Bluebonnet Season: Quick, Enjoy Them While They’re Here!

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By Elizabeth McGuire The bluebonnets are here and that means it’s time for the quintessential Texas photo op! Bluebonnets only show their faces for a short time each year, so be sure to catch them before they’re gone. Here’s how to best capture this springtime tradition. 1. Act quickly. There is a small window of time when the bluebonnets peak, …

Austin Parks Foundation Awards $100,000 Impact Grant to Alderbrook Park

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AUSTIN, TEXAS (January 22, 2020) – Austin Parks Foundation (APF) is thrilled to announce their annual ACL Music Festival Impact Grant of $100,000 has been awarded to Alderbrook Park. These funds will be used to support the playground project, which includes a traditional playscape, boulders, nature play elements, and tree plantings. “For years, Alderbrook Pocket Park had been a vacant …

10 Austin Swimming Pools to Check Out This Summer

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You probably already know about iconic swimming spots like Barton Springs or Deep Eddy, but where else can Austinites swim? We’ve gathered 10 swimming pools around Austin to help you beat the Summer heat! The majority of Austin’s pools are free to enter which makes them great places for friends and family to gather.Do you know someone looking for a …

Impact Grant Winner Georgian Acres

APF Awarded Over $280,000 in 2018 Fall Community, Neighborhood and Impact Grants

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Funding will be used for various community-initiated Austin parks improvements, renovations, and construction projects.  $100,000 ACL Music Festival Impact Grant to help build Georgian Acres Neighborhood Park.   AUSTIN, TEXAS (January 16, 2019) – Austin Parks Foundation (APF) is thrilled to announce their 2018 fall grantees that will receive over $280,000 in collective funding to improve various Austin parks, trails …

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Project Playback: Upgrades at Gracywoods

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Gracywoods Neighborhood Park, located in northwest Austin, was in desperate need of repair. The nearby community is growing, and the park couldn’t meet demand. The playscape was old and broken, and the safety surfacing had large holes, making the park unsafe for children. Fall 2017 marked a turning point for Gracywoods.  With the support of The Gracywoods Neighborhood association, Bill …

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Project Playback: Shade Structure at Gullett School Park

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Austin Parks Foundation helped fund the new shade structure at Gullett School Park, in partnership with the Adopt-A-Park group, the Gullett PTA.  Premiering with a ribbon cutting ceremony last week, the shade structure over the playground at Gullett Elementary now allows kids to play year-round. The Gullett PTA, which is also the Adopt-A-Park group for the park, saw how the …

People + Parks: Volunteer of the Year

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By Elizabeth McGuire Daniela Nunez was raised in a few different parts of central Austin, but no matter the neighborhood, she always had easy access to parks and loved growing up in these green spaces. So when she bought a home in a north Austin neighborhood that lacked nearby parkland, she was determined to help bring one to the area. …

Amplify Austin’s Green Space: District 7

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Austin Parks Foundation amplifies D7 This year for Amplify Austin, our city’s 24-hour giving frenzy, we’re highlighting the breadth of our work. We’ll share stories of projects from each district throughout the month of February so you can see how we’re Amplifying a green space near you! Today, we’re showing off how your gifts Amplify Wooten Park. Pavilion installation at Wooten …

Habiturf is Sprouting in Alderbrook Park

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As part of our ongoing water conservation efforts, Austin Parks Foundation is involved in a pilot project using the Habiturf grass seed mix at a brand new pocket park in Northwest Austin called Alderbrook Park. Habiturf is a mix of native southwestern grasses that includes blue grama, curly-mesquite, and buffalograss. Together, these three unique grasses appear green and are soft …