People + Parks: Keeping ACL Music Festival Green

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People + Parks
, ACL Grants Landing Page, Austin City Limits Music Festival
, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Parks, People + Parks

By Elizabeth McGuire When the ACL Music Festival opens its gates at Zilker Park in October and welcomes 75,000 visitors a day, two Austinites will be trusted with making those visitors feel at home. As leaders of the C3 Presents Guest Services Program, Farid Mosher and Emily Sorlie are the Hosts with the Most. But the way they tell it, …

The First Ever It’s My Pool Day Is Happening August 3rd

Grant Ausbury All Parks, Volunteer

Yep, you read that correctly. There’s going to be an It’s My Pool Day, a day to celebrate Austin’s pools inspired by It’s My Park Day, APF’s bi-annual, city-wide day of volunteering in Austin’s parks, trails and green spaces. Austin summers are hot! Swimming is what keeps us all from losing our minds, but our pools need some love. This …

People + Parks: Healthy Parks, Healthy City

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People + Parks
, Children's Programming
, Children's Programming, Parks, People + Parks, Volunteer

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 …

People + Parks: Growing Goodness

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People + Parks
, Children's Programming
, Children's Programming, Parks, People + Parks, Volunteer

By Elizabeth McGuire Prince Pen, a 15-year-old high school freshman, is working to establish a community garden in his South Austin neighborhood. He got the idea after successfully bringing fresh vegetables to a nearby corner store that previously stocked only processed foods. And he got that idea after working on a presidential campaign during the 2016 election. That’s right: WHEN …

People + Parks: What A Ride

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People + Parks
, Children's Programming
, Children's Programming, Parks, People + Parks, Volunteer

By Elizabeth McGuire In the mid 1990s, a flat, empty lot sat on the western edge of downtown Austin, virtually ignored by its neighboring law firms, beauty salons and other small businesses. Developers, too, had dismissed this spot near 9th St. and Lamar Blvd. because of its floodplain status. Besides the substantial shade trees, the property held nothing but a …

OPEN VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Williams School Park greenifying!

Hannah Kay

Join your friends, neighbors and fellow park-lovers as we give back at Williams School Park! Parks and Recreation’s Urban Forestry Division plants trees strategically in parks and schools across Austin. Trees go a long way to improving the experience and health of a park, and we need your help caring for them! They recently planted trees at the park and …

Micaela, Rex and Maliha

People + Parks: Growing the Next Generation

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People + Parks
, Children's Programming
, Children's Programming, Parks, People + Parks, Volunteer

By Elizabeth McGuire For Micaela, Rex and their daughter Maliha, Saturdays are for volunteering. Not just some Saturdays, but every single one. It’s not a matter of if they are volunteering, but where. “I come home Friday night and I ask, what are we doing tomorrow?” said Rex. The answer is usually planting saplings, mulching trees or picking up trash …

LITTLE HUMMINGBIRD SOCIETY: Tree Love at Metz Neighborhood Park!

Hannah Kay

Come out to Metz and serve with Austin Parks and Foundation! Trees contribute greatly to the overall enjoyment of a park but cold winters and hot summers are hard on them. Mulching is a great way to help protect tree’s root system and provide it with rich nutrients! Get outside with your kids and help improve Metz while learning about our city’s most valuable …

People + Parks: The Amplifier

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People + Parks
, Adopt A Park, Community Grants, Park Advocacy
, Park Advocacy, Parks, People + Parks, Volunteer

By Elizabeth McGuire We’ve all heard this before: one person can make a difference. But really, how? One person can make a difference because one voice can amplify others. One person can inspire dozens. One effort can snowball into action and eventually lead to change. This is how our community improves. So goes the philosophy of Sally Baulch, who has …

People + Parks: Future Philanthropists

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People + Parks
, Adopt A Park, Impact Grants, It's My Park! Day, Parks, People + Parks, Volunteer

By Elizabeth McGuire If you ask Anissa Castillo what she remembers about volunteering with her young family at the last It’s My Park Day, she will talk of quality time, life lessons and good citizenship. If you ask her kids what they remember, they will say, “digging in the mulch and jumping on rock piles!” Both answers are perfect. The …