Project Playback: A Deep Dive Into Our Investment at Deep Eddy Pool

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Deep Eddy Pool and the adjacent Eilers Park are unquestionably an Austinite favorite for cooling off in the summer heat. In the early 1900s, the property orginated as a swimming hole above a limestone bed in the Colorado River. George A. Rowley founded and named the property Deep Eddy Bathing Beach, and it became a hit with locals and out-of-towners …

In Memory: Louis René Barrera

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We’re saddened to hear of the passing of Louis René Barrera, a man who dedicated so much of his life to Austin’s parks. He served as the Environmental Conservation Information Specialist for the City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department for 24 years. His legacy can be seen clearly at any of Austin’s 15 nature preserves, but especially at Blunn …

Impact Grant Winner Georgian Acres

APF Awarded Over $280,000 in 2018 Fall Community, Neighborhood and Impact Grants

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Funding will be used for various community-initiated Austin parks improvements, renovations, and construction projects.  $100,000 ACL Music Festival Impact Grant to help build Georgian Acres Neighborhood Park.   AUSTIN, TEXAS (January 16, 2019) – Austin Parks Foundation (APF) is thrilled to announce their 2018 fall grantees that will receive over $280,000 in collective funding to improve various Austin parks, trails …

People + Parks: The Amplifier

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By Elizabeth McGuire We’ve all heard this before: one person can make a difference. But really, how? One person can make a difference because one voice can amplify others. One person can inspire dozens. One effort can snowball into action and eventually lead to change. This is how our community improves. So goes the philosophy of Sally Baulch, who has …

People + Parks: Future Philanthropists

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By Elizabeth McGuire If you ask Anissa Castillo what she remembers about volunteering with her young family at the last It’s My Park Day, she will talk of quality time, life lessons and good citizenship. If you ask her kids what they remember, they will say, “digging in the mulch and jumping on rock piles!” Both answers are perfect. The …

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People + Parks: Keeping Austin Clean, One Day at a Time

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By Elizabeth McGuire For the last 337 days, Austin’s green spaces have been cleaner than ever before. That’s because Julie Sondecker, creator of Instagram’s @365DaysofHiking, has been picking up trash in parks and on trails every single day since May 30, 2017. During her daily outings, she fills her signature blue mesh bag, artfully arranges the trash in a beautiful …

See Park Dreams Become Reality

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Design Services is the newest step toward improving Austin’s green space According to Trust for Public Land’s Parkscore, Austin ranks only 46th out of the 100 largest cities in the U.S. for how we take care of our parks. There are many ways to improve our parks, whether it’s adding benches or building a playscape. But, these improvements take a …

People + Parks: Miles and Miles of Generosity

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By Elizabeth McGuire When the Statesman Capitol 10,000 weaves through Austin for its 41st annual race on April 8th, race director Jeff Simecek will have “every job and no job.” He will be at the start and the finish, and of course communicating with his team throughout, but by the time the gun goes off, much of his work has …

People + Parks: An Ace Adoption

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By Elizabeth McGuire Big changes are happening to a small park in southeast Austin, thanks to a handful of persistent community members. Houston School Park, which is adjacent to Josephine Houston Elementary, was recently awarded a $100,000 APF Impact Grant to build a multi-purpose pavilion that will serve both the school and its surrounding neighborhood. Spearheaded by park adopter and …

Adopt-A-Park Featured Park: Longview

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Longview Neighborhood Park, located in Southwest Austin, needs an adopter group Located in south Austin, Longview Neighborhood Park boasts many features that make it loved by the community. With about 20 acres of land, Longview has a little bit of everything for everyone. First of all, the park provides a nature area with scenic trails for the community to enjoy. But if …