2021 City Budget Season: Help Us Advocate for Increased Parks Funding

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Each year during the City of Austin’s budgeting process, Austin Parks Foundation works to ensure our cherished green spaces get the funding they deserve. In partnership with park advocates, volunteers and other green space organizations we have proven that when we speak up for our parks as a collective, City Council listens! This year, we are asking for $6,900,000 in …

Pride Outside

Pride Outside National + Austin Pride Though nationally we celebrate Pride month in June, here in Austin the Pride Parade and Festival are held in August! That’s why Austin Parks Foundation, and our green space partners, are stretching our official celebration of #PrideOutside from June through August!  Join us in making sure all of our parks, trails and green space …

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Neighbors Experiencing Homelessness and Sanctioned Encampments on Parkland

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Our neighbors experiencing homelessness are exactly that – our neighbors. We at Austin Parks Foundation want to see humane shelter be made available to these vulnerable individuals and that they be able to access the care and services they desperately need and deserve. We know the city is facing a monumental task in finding solutions to house our neighbors and …

Austin’s Camping Ban

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We all share a desire to see our neighbors experiencing homelessness receive the help they need, including access to shelter with the compassion and care they deserve. As Austin considers Prop B this May, we want to reiterate that camping on public parkland, with the exception of those specifically set up for camping reservations, has always been prohibited. Whether Prop …

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Austin Marathon 2021: Run with the Austin Parks Foundation Team!

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Austin Parks Foundation (APF) is proud to have been selected again as an official charity partner of the 2021 Austin Marathon! That means we need YOU to run with us and help us cross our fundraising finish line. Our goal is $5,000 and we hope you’ll join us in supporting our parks, trails and green spaces. Whether you join us …

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Austin’s New City Council Members Discuss the Importance of Parks

Grant Ausbury Blog Page, Park Advocacy

After November 2020 elections, we have two new Austin City Council Members! We reached out to Councilwoman Vanessa Fuentes of District 2 and Councilwoman Mackenzie Kelly of District 6 to ask them a few questions about themselves and Austin’s parks. They were kind enough to respond, so be sure to check out their answers below. If you’d like to reach …

How Your Vote Can Help Austin’s Trails and Clean Transportation in 2020

Grant Ausbury APF News, Blog Page, City Budget, Featured Projects (Home Page), Park Advocacy, Parks, Support Our Parks

On August 13th, Austin City Council took a historic step to expand Austin’s trail system. CM Paige Ellis led City Council to add a $460 million safe mobility bond to the ballot in November! Included in this bond is the single largest contribution to Austin’s trails system in history, with $80 million dedicated to building out Austin’s Tier 1 Urban …

Victory at City Hall: Essential Funds for Parks Added to the City Budget

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, All Parks, APF News, Blog Page, COVID-19, Featured Projects (Home Page), Park Advocacy, Park Development, Park History

It’s been a tough year for Austin’s parks. Already perennially underfunded, Austin’s parks and trails systems have been inundated, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Tens of thousands of new users, overwhelming some of Austin’s most beloved parks, have taken their toll. Whether it be habitat degradation, increased littering and pollution, or just the daily wear and tear from thousands of visitors, …

Celebrating Juneteenth: Austin’s Historically Black Parks

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As we celebrate Juneteenth this year, amidst a restored sense of how urgently our city must face the truth of our past and work to improve our present and future, we wanted to take a step into history with you. We’ve gathered some links, photos and stories that we hope will help illustrate just how hard Black Austinites have had …

Investing in Parks: Austin’s Parks + Trails as Economic Drivers

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, All Parks, APF News, Blog Page, COVID-19, Featured Projects (Home Page), Park Advocacy, Park Development, Park History

On April 7th, the civic world in Austin seemed to halt for a few brief moments. John Hockenyos, an Austin based economist, delivered a less-than-rosy economic impact update to Austin’s City Council in the wake of COVID-19. “I’m hoping that is a slightly pessimistic scenario, but I think it is a realistic scenario,” Hockenyos said.  The scenario predicted Great Depression …