Park destroyed by arson in April is coming back to life thanks to donations and volunteers
Oak Springs School Park is a playground park located in East Austin off Webberville Road. The park is connected to Oak Springs Elementary and is operated by both the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, as well as Austin Independent School District.
In April, Oak Springs School Park was destroyed in a fire resulting in $95,000 worth of damages. The park received a community grant from Austin Parks Foundation for $50,000, as well as donations from C3 Presents and individual donors. The grant, and other money raised, will go toward rebuilding the playground, replacing amenities and rehabilitating grass and trees.
On July 15th, Austin Parks Foundation welcomed volunteers from the University of Texas football team to help restore the park. Players mulched trees, focusing especially on those affected by the fire. They also helped by painting park structures such as benches. We appreciate the work put in by the team, and their dedication to their community.
“Helping with the playground showed the community that they have support from Texas Football and also sends a message that the community of Austin will band together when something devastating like this happens,” said Director of Player Development, Kevin Washington.
More volunteer days are scheduled for later in the summer, with help from the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and C3 Presents. Volunteerism is essential to projects like these because of their low cost and high impact. Through these volunteer days, we can ensure that parks are taken care of, and can continue to be enjoyed by the community.
If you are interested in volunteering with Austin Parks Foundation, check our volunteer page, subscribe to us on Dojour, check us out on GivePulse, or subscribe to our newsletter (right at the bottom of this page)!