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 …

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 …

The Invisible Benefits of Parks

AustinParksFoundation Park Advocacy, Parks, Support Our Parks

Greenspace exists as a place for reflection, recreation and a cross section for nature and urban life. Aside from the physical benefits of open space, there are invisible traits that make greenspaces worth valuing. We’re talking about mental health and green-ness. The connection between the two seems unlikely, but park-space plays an undeniable role in our happiness, community, and well-being. …