Sustaining Austin's Green Legacy

Groundbreakers are individuals, couples and families committed to an Austin where everyone has access to safe, beautiful parks. Read on for more information, or click below to join now.
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Benefits + Commitment

Groundbreakers consists of visionary park lovers dedicated to ensuring our park, trail and green space ecosystem is protected and preserved.

Groundbreakers pledge to make a monthly donation of $100 for three years.

Why Your Investment Matters

Groundbreakers provides sustainable, multi-year funding commitment to support the general operations of the Austin Parks Foundation.

Austin Parks Foundation fills the funding gap between the needs of park and trail renovations and the city’s budget limits. Austin’s unprecedented doubled population growth over the past 20 years has similarly driven park and trail usage, making APF’s work critical to preserving our environmental playground.  Here are just some ways APF has made an impact:


Republic Square Park

Republic Square Park

Recently transformed Republic Square Park is just one example of APF’s work in action, taking an underused, dilapidated greenspace and making it a green oasis now reflective of our vibrant downtown neighborhood.


Supporting Programs in the Parks

Programs in the Parks

Austin's parks have beloved, longstanding family programs like the Zilker Hillside Theatre have received large investments by APF, most recently to build dressing rooms, offices and bathroom facilities for the performers. Groundbreakers support the arts in the parks!


Improving Austin's Trails

Improving Our Trails

We may take for granted that the frequency of hikers and swimmer use as well as flood and drought conditions require year-long trail maintenance. As on example, APF invests each year in ongoing operational funds and trailhead improvements on the Barton Creek Greenbelt.

Park Access

10-Minute Walk

Better Park Access

Creating parks within a 10-minute walk from any Austinites’ home is a goal of APF. Among the 2019 park projects are the new Hartford Park in Pemberton Heights and total playground replacement in East Austin’s Parque Zaragoza.


As a Groundbreaker, you will receive the following:

  1. Groundbreakers Patagonia rain jacket, our gift when you join.
  2. Invitation to members only annual party.
  3. Invitation to members-only volunteer park project.
  4. The first 100 Founding Groundbreakers are recognized on a Hummingbird art installation and donor wall at the APF office.
  5. Early invitation to Austin Park’s Foundation’s Rock and Recycle program at the Austin City Limits Music Festival.
  6. Groundbreakers quarterly newsletter with updates on park investments and news alerts.

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