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People + Parks Since 1992

Austin Parks Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to partnering with the Austin community to enhance people’s lives by making Austin's parks better through volunteerism, innovative programming, advocacy, and financial support.

We're known for our annual flagship volunteer event, It’s My Park Day, and is a presenting partner and beneficiary of the popular Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Metropolitan Park.

 
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St. Edward's Park + Greenbelt FAQs

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The success of our parks system depends on the support, assistance, advocacy and enthusiasm of the public as stewards of their parks.

The Adopt-A-Park Program helps citizens like you become those stewards through a collaborative partnership between the Austin Parks & Recreation Department (PARD) and Austin Parks Foundation (APF). Check out our Adopt-A-Park page for info!

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Please pack out all trash and recyclables!

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Stay hydrated by bringing plenty of water!

 
Support Austin's Parks

All proceeds help Austin Parks Foundation maintain and improve Austin's 300+ parks, trails and green spaces.

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Helping Maintain & Improve Austin's Parks, Trails & Green Spaces
Austin Parks Foundation Featured Projects
Austin Parks Foundation Awards Over $180,000 In 2019 Spring Grants & Park Design Services

AUSTIN, TEXAS (July 2, 2019) – Austin Parks Foundation (APF) announced their 2019 spring grantees that will receive over $180,400 in collective funding to improve various Austin parks, trails, and...

June 25, 2019
June 25, 2019
Play Your Part: Leave No Trace in Austin’s Parks

Hello, Texas Summer! ⁠As temperatures increase, park usage does too, so it’s even more important to make sure we clean up after ourselves in our parks. After Memorial Day, unfortunately,...

June 17, 2019
June 17, 2019
Project Playback: Preserving the History of Downs-Mabson Fields

Downs-Mabson Fields is currently the home of the Huston-Tillotson University Rams Baseball team but was once home to some of baseball's legendary players. Although Austin has never hosted a Major...

June 5, 2019
June 5, 2019
Barton Creek Greenbelt: Investing In One of Austin’s Beloved Trails

If you hear someone in Austin, TX talking about "the greenbelt", there's a good chance they're referring to Barton Creek Greenbelt. Whether you're looking for a day hike, mountain biking,...

April 9, 2019
April 9, 2019
People + Parks: Keeping Austin Clean, One Day at a Time

By Elizabeth McGuire For the last 337 days, Austin’s green spaces have been cleaner than ever before. That’s because Julie Sondecker, creator of Instagram’s @365DaysofHiking, has been picking up trash...

April 29, 2018
April 29, 2018
People + Parks: The Difference Maker

By Elizabeth McGuire Who is David Rockwood? The Eagle Scout If you meet David Rockwood on the Barton Creek Greenbelt on a sunny fall day, be prepared to hear some...

October 11, 2017
October 11, 2017
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Austin Parks Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to partnering with the Austin community to enhance people’s lives by making Austin's parks better through volunteerism, innovative programming, advocacy, and financial support.

We're known for our annual flagship volunteer event, It’s My Park Day, and is a presenting partner and beneficiary of the popular Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Metropolitan Park.

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APF Projects at Commons Ford:

Migratory Bird Day: How APF Funded Projects Help

Grant projects over the years have helped improve migratory bird habitats Each year, migratory bird species in Austin fly south for the winter, seeking warmer temperatures. Our very own mascot,...

May 11, 2018
May 11, 2018
Project Playback: Prairie Restoration at Commons Ford Ranch Metro Park

Commons Ford Metro Ranch Park has been restored to a beautiful prairie, with native grasses and wildflowers After receiving a $17,000 grant from Austin Parks Foundation, the Commons Ford Prairie...

January 5, 2018
January 5, 2018

Pro Tips

Please pack out all trash and recyclables!

Don't forget sunscreen and sunglasses!

Stay hydrated by bringing plenty of water!

 
Support Austin's Parks

All proceeds help Austin Parks Foundation maintain and improve Austin's 300+ parks, trails and green spaces.

APF Merch Store
 
Helping Maintain & Improve Austin's Parks, Trails & Green Spaces
Austin Parks Foundation Featured Projects
Austin Parks Foundation Awards Over $180,000 In 2019 Spring Grants & Park Design Services

AUSTIN, TEXAS (July 2, 2019) – Austin Parks Foundation (APF) announced their 2019 spring grantees that will receive over $180,400 in collective funding to improve various Austin parks, trails, and...

