grateful for Austin

Feeling Grateful for a Great Year for Austin’s Parks

Hannah Kay APF News, City Budget, Park Advocacy
, People + Parks

2018 proved to be a great year for parks advocacy! Park advocates and APF Board and staff worked hard on issues like the 2018 bond development and election, Austin’s annual budget, raising the profile of parks issues for City Council candidates, and more. In the spirit of gratitude and giving thanks – here’s a look back at all we were …

Park Pollinators: Meet Barry Rivera

AustinParksFoundation APF News, Park Pollinators Leave a Comment

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 …

it's my tree week

It’s My Tree Week

Hannah Kay 
It's My Park! Day
, APF News, It's My Park! Day

In partnership with the City of Austin’s Urban Forestry Division, and the Parks & Recreation Department, we’re proud to present It’s My Tree Week! This week-long celebration of all things trees runs this Saturday, October 27th through next Saturday, November 3rd. It is chock full of fun activities for the whole family. Read on to see how you can celebrate Austin’s beloved trees! …

Vote yes on propositions B & C!

Vote Yes on Propositions B & C!

Hannah Kay APF News, Education, News Coverage, Park Advocacy
, Park Advocacy, Parks

Most of us are familiar with the high profile races being decided in the upcoming election, but did you know that voters will also be deciding whether or not to approve funding for capital improvements in city infrastructure? This year voters will have the choice whether or not to support $925 million dollars in investment in city infrastructure spread out …

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 Parks, 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 …

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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 …