Park Advocacy

Advocacy Update: 2018 Bond

2018-04-16T15:45:02+00:00 April 16th, 2018|Park Advocacy, Parks, Support Our Parks|

You might be asking yourself: “What’s going on with the possible bond election I read about last month?” Good news! We’ve got an update. Every five to six years, Austin voters have been asked whether or not they will approve the city to issue general obligation bonds. These bonds fund capital improvement projects in areas [...]

People + Parks: On the Right Path

2018-03-01T10:33:26+00:00 February 27th, 2018|APF News, It's My Park! Day, Park Advocacy, Parks, People + Parks, Support Our Parks, Volunteer|

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 [...]

People + Parks: Miles and Miles of Generosity

2018-03-01T11:13:16+00:00 February 7th, 2018|ACL Music Festival Grants, Adopt A Park, APF News, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Park Advocacy, Parks, People + Parks, Support Our Parks, Volunteer|

By Elizabeth McGuire When the Statesman Capitol 10,000 weaves through Austin for its 41st annual race on April 8th, race director Jeff Simecek will have “every job and no job.” He will be at the start and the finish, and of course communicating with his team throughout, but by the time the gun goes [...]

People + Parks: An Ace Adoption

2018-01-31T16:46:10+00:00 December 7th, 2017|ACL Music Festival Grants, Adopt A Park, APF News, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Park Advocacy, Parks, People + Parks, Support Our Parks, Volunteer|

By Elizabeth McGuire Big changes are happening to a small park in southeast Austin, thanks to a handful of persistent community members. Houston School Park, which is adjacent to Josephine Houston Elementary, was recently awarded a $100,000 APF Impact Grant to build a multi-purpose pavilion that will serve both the school and its surrounding neighborhood. [...]

Support the Parks at City of Austin Budget Hearings

2017-09-21T16:33:09+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 [...]