June 25, 2019
June 25, 2019
Play Your Part: Leave No Trace in Austin’s Parks

Hello, Texas Summer! ⁠As temperatures increase, park usage does too, so it’s even more important to make sure we clean up after ourselves in our parks. After Memorial Day, unfortunately,...

June 17, 2019
June 17, 2019
Project Playback: Preserving the History of Downs-Mabson Fields

Downs-Mabson Fields is currently the home of the Huston-Tillotson University Rams Baseball team but was once home to some of baseball's legendary players. Although Austin has never hosted a Major...

June 5, 2019
June 5, 2019
Barton Creek Greenbelt: Investing In One of Austin’s Beloved Trails

If you hear someone in Austin, TX talking about "the greenbelt", there's a good chance they're referring to Barton Creek Greenbelt. Whether you're looking for a day hike, mountain biking,...

April 9, 2019
April 9, 2019
People + Parks: Keeping Austin Clean, One Day at a Time

By Elizabeth McGuire For the last 337 days, Austin’s green spaces have been cleaner than ever before. That’s because Julie Sondecker, creator of Instagram’s @365DaysofHiking, has been picking up trash...

April 29, 2018
April 29, 2018
People + Parks: The Difference Maker

By Elizabeth McGuire Who is David Rockwood? The Eagle Scout If you meet David Rockwood on the Barton Creek Greenbelt on a sunny fall day, be prepared to hear some...

October 11, 2017
October 11, 2017
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By Elizabeth McGuire

When Elizabeth Krause moved to Austin three years ago, she and her family began their house hunting by visiting parks all over town. “Having young children, it was just a natural criteria for me,” she said. “A big part of why we settled in our current neighborhood was because of its proximity to green spaces, playgrounds and pools.”

As Senior Program Officer with St. David’s Foundation, Krause knows that parks are about more than just happy kids. Parks contribute to the entire health of a community—in the form of active living, mental wellness and connected communities.

“Parks are not just a place where you can play or jog, they are also community gathering spots that create a sense of social connection,” Krause said. “We have found that’s just as important to people’s health as other factors. We are learning how social connection and cohesion is the backbone of a strong community.”

Armed with the knowledge that healthy parks equal healthy communities, St. David’s Foundation began teaming with Austin Parks Foundation on large- and small-scale projects. In 2015, St. David’s Foundation helped fund the renovation of Dove Springs District playground. A year later, the foundation gave a $700,000 grant to help redevelop Colony District Park in Northeast Austin. In 2018, they provided approximately $800,000 in grants to fund Parque Zaragoza and multiple other parks projects across the city.

Most recently St. David’s Foundation has partnered with the Trust for Public Land to work with Central Texas residents and technical experts to create the Healthy Parks Plan for Travis, Bastrop and Caldwell counties. The plan is the basis of the Foundation’s upcoming funding opportunities, which will offer grants ranging from $20,000 to $200,000 to improve parks across the region.

“We’re trying to create places where people can be physically active, safely bring their children, and decompress after a stressful day…but we’re also looking at how we can create more equitable opportunities for people to have these public spaces that strengthen the social bonds of the community,” Krause said. "We know that people in underserved communities are less likely to have access to green space, live within a 10-minute walking distance from a park, or consider their parks safe. So we are addressing these things as well.”

According to Krause, that can mean taking a practical approach to funding. “Everyone (our organization included) wants to fund the playscape or the trail or the community garden…but some of the most important features you need are basic amenities.”

In a city that continues to expand while its parks and facilities age, there is plenty of work to be done, and Krause says St. David’s Foundation needs to be one of many parks funders in the community. The pay-off, she promises, is high.

“I’ve worked on a lot of technical and wonkish aspects of improving health care for the underserved—things that are hard for the end user to see,” said Krause. “But with parks, you don’t have to have a Ph.D. to see how a park improves people’s lives in a community. People get a big bang for their buck when they invest in parks.”

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AUSTIN, TEXAS (July 2, 2019)Austin Parks Foundation (APF) announced their 2019 spring grantees that will receive over $180,400 in collective funding to improve various Austin parks, trails, and green spaces across 5 districts. Projects include the creation of trails, installation of park amenities and more. Additional information on the specific park improvement projects and grant recipients can be found below.

