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Austin Ranks #45 in ParkScore Report, Falling 8 Spots from 2020

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The Trust for Public Land (TPL), the national organization responsible for assessing and ranking parks in America’s 100 largest cities, released its annual ParkScore rankings. The rankings are based on the five qualities that make park systems great: park access, acreage, amenities like playgrounds and basketball courts, funding to create new parks and maintain and improve existing ones, and, new …

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Protecting People + Parks: It’s My Park Day Spring 2021 Update

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Though we wish we could return to the original format of It’s My Park Day, the pandemic means it isn’t safe just yet. That’s why we’ve moved the first It’s My Park Day of 2021 to early June. We’re planning a week-long event of virtual volunteering opportunities kicking off on National Trails Day – Saturday, June 5th – and stretching …

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8 Great Austin Parks and Green Spaces for Flying a Kite

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As the usual warm Texas weather approaches us, it’s time to get outside and enjoy it! What better way to do so than flying kites? Founded in 1929, the ABC Kite Fest is one of Austin’s favorite, family-friendly traditions. Austin Parks Foundation is thrilled that the kite fest is returning to Zilker Park on April 3, 2022 for the 93rd …

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Lunar New Year & COVID-19: Year of the Metal Ox

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Featured photo by Nell Carroll. Check out their their website here! Tomorrow marks a brand new year in the lunisolar calendar and celebrations in many Asian countries including China, South Korea and Vietnam. Here in Austin we would normally be preparing for parades, fireworks and festivals at parks and cultural centers across the city. Unfortunately, the threat of COVID-19, coupled …

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Outdoor Learning: APF Awards Grants to Several Austin ISD Elementary Schools

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In December 2020, Austin Parks Foundation (APF) awarded grants to six Austin ISD schools to create new outdoor classroom areas. The following elementary schools received a grant for $2,000 each: Oak Springs, Pecan Springs, Andrews, Cook and Pickle. Gullett Elementary School received a matching “Challenge Grant” of $1,000 to help build an outdoor stage for the school and community.  “We are …

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Looking Back, Moving Forward: Highlighting Our Parks Programming in 2020

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2020 was a tough year. As we all spent more time at home than ever before, we also relied on Austin’s outdoor spaces as a much-needed respite. Many things were different, but our mission to improve parks, trails and green spaces across Austin remained that same. Many of Austin Parks Foundation’s programs relied on in-person events and gatherings before March …

Gardening 101: How to Start Your Own Garden at Home!

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Written by Ladye Anne Wofford, former Chief Mission Officer at Austin Parks Foundation With so many of us spending more time at home, this is a great opportunity to get your very own garden started! If you’re a new gardener, you’re in luck! Austin has ample resources to get you started off on the right foot. Fall in Central Texas …

Victory at City Hall: Essential Funds for Parks Added to the City Budget

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It’s been a tough year for Austin’s parks. Already perennially underfunded, Austin’s parks and trails systems have been inundated, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Tens of thousands of new users, overwhelming some of Austin’s most beloved parks, have taken their toll. Whether it be habitat degradation, increased littering and pollution, or just the daily wear and tear from thousands of visitors, …

Investing in Parks: Austin’s Parks + Trails as Economic Drivers

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On April 7th, the civic world in Austin seemed to halt for a few brief moments. John Hockenyos, an Austin based economist, delivered a less-than-rosy economic impact update to Austin’s City Council in the wake of COVID-19. “I’m hoping that is a slightly pessimistic scenario, but I think it is a realistic scenario,” Hockenyos said.  The scenario predicted Great Depression …

The Great Indoors: Nature Films for Adventuring in Place

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×Hey there! COVID-19 has changed how we do things, and your safety is our priority. Please keep social distancing best practices in mind if you choose to visit parks, trails and green spaces. Thanks, y’all! We’re all dreaming of a world where we can flock to the world’s most beautiful natural spaces. But since we’re unable to travel, your friends …