Special Projects

#ACLRocks Day 2 – Walnut Creek Metro Park

2017-06-27T11:16:22+00:00 October 3rd, 2015|ACL Music Festival Grants, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Special Projects, Support Our Parks|

In our second installment of #ACLRocks we wanted to take you on a trip to Walnut Creek Metro Park. Situated near the intersection of N Lamar and Parmer, this beloved stretch of green space has been the site of many Austin Parks Foundation projects over the years, and thanks to ACL Music Festival we have [...]

#ACLRocks Day 1 – The Butler Boardwalk

2017-06-27T11:17:35+00:00 October 2nd, 2015|Austin City Limits Music Festival, Special Projects, Support Our Parks|

Now that we’ve kicked off ACL with our first-ever Party for the Parks, we wanted to do something special for one of our most generous partners. Every day of ACL we’ll tell you why #ACLRocks, and give you some deeper insight into how they’re helping us accomplish our work. We thought we’d start with a [...]

Lifeguard Hiring Incentive Program

2017-06-27T11:20:45+00:00 April 30th, 2015|Special Projects|

We are excited to partner with the Aquatic Division to offer the first ever Lifeguard Hiring Incentive program. Over 750 lifeguards need to be hired for the summer season in order to safely operate Austin’s municipal pools. The goal of this partnership is to provide an incentive for the first 500 lifeguards that are hired, [...]

Thank You!

2017-06-27T11:24:09+00:00 March 10th, 2015|It's My Park! Day, Parks, Special Projects, Volunteer|

Thank you for helping make our 13th annual It’s My Park Day, presented by Manchester Texas Financial Group, a resounding success! This year, 3,000 volunteers helped contribute nearly a quarter of a million dollars worth of labor back to our city parks and preserves. Nearly 100 parks participated in projects such as mulching, root collar [...]

King & Country Food Co. is Now Open in Wooldridge Square

2017-03-28T11:07:09+00:00 December 11th, 2014|Parks, Special Projects|

We are happy to announce the newest addition to Wooldridge Square is the King & Country Food Co. airstream trailer. Wooldridge Square is one of Austin’s four original downtown parks and is located next to Travis County Courthouse and the Austin History Center at 900 Guadalupe St. Austinite and King & Country owner, Brett Moore, [...]

Zero Waste Success

2017-03-28T11:16:05+00:00 November 5th, 2014|Special Projects|

The numbers are in! On September 27, National Public Lands Day volunteers and project leaders gathered after a morning of park projects in Rosewood Park to celebrate with food, drinks and live music. To further this event's commitment to the environment, APF and Texas Conservation Corps teamed up with Ecology Action and the East Side Compost Pedallers to make [...]

Habiturf is Sprouting in Alderbrook Park

2017-06-27T11:35:15+00:00 October 17th, 2014|Parks, Special Projects|

As part of our ongoing water conservation efforts, Austin Parks Foundation is involved in a pilot project using the Habiturf grass seed mix at a brand new pocket park in Northwest Austin called Alderbrook Park. Habiturf is a mix of native southwestern grasses that includes blue grama, curly-mesquite, and buffalograss. Together, these three unique grasses [...]

A New Playscape is Coming Soon to Dove Springs District Park

2017-03-28T11:23:48+00:00 August 25th, 2014|Parks, Special Projects|

Austin Parks Foundation (APF) and Austin Parks and Recreation (PARD) have formed a partnership to actively lead the design and installation of an innovative playscape and nature pathways for Dove Springs District Park. This focused effort is the result of a St. David’s grant award to APF and with the assistance of the Natural Learning Initiative (NLI), [...]

Commons Ford Prairie Restoration Project

2017-03-28T11:35:21+00:00 February 11th, 2013|Parks, Special Projects|

by Diane Sherrill, Commons Ford Prairie Restoration Organization Commons Ford Metropolitan Park has been a favorite spot for birders for some time, especially Ed Fair. When it was brought to his attention (by Byron Stone, another well respected birder) that most of the park’s vegetation was invasive, non-native grasses; and that those grasses did not [...]