In light of the sweeping changes brought on by COVID-19 in the Austin community and beyond, APF will postpone the April 30th Design Services application deadline, along with the grants application deadlines, until further notice. As the situation continues to develop, we will keep all of our park stakeholders updated and hope to offer these resources for community-led projects as soon as possible. Our priority is the safety of people in our community, and the overall sustainability of the grants program long-term.
Questions? Contact Katie Robillard, Park Design Director at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Austin Parks Foundation is thrilled to offer Park Design services for Adopt-A-Park groups that are looking to make improvements to their parks. Whether you are looking for a little guidance with an on-site consultant or you need help you with long range planning, we are now offering a range of design resources that will help you with your favorite park’s design needs.
Park Design services are intended to provide design options to Adopt-A-Park groups at every scale, and are in complete coordination with the City of Austin’s Parks & Recreation Department.
General Park Consultation
General on-site consultation to provide Adopt-A-Park groups with guidance for next steps on any park project. General Park Consultations give park adopters the chance to consult with our in-house landscape architect. The APF Park Developer will schedule an on-site consultation to provide general guidance for any of your park improvement projects or ideas.
General Park Consultation FAQ's
Detailed Park Design
Intended to help park adopters prepare their park improvement project for grant applications and to be shovel ready for construction. Detailed Park Design gives Adopt-A-Park groups access to a professional landscape architect for a specific park improvement project. Design work includes feasibility, design refinement and cost estimating.
Detailed Park Design FAQs
A: Preference will be given to park projects that:
- show group has limited access to design professional as resource to get their project implemented
- encourage positive use of the park
- have broad community support for improvement project
- have support from PARD for improvement project
A: Applications are accepted April 30th each year. APF staff is available to pre-screen applications one month in advance of the deadline. Due to increased demand, APF has adjusted our application cycle to once a year. Thank you for your understanding!
Park Master Planning
Led by a professional Landscape Architect, this master planning process guides Adopt-A-Park groups through envisioning and creating an official master plan. The master planning and visioning process gives Adopt-A-Park groups access to a professional landscape architect. By working together and committing to meaningful public engagement, APF and the project team will encourage park users and community members to express the hopes and needs for the their park. The community will form a consensus to drive the design of a master plan and phasing. The conceptual master plan will be a useful tool for raising funds and providing next steps for implementation.
Park Master Planning FAQs
A: Preference will be given to parks that:
- Do not have an adopted Park Master Plan
- Demonstrate that the lack of a master plan has been a roadblock when proposing amenities at their park
- Shows potential to attract a diverse user group and encourage positive use of the park
- Have broad community support for park and master planning process
- Have support from PARD
Applications are due April 30th. APF staff is available to pre-screen applications one month in advance of the deadline.