“We are grateful to be a part of the impact that these community initiated projects have on individual neighborhoods and the greater Austin area. The commitment by dedicated Adopt-A-Park leaders to improving these community assets for the generations to follow is inspiring and the driving factor of this program.”

Ladye Anne Wofford
Chief Mission Officer
Austin Parks Foundation

Austin Parks Foundation Community Grants - Spring 2019

In total, APF is giving $180,400 in community grants and park design services for the Foundation’s spring cycle to the following parks and green spaces:

  • South Duncan Park/9th St BMX ($46,500) - Installation of park amenities including an informational kiosk, bicycle repair station, additional seating, landscaping/tree planting and a new art sculpture.
  • Country Club Creek Greenbelt ($34,650) - Creation of a trailhead with a kiosk for a new hike & bike trail in South East Austin.
  • Highland Park ($30,000) - Installation of water fountain, picnic tables, and additional demolition of old infrastructure. This is phase one of The Master Plan with the Parks and Recreation Department.
  • MLK Station Park ($10,750) - Perimeter fencing around St. David's Foundation Community Gardens and Sustainable Food Center Teaching Garden to create separation between the gardens and Eastlink.
  • South Austin Neighborhood Park ($30,000) - Creation of a walking trail, which will be the first phase one of a larger project.
  • UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum ($28,500) - Collection tank and equipment to help with water conservation.
Austin Parks Foundation Park Design Services - Spring 2019
  • Little Walnut Creek Greenbelt Detailed Park Design - Playscape, outdoor classroom, restrooms, dog park, fitness and game tables.
  • Scenic Brook Neighborhood Park  for Park Master Planning

As the anchor of APF’s ACL Music Festival Grants Programs, Community Grants are intended for larger community-initiated physical park improvement projects that require between $5,000 and $50,000 in funding like signage installations, trail building and planning, physical improvements and maintenance. The grants have been awarded since 2006 but became offered twice a year in 2017. Since inception, APF has donated over $3 million to Austin’s park system through Community Grants. 

The deadline for the APF Impact Grant, an annual grant of $100,000 to support large, community-initiated, physical park improvements, is October 30. The deadline for Fall Community Grants and Design Services applications is September 30.

All potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a grants information class prior to applying. Classes are held throughout the year; for upcoming sessions, visit the online calendar. Learn more and apply for the Austin Parks Foundation's ACL Music Festival Park Grants Program here!

About Austin Parks Foundation

Founded in 1992, Austin Parks Foundation (APF) is dedicated to partnering with our community to enhance people’s lives by making our public parks, trails and green spaces better through volunteerism, innovative programming, advocacy, and financial support.

APF is focused on creating equitable access to great parks for all Austinites and helps fill the City’s funding and resource gap in order to develop and maintain Austin’s 300+ parks. APF fosters unique public/private partnerships and, since 2006, has given over $3 million in community-initiated grants in service to the greater Austin community.

APF is known for its annual flagship volunteer event, It’s My Park Day, and is a presenting partner and beneficiary of the popular Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Metropolitan Park. For more information, please visit austinparks.org.

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Swing set and playscape for children ages 2 - 5 years old.

Hartford Park was once an overgrown traffic triangle in the middle of a neighborhood in central Austin. Thanks to the grassroots efforts of Friends of Hartford Park (FOHP), it has evolved into an urban green space that enhances the surrounding community. Neighbors raised close to $200,000 all on their own, before reaching out to Austin Parks Foundation (APF) for help in closing the gap on their $250,000 goal.

Friends of Hartford Park (FHOP) built a public-private partnership with the City of Austin allowing this privately funded park to be built on city-owned land. After receiving an Austin City Limits Music Festival Grant from APF,  these hard-working neighbors created a beautiful park that offers kids a safe place to play year-round.

The History of Hartford Park

The Hartford Park Master Plan

In the Fall of 2012, Dalton Young asked his neighbors why "the large traffic triangle" wasn't a park. The vision for Hartford Park and the land’s potential started to take shape. Over the course of the next 4 years, FOHP worked closely with the City of Austin, landscape architecture Studio DWG and civil engineers to develop a Master Plan.

These dedicated neighbors were able to raise $184,000 over the course of several years, and the traffic triangle was one step closer to being a pocket park. Once awarded an ACL Music Festival Grant from Austin Parks Foundation, construction began in the Fall of 2019.

