Take Action: Comment on the Mopac South Project’s Impacts to Zilker Park

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The virtual open house for work along Mopac South is happening between now and January 7th. This looks to be the only opportunity for public comment before Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) reveals their preferred alternative sometime in 2022. The project goes through Zilker Park, and there is potential for CTRMA to pay for parking in Zilker Park by …

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Austin’s New City Council Members Discuss the Importance of Parks

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After November 2020 elections, we have two new Austin City Council Members! We reached out to Councilwoman Vanessa Fuentes of District 2 and Councilwoman Mackenzie Kelly of District 6 to ask them a few questions about themselves and Austin’s parks. They were kind enough to respond, so be sure to check out their answers below. If you’d like to reach …

Parks for All: Promoting Equity in Austin’s Parks


Learn how the city and community partners are working to understand, uncover and address racial equity in Austin, with particular focus on parks and outdoor spaces. Equity in the outdoors has serious implications for so many Austin residents’ access to nature, participation in recreation activities, and opportunities to advance in green jobs. Key City of Austin Parks & Recreation and …

Victory at City Hall: Essential Funds for Parks Added to the City Budget

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It’s been a tough year for Austin’s parks. Already perennially underfunded, Austin’s parks and trails systems have been inundated, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Tens of thousands of new users, overwhelming some of Austin’s most beloved parks, have taken their toll. Whether it be habitat degradation, increased littering and pollution, or just the daily wear and tear from thousands of visitors, …

Savvy Stewardship: Volunteerism as Critical Parks Care


Volunteerism is critical to the health of our parks, and coordinated efforts between park stewards and city staff can lead to incredible positive outcomes in Austin’s natural spaces. Join Jerry Levenson and David Todd – veteran park stewards, Patrick Chaiken – City of Austin Park Ranger Program, James Duff – City of Austin Wildfire Division, and Barry Rivera – Volunteer …

Next Generation: Youth Leadership & Environmentalism


Asvini Thivakaran is an award-winning environmental activist and 6th-grade student at Brushy Creek Elementary. Join Austin Parks Foundation as we chat with Asvini about her mission to save the environment, how kids can get involved in big and small ways, and how Little Hummingbird Society is helping get kids engaged in protecting our parks and our planet!

Parks Are Essential: Budgeting to Reflect Austin’s Values


Every Summer, Austin has the opportunity to prioritize city assets like parks, transportation and housing through the City’s budgeting process. It is often said that “budgets are moral documents.” But how do budgets truly impact public amenities like parks, programming and the people who enjoy and rely on them? APF’s Advocacy Manager – Tom Visco, will lead a conversation with …

Six Feet A-Park: How Safely Using Our Parks Can Keep Them Open


Parks have always been an essential part of our identity as Texans, but their importance is crystal clear during this time of social distancing. As the weather warms up and some restrictions ease, it’s important for us to be mindful of how we can safely continue using parks to sustain our mental and physical health. Hear from Kimberly McNeely, Director …

Investing in Parks: Austin’s Parks + Trails as Economic Drivers

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On April 7th, the civic world in Austin seemed to halt for a few brief moments. John Hockenyos, an Austin based economist, delivered a less-than-rosy economic impact update to Austin’s City Council in the wake of COVID-19. “I’m hoping that is a slightly pessimistic scenario, but I think it is a realistic scenario,” Hockenyos said.  The scenario predicted Great Depression …