Putting Programs to Work: Our Commitment to Inclusivity & Equity in our Programs

Grant Ausbury 
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Here at Austin Parks Foundation (APF), we’re committed to creating thoughtful and inclusive programming, and we strive to infuse equity into every project, in order to intentionally bring Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) neighbors to the table, and include them in the decision-making process. We understand no one can be held accountable without making commitments, so we’ve put …

Camp LHS: Getting the Summer Camp Experience at Home

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Kids are out of school for the summer and we’ve already seen numerous summer programs and camps announce cancellations due to COVID-19. That means kids will spending more time at home than usual. We know your kids still need some summer fun and education, and that COVID-19 hasn’t stopped their energy and imaginations. So – we’ve compiled a list of …

Austin Ranks #37 in Trust for Public Land ParkScore Report

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× Ready to speak up for parks? Use the facts below, especially the bolded information, as inspiration for your calls and emails to your city council members. You can find their contact information on our advocacy page. Let’s make sure parks receive the funding they need in the City’s FY 2021 budget! Help APF Make Austin’s Park System #1 The …

10 Awesome Nature Books for Kids Ages 3 to 12

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Austin Parks Foundation recognizes that park champions come in all ages, shapes and sizes. That’s why we want to promote continued engagement and learning wherever you are – in your homes, neighborhood green spaces and in the community! Below are some of our literary recommendations for young park super stars. Many of these books can be accessed through the Austin …

Nature Play as Development with the Rivera Family

Grant Ausbury 
Education
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Presented by Little Hummingbird Society Written by Barry Rivera, Volunteer Manager at Austin Parks Foundation In addition to just getting kids outdoors, nature play offers some cognitive and behavioral benefits to kids of all ages. The good news is – nature play is the perfect way to combine sensory, imaginary and motor skill development all in one! Sensory Experiences For …

Advocacy Update: Help Us Protect Austin’s Parkland

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× Hey there! COVID-19 has changed how we do things, and your safety is our priority. Please keep social distancing best practices in mind if you choose to visit parks, trails and green spaces. Thanks, y’all! As many of you know, Austin Parks Foundation (APF) has been working with our City Council allies and other advocates to ensure Austin’s land-use …

Zilker Park Page Revamped

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  OVER 100 YEARS OF ICONIC Zilker Park In 1917, Andrew Jackson Zilker donated the first portion of land that would become Zilker Park in 1934. Today, the beloved 350-acre park is where Austinites go to access the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail, compete on the sports fields, feel the holiday spirit during Trail of Lights, see …

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 …

How To Fundraise for APF on Facebook & Instagram

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Fundraising for Austin Parks Foundation on Facebook and Instagram is easy, simple and fast! You can fundraise for APF for your birthday or other holidays and special events in your life. Here’s how you can support Austin’s parks, trails and green spaces with Facebook and Instagram: Facebook 1. Click “Create” Find the “Create” button located to the right of your …

APF CEO in front of Austin City Council for new budget

City Passes New Budget with Increased Funds to Parks

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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 …