Adopt-A-Park Featured Park: Mabel Davis

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Mabel Davis District Park, located in South Austin, has all of the best park features from skatepark to softball field

Many amenities make Mabel Davis a unique park. Having once sat on a landfill between 1944-1955, Mabel Davis now features Austin’s first public skatepark. Skating not your thing? Well you can also try fishing in the pond at the southern end of the park. Mabel Davis also boasts an olympic sized swimming pool for the community. Although the pool was closed for the 2017 season, it is one of the facts that make the park interesting and unique.

But wait, there’s more! If you’re interested in more of the classic park amenities, Mabel Davis has those too. A trail around the perimeter of the park is perfect for walking the dogs, or just enjoying nature. You can also bring the kids and they’ll enjoy the playground area. Interested in some friendly competition? Check out the basketball courts and softball field. Not interested in friendly competition? Bring a picnic and a good book and set up under the shaded patio cover at one of the picnic tables.

While this park is full of great features, it is still unadopted. The Adopt-A-Park program aims to bring a sense of community to all neighborhood parks. Through a partnership between Austin Parks Foundation (APF) and the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD), the program helps groups within the community raise awareness for the park, and help improve and maintain it through volunteer events and grants. Adopt-A-Park groups benefits from access to APF’s tool warehouse, educational opportunities, and ACL Music Festival Grants.

If you are interested in adopting this park, please reach out to our Outreach Coordinator & Community Organizer, Cynthia Rodriguez. For more information, check out the Adopt-A-Park page, and read over the handbook linked there.

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