People + Parks: Healthy Parks, Healthy City

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By Elizabeth McGuire When Elizabeth Krause moved to Austin three years ago, she and her family began their house hunting by visiting parks all over town. “Having young children, it was just a natural criteria for me,” she said. “A big part of why we settled in our current neighborhood was because of its proximity to green spaces, playgrounds and …

People + Parks: Growing Goodness

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By Elizabeth McGuire Prince Pen, a 15-year-old high school freshman, is working to establish a community garden in his South Austin neighborhood. He got the idea after successfully bringing fresh vegetables to a nearby corner store that previously stocked only processed foods. And he got that idea after working on a presidential campaign during the 2016 election. That’s right: WHEN …

People + Parks: What A Ride

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By Elizabeth McGuire In the mid 1990s, a flat, empty lot sat on the western edge of downtown Austin, virtually ignored by its neighboring law firms, beauty salons and other small businesses. Developers, too, had dismissed this spot near 9th St. and Lamar Blvd. because of its floodplain status. Besides the substantial shade trees, the property held nothing but a …

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People + Parks: Growing the Next Generation

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By Elizabeth McGuire For Micaela, Rex and their daughter Maliha, Saturdays are for volunteering. Not just some Saturdays, but every single one. It’s not a matter of if they are volunteering, but where. “I come home Friday night and I ask, what are we doing tomorrow?” said Rex. The answer is usually planting saplings, mulching trees or picking up trash …

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Fall Back into the School Year with Little Hummingbird Society

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The kids are back to school, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have time for the parks! Spending time outdoors is essential to physical and mental health for kids and adults alike. Keep the kids involved by signing them up for Little Hummingbird Society. Membership to this growing program guarantees the little ones will have activities that increase their interest …

The Next Generation of Park Lovers

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Little Hummingbird Society, one of our newest programs, is bridging the gap between kids and our parks and helping us create the next generation of park lovers here in Austin. Parks are the places that we go to feel connected to nature and our community. From volunteer workdays, to grant projects, there is so much that APF has done to …

People + Parks: Veteran Volunteer, at Age 12

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by Elizabeth McGuire Like many kids, 12-year-old Kei Yarbrough grew up in parks—climbing on playscapes and running around with friends—but she also spent her early years at those same parks picking up trash and mulching trees. She is quick to say that all of it was fun. Since she was four years old, Kei has been volunteering for parks-related events …

People + Parks: Outside Om

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By Elizabeth McGuire “If everybody grew up with a meditation mindset and the ability to use it to reduce stress, the world would be a much better place.” That conviction anchors and motivates An Dang, co-owner of The Little Yoga House and supporter of Austin Parks Foundation’s Fitness in the Park program. For the last several years Dang has been …

Amplify Credit Union sponsors first Imagination Playground in a Box for Austin

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At 1:30 pm today at the grand opening of the newest Amplify Credit Union branch at 607 Congress Avenue, Amplify President & CEO Paul Trylko will announce a $12,000 donation to the Austin Parks Foundation for the purchase of the first Imagination Playground in a Box for Austin.  The Austin Parks Foundation will offer the portable playground at events at …