People + Parks: What A Ride

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

By Elizabeth McGuire In the mid 1990s, a flat, empty lot sat on the western edge of downtown Austin, virtually ignored by its neighboring law firms, beauty salons and other small businesses. Developers, too, had dismissed this spot near 9th St. and Lamar Blvd. because of its floodplain status. Besides the substantial shade trees, the property held nothing but a …

Earth Day + Parks

Rachel APF News, Volunteer

Earth Day is April 22nd, 2019 and APF is planning great things! From volunteer opportunities to park givebacks, there’s  plenty of ways to show Mother Earth you care this Earth Day! Here’s everything that we have going on around Austin: Join us for two special open work days to get out in the parks, get a sweat going, and make …

Valuable Volunteers: It’s My Park Day Volunteers Making an Impact for Austin Parks

Rachel 
It's My Park! Day
, APF News, Volunteer

On a chilly Saturday morning, 3,000 volunteers bundled up and flocked to their local parks. We want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who braved the cold and made It’s My Park Day a huge success. The entire Austin Parks Foundation Staff & Board are so grateful, and we’re counting down the days, hours, and minutes until IMPD Fall 2019. We …

Micaela, Rex and Maliha

People + Parks: Growing the Next Generation

AustinParksFoundation 
People + Parks
, Children's Programming
, Children's Programming, 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 …

Save the Date & Amplify APF

Rachel APF News, Support Our Parks, Volunteer Leave a Comment

Save-the-Date! On February 28th from 6pm to 6pm on March 1st, APF is participating in Amplify Austin – our city’s 24-hour online giving campaign, which raises millions of dollars for hundreds of local nonprofits. This 24-hour period provides an easy and fun way for our entire community to come together and support our parks! Will you help us #AmplifyAPF, and make …

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 …

People + Parks: Future Philanthropists

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People + Parks
, Adopt A Park, Impact Grants, It's My Park! Day, Parks, People + Parks, Volunteer

By Elizabeth McGuire If you ask Anissa Castillo what she remembers about volunteering with her young family at the last It’s My Park Day, she will talk of quality time, life lessons and good citizenship. If you ask her kids what they remember, they will say, “digging in the mulch and jumping on rock piles!” Both answers are perfect. The …

People + Parks: Veteran Volunteer, at Age 12

Rachel 
It's My Park! Day
, 
People + Parks
, APF News, Children's Programming
, Children's Programming, It's My Park! Day, National Public Lands Day
, National Trails Day
, Parks, People + Parks, Volunteer

by Elizabeth McGuire Like many kids, 12-year-old Kei Yarbrough grew up in parks—climbing on playscapes and running around with friends—but she also spent her early years at those same parks picking up trash and mulching trees. She is quick to say that all of it was fun. Since she was four years old, Kei has been volunteering for parks-related events …

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 …

Celebrate Earth Day with APF

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Earth Day may be on April 22nd, but we are celebrating for the entire month of April with volunteer events and giveback days! Check out the following ways to help APF celebrate Earth Day. Volunteer Opportunities East Williamson Creek: Come out on April 20th from 10AM to 1PM to help maintain the developing trail. RSVP and learn more here. Check …