Project Playback: Helping Neighbors Improve North Oaks Neighborhood Park

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One of our favorite things about the work we do is the people and organizations we get to work with. In 2018, Austin Parks Foundation completed four park improvement projects thanks to a $210,000 Active Parks Project grant from the St. David’s Foundation! With COVID delaying an official ribbon cutting and some additional community-initiated improvements coming this year, we wanted …

S2E18 Zilker Vision Plan: An Inside Look at the Future of Austin’s Most Popular Park (Part 1 of 3)

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The Zilker Metropolitan Park Vision Plan is a community-driven planning process to establish a guiding framework for the restoration and future development of Zilker Metropolitan Park. It is the first comprehensive planning initiative to encompass the park’s 350 acres and associated facilities.  In today’s episode, we host the first of 3 conversations about the planning process of Austin’s oldest Metropolitan Park. We …

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 …

S2E17 Giving Tuesday 2021: A Conversation with Alyssa Clark from YNPN Austin

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With Giving Tuesday happening on November 30th, we thought it would be a great time to talk with the President of YNPN Austin, Alyssa Clark! Grant spoke with Alyssa about young donors and trends they’re seeing in the way people give their time, money, and expertise in Austin, TX. We talk about the networking and professional development opportunities that YNPN …

Austin Parks Foundation Awards Over $75,000 in 2021 Fall Community Grants

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Austin Parks Foundation is awarding $76,520 to their 2021 fall community grantees to fund projects dedicated to enhancing Austin parks and outdoor community spaces! Each project will update, repair or install necessary facilities, and all hold a common goal of fostering equitable access to nature. As the anchor of APF’s ACL Music Festival Grants Program, Community Grants are designed to …

Sweet Re-leaf: Fall & Winter Kids Crafts and Activities in Austin, TX

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As the weather starts to get cooler and leaves start to fall each year, there are so many things to do in and around Austin! We gathered these activities to help you and your little ones have some nature-themed fun this Fall and Winter! To quash any weekend boredom, check out our list of crafts and events we compiled just …

Good To See You Again: Thousands of Volunteers Help Local Parks During It’s My Park Day

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It was wonderful to see thousands of smiling faces helping their local parks, trails and green spaces on Saturday, November 6th! After an all-virtual event in Fall 2020 and a hybrid event in Spring 2021, over 2,230 volunteers participated at 75 in-person projects and virtually across Austin. From trash clean up events to building community gardens, volunteers provided our parks …

S2E16 Día de los Muertos: A Conversation with Laura Esparza from the Austin Parks and Recreation Department

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Did you know the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is also responsible for some of our historic cemeteries, museums and cultural centers? In today’s episode, Kathleen will talk with Laura Esparza, the Division Manager of the Museums and Cultural Programs Division for PARD. Laura will tell us about some colorful history, details about important events around town, and a few ways …

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 …

S2E15 Stay Golden: Conversations with Two of APF’s Golden Shovel Award Winners

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In today’s episode, you’ll hear interviews with two of our Golden Shovel award winners: Chuck Foster (Park Adopter at Springwoods Park) and Andrea Harrington (Friends of Little Walnut Creek Greenbelt). Each year, these awards are given to people and organizations that have made a big impact on Austin’s parks. We recognize our winners at Party for the Parks, our biggest …