People + Parks: Planting Seeds

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By Elizabeth McGuire Meet Katie Falgoust Like many people, Katie Falgoust spends 40 hours a week working in front of a computer. Unlike many people, when Katie’s not working she is often thinking about vegetables. Or compost. Or mulch. Or water. Katie is an avid gardener and member of the Festival Beach Community Garden. She serves as the Volunteer and …

People + Parks: The Difference Maker

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By Elizabeth McGuire Who is David Rockwood? The Eagle Scout If you meet David Rockwood on the Barton Creek Greenbelt on a sunny fall day, be prepared to hear some philosophizing, some ranting and more than a few references to Boy Scouts. “So you were an Eagle Scout?” you may ask him. “Am. I AM an Eagle Scout,” he will …

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 …

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People + Parks: Champion Collaborator

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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 …