S3E1 Reflections of You: A Conversation with Zilker Eagle Mural Artists Ian Ingram & Becky Wittsche

Grant Ausbury Blog Page, Zilker Train

Welcome to Season 3 of the Austin ParksCast! We’re excited to bring you stories of park champions, host some tough but important conversations, and give you an inside look at Austin’s parks system. From the whole team at Austin Parks Foundation, we’re really grateful for your support. Thanks for tuning in!

Seasons 1 and 2 of the ParksCast are available on your favorite podcast platforms! There are 26 episodes available now, and you can always listen to each episode and read the show notes at parkscast.org.

As you may know, Austin Parks Foundation is in the process of restoring the mini train at Zilker Park. While we’re making a lot of progress, there are still a few steps to complete before the train is ready for everyone to enjoy. You can get the latest news and updates for the mini train at zilkertrain.org/construction or by following the Zilker Eagle on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

In today’s episode, you’ll hear my conversation with Ian Ingram and Becky Wittsche - the local artists that created the new tunnel mural for the Zilker Eagle! We talk about their journey as artists, what public art means to them, their creative process for the new mural, and much more. We hope you enjoy the conversation as much as Grant did!

They created a truly unique experience for riders as the mini train passes under the Barton Springs Road bridge. We can’t wait for y’all to see it in person, and we’re excited for Austinites and visitors to enjoy the mural for years to come.

Announcements:

1. It's My Park Day is almost here

Join thousands of Austinites helping their local parks, trails and green spaces across the city on Saturday, March 5th! Learn more and register for a project at austinparks.org/impd.

2. Amplify Austin Day is happening March 2-3

Will you support our work in the parks on the biggest giving day in Central Texas? Our friends at Central National Bank are matching donations to APF up to $10,000. Early giving is underway now - click here to make a gift today!

3. Zilker Park’s New Mini Train

Even though the train has arrived in Austin, there are still a few things we need to do before it is ready for the community to enjoy. Safety is our first priority. Check out the work we have ahead of us here! 

4. Park Apparel & Gear That Supports APF

Did you know Austin Parks Foundation has a merch store? Visit shop.austinparks.org to get some awesome gear or apparel for your next park adventure! Our brand new APF and Zilker Eagle collections are now available and perfect gifts this holiday season.