Austin Parks & Recreation Long Range Plan: District 8 Community Meeting

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Join Austin Parks and Recreation Department at the Circle C Community Center on May 4th for a second 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: District 6 Community Meeting

Grant Ausbury

Join Austin Parks and Recreation Department at the Anderson Mill Limited District Community Center on May 3rd for a second 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 …

Austin Parks & Recreation Long Range Plan: District 5 Community Meeting

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Join Austin Parks and Recreation Department at the South Austin Senior Activity Center on May 2nd for a second 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 …

HB 2 & SB 2 Are Bad For Austin’s Parks, Trails and Green Spaces

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Simply put, House Bill 2 & Senate Bill 2 (or HB 2 & SB 2) are bad news for Austin’s public parks. In exchange for small property tax relief for homeowners estimated at a few dollars per month, municipalities will face a budgetary crisis. The bill will cause an out-sized negative impact towards their ability to provide services central to …

Community Budget Forums: Austin Parks Need Your Help!

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Our parks and Austin Parks Foundation need your help! The City of Austin’s annual budget process is kicking off with a series of community budget forums hosted by City Commissions throughout March. Commissioners will hear what’s important to the public, and how we’d like to see funding prioritized in next year’s city budget. They will then incorporate the feedback into recommendations …

People + Parks: The Amplifier

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By Elizabeth McGuire We’ve all heard this before: one person can make a difference. But really, how? One person can make a difference because one voice can amplify others. One person can inspire dozens. One effort can snowball into action and eventually lead to change. This is how our community improves. So goes the philosophy of Sally Baulch, who has …

Connect With Your Council Member

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While elected officials can feel distant and unresponsive at the national and state level, citizens can have a significant effect on their elected official’s views and votes at the local level. This is even more true in recent years in Austin, where the city voted in 2014 to change from an at-large Council system to a 10-1 district representation system …

Advocacy Update: Budget Town Hall Dates Announced

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City Council and key city leaders want to hear from you about your thoughts and priorities for the city budget! New this year to the budget development process are town halls in each district attended by that district’s City Council Member, new City Manager Spencer Cronk, and Deputy Chief Finance Officer Ed Van Eenoo. We know that parks are a …

Advocacy Update: How does the 2018 Bond work?

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Every five to six years, Austin voters have been asked whether or not they will approve the city to issue general obligation bonds. These bonds fund capital improvement projects in areas such as parks & open space, cultural centers & museums, libraries, fire & police stations, affordable housing, stormwater infrastructure and transportation. The Bond Election Advisory Task Force (BEATF) is …

12 Ways to be Involved in Austin’s Parks in 2018

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Looking for some exciting ways to get involved in Austin’s Parks this year? Check out these 12 involvement opportunities: 1. Movies in the Park Austin Parks Foundation puts on a series of movies in parks around Austin! While the schedule hasn’t yet been announced, you don’t have to wait long. Check back in February for a full calendar including titles, …