APF CEO in front of Austin City Council for new budget

City Passes New Budget with Increased Funds to Parks

Hannah Kay APF News, Park Advocacy
, Park Advocacy, Uncategorized

Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is set to get much-needed funding! City Council formally adopted the new budget for next fiscal year on Tuesday, September 11th. This includes recommendations from City Manager Spencer Cronk and additional funding for recycling in parks and building maintenance. All told, there’s nearly $12.5 million in additional funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-2019 compared to FY …

Group under new shade structure at Gullett School Park with a thank you banner

Project Playback: Shade Structure at Gullett School Park

Hannah Kay APF News, Completed Projects (Our Impact), Featured Projects, Neighborhood Grants, People + Parks, Project Playback

Austin Parks Foundation helped fund the new shade structure at Gullett School Park, in partnership with the Adopt-A-Park group, the Gullett PTA.  Premiering with a ribbon cutting ceremony last week, the shade structure over the playground at Gullett Elementary now allows kids to play year-round. The Gullett PTA, which is also the Adopt-A-Park group for the park, saw how the …

Opening of Republic Square

Republic Square named 2018 Best Public Place

Hannah Kay APF News, Completed Projects (Our Impact)

The Austin District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI Austin) named Republic Square as the 2018 Best Public Place last week! Given at the annual ULI Austin Impact Awards, this distinction is awarded to a completed public space that adds value to the community through its adaptability, frequency of use and magnetic quality. ULI Austin is an organization that …

little hummingbird society fall

Fall Back into the School Year with Little Hummingbird Society

AustinParksFoundation APF News, Children's Programming
, Children's Programming

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

AustinParksFoundation APF News, Children's Programming
, Children's Programming, Support Our Parks

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 …

Parks Could Receive $149M in Bond Funding through November Ballot

Rachel APF News, Park Advocacy
, Park Advocacy

At their June 28th meeting, City Council voted to move forward and put multiple bond propositions on the ballot in November! Read on for the details, and be sure to check out the video re-cap below. Council approved a resolution directing the City Manager to come back with ballot language which they’ll look over in August. During their discussion, Council …

Park Pollinators: Meet Liz Rush-Smyth

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Our tagline is people + parks, and we take that to heart. We know the people we work with, both inside and outside the office, are what make this organization successful, and we’re proud of the team we’ve put together. Each of us is committed to making Austin’s parks, trails and green spaces great for each and every Austinite. Read …

Austin ParkScore Changes

Hayley Wood APF News, Parks

Last month, the Trust for Public Land published its annual ParkScore index; a ranking of the top 100 largest U.S cities parks. TPL determines the rankings by looking at factors like accessibility, funding, integrity and resources. For 2018, some of last year’s hard work on advocacy and public participation helped Austin move up four spots to #42. Compared to other …