Park Advocacy

We’re Thankful For…

2017-06-26T14:08:35+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|Adopt A Park, It's My Park! Day, Park Advocacy, Parks, Support Our Parks, Volunteer|

Since it's now officially November, we wanted to get a head start on the season of gratefulness. Over the past year, we have accomplished so much because of the generous support of our community, partners, donors and volunteers. From breaking ground on the renovations at Austin's first park space - Republic Square - to adding a Fall iteration [...]

People + Parks: Time Well Spent

2017-06-26T14:10:02+00:00 October 5th, 2016|APF News, It's My Park! Day, Park Advocacy, Parks, People + Parks, Volunteer|

By Elizabeth McGuire Michael Valescu may have all the time in the world, but you won’t catch him wasting it. The retired engineer was recently named Austin Parks Foundation’s Volunteer of the Year for his tireless efforts to improve green space around Austin. In 2015 he volunteered an estimated 1,200 hours to the organization. A native [...]

Republic Square Groundbreaking Celebration

2017-03-21T12:57:07+00:00 June 28th, 2016|APF News, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Movies in the Park, Park Advocacy, Parks, Special Projects, Support Our Parks|

Start of Historic Park Revitalization; $5.8 Million Public-Private Investment to Restore 180 Year-Old Park AUSTIN, Texas (June 28, 2016) Austin Parks Foundation (APF), in collaboration with the Downtown Austin Alliance and the Austin Parks and Recreation Department hosted a groundbreaking celebration to recognize the donors who brought the $5.8 [...]

People + Parks: The Long View

2017-03-21T13:02:51+00:00 June 8th, 2016|ACL Music Festival Grants, APF News, Austin City Limits Music Festival, It's My Park! Day, Park Advocacy, Parks, People + Parks, Volunteer|

By Elizabeth McGuire   For the past 15 years, Jim Alsup has been a champion of Austin Parks Foundation. What has kept this longest serving board member involved? “Something new and interesting just kept coming up!” Alsup has seen plenty of new since he first volunteered with APF in 2001. At that time, the staff [...]

14th Annual It’s My Park Day Breaks Records

2017-03-21T13:11:11+00:00 March 5th, 2016|APF News, It's My Park! Day, Park Advocacy, Parks, Support Our Parks, Volunteer|

Our 14th Annual It's My Park Day was a resounding success thanks to our project leaders, volunteers, partners and sponsors. From clean-ups to trail repairs, habitat restoration to painting, this year's It's My Park Day has set the record as the largest to date! We are so proud to work with the best volunteers around, [...]

Austin Parks Foundation Named Beneficiary of World Golf Championships – Dell Match Play

2017-06-27T11:03:15+00:00 January 27th, 2016|APF News, Park Advocacy, Support Our Parks|

ROUND ROCK, Texas-- Dell and the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play today announced that Austin-based charities Austin Parks Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area, The First Tee of Greater Austin, Helping Hand Home for Children and Keep Austin Beautiful will be the local charity beneficiaries from the tournament’s overall charitable contributions to be [...]

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 [...]