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 …

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 …

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 …

Project Playback: The Long-Awaited Alliance Children’s Garden Now Open

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Park History Michael Butler Park has been a fixture of Austin’s green spaces for the past 20 years. With all kinds of activities for Austinites to enjoy and Austin’s stunning skyline as a backdrop, it’s a perfect spot to enjoy the outdoors right in the center of our city.  In November 1998, the City of Austin enforced a motor vehicle …

2021 City Budget Season: Help Us Advocate for Increased Parks Funding

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Each year during the City of Austin’s budgeting process, Austin Parks Foundation works to ensure our cherished green spaces get the funding they deserve. In partnership with park advocates, volunteers and other green space organizations we have proven that when we speak up for our parks as a collective, City Council listens! This year, we are asking for $6,900,000 in …

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Austin Ranks #45 in ParkScore Report, Falling 8 Spots from 2020

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The Trust for Public Land (TPL), the national organization responsible for assessing and ranking parks in America’s 100 largest cities, released its annual ParkScore rankings. The rankings are based on the five qualities that make park systems great: park access, acreage, amenities like playgrounds and basketball courts, funding to create new parks and maintain and improve existing ones, and, new …

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A Fresh Look at Our 2020 Commitments to Inclusion in Our Programs

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In 2020 we made a commitment to move deeper into justice, equity and inclusion through our programming. Now, with 2020 behind us, we wanted to give you an update on the ways we have succeeded – and failed – to follow through on those commitments. Below are some of the ways we have tried to infuse our value of inclusivity …

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

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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 …

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

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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 …

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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 …