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. 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 46th 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 #46.
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.