Introducing the Austin ParksCast: APF’s Brand New Podcast!

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Austin Parks Foundation is thrilled to introduce you to our brand new podcast: the Austin ParksCast! If you’re passionate about Austin’s parks, trails and green spaces, this podcast is for you. We’ll tackle important topics related to our city’s park system and discuss all things parks. Your Austin ParksCast hosts are Kathleen Barron, Sr. Programs Manager, and Grant Ausbury, Sr. …

The Summer Heat is Gone! 6 Park Escapes for Austin’s Cooler Weather

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Now that we’re past the intense Summer heat, it’s the perfect time to visit Austin’s parks and trails, while staying safe! Whether you want to hike for a few miles or find a nice spot for lunch – the park people at Austin Parks Foundation made this list of park escapes to help you recharge and unwind. 1. Commons Ford …

Get Out Of Town! 6 Austin Nature Escapes For Spring Break

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Austin gets a little hectic during spring break, which makes it the perfect time to visit parks! We want to help you avoid I-35 and MoPac traffic (not to mention road rage) by getting out and into nature for some much-needed peace and quiet. Whether you want to hit a trail or find a nice spot for lunch that won’t …

Amplify Austin 2020: Support Austin’s Parks on March 5-6

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We are so excited for Amplify 2020 (check out our Amplify Austin page here)! Over the course of 2019, Austin Parks Foundation completed more park renovation projects than any other year in our organization’s history. What an end to the decade! Among the highlights are: The brand new Hartford Park which went from being an unused traffic triangle to a …

Coming Home: Anif & Anum’s Butler Park Love Story

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A Little Something for Someone Special! Remember the good ol days when you’d get Valentine’s cards from your class? Relive those memories with our Printer-friendly APF Valentine’s! Get Your Valentine Cards Here! The Master Plan Nothing says meant-to-be like meeting someone from home over a thousand miles away. Anif and Anum both left the beautiful state of Texas headed to …

Butterflies: Dean & Marisa’s Bull Creek Love Story

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How They Met In May 2014, Dean and his friends put on their best bro tanks and made their way to West 6th Street for Sunday Funday. Little did he know that Marisa, who was in town to celebrate earning her Doctorate of Physical Therapy, was at The Dogwood with a local friend. As Marisa and her friend gossipped and …

2019 Recap: Volunteers, Ribbon Cuttings, Playgrounds, Oh My!

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2020 is here. Austin Parks Foundation is gearing up and excited for a big year of connecting Austinites with high-quality parks, trails and green spaces. In 2019, we finished the decade with thousands of volunteers, increased park funding and more ribbon cuttings than ever before. Thank you, Austin, for helping us improve parks across our city. 10,500 Volunteers in Austin …

FAQs: What We’re Asked the Most About Austin Parks Foundation

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1. What’s the difference between Austin Parks Foundation and Austin Parks & Recreation? This may be our most frequently asked question! Austin Parks Foundation (APF) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that works in collaboration with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD). APF is not a city-owned entity and receives financial support through donors, corporate sponsors, third-party fundraisers, Austin City …

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 …

10 Austin Swimming Pools to Check Out This Summer

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You probably already know about iconic swimming spots like Barton Springs or Deep Eddy, but where else can Austinites swim? We’ve gathered 10 swimming pools around Austin to help you beat the Summer heat! The majority of Austin’s pools are free to enter which makes them great places for friends and family to gather.Do you know someone looking for a …