Micaela, Rex and Maliha

People + Parks: Growing the Next Generation

AustinParksFoundation 
People + Parks
, Children's Programming
, Children's Programming, Park Advocacy
, Park Advocacy, Parks, People + Parks, Volunteer

By Elizabeth McGuire For Micaela, Rex and their daughter Maliha, Saturdays are for volunteering. Not just some Saturdays, but every single one. It’s not a matter of if they are volunteering, but where. “I come home Friday night and I ask, what are we doing tomorrow?” said Rex. The answer is usually planting saplings, mulching trees or picking up trash …

People + Parks: The Amplifier

AustinParksFoundation 
People + Parks
, Adopt A Park, Community Grants, Park Advocacy
, Park Advocacy, Parks, People + Parks, Volunteer

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 …

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 …

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 …

The Invisible Benefits of Parks

Hayley Wood Park Advocacy
, Park Advocacy, Parks, Support Our Parks

Greenspace exists as a place for reflection, recreation and a cross section for nature and urban life. Aside from the physical benefits of open space, there are invisible traits that make greenspaces worth valuing. We’re talking about mental health and green-ness. The connection between the two seems unlikely, but park-space plays an undeniable role in our happiness, community, and well-being. …

Parks Could Receive $149M in Bond Funding through November Ballot

Rachel APF News, Park Advocacy
, Park Advocacy

At their June 28th meeting, City Council voted to move forward and put multiple bond propositions on the ballot in November! Read on for the details, and be sure to check out the video re-cap below. Council approved a resolution directing the City Manager to come back with ballot language which they’ll look over in August. During their discussion, Council …

Connect With Your Council Member

AustinParksFoundation Park Advocacy
, Park Advocacy, Support Our Parks

While elected officials can feel distant and unresponsive at the national and state level, citizens can have a significant effect on their elected official’s views and votes at the local level. This is even more true in recent years in Austin, where the city voted in 2014 to change from an at-large Council system to a 10-1 district representation system …

Julie Sondecker

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

AustinParksFoundation 
People + Parks
, Adopt A Park, Park Advocacy
, Park Advocacy, Parks, People + Parks, Volunteer

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 …