Hartford Park now features picnic tables, benches, a swing set and two separate playscapes specifically designed for ages 2 - 5 years old and ages 5 - 12 years old. As an added safety feature, the park is also completely fenced. On May 12th Friends of Hartford Park, along with the City of Austin’s Parks & Recreation Department, and APF celebrated the opening of this neighborhood gem with a ribbon cutting and Mother’s Day celebration. They have plans to host It's My Park Day events in the coming years.

Austinites Deserve Better Park Access

Playscape designed for children ages 5 - 12 years old.

ParkScore, the gold standard for assessing urban parks compiled by the Trust for Public Land annually, ranks Austin 43rd out of the 100 largest US cities. Austin’s parks scored a measly 40 out of 100 points in park access for residents. Only 59% of Austinites, including 57% of children, are within a 10-minute walk of a park. You can advocate for Austin’s parks, trails and green spaces, and help us close this gap.

One of our goals at Austin Parks Foundation is to ensure that everyone in Austin has access to a park within a 10-minute walk from their home. Hartford Park is nestled within a neighborhood and gives its residents exactly that.

The two parks closest to these neighbors with adequate space for play were Pease District Park and Tarrytown Neighborhood Park. Both are around a 20-minute walk from the Pemberton Neighborhood, nearly double the distance, and 4x the distance set as a goal in the Imagine Austin plan for the urban core of Austin.

Hartford Park is a prime example of utilizing vacant, underutilized land to build a park that directly benefits its community. If you're looking for additional funding to make a park project happen, learn more about our ACL Music Festival Grants Program.

About Austin Parks Foundation

Austin Parks Foundation is a non-profit organization partnering with the Austin community to enhance people’s lives. Our mission is to ensure that every Austinite has access to a great park through volunteerism, innovative programming, advocacy and financial support. We’re known for our Movies in the Park and as the presenting partner and beneficiary of Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park.

Looking for more ways to get involved in Austin’s parks? We have open volunteer opportunities in the parks on the first Saturday of every month! Check out our kids' club Little Hummingbird Society including bilingual story times, activity kits and more.

Looking to be more involved with Austin Parks Foundation? Groundbreakers is our group of visionary park leaders dedicated to protect and preserve our parks. Donate here if you’d like to support our mission of People + Parks! Thank you for helping Austin's parks, trails and green spaces.

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Hello, Texas Summer! ⁠As temperatures increase, park usage does too, so it’s even more important to make sure we clean up after ourselves in our parks. After Memorial Day, unfortunately, lots of Austin’s beautiful greenspace was left in a mess, which makes it much harder for others to enjoy and for the city to maintain!

As Austin Parks Foundation pushes the city of Austin to provide more funding for our parks, we all need to work together to make sure we keep our parks clean by leaving no trace.


About “Leave No Trace”

Leaving no trace is more than just a catchy slogan! Leave No Trace is an outdoor ethics initiative to keep natural areas clean and sustain the plants and wildlife native to those spaces. The Leave No Trace initiative works to educate communities about taking proper care of their parks to protect the land without exhausting our resources.

How Do I Leave No Trace?

With over 300 parks within Austin, we have our work cut out for us to push for important park maintenance. However, there are a few things we can do while enjoying our parks to help improve our outdoor spaces. Here are ways to honor the seven principles of the Leave No Trace initiative:


1. Plan Ahead and Prepare

Make sure to consider the weather, terrain of the natural area, and any rules or regulations of the park or greenspace beforehand! Look  at the City of Austin’s Park Rules before you leave and check on the latest park news on the Austin Parks and Recreation Department website.

2. Travel on Durable Surfaces

Stay on existing trails while hiking. Hiking on rocks and gravel rather than grass and vegetation also helps leave no trace.

3. Dispose of Waste Properly

Pack it in, pack it out! Many parks have bins available for trash and recycling, so it’s important to make sure your trash ends up in the right place. Don’t forget to bring bags for any trash, leftover food, or pet waste!

4. Leave What You Find

Preserve outdoor spaces by trying not to damage trees, plants, and other natural objects. Avoid digging trenches, introducing nonnative species, and make sure to preserve cultural and historical artifacts.

5. Don’t Play With Fire!

Before heading outdoors, take a look at the Burn Ban Status to stay in the clear. If possible, bring a camp stove or use onsight grills. Never leave a fire unattended, and fully extinguish it before leaving the site.

