Great Grants! Great Hills Park

AustinParksFoundationParks, ACL Music Festival Grants Leave a Comment

Welcome to our new blog series, “Great Grants!” Every year, the Austin Parks Foundation gives grants of financial support to park-adopter groups in Austin with great park-improvement projects. You can read more about our Park Grants Program here. The Great Hills Park Volunteer Committee spearheaded a wonderful renovation project in Great Hills Park this year. The Committee was concerned about …

Barton Springs Pool Closes Jan 24th

AustinParksFoundationParks Leave a Comment

(from the City of Austin…) Barton Springs Pool to close for gravel, debris removal January 24th Barton Springs Pool will be closed January 24th through March 12th to remove large deposits of gravel and flood debris that have gradually accumulated in the deep end of Barton Springs Pool since 1991. Special methods will be used to protect the endangered Barton …

Still Need Some Volunteers for It’s My Park Day

AustinParksFoundationVolunteer, It's My Park Day Leave a Comment

Tomorrow, It’s My Park Day returns – with 69 park improvement projects across Austin’s parks.  We have over 2,357 volunteers signed up, but we could still use several hundred more – our goal is 3,000 volunteers.  You can sign up at – among the projects with openings are: Williamson Creek Clean-up Johnson Creek Hike and Bike Trail Bull Creek …

The Old Days At Bull Creek (District) Park

AustinParksFoundationParks Leave a Comment

While the city is considering changes to the Off Leash Area at Bull Creek District Park (if so, the foundation is advocating for a new off-leash area to replace the existing one should the city close it temporarily for restoration or permanently) we’d thought we’re share some of the history of the park through these brochures, it was a private …

Thanks to Starbucks at Turkey Creek Trail

AustinParksFoundationParks, Volunteer Leave a Comment

Today Starbucks employees along with Friends of Turkey Creek volunteers and Park Staff including Emma Long manager Alberto and staff member Buster worked to repair two creek crossings along the Turkey Creek Nature Trail.  Volunteers gathered and placed huge rocks to armor creek banks, installed steps and backfilled with gravel and packed down loose fill adding additional stepping stones across …

Photos from Sat Copperfield & Tarrytown Park workdays

AustinParksFoundationParks, Volunteer Leave a Comment

Alice from Copperfield Nature Trails and Elizabeth from Tarrytown Park sent us their photo albums from their successful (and chilly) Saturday morning volunteer workdays.  Volunteers at Copperfield (photos here) worked on blazing another portion of their trail while volunteers at Tarrytown planted trees (photos here)  with help from the Parks Dept Forestry team.  Congrats to both groups on very successful workdays.

Hard Working Volunteers: Palm and Mayfield

AustinParksFoundationParks, Volunteer Leave a Comment

Today we kicked off the fall volunteer workday season (ok, it certainly doesn’t feel like Fall out there right now) with a small volunteer workday at Palm Park to begin the process of spreading another 10 truckloads of soil (recycled from the Republic Square Park berms, I might add) and then the 8 truckloads of mulch.  We’re restoring an area …

New Kiosk Displays at Bull Creek

AustinParksFoundationParks, Volunteer Leave a Comment

Over the weekend, Skip Cameron of Bull Creek Foundation, Austin Parks Foundation’s oldest affiliate, worked with an eagle scout candidate to install new kiosk displays (trail map and information) along the Inga VanNynatten Memorial Trail (also known as the Bull Creek Greenbelt Trail)  Here’s a photo of the scouts and Skip at the kiosk in front of their work!

Rain and Volunteer Thanks…

AustinParksFoundationVolunteer Leave a Comment

With rain failing from the sky on this Friday evening, I’m hoping that the volunteer workday out at Turkey Creek Trail @ Emma Long Park doesn’t get rained out, but if it does, at least we’re getting some of the wet stuff. We need it. While I’ve been working out at Gus Fruh Trail @ Barton Creek Greenbelt the last …