The Summer Heat is Gone! 6 Park Escapes for Austin’s Cooler Weather

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Now that we’re past the intense Summer heat, it’s the perfect time to visit Austin’s parks and trails, while staying safe! Whether you want to hike for a few miles or find a nice spot for lunch – the park people at Austin Parks Foundation made this list of park escapes to help you recharge and unwind.1. Commons Ford Ranch …

Art in the Parks: 6 Unique Public Art Pieces in Austin’s Parks

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From Blanton Art Museum to the beloved, but newly-housed, Graffiti Park at Castle Hill, there’s no denying that Austinites appreciate good art when they see it. But did you know some of the best art is in the parks? These pieces help us deepen our connection to or understanding of the parks’ history, view the parks and amenities in new …

Seed Balls 101: Beginners Guide to Making Seed Balls

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×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!Seed balls, also known as seed bombs, are one of our favorite ways to bring some color to our volunteer projects. They are an easy way …

Get Out Of Town! 6 Austin Nature Escapes For Spring Break

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Austin gets a little hectic during spring break, which makes it the perfect time to visit parks! We want to help you avoid I-35 and MoPac traffic (not to mention road rage) by getting out and into nature for some much-needed peace and quiet. Whether you want to hit a trail or find a nice spot for lunch that won’t …

Austin Parks Foundation Awards $199,000 in Community Grants

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AUSTIN, TEXAS (November 18, 2019) – Austin Parks Foundation (APF)’s 2019 fall community grantees will receive $199,000 in collective funding to improve various Austin parks, trails and green spaces from their Austin City Limits Music Festival Grants Program. Projects implemented span across the city and consist of a wide variety of projects including a baseball field, nature center, trail and …

FAQs: What We’re Asked the Most About Austin Parks Foundation

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1. What’s the difference between Austin Parks Foundation and Austin Parks & Recreation?This may be our most frequently asked question! Austin Parks Foundation (APF) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that works in collaboration with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD). APF is not a city-owned entity and receives financial support through donors, corporate sponsors, third-party fundraisers, Austin City Limits …

Austin Parks Foundation Awards Over $180,000 In 2019 Spring Grants & Park Design Services

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AUSTIN, TEXAS (July 2, 2019) – Austin Parks Foundation (APF) announced their 2019 spring grantees that will receive over $180,400 in collective funding to improve various Austin parks, trails, and green spaces across 5 districts. Projects include the creation of trails, installation of park amenities and more. Additional information on the specific park improvement projects and grant recipients can be …

People + Parks: Healthy Parks, Healthy City

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By Elizabeth McGuire When Elizabeth Krause moved to Austin three years ago, she and her family began their house hunting by visiting parks all over town. “Having young children, it was just a natural criteria for me,” she said. “A big part of why we settled in our current neighborhood was because of its proximity to green spaces, playgrounds and …

Project Playback: Preserving the History of Downs-Mabson Fields

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Downs-Mabson Fields, specifically Mabson Field, is currently the ballpark of the Huston-Tillotson University Rams, but was once home to some of baseball’s legendary players. Although Austin has never hosted a Major League Baseball organization, a few of it’s biggest stars, including Hall of Famers, once played right here in central Texas. Austin Parks Foundation is proud to be a part …