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 …

People + Parks: Miles and Miles of Generosity

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By Elizabeth McGuire When the Statesman Capitol 10,000 weaves through Austin for its 41st annual race on April 8th, race director Jeff Simecek will have “every job and no job.” He will be at the start and the finish, and of course communicating with his team throughout, but by the time the gun goes off, much of his work has …

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 …

ACL Music Festival Gives Big to Austin + Parks

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In a press conference at City Hall this morning, operators of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, C3 Presents, gave Austin’s parks $6.3 million for park improvements all over the city, and presented the economic impact study compiled by Austin-based firm Angelou Economics. Austin’s Mayor Adler spoke to attendees about the importance of ACL Music Festival’s gift and presence in the city saying …

People + Parks: All About Love

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By Michael Barnes – this story originally ran in the Austin-American Statesman For the most part, Thelma Williams — also known as “Grandma Wisdom” — has lived in the St. John neighborhood since early childhood. She remembers when the land — a slice of which recently benefited from an Austin Parks Foundation grant — belonged to the St. John Regular …

Upcoming Grants Workshops

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Are there changes you’d like to see in your neighborhood park? If you have a bright idea, we’ll provide the funding. Austin Parks Foundation offers grants of up to $50,000 to provide funding for tools, equipment rentals, materials, park furnishings, and professional services. Projects must be pre-approved by the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Austin Parks Foundation …

Just Announced: 2014 Fall Grant Recipients

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Today we are excited to announce we have designated more than $140,000 in grant funding as part of our annual fall cycle improving seven local parks as part of our Parks Grants Program. The fall 2014 Park Grants Program recipients include: The Windsor Park Neighborhood Association, who will use their $12,500 grant to install three playscape shades for the playground …

Austin City Limits Music Festival 2014: Interview with Parks Foundation’s Colin Wallis

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From the Austin360.com Out & About Blog Interview by Michael Barnes What percentage of the visitors to Zilker Park for the Austin City Limits Music Festival know that the two-weekend bash is co-produced by the Austin Parks Foundation? And how many of those know what the foundation does? Or how it has distributed the more than $10 million to parks projects all …

ACL – View from Above

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I got the chance on Friday to take a quick trip above ACL in a helicopter that C3 Presents was using to do ariel footage.  Victor Ovalle of the City Parks Dept had his great camera and took a number of shots including this one.  It was amazingly beautiful up there.