Taking Care of What We’ve Got: Important Maintenance in Austin’s Parks

Grant Ausbury 
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Memorial Day is just around the corner, and that means it’s time for picnics in the park, hanging by the pool, and all the outdoor fun that summer brings. To have all of that fun though, our parks and pools need to be taken care of. A perfect example is the Barton Creek Greenbelt, an Austin favorite, that will be …

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

Rachel 
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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 …

Advocacy Update: How does the 2018 Bond work?

Rachel Park Advocacy
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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 …

People + Parks: Advocacy in Action

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By Elizabeth McGuire In one of the oldest neighborhoods in Austin, a team of stewards is working to preserve their park and to inspire others to follow suit in their own neighborhoods. Three leaders of Friends of Shipe Park—Jill Nokes, Alison Young and Mark Fishman—have worked with Austin Parks Foundation and countless volunteers to keep Shipe a vibrant, healthy, resilient …

Closing the Funding GAP

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Great Austin Parks is a coalition of environmental groups that advocates for increases to the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) budget. Coalition members include: Austin Parks Foundation, The Trail Foundation, Keep Austin Beautiful, TreeFolks, Shoal Creek Conservancy, Pease Park Conservancy, and Austin Metro Trails & Greenways. PARD has been a favorite target for budget cuts for decades. When the good …