ABC Kite Fest Returns as City-Wide Celebration of Austin’s Parks and Children’s Creativity

Grant Ausbury APF News, Blog Page, Children's Programming, Featured Top LPs, Little Hummingbird Society Page

The ABC Kite Fest, one of Austin’s most iconic traditions, announced details for its 92nd year. In accordance with local health and safety guidelines, the 2021 ABC Kite Fest will return March 27 and 28 as a city-wide celebration of Austin’s parks in partnership with Austin Parks Foundation. Sponsored in part by KXAN and Texas Mutual, this year’s ABC Kite …

Protecting People + Parks: It’s My Park Day Spring 2021 Update

Grant Ausbury 
It's My Park! Day
, All Parks, APF News, Blog Page, COVID-19, Featured Top LPs, Parks, Support Our Parks, Volunteer

Though we wish we could return to the original format of It’s My Park Day, the pandemic means it isn’t safe just yet. That’s why we’ve moved the first It’s My Park Day of 2021 to early June. We’re planning a week-long event of virtual volunteering opportunities kicking off on National Trails Day – Saturday, June 5th – and stretching …

92nd Annual ABC Kite Fest: 8 Great Austin Parks to Fly a Kite

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As the usual warm Texas weather approaches us, it’s time to get outside and enjoy it. What better way to do so than flying kites? Founded in 1929, the ABC Kite Fest is one of Austin’s favorite, family-friendly traditions. Austin Parks Foundation is proud to partner with ABC Kite Fest to celebrate our city’s parks! This year’s kite fest will …

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

Grant Ausbury All Parks, APF News, Blog Page, Education, Featured - Nav (Explore the Parks), Featured - Nav (Fund Your Park), Featured - Nav (Our Work), Featured Projects (Home Page), Featured Top LPs

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. …

Looking Back, Moving Forward: Highlighting Our Parks Programming in 2020

Grant Ausbury All Parks, APF News, Blog Page, COVID-19, Featured Projects (Home Page), Featured Top LPs, Park Development, Park Top LPs Featured, Parks, Zilker Train

2020 was a tough year. As we all spent more time at home than ever before, we also relied on Austin’s outdoor spaces as a much-needed respite. Many things were different, but our mission to improve parks, trails and green spaces across Austin remained that same. Many of Austin Parks Foundation’s programs relied on in-person events and gatherings before March …

Park Neighbors As Local Experts: How We Approach Community Engagement

Grant Ausbury Blog Page, Featured Projects (Home Page), Featured Top LPs, Parks, Parks Equity

At Austin Parks Foundation, we believe that the people who know best about the needs of their parks are those who live near the park! Your perspective as a neighbor and stakeholder provides valuable insight about park priorities. Our community engagement efforts are therefore centered around ensuring that the public is included in the decision-making during park improvement projects and …

Thank you, Austin, for Making IMPD – At A Distance a Great Success

Grant Ausbury 
It's My Park! Day
, All Parks, Blog Page, Featured Top LPs, It's My Park Day, It's My Park Day - Through the Years, Volunteer

In a year where a lot of things are uncertain, y’all made it clear that Austin’s parks, trails and green spaces are important. It’s My Park Day – At A Distance was a great success thanks to the 850+ Austinites that helped our city’s outdoor spaces. Thank you for all your support. We’re also grateful to all of the City …

People + Parks: Celebrating the History of the Train at Zilker Park

Grant Ausbury 
People + Parks
, Blog Page, Featured Top LPs, Parks, Zilker Train

The Zilker Train has been an Austinite favorite for almost 60 years. Here at Austin Parks Foundation, we couldn’t be more excited to bring a new mini train to Zilker Park in 2021. Don’t forget to participate in the final round of voting to name the new Zilker Train before November 15, 2020! We think it’s important (and fun!) to …

Putting Programs to Work: Our Commitment to Inclusivity & Equity in our Programs

Grant Ausbury 
Education
, All Parks, APF News, Blog Page, Featured Projects (Home Page), Featured Top LPs, Parks, Uncategorized

Our commitment to inclusivity & equity in our programs Here at Austin Parks Foundation (APF), we’re committed to creating thoughtful and inclusive programming. And we strive to infuse equity into every project, in order to intentionally bring Black, Indigenous and People of Color neighbors to the table, and include them in the decision-making process. We understand no one can be …

Celebrating Juneteenth: Austin’s Historically Black Parks

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As we celebrate Juneteenth this year, amidst a restored sense of how urgently our city must face the truth of our past and work to improve our present and future, we wanted to take a step into history with you. We’ve gathered some links, photos and stories that we hope will help illustrate just how hard Black Austinites have had …