BENEFITING: AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION
EVENT: Austin Marathon 2017
EVENT DATE: Feb 19, 2017
AUSTIN PARKS FOUNDATION wrote -
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. A non-profit established in 1992, APF aims to fill the city's park funding gap by leveraging volunteers, philanthropists, park advocates and strategic collaborations to develop, maintain and enhance our city's 300+ parks, trails and green spaces.
What we need:
APF financially supports park projects large and small across the city 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 dynamic and adaptable to the ever-changing needs of our community, and that the needs of parks and all park users are equitably met.
Through our ACL Music Festival Grants Program, we have invested more than $2 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 time to have the greatest impact possible. Examples of these special projects include: Dove Springs District Park, Town Lake Metropolitan Park, Auditorium Shores at Butler 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 our Park Improvement Education Series and through volunteer work days like It's My Park Day, our biggest city-wide volunteer event where we deploy more than 3,000 volunteers into parks on one single day. These individuals give more than 10,000 hours of volunteer labor, the equivalent to 5 park maintenance employees working full-time for a whole year. All told, including labor, this one day represents an investment of over a quarter of a million dollars for Austin's parks.
Lastly, we activate our parks by encouraging use of public space and we create programming like Movies in the Park, Fitness in the Park and Imagination Playground, to engage people in parks throughout the city.