Better Together: A New Partnership to Cultivate the Future of Zilker Park

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Austin Parks Foundation and Barton Springs Conservancy received a grant from Austin Together to go through a facilitated process with 17 groups that operate and offer programming in Zilker Metropolitan Park to figure out how we can better work together. These groups collectively offer so many resources and experiences to Zilker Park’s visitors! Some of the partner organizations include the …

ATX Walk Bike Roll: Helping Everyone Access Their Local Parks

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With the goal of creating a more equitable, safe, and connected active transportation network, ATX Walk Bike Roll (WBR) represents the City of Austin’s initiative to update three plans at once: the 2014 Urban Trails Master Plan, the 2016 Sidewalk Master Plan, and the 2014 Bicycle Plan. As part of the project, the City is asking for your input on …

Another Wonderful Year of People + Parks: APF’s 2021 Highlights

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In 2021, Austin Parks Foundation was able to accomplish so much thanks to the generous support of our community. From our donors and sponsors, to volunteers, event attendees, partners and community leaders, we are incredibly grateful for all the ways you have shown your support for parks, trails and green spaces. Below is a brief recap of what we accomplished …

Introducing Joy Casnovsky: APF’s New Chief Mission Officer!

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Austin Parks Foundation is thrilled to introduce our new Chief Mission Officer, Joy Casnovsky! She is a native Austinite that has always been drawn to the public service and non-profit sectors. Read below to learn more about her work experience and what drew her to APF. In her most recent role, Joy served as Deputy Director of Sustainable Food Center …

Take Action: Comment on the Mopac South Project’s Impacts to Zilker Park

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The virtual open house for work along Mopac South is happening between now and January 7th. This looks to be the only opportunity for public comment before Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) reveals their preferred alternative sometime in 2022. The project goes through Zilker Park, and there is potential for CTRMA to pay for parking in Zilker Park by …

Protect Parkland – Urge City Council to VOTE NO on Item 20 on 10/21

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A crucial item is on the October 21st city council meeting agenda. ITEM 20 is asking city council members to vote on whether the current Parkland Dedication (PLD) fee structure should be revisited. This could be a huge loss for Austin’s parks, trails and green spaces! Austin’s Parkland Dedication Ordinance requires new real estate developments to set aside a certain …

Zilker Park Vision Plan: Shape the Future Development of Austin’s Favorite Park

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Zilker Park is one of the best known and most visited parks in Austin, yet has remarkably never had a comprehensive vision plan. The Zilker Metropolitan Park Vision Plan is now underway to plan for the future of the park’s 350 acres, and we need you to share your thoughts and opinions about what you’d like to see in the …

Austin’s New City Budget Passes Including Over $4 Million for Parks

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Great news! The Austin City Council recently approved a new city budget, a process that occurs each Summer. Thanks to advocacy by Austin Parks Foundation and a coalition of parks advocates and organizations, the new budget includes over 4 million dollars ($4,311,949) in NEW funding directed at our city’s parks! We’re thrilled for the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) …

Time to Speak Up for Parks: FY22 Budget Season is Here!

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On July 9, Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk released the city’s proposed FY 2022 budget. While several investments in parks infrastructure were included, there are still many priorities that will not receive funding without your continued advocacy. A summary of items that were, and were not, included is outlined below. You can also check out our updated asks to council …

2021 City Budget Season: Help Us Advocate for Increased Parks Funding

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Each year during the City of Austin’s budgeting process, Austin Parks Foundation works to ensure our cherished green spaces get the funding they deserve. In partnership with park advocates, volunteers and other green space organizations we have proven that when we speak up for our parks as a collective, City Council listens! This year, we are asking for $6,900,000 in …