People + Parks: Aiming High

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By Elizabeth McGuire Steps away from an elementary school, whose mission is to encourage big dreams and possibilities, resides a park that once fell far short of its own potential. But not anymore. Thanks to a tireless group of neighborhood volunteers, Odom School Park in South Austin has seen nearly $45,000 worth of improvements in the last three years — …

People + Parks: Outside Om

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By Elizabeth McGuire “If everybody grew up with a meditation mindset and the ability to use it to reduce stress, the world would be a much better place.” That conviction anchors and motivates An Dang, co-owner of The Little Yoga House and supporter of Austin Parks Foundation’s Fitness in the Park program. For the last several years Dang has been …

People + Parks: All About Love

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By Michael Barnes – this story originally ran in the Austin-American Statesman For the most part, Thelma Williams — also known as “Grandma Wisdom” — has lived in the St. John neighborhood since early childhood. She remembers when the land — a slice of which recently benefited from an Austin Parks Foundation grant — belonged to the St. John Regular Baptist …

People + Parks: Master of Merriment

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By Elizabeth McGuire Henri Mazza is the kind of guy who brings fun wherever he goes. And for the last 15 years he’s been bringing it to theaters and parks near you. As the V.P. of Special Events at Alamo Drafthouse, Mazza and his team work with Austin Parks Foundation to host the Movies in the Park program, a series …