Project Playback: A Decade of Investing in Zilker Botanical Garden

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The Zilker Botanical Garden is often called the jewel in the heart of Austin, and it truly is a gem. Since 1955, with the help of the Austin Area Garden Center, Zilker Botanical Garden has been on a mission to educate and spread the love of gardening among Austinites of all ages. The 26-acre park just south of Lady Bird …

People + Parks: Healthy Parks and Happy Employees

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, All Parks, People + Parks

By Elizabeth McGuire When Cirrus Logic moved their headquarters from the outskirts of Austin to their downtown location in 2012, company leaders wanted to become more active in their new neighborhood—to benefit both their community and their employees. The company began working with its neighborhood association, Austin Parks Foundation and other organizations to develop a core philanthropy and volunteer program …

Gifts for the Outdoorsy, Park-Loving Austinites In Your Life

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This holiday season, you’ve got a chance to support your local parks with your holiday shopping! Whether it’s gifts for her, gifts for him or stocking stuffers, we’ve got unique gifts for the park-lovers and Austin enthusiasts in your life. All of this cool gear can be found in the APF Merch Store, and yeah, we’re tooting our own horn …

Celebrate Giving Tuesday with APF and Win!

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Austin Parks Foundation is taking part in the international Giving Tuesday on December 3rd, and we want YOU to join us! In addition to some amazing partners giving back when you visit, we’re also hosting a ticket giveaway thanks to our friends at ACL Music Festival when you donate. Check out what our friends and sponsors around Austin are doing …

Colony Park District Park: A Premiere Park Takes Flight

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Dear Readers, Last week we published a blog that did not accurately reflect the long and hard-won history of the Colony Park Neighborhood and Colony Park District Park. We’d like to sincerely apologize for the way that piece neglected to give the credit due to the many neighbors and residents who have advocated for this space for over three decades. …

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

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You’ve likely heard of the ill-fated effort known as CodeNEXT or heard the words “Land Development Code.” Unless you’re a professional in the field of land use, terms like setbacks, parking minimums, and density bonuses can seem like a foreign language. It’s that last piece that has Austin Parks Foundation paying attention. We are big believers in the power of …

People + Parks: Small Steps, Big Results at Kendra Page Park

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, Neighborhood Grants, South

by Elizabeth McGuire Rene Hernandez set out to change a park, but in the process changed a community. A year ago, Hernandez was walking his dog through Kendra Page Neighborhood Park, his southeast Austin park, and noticed an excessive amount of trash. Not just everyday wrappers and soda cans, but bags and bags of household trash dumped among the oaks, …

Colony Park District Park: A Premiere Green Space on Austin’s East Side

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After decades of advocacy and a full master plan for the neighborhood, residents of Colony Park are receiving funding and project coordination from Austin Parks Foundation, the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and St. David’s Foundation to develop a premier park in the growing District 1 community. In 2016, the Park Master Planning process began and was implemented …

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

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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, …

Project Playback: A Deep Dive Into Our Investment at Deep Eddy Pool

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Deep Eddy Pool and the adjacent Eilers Park are unquestionably an Austinite favorite for cooling off in the summer heat. In the early 1900s, the property orginated as a swimming hole above a limestone bed in the Colorado River. George A. Rowley founded and named the property Deep Eddy Bathing Beach, and it became a hit with locals and out-of-towners …