Special Projects

Special Projects 2016-11-16T12:37:47+00:00

bluebonnets siteAs 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 water conservation, the promotion of our urban tree canopy, poison ivy control 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 blog for an archive of more work.

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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.

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In 2011, we introduced an intensive five-year program designed to significantly increase Austin’s urban tree canopy—the Future Forest Project. Over the last four years we have planned hundreds of tree-care projects aimed specifically at maintaining and developing Austin’s aging trees. Visit the Future Forest Project page to learn more.

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As our cornerstone water conservation project, Austin Parks Foundation has initiated, in partnership with the City of Austin and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, a pilot project to bring HABITURF®, a mix of native grass species, to Austin’s park system. Visit the Water Conservation project page to learn more.

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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.

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