people plus parks

People + Parks: Advocacy in Action

2017-07-05T14:04:09+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Adopt A Park, APF News, City Budget, It's My Park! Day, Park Advocacy, Parks, People + Parks, Support Our Parks, Volunteer|

By Elizabeth McGuire In one of the oldest neighborhoods in Austin, a team of stewards is working to preserve their park and to inspire others to follow suit in their own neighborhoods. Three leaders of Friends of Shipe Park—Jill Nokes, Alison Young and Mark Fishman—have worked with Austin Parks Foundation and countless volunteers to [...]

People + Parks: Champion Collaborator

2017-06-09T14:04:15+00:00 June 1st, 2017|Parks, People + Parks, Special Projects|

By Elizabeth McGuireIn an industry whose mission is to bring beauty and nature into communities, landscape company Clean Scapes stands out, and is leaving its green thumbprint on parks all over Austin.This award-winning company has become a devoted collaborator and supporter of Austin Parks Foundation. Clean Scapes is one of APF’s highest corporate sponsors, and [...]

People + Parks: Outside Om

2017-04-28T18:44:35+00:00 April 6th, 2017|Children's Programming, Fitness in the Park, Parks, People + Parks, Volunteer, Yoga|

By Elizabeth McGuire “If everybody grew up with a meditation mindset and the ability to use it to reduce stress, the world would be a much better place.” That conviction anchors and motivates An Dang, co-owner of The Little Yoga House and supporter of Austin Parks Foundation’s Fitness in the Park program. For the last [...]

People + Parks: All About Love

2017-08-25T15:31:37+00:00 March 1st, 2017|ACL Music Festival Grants, APF News, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Parks, People + Parks, Support Our Parks|

By Michael Barnes - this story originally ran in the Austin-American Statesman For the most part, Thelma Williams — also known as “Grandma Wisdom” — has lived in the St. John neighborhood since early childhood. She remembers when the land — a slice of which recently benefited from an Austin Parks Foundation grant — belonged [...]

People + Parks: Building Community and Cheer

2017-06-22T13:18:30+00:00 December 8th, 2016|ACL Music Festival Grants, Adopt A Park, It's My Park! Day, Parks, People + Parks, Volunteer|

By Elizabeth McGuire Some might consider Patterson Park the untamed cousin to nearby, master-planned Mueller Park, but fans of the lush green space off Airport Blvd. wouldn’t have it any other way. Since 2002, the Friends of Patterson Park organization, currently chaired by Jennifer Potter-Miller, has been working hard to make thoughtful improvements to the [...]

People + Parks: Longtime Allies & Long Term Impacts

2017-03-21T12:24:43+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|It's My Park! Day, Parks, People + Parks, Volunteer|

By Elizabeth McGuire In the eight years that Wheatsville Food Co-op has supported Austin Parks Foundation, they have donated well over $50,000—enough money to buy a small army of organic zucchini. Since 2009, the local grocery store has been a major sponsor of APF’s It’s My Park Day. Wheatsville calls the relationship a natural pairing [...]

People + Parks: Time Well Spent

2017-06-26T14:10:02+00:00 October 5th, 2016|APF News, It's My Park! Day, Park Advocacy, Parks, People + Parks, Volunteer|

By Elizabeth McGuire Michael Valescu may have all the time in the world, but you won’t catch him wasting it. The retired engineer was recently named Austin Parks Foundation’s Volunteer of the Year for his tireless efforts to improve green space around Austin. In 2015 he volunteered an estimated 1,200 hours to the organization. A native [...]