2023 ACL Music Festival Neighborhood Grant Awards

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Austin Parks Foundation (APF) is pleased to announce our Fall 2023 ACL Music Festival Grant awards to parks across Austin! A total of $205,600 in grants will fund improvements and amenities identified by community members.  Neighborhood Grants ($500 to $5000): Parque Zaragoza (78702, City Council District 3) $5,600 for shade tree installation around the playground Community Impact Grants ($5000 and …

ACL Music Festival Neighborhood and Community Impact Grant Awards

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  Austin Parks Foundation (APF) is pleased to announce our recent ACL Music Festival Grant awards to parks across Austin! A total of $122,000 in grants will fund specific amenities as part of each park’s overall vision plan implementation. “Our team is excited to serve the many different facets of Austin’s park-going community—from roller derby athletes to community gardeners—through this …

Project Playback: Investing in the Treasured Barton Springs Pool

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March 22nd marks World Water Day, so we are highlighting projects at Barton Springs Pool, one of our city’s favortie swimming holes!
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Project Playback: Renovating Barton Hills Community Park

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Barton Hills Community Park opened along with the adjacent elementary school in 1964. Over the course of the next 50 years, only minor improvements were made until the Friends of Barton Hills Community Park stepped up to make a difference for their neighborhood’s park. In December of 2012, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department approved their Park Master Plan to …

Project Playback: Hartford Park

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Swing set and playscape for children ages 2 – 5 years old. Hartford Park was once an overgrown traffic triangle in the middle of a neighborhood in central Austin. Thanks to the grassroots efforts of Friends of Hartford Park (FOHP), it has evolved into an urban green space that enhances the surrounding community. Neighbors raised close to $200,000 all on …

Project Playback: Preserving the History of Downs-Mabson Fields

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Downs-Mabson Fields, specifically Mabson Field, is currently the ballpark of the Huston-Tillotson University Rams, but was once home to some of baseball’s legendary players. Although Austin has never hosted a Major League Baseball organization, a few of it’s biggest stars, including Hall of Famers, once played right here in central Texas. Austin Parks Foundation is proud to be a part …

APF Awards $172,000 in 2018 Spring Community Grants and Announces First Recipient of Design Services

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Funding will be used for various community-initiated Austin parks’ improvements, renovations and construction projects AUSTIN, TX (June 25, 2018) – Austin Parks Foundation (APF) is thrilled to announce their 2018 spring grantees that will receive over $170,000 in collective funding to improve various Austin parks, trails, and green spaces. Projects include new playground equipment, improved community pools, school parks, sports …

Project Playback: Prairie Restoration at Commons Ford Ranch Metro Park

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Commons Ford Metro Ranch Park has been restored to a beautiful prairie, with native grasses and wildflowers After receiving a $17,000 grant from Austin Parks Foundation, the Commons Ford Prairie Restoration Organization, now a part of Travis Audubon, has completed the final stages of the native prairie restoration. The final stages of the prairie restoration began with a prescribed burn, conducted …

People + Parks: An Ace Adoption

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By Elizabeth McGuire Big changes are happening to a small park in southeast Austin, thanks to a handful of persistent community members. Houston School Park, which is adjacent to Josephine Houston Elementary, was recently awarded a $100,000 APF Impact Grant to build a multi-purpose pavilion that will serve both the school and its surrounding neighborhood. Spearheaded by park adopter and …