People + Parks: Advocacy in Action

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By Elizabeth McGuire In one of the oldest neighborhoods in Austin, a team of stewards is working to preserve their park and to inspire others to follow suit in their own neighborhoods. Three leaders of Friends of Shipe Park—Jill Nokes, Alison Young and Mark Fishman—have worked with Austin Parks Foundation and countless volunteers to keep Shipe a vibrant, healthy, resilient …

People + Parks: Aiming High

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By Elizabeth McGuire Steps away from an elementary school, whose mission is to encourage big dreams and possibilities, resides a park that once fell far short of its own potential. But not anymore. Thanks to a tireless group of neighborhood volunteers, Odom School Park in South Austin has seen nearly $45,000 worth of improvements in the last three years — …

APF Awards First-Ever $100,000 Impact Grant to St. John Park

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First Ever ACL Music Festival Impact Grant and Largest Amount Donated by APF Will Re-Develop East Side Park AUSTIN, Texas (March 1, 2017) – Austin Parks Foundation (APF) is thrilled to announce that their inaugural ACL Music Festival Impact Grant of $100,000 has been awarded to the St. John Neighborhood Association. These funds will be used to support the redevelopment …

Seeing Silver: APF Turns 25 in 2017

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Since 1992, Austin Parks Foundation has been devoted to improving parks, trails and green spaces all over the city. This year, we turn 25 and we’re excited to celebrate not just the big wins of the last quarter century, but also the coming enhancements to our city’s prized outdoor spaces. From the very start, APF has been rooted in community …

We are thankful for…

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! There are so many reasons to be thankful today and every day, but today is a wonderful reminder to take a moment and reflect on all the things we’re thankful for. Here’s what the APF staff is thankful for: Colin I’m thankful for the diving board at Barton Springs, a true Austin gem! Ladye Anne I’m very …

Statesman Article On Pease Park

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Today, Pam LeBlanc wrote a follow-up piece on Pease Park, an area where the Austin Parks Foundation as well as our Adopt-a-park group, Trees for Pease, have put in a lot of work in the past few years and especially, the past few months.  Among the new improvements are irrigation, 100 new trees, we also spread dillo dirt and mulch …

Sparky Park Puts Up a Wall (and its great!)

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Sparky Park is a former Austin Energy substation that has been converted to a pocket park. The North University Neighborhood Association began work over three years ago to develop concepts for the makeover, which removed all of the towers and equipment, but left the really cool substation building (to be redone in a future phase).  Then several wireless phone companies …

Williamson Creek Greenbelt Central

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Neighbors of the greenspace at Emerald Wood and South 1st have been working on improvements to their park for a long time – even though their park didn’t even seem to have a name! At long last, they have a sign officially indicating the area’s status as parkland. In the past few years, neighbors have cleaned tons of trash out …