Healthy Parks Plan Tool Training

Grant Ausbury

The Healthy Parks Plan is an effort to create a shared vision for building healthier communities through parks. The plan incorporates scientific data, technical analysis and community engagement results to answer key questions about the people, parks and environment. What parts of town have the greatest need for the benefits that parks provide? How could we improve parks to support …

Parks with Purpose: Park Resilience during COVID-19

Grant Ausbury

How does COVID-19 change how our communities utilize parks? We will discuss attendee’s experiences with parks usage during the COVID-19 pandemic and opportunities to connect COVID issues to broader resilience measures. We also will introduce St. David’s Foundation’s Parks with Purpose 2019 RFP – 19 Central Texas grantees were awarded around $3 Million dollars to improve park equity in their …

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

Rachel 
Education
, All Parks, APF News, Blog Page, COVID-19, Featured Projects (Home Page), Park Advocacy, Park Development, Park History

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, …

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 
Education
, All Parks, APF News, Blog Page, COVID-19, Featured Projects (Home Page), Park Advocacy, Park Development, Park History

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 …

The Great Indoors: Nature Films for Adventuring in Place

Grant Ausbury 
Education
, Blog Page, COVID-19, Parks, Visits to / From Other City Parks

We’re all dreaming of a world where we can flock to the world’s most beautiful natural spaces. But since we’re unable to travel, your friends at Austin Parks Foundation gathered these films and docuseries so you can have an adventure from your couch, kitchen table or desk chair! Your journey will take you from the Texas Hill Country to destinations …

Active Transportation + Project Connect in the Time of COVID-19

Grant Ausbury APF News, Blog Page, COVID-19, Featured Projects (Home Page), Featured Top LPs, Fitness in the Park, Hiking & Trails, Park Advocacy

× 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! Written by Thomas Visco, Advocacy Manager at Austin Parks Foundation Last year, Austin City Council approved the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan (ASMP). This set …

Nature Play Activity: Create Your Very Own Fairy Park!

Grant Ausbury 
Education
, APF News, Blog Page, Children's Programming, COVID-19, Little Hummingbird Society Page, Nature Play

Presented by Little Hummingbird Society Written by Ladye Anne Wofford, Chief Mission Officer at Austin Parks Foundation Fairy Gardens are miniature gardens complete with structures and living plants that have been gaining huge popularity as home and garden decorations. In fact, the Zilker Botanical Garden even hosts a Woodland Faerie Trail Exhibit every year! Tiny houses, chairs, lawns and ponds …