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Highlights of 2017: Austin Parks Foundation Celebrates 25 Years of People + Parks

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This year Austin Parks Foundation (APF) turned 25, and it was our best year yet! From the year’s first completed grant to our end of year plans, 2017 was one for the books. But we’re not looking to stop now. Our history has shown continued hard work and persistence so that our parks get the attention they deserve. Since 1992, Austin …

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Driving Force: Carvana Shares the Love with Austin Parks

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Meet the Carvana Team! Just over a year ago, Austin Parks Foundation hosted an energetic crew of volunteers at Zilker Park. Though the team was small, they were mighty, helping us repaint and revitalize a piece of one of Austin’s most well-loved parks. Back then, Carvana was a small start-up office in Austin. The team lead – Ben Chako, Austin Market Operations …

Run with Team APF

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Austin Parks Foundation Awards $200,000 in 2017 Fall Community Grants

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Austin Parks Foundation (APF) 2017 Fall Community Grants We are thrilled to announce our 2017 Austin City Limits Music Festival Park Grants Program fall grantees! Our community grantees will receive almost $200,000 in collective funding to improve various Austin parks, trails, and green spaces. Recipient projects include an ADA accessible walk and bike trail, historic structure rehabilitation, ball field improvements …

#OptOutside & Win!

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#OptOutside this Holiday Season and Win! You may remember REI has done things a little different on Black Friday —they have closed their doors, and invited the nation to opt outside with them. And more than a million people have done just that – including us! It really caught the attention of our community, and we saw hundreds of you posting …

Fall 2017 It’s My Park Day Breaks Records!

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Fall 2017 It’s My Park Day Highlights In only it’s second year, our Fall It’s My Park Day has already broken the previous records for volunteer turnout. We want to send a special thanks to all the project leaders and volunteers that made this city-wide volunteer day such a success. We couldn’t have done it without you! We’d also like …

People + Parks: Planting Seeds

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By Elizabeth McGuire Meet Katie Falgoust Like many people, Katie Falgoust spends 40 hours a week working in front of a computer. Unlike many people, when Katie’s not working she is often thinking about vegetables. Or compost. Or mulch. Or water. Katie is an avid gardener and member of the Festival Beach Community Garden. She serves as the Volunteer and …

People + Parks: The Difference Maker

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By Elizabeth McGuire Who is David Rockwood? The Eagle Scout If you meet David Rockwood on the Barton Creek Greenbelt on a sunny fall day, be prepared to hear some philosophizing, some ranting and more than a few references to Boy Scouts. “So you were an Eagle Scout?” you may ask him. “Am. I AM an Eagle Scout,” he will …

City Budget Additions Bring Much-Needed Improvements to Parks

City Budget Brings Park Improvements

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Advocacy Update From Ladye Anne Wofford, CMO Earlier this month, Austin City Council approved a $3.9 billion budget for the City of Austin for the 2018 Fiscal Year. Most of the debate at city hall centered around how to best allocate $5 million that was identified to support a number of city council priorities. While the Austin City Council included …