Austin Parks Foundation

Organizational Overview

Austin Parks Foundation
507 Calles Street Suite 116
Austin, Texas 78702

Mission Statement

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. 

While Austin appears at the top of almost every "best of" list, ParkScore, the Trust for Public Land's index, ranked Austin 47th out of the 100 most populous U.S. cities for how well we meet our residents' needs for parks.

When compared to other cities, we shine in the amount of dedicated parkland we have. But when it comes to ensuring that all Austinites have access to parks and recreation, and that we are investing and maintaining our parkland, we fall incredibly short.

At APF, we feel a critical responsibility to invest in and maintain our parks for future generations, and a desire to do much more over the next 25 years. We hope you will agree, our parks deserve better than #47.

We believe our public parkland should be preserved and maintained. We believe all Austinites, regardless of where they live, have the right to safe, accessible parks. We believe access to free recreation will make our city healthy and vibrant for years to come. And we believe that citizens should be able to actively come together to improve their parks, and therefore their neighborhoods.

Impact Statement

Through 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. 

Additionally, we fulfill our mission by engaging people in our parks. We promote ownership and leadership of parks throughout the city by connecting people to resources, partnerships and education to develop and improve our local parks. We do this through the Adopt-a-Park program, our partnership with the city park's department, and through volunteer work days like It's My Park Day. In 2017, we deployed more than 8,700 volunteers in parks across the city.

Lastly, we activate our parks by encouraging use of public space and we create programming like Movies in the Park and Fitness in the Park to engage people in parks throughout the city. 

Needs Statement

APF 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.

Thanks to the support and guidance of APF, we have built and maintained a community of park adopters and supporters and have led projects to improve Brentwood Park by planting trees, building a pavilion, erecting a purple martin house and installing a granite walking trail around the park. Our community work days, including It's My Park Day, are always well attended by neighbors and other community volunteers who are eager to join in the effort. I can't imagine being able to accomplish any of this without APF grant funds and technical support.

- 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
Austin Parks Foundation is grounded in the generosity of the Austin community. Volunteerism has been at the center of who we are as an organization since our earliest days, and we place tremendous value on the individuals, groups and companies that make up our dedicated volunteer corps. From our city-wide volunteer days-It's My Park Day, National Trails Day and National Public Lands Day- to individual work days held throughout the year, we leverage thousands of volunteers to help maintain and preserve Austin's 300+ green spaces.

In 2016 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 for more information!
Amount: $St. David's Foundation Grant Partner
Sponsored By: St. David's Foundation

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 2017 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.


by HCIC Hill Country Inline Club

In 2009, the Hill Country Inline Club with Austin Parks Foundation and your support installed a shaded seating structure. Other enhancements over the past 8 years have included: Fixing the water drainage; installing bike racks; building 16 birdhouses and 3 owl boxes; creating the native plant garden; 2 rain gardens, planting Mt. Laurels and other trees, Installing Bat Houses, and 2 Purple Martin Stations, Bird feeding station, acquiring mirrors for safety around blind corners, marking dangerous cracks w/ red paint 3 times, acquiring signage for the park (donated by Signs West); general care, planting, clean up and maintenance. Have now gotten the Veloway re-surfaced and on an official maintenance plan with the city. These are all part of a commitment the HCIC has made since 2006 when we adopted the Veloway.

Now, the HCIC needs your support to raise funds to continue the enhancements at the Veloway. There are many improvements in the works, installing bike fix it station including skate tools, installing more bird houses and owl boxes, 1 more mirror in last blind corner and the addition of a picnic area. Donations of all sizes help! No donation too small or too big!

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Goal: $10,000.00