Parks Are Essential: Budgeting to Reflect Austin’s Values

Grant Ausbury

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

Grant Ausbury

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

Grant Ausbury 
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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 …

Talking Trails: Urban Trails and Bikeways as Essential Infrastructure

Grant Ausbury

Now more than ever, Austinites appreciate their urban trails. The Shoal Creek, Boggy Creek and many other trails across the city, are seeing increased use as Austinites seek fresh air and a dose of nature. Austin’s urban trails system is providing physical and mental health benefits in some of the most picturesque parts of Austin. But how is this important …

Advocacy Update: Help Us Protect Austin’s Parkland

Grant Ausbury All Parks, APF News, Blog Page, Featured Top LPs, Park Advocacy, Parks, Uncategorized

× Hey there! COVID-19 has changed how we do things, and your safety is our priority. Please keep social distancing best practices in mind if you choose to visit parks, trails and green spaces. Thanks, y’all! As many of you know, Austin Parks Foundation (APF) has been working with our City Council allies and other advocates to ensure Austin’s land-use …

What’s Going On With Parks Funding and the City Budget?

Grant Ausbury All Parks, APF News, City Budget, Park Advocacy

Each August, City Hall watchers are treated to City Council returning from recess and beginning arguably their most important task. What’s that, you might be asking yourself?  The answer is crafting and adopting the upcoming fiscal year’s budget. Early each August, the City Manager presents to City Council and the public their proposed budget. This stage is both the culmination …

Austin Parks & Recreation Long Range Plan: “Our Parks, Our Future” Community Meeting

Grant Ausbury

Join Austin Parks and Recreation Department at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex on July 25th for the final round of Our Parks, Our Future community meetings! At each open house you will have the chance to review community input to date and provide feedback on Austin’s park and recreation needs. Bring your family and friends out to help plan for …

Austin Parks & Recreation Long Range Plan: “Our Parks, Our Future” Community Meeting #2

Grant Ausbury

Join Austin Parks and Recreation Department at Zilker Botanical Garden on July 27th for the final round of Our Parks, Our Future community meetings! At each open house you will have the chance to review community input to date and provide feedback on Austin’s park and recreation needs. Bring your family and friends out to help plan for the next …