Code What? A primer on the new land development code & parkland dedication

Grant Ausbury Advocacy 2019, All Parks, APF News, Park Advocacy, Parks

A lot has happened since we first updated you on Austin’s ongoing efforts to revise its Land Development Code (LDC). In December, Austin’s City Council approved the new, proposed LDC on first reading. It takes three readings of the new LDC in order for it to ultimately pass and be adopted. Second reading is expected in February, and third reading …

Austin City Council’s 2019-20 Budget: A Big Win for the Parks

Grant Ausbury Advocacy 2019, All Parks, APF News, City Budget, Park Advocacy, Parks

On Tuesday, September 10, the Austin City Council formally adopted a budget for the City’s upcoming fiscal year beginning on October 1st. The budget process, which kicks off in earnest with community engagement in the spring and the release of the City Manager’s proposed budget in early August, saw significant increases for parks from beginning to end. Why is that, …

Taking Care of What We’ve Got: Important Maintenance in Austin’s Parks

Grant Ausbury 
Education
, Advocacy 2019, APF News, City Budget, Featured - Nav (Explore the Parks), Featured - Nav (Fund Your Park), Featured - Nav (Our Work), Park Advocacy

Memorial Day is just around the corner, and that means it’s time for picnics in the park, hanging by the pool, and all the outdoor fun that summer brings. To have all of that fun though, our parks and pools need to be taken care of. A perfect example is the Barton Creek Greenbelt, an Austin favorite, that will be …

HB 2 & SB 2 Are Bad For Austin’s Parks, Trails and Green Spaces

Rachel 
Education
, Advocacy 2019, APF News, City Budget, Park Advocacy

Simply put, House Bill 2 & Senate Bill 2 (or HB 2 & SB 2) are bad news for Austin’s public parks. In exchange for small property tax relief for homeowners estimated at a few dollars per month, municipalities will face a budgetary crisis. The bill will cause an out-sized negative impact towards their ability to provide services central to …