro Trails & Greenways. PARD has been a favorite target for budget cuts for decades. When the good …

$300,000 for Barton Springs Bypass Tunnel

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Today at the 5th annual Council Cleans the Pool Day, Senator Kirk Watson, Mayor Lee Leffingwell and Robin Cravey, president of the Friends of Barton Springs Pool, announced the donation of $300,000 to the City of Austin for the forthcoming Barton Springs Pool Bypass Tunnel project.  The project, one of the short term projects announced as part of the Barton …

Reminder: City Budget Open House – 6-9 pm tonight!

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6-9 pm tonight (Tuesday, June 15th 2010) – Austin Convention Center. Wear your 2010 It’s My Park Day t-shirt – if you don’t have one (or its dirty, etc.) Charlie have a stack of extras and will be waiting outside the door of the room that we are meeting in…. Here’s the format: 1 – Short presentation/overview on City Budget 2 …