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People + Parks: Keeping Austin Clean, One Day at a Time

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By Elizabeth McGuire For the last 337 days, Austin’s green spaces have been cleaner than ever before. That’s because Julie Sondecker, creator of Instagram’s @365DaysofHiking, has been picking up trash in parks and on trails every single day since May 30, 2017. During her daily outings, she fills her signature blue mesh bag, artfully arranges the trash in a beautiful …

People + Parks: Local Support and Global Wisdom

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By Elizabeth McGuire If you were planning an expansive, open-ended trip to the other side of the globe, how would you spend your last days at home? Tying up loose ends? Buying supplies? Saying goodbye to friends? Triple-checking your passport and flight details? If you were Eric Nichols you would be raising money for a treasured hometown organization. This past …

Celebrate Earth Day with APF

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Earth Day may be on April 22nd, but we are celebrating for the entire month of April with volunteer events and giveback days! Check out the following ways to help APF celebrate Earth Day. Volunteer Opportunities East Williamson Creek: Come out on April 20th from 10AM to 1PM to help maintain the developing trail. RSVP and learn more here. Check …

It’s My Park Day Spring 2018 Highlights

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It’s My Park Day 2018: Another Success We want to send a special thanks to all the project leaders and volunteers that made this city-wide volunteer day such a success, as well as the Parks & Recreation Department, Watershed Protection and our friends at Keep Austin Beautiful. We couldn’t have done it without you! We’d also like to thank our …

People + Parks: On the Right Path

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By Elizabeth McGuire Chuck Foster grew up doing community service alongside his family and was encouraged at an early age to take on leadership positions whenever possible. No matter what. “My mom taught us that regardless of what state you’re in—money or no money—you give back to the community,” he said. That message stuck with him, and as it turns …

APF Partners with Local Restaurants for It’s My Park Day

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It’s My Park Day Spring is March 3rd – Volunteer registration is open now! Each year, thousands of volunteers work to improve parks and greenbelts throughout the city. In the fall we had over 3,200 volunteers, and nearly 100 projects city-wide, putting in over 10,000 hours of labor. We want to give back to our amazing volunteers, so we have partnered with …

12 Ways to be Involved in Austin’s Parks in 2018

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Looking for some exciting ways to get involved in Austin’s Parks this year? Check out these 12 involvement opportunities: 1. Movies in the Park Austin Parks Foundation puts on a series of movies in parks around Austin! While the schedule hasn’t yet been announced, you don’t have to wait long. Check back in February for a full calendar including titles, …

Fall 2017 It’s My Park Day Breaks Records!

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Fall 2017 It’s My Park Day Highlights In only it’s second year, our Fall It’s My Park Day has already broken the previous records for volunteer turnout. We want to send a special thanks to all the project leaders and volunteers that made this city-wide volunteer day such a success. We couldn’t have done it without you! We’d also like …

Thanks to our Volunteers for It’s My Park Day 2008

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The sixth annual It’s My Park! Day was Saturday, April 12 and we had a record 51 park improvement projects with 1,400 volunteers signed up.  We’re getting back reports of actual numbers, but in the meantime, we wanted to begin sharing the many pictures that we are receiving – check them out on our Flickr Page