3rd Annual AAP Summit - May 20th

This year we’ll meet at the LCRA Red Bud Education Center, from 9am to 3pm. Space is limited, so please RSVP early!

Austin Parks Foundation and the Austin Parks and Recreation Department are partnering to host the 3rd Annual Adopt-A-Park Summit. The Summit features a full day of sessions and workshops centered around making your vision for your park a reality.

Current and new adopters, as well as those interested in adopting their park, are invited to join us for a day of learning and camaraderie.

Session Topics

New adopters are encouraged to join us to learn more about the Adopt-A-Park program. We’ll cover handbook highlights, the resources available from APF and PARD, as well as how to create a safe and accessible park.

Gain invaluable insight from veteran adopters on the things they have learned in working with APF and PARD over the years. These seasoned adopters will dish out advice and wisdom based on their long-experience as Adopt-A-Park leaders.

Learn the basics of asking neighbors, local businesses and grant makers for the support your park needs. The session will cover the resources APF offers, such as Sponsored Fund Accounts, and what makes a compelling case for funding the park of your dreams.

Catching the rain from roofs and paved surfaces, and slowing down water flowing across the land with berms and swales, can help provide deep watering for trees, prevent erosion of trails, keep gardens greener and help our urban creeks. Watershed Protection Department staff will provide guiding principles for designing and maintaining rain harvesting systems and rain gardens. We’ll also cover the new Adopt A Meadow program. If enough of us become rain keepers, we can help improve the health of our watersheds!

School parks play a key role in many neighborhoods across the city. This session will cover how best to work between AISD and the Parks & Recreation Dept. as well as how you can use APF resources to transform your school playground into a community gathering space.

Be inspired by amazing parks from around the United States and the world. Find ideas, discover new amenities and hear about some of the latest trends in park development.

Top off the day with a key note address on the importance of advocating for your park and community. From gather ing support among your neighbors to speaking at full City Council Meetings we’ll cover advocacy techniques and principles to help you make the most of the upcoming city budget cycle.


8:45am Check-in
Sign in and pick up materials

9:00am Welcome
Colin Wallis, CEO – Austin Parks Foundation
Ladye Anne Wofford, Programs Director – Austin Parks Foundation

9:30am Session 1

10:30am Session 2

11:30am Catered Lunch
Take a break, grab a bite and get to know your fellow park lovers

12:30pm Session 3

1:30pm Keynote
Advocating for Green Space

2:30pm Closing
Final thoughts from Austin Parks Foundation and the City of Austin Parks & Recreation Dept.

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