People + Parks: Adventurous Ambassador

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By Elizabeth McGuire Jennifer Ramos got hooked on hiking when she realized that it nudged her out of her comfort zone and into places she might not otherwise experience.   This growing passion led to trail clean-ups, park projects, and eventually a role as an APF Ambassador. To her surprise she found that volunteering mirrored hiking in at least one …

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City Passes New Budget with Increased Funds to Parks

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Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is set to get much-needed funding! City Council formally adopted the new budget for next fiscal year on Tuesday, September 11th. This includes recommendations from City Manager Spencer Cronk and additional funding for recycling in parks and building maintenance. All told, there’s nearly $12.5 million in additional funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-2019 compared to FY …

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. …

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Republic Square Named 2018 Best Public Place

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The Austin District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI Austin) named Republic Square as the 2018 Best Public Place last week! Given at the annual ULI Austin Impact Awards, this distinction is awarded to a completed public space that adds value to the community through its adaptability, frequency of use and magnetic quality. ULI Austin is an organization that …

Findings from Studio Gang Programming and Implementation Study for Seaholm Waterfront Revealed

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Architecture and Urban Design Firm’s In-Depth Study Shows Potential Concepts for the Decommissioned Seaholm Intake Building AUSTIN, TX (June 4, 2018) – Austin Parks Foundation (APF), The Trail Foundation (TTF), and the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) announced today the results and recommendations of the planning study for the future of the historic Seaholm Intake structure and …

People + Parks: Planting Seeds

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By Elizabeth McGuire Meet Katie Falgoust Like many people, Katie Falgoust spends 40 hours a week working in front of a computer. Unlike many people, when Katie’s not working she is often thinking about vegetables. Or compost. Or mulch. Or water. Katie is an avid gardener and member of the Festival Beach Community Garden. She serves as the Volunteer and …

People + Parks: The Difference Maker

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By Elizabeth McGuire Who is David Rockwood? The Eagle Scout If you meet David Rockwood on the Barton Creek Greenbelt on a sunny fall day, be prepared to hear some philosophizing, some ranting and more than a few references to Boy Scouts. “So you were an Eagle Scout?” you may ask him. “Am. I AM an Eagle Scout,” he will …

Project Playback: ACL Grant Helps Austin Wildflower Meadows

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Wildflower meadows help Austin to decrease its carbon footprint, while also creating beautiful open spaces Neighborhood grants in both 2016 and 2017 were awarded to the Wildflower Meadow Group, dedicated to increasing the amount of wildflower land in Austin. In total, $9,950 has been awarded over the two years. From the 2016 grant alone, 4 wildflower meadows were seeded at …

People + Parks: Advocacy in Action

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By Elizabeth McGuire In one of the oldest neighborhoods in Austin, a team of stewards is working to preserve their park and to inspire others to follow suit in their own neighborhoods. Three leaders of Friends of Shipe Park—Jill Nokes, Alison Young and Mark Fishman—have worked with Austin Parks Foundation and countless volunteers to keep Shipe a vibrant, healthy, resilient …

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People + Parks: Champion Collaborator

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