As a conservation organization, Austin Parks Foundation is committed to innovative and creative solutions to Austin’s urban sustainability questions. We have the flexibility to try new approaches to age-old issues, and invest in strategic pilot projects throughout the city to address issues like urban connectivity, water conservation, the promotion of our urban tree canopy, and more.
We also invest in parks all over the city in order to increase access and improve the usability of some of our city’s most well-loved parks, as well as those that need a little help to become the urban oases they were meant to be. Below are a few of the most recent projects we’ve partnered on, but be sure to check out our project archive for more.
Learn More About Our Projects
In partnership with the City of Austin’s Parks & Recreation Dept. and The Trail Foundation, Austin Parks Foundation is funding a study of the Seaholm Waterfront including the historic intake facility on Cesar Chaves and Lady Bird Lake, as well as the surrounding parkland. Community input will be the basis of the plan to develop this space into a true community asset.
Austin Parks Foundation is leading an effort to shine the spotlight on Republic Square Park–to honor its important role in our city’s history while sparking interest in the potential for its future. In partnership with the Downtown Austin Alliance and the City of Austin, our goal is to revitalize this small urban park and have it take its place among Austin’s most treasured parks. Visit the Republic Square project page to learn more.
Austin Parks Foundation, in partnership with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, with a $700,000 gift from St. David’s Foundation and $100,000 from Dell Technologies Match Play, are developing this 93 acre‐site (in conjunction with an adjacent 208 acre plot of land) after creating a Master Plan that integrates and reflects the needs and interests of the surrounding community, while also incorporating best practices for sustainable development.
EastLink is a series of proposed improvements to connect 5.1 miles of pathways in Central East Austin – from Bartholomew Park to Edward Rendon Sr. Park at Festival Beach. Ultimately EastLink can become a treasured recreational asset, as well as an alternative to driving. This is a citizen-based initiative to repair old paths, and in some cases build new paths for pedestrians and cyclists. EastLink will help connect people to places in safer, healthier ways.
Austin Parks Foundation, in partnership with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, C3 Presents, SXSW, TGB Partners, and Clean Scapes hosted the grand Re-opening of the newly renovated Vic Mathias Auditorium Shores in September of 2015. The new turfgrass and irrigation, renovated hike and bike trails, off-leash dog area and waterfront launch are all open for public use. We’re proud to have come together to make this space welcoming for everyone. Visit the Auditorium Shores project page to learn more.
Austin Parks Foundation has partnered with the Texas Conservation Corps to invest $200,000 over the last few years in the upkeep of this beloved Austin trail. From repairs after flooding to clean ups during the week, TXCC is helping to mitigate the increased usage of the trail through maintenance efforts throughout the year.