6. Respect Wildlife

Give native wildlife space when in an outdoor area. It’s important not to disturb or feed animals, store your food in places that wildlife cannot access, and avoid making loud noises or sudden movements around them. Make sure any pets are on leashes!

7. Be Considerate of Others

Treat others respectfully, yield to other trail uses, and avoid loud voices and noises to preserve the natural experience for everyone else.

If we all work individually to keep and preserve the natural beauty of our parks and greenspaces, more Austinites can enjoy the outdoors this summer. Keep these seven principles in mind the next time you head out to a park!

About Austin Parks Foundation

Austin Parks Foundation is a non-profit organization partnering with the Austin community to enhance people’s lives. Our mission is to ensure that every Austinite has access to a great park through volunteerism, innovative programming, advocacy and financial support.

We’re known for our Movies in the Park, our bi-annual flagship volunteer event, It’s My Park Day. Were' also the presenting partner and beneficiary of Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park. Donate here if you’d like to support our mission of People + Parks! Thank you for helping Austin's parks, trails and green spaces.

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Downs-Mabson Fields, specifically Mabson Field, is currently the ballpark of the Huston-Tillotson University Rams Baseball team but was once home to some of baseball's legendary players. Although Austin has never hosted a Major League Baseball organization, a few of it's biggest stars, including Hall of Famers, once played right here in central Texas.

Austin Parks Foundation is proud to be a part of reassuring the history of the field will live on. In 2014, we helped restore the entry-way and installed a mural featuring the faces of important figures who have played there. In 2018, one of our ACL Music Festival Grants was utilized to repair the scoreboard, install at shade structure and replace the old bleachers. Today, Downs-Mabson is better suited to serve the surrounding community and as a reminder of the history of baseball in Austin.

Improving Downs-Mabson Fields for East Austin's Underserved Youth

Partnering with RBI Austin and Greater East Austin Youth Association (GEAYA), Austin Parks Foundation aimed to benefit the underserved youth of East Austin. The objective of the renovations was to improve the family experience by providing shade to patrons, get the scoreboard in operation and improve the overall safety of patrons by replacing the old wooden bleachers.

Join us at nearby Parque Zaragoza for Movies in the Park: Angels in the Outfield on June 20th, 2019! Before the game, enjoy a sandlot style matchup between the Texas Playboys and RBI Austin as well as between innings entertainment and food trucks.

Our hope is that Downs-Mabson Fields will be a hub for members of the community to come together around the games of baseball and softball. To understand the importance of the field, we've gathered some history of baseball in Austin, TX:

Honoring the Rich History of African-American Baseball in Austin, Texas

One of the panels featuring important figures that played baseball in East Austin over the years. See this mural in person at the entrance of Downs-Mabson Fields.

In the early 1910s, Austin's east side was home to the Austin Black Senators of the Texas Negro League. The original bleachers, built over a century ago, seated 600 patrons who watched the likes of Willie Mays, Satchel Paige, Willie Wells, Smokey Joe Williams and Buck O’Neil take the field.

It's safe to say that Downs-Mabson played a substantial role in African American athletics and baseball in central Texas. "This is more than just a baseball park,' said Austin Mayor Steve Adler. "This is a monument to giants. Downs Mabson Field used to be the home of the Austin Black Senators."

Sadly, there are only a few photos of the Black Senators in circulation. The majority of the recorded history of the team is held in private collections of the players and their families. The Black Senators continued playing in Austin until the early 1950s when an all-white Class B minor league team became the favorite baseball show in town. Many talented players played at Downs-Mabson Fields over the years, but there is a native Austinite who stands out above the rest.

Willie Wells, the Greatest Infielder to Never Play Major League Baseball

A rare photograph of Willie Wells during his stint with the Austin Black Senators. Courtesy of Willie's daughter Stella Wells.

Willie Wells, an Austin native, was dubbed 'El Diablo' or 'The Devil' during his time in the Mexican League for his tenacity on the field. He was a legendary second baseman, considered by some to be the best of his era. Over the course of his career, he played baseball in Austin, New York, Chicago, Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico and even Canada.

Willie was 5-foot-7 and 162 pounds, but don't let his size fool you. He was a slugger. Willie was such a great hitter that pitchers began to throw directly at his head, but it didn't phase him. Batting helmets were uncommon if not ever used at the time, but he put one on and climbed right back into the batter's box. Legend has it that after being drilled in the head with a pitch, Willie clobbered a home run innings later.

