City Budget

Support the Parks at City of Austin Budget Hearings

2017-08-14T13:54:11+00:00 August 10th, 2017|City Budget, Park Advocacy, Support Our Parks|

Austin Parks and Recreation currently needs $700 million to repair and renovate parks City of Austin budget hearings are approaching, and APF needs help telling City Council that the parks are in need. According to ParkScore, Austin is ranked #46 and currently spends $103 per resident, while cities in the top ten spend an average [...]

People + Parks: Advocacy in Action

2017-07-05T14:04:09+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Adopt A Park, APF News, City Budget, It's My Park! Day, Park Advocacy, Parks, People + Parks, Support Our Parks, Volunteer|

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 [...]

APF in the News: Addressing the $700M maintenance gap

2017-03-30T16:17:26+00:00 March 30th, 2017|APF News, City Budget, Park Advocacy, Parks, Support Our Parks|

Austin Parks Amass $700M in Deferred Maintenance See the original story and video at Spectrum News AUSTIN, Texas--Park managers say they have $700 million worth of deferred maintenance, and some park advocates say that's a fraction of the city's needs. "When you look at all the rec centers, the parks, the aging infrastructure and the [...]

People + Parks: Co-Founder of APF Stands as a Role Model

2017-06-22T13:16:50+00:00 January 11th, 2017|City Budget, Park Advocacy, People + Parks, Support Our Parks|

Beverly Griffith is no stranger to park advocacy. Not only did she co-found our very organization in 1992, she also served as our first President, chaired the city's Parks Board, was a president and trustee for the Texas Recreation and Parks Society and the Barton Creek Wilderness Park Association. Additionally, she is or has [...]

Together – We Can Build A Better Austin

2017-06-22T13:21:11+00:00 November 29th, 2016|Adopt A Park, APF News, City Budget, Park Advocacy, Parks, Support Our Parks, Volunteer|

A Letter From Austin Parks Foundation's CEO, Colin Wallis Originally Published in the Austin American Statesman As the National Parks Service (NPS) winds down its centennial celebration, closer to home, Austin Parks Foundation (APF) is gearing up for our 25th anniversary of providing critical funding and support to our local parks. APF was founded in [...]

Closing the Funding GAP

2017-03-28T11:24:55+00:00 May 26th, 2014|APF News, City Budget, Park Advocacy, Support Our Parks|

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 [...]