Austin Parks Foundation (APF) is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the people of Austin and Travis County by strengthening the region's parks system, which spans more than 29,000 acres. Now in its 25th year, APF works to address the city's funding and resource gap by leveraging volunteers, philanthropists, park advocates and strategic collaborations in order to develop, maintain and enhance our city's 300+ parks, trails and green spaces.
In 2017, we hit major milestones on a number of our park projects. We celebrated the completion of Republic Square in downtown Austin, a project 10 years in the making, and made great headway with projects like Seaholm Waterfront and Colony District Park. We also awarded our second-ever $100,000 Impact Grant to Houston School Park, and St. John Park - our 2016 awardee - began improvements this year.
In addition to these exciting developments, we welcomed our 100th park adoption team in 2017! That means more than half of the adoptable parks are now spoken for, and we are creating community pride and ownership around every neighborhood park with the Adopt-A-Park program.
We couldn't have reached any of the goals or milestones without the tremendous support of our volunteers, park advocates and community.
Impact StatementThrough our ACL Music Festival Grants Program, we have invested more than $2.5 million into Austin's public parks since 2006. In addition to our grants program, we work hand-in-hand with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department to determine the needs facing our community and we invest our funds and volunteer resources to have the greatest impact possible. Examples of these special projects include: Dove Springs District Park, Auditorium Shores at Butler Park, Colony District Park and Republic Square Park.
Needs StatementAPF financially supports park projects large and small all across Austin because of the generous gifts we receive from the local community. With the funds we receive, we are able to ensure our parks, trails and green spaces are safe, accessible and that they meet the ever-changing needs of our community.
- Hedrich Michaelsen
I am the founder of Commons Ford Prairie Restoration Organization with a local membership of more than 150 individuals. We are restoring a native prairie at Commons Ford Park in Austin and, thanks to Austin Parks Foundation, we are well on our way to completing our mission. Without APF's assistance in acting as our 501(c)(3) partner and serving as a major grantor for the project, we simply would never have gotten off the ground. Our organization commends and thanks APF for its efforts in helping, not only our project, but the many grassroots projects envisioned by community and park organizations all over Austin.
- Ed Fair
St. David's Foundation has offered a $1M matching grant to be distributed among their nonprofit Grant Partners on Amplify Austin Day. St. David's Foundation's 2018 Grant Partners will receive funds on a pro-rata basis. Each nonprofit will receive matching funds based on their total funds raised on Amplify Austin Day. Last year, this match resulted in a 30% boost to the funds raised by Grant Partners on the Day.
The Shield-Ayres Foundation has offered a $11,000 matching grant to be distributed among all participating environmental organizations on Amplify Austin Day. These nonprofit organizations will receive funds on a pro-rata basis. Each nonprofit will receive matching funds based on their total funds raised on Amplify Austin Day.
In 2017 APF worked with over 6,000 volunteers, 100+ project leaders and more than 90 Adopt-A-Park groups to maintain and improve one of Austin's greatest assets-our parks! Visit www.austinparks.org/volunteer for more information!