People + Parks: Healthy Parks, Healthy City

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By Elizabeth McGuire When Elizabeth Krause moved to Austin three years ago, she and her family began their house hunting by visiting parks all over town. “Having young children, it was just a natural criteria for me,” she said. “A big part of why we settled in our current neighborhood was because of its proximity to green spaces, playgrounds and …

Project Playback: Hartford Park

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Swing set and playscape for children ages 2 – 5 years old. Hartford Park was once an overgrown traffic triangle in the middle of a neighborhood in central Austin. Thanks to the grassroots efforts of Friends of Hartford Park (FOHP), it has evolved into an urban green space that enhances the surrounding community. Neighbors raised close to $200,000 all on …

Project Playback: Preserving the History of Downs-Mabson Fields

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Downs-Mabson Fields is currently the home of the Huston-Tillotson University Rams Baseball team but was once home to some of baseball’s legendary players. Although Austin has never hosted a Major League Baseball organization, a few of it’s biggest stars, including Hall of Famers, once played right here in central Texas. Austin Parks Foundation is proud to be a part of …

10 Austin Swimming Pools to Check Out This Summer

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You probably already know about iconic swimming spots like Barton Springs or Deep Eddy, but where else can Austinites swim? We’ve gathered 10 swimming pools around Austin to help you beat the Summer heat! The majority of Austin’s pools are free to enter which makes them great places for friends and family to gather.Do you know someone looking for a …

Austin Parks Foundation’s 27th Birthday Celebration!

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Austin Parks Foundation’s birthday is Wednesday, June 12th, and we’ve partnered with local businesses to help us ring in 27 years of People + Parks. Check out what our friends and sponsors around Austin are doing to help us celebrate: Our friends at Imperfect Produce are donating $10 every time someone signs up for a box of ugly produce! Apply …

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 …

Austin Ranks 43rd In Park Access, Down One Spot from 2018

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May 21, 2019 – The Trust for Public Land just released their rankings of the 100 largest cities’ parks. Austin moved down to 43rd from 42nd in 2018. Austinites will agree that our parks are one of their favorite parts of living in Austin, but the reality is our parks are vastly underfunded. Our parks don’t meet the needs of …

8 Recreation Centers in Austin, TX You Should Explore

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Recreation Centers are wonderful resources for their surrounding communities because of their ability to host a wide variety of programming and activities! Whether you’re looking for an indoor basketball gymnasium, an afternoon dance class or a place to swim in the Summer months, there’s an Austin recreation center that has what you need. While you’re here, check out what Austin …