Well's baseball career began in his early years when he was adopted as the unofficial, unpaid batboy of the Austin Black Senators. However, in 1923, Willie suited up and played with the team he idolized growing up.

Willie Wells, Jackie Robinson and Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame

Soon before his debut in and breaking the color line of Major League Baseball, Jackie Robinson was tutored on the art of the double play from Willie Wells. Jackie's infamous #42 is featured in every MLB ballpark for his impact on baseball and professional sports, and Willie helped him become a better infielder.

No stranger to flying under the radar and despite his talent and achievements, Willie wasn't recognized by the Hall of Fame until 8 years after his death from congestive heart failure in 1989. He frequented Marshall's Barber Shop on East 12th Street and lived out his years in his childhood home in South Austin off of South Congress.

Downs-Mabson Fields is a tribute to the many talented, underappreciated athletes that played there over the years. A huge thank you to The Austin Chronicle and Michael Chamy's El Diablo: Willie Wells and the lost history of black baseball in Austin. It's a fantastic resource on Willie's life and a recommended read for fans of baseball and Austin history alike.

About Austin Parks Foundation

Austin Parks Foundation is a non-profit organization partnering with the Austin community to enhance people’s lives. Our mission is to ensure that every Austinite has access to a great park through volunteerism, innovative programming, advocacy and financial support.

We’re known for our Movies in the Park, our bi-annual flagship volunteer event, It’s My Park Day. Were' also the presenting partner and beneficiary of Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park. Donate here if you’d like to support our mission of People + Parks! Thank you for helping Austin's parks, trails and green spaces.

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People + Parks Since 1992

Austin Parks Foundation's birthday is Wednesday, June 12th, and we've partnered with local businesses to help us ring in 27 years of People + Parks. Check out what our friends and sponsors around Austin are doing to help us celebrate:

Imperfect Produce


Our friends at Imperfect Produce are donating $10 every time someone signs up for a box of ugly produce! Apply the code PARKLOVE at sign up and $10 will be donated to Austin Parks Foundation.

Impact the food system, reduce food waste, and save over 30% on produce by signing up today!

To redeem:

  1. CREATE your personal account at: www.imperfectproduce.com and select your box options for type, size, and delivery frequency.
  2. ENTER your special code at check out to give $10 to the Austin Parks Foundation! Customize your box when you receive your "customization window" email.
  3. ENJOY fresh-from-the-farm organic and/or conventional produce delivered to your door at a savings of about 30% less than grocery prices
SoulCycle Charity Ride


6:30 PM at The Domain Northside

$30 - SoulCycle Bike ($30/bike)
$40 - SoulCycle Bike + APF Water Bottle

Did we mention that Juiceland and Big Swig Water will be there as well?

Reserve A Bike Here: http://bit.ly/soulcyclebday

Feel Good Pilates Austin

We've partnered with our friends at Feel Good Pilates for a day of donation based classes on June 12th to celebrate our 27th Birthday.

100% of the proceeds from the classes that day will go directly to Austin Parks Foundation!

Sign up now to reserve your spot: http://bit.ly/apffeelgoodpilates

Kammok Gear Shop Austin

We've partnered with our friends at Kammok Gear Shop Austin for a percentage of sales to be given back to APF!

Head over to their store from 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM to get high-quality camping gear and support Austin's parks.

Stay tuned for more details.

Last Call for the Spring Sale!

We're giving you 15% OFF every purchase in the APF Gear Shop before our Summer Collection launches! Use code SPRING15 and know that proceeds from your purchases are supporting Austin's 300+ parks, trails and green spaces. Thank you for supporting Austin Parks Foundation!

Volunteer With APF!

Another awesome birthday present? Volunteer with us! We have opportunities for individuals, businesses and civic groups alike. If you want to help us maintain and improve Austin's parks (and have a ton of fun doing it), learn more about our volunteer oportunities.

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We're saddened to hear of the passing of Louis René Barrera, a man who dedicated so much of his life to Austin's parks. He served as the Environmental Conservation Information Specialist for the City of Austin's Parks and Recreation Department for 24 years.

His legacy can be seen clearly at any of Austin's 15 nature preserves, but especially at Blunn Creek Nature Preserve where he spearheaded the effort to eliminate the invasive ligustrum plants. Barrera received recognition from Austin Mayor Steve Adler for his work to manage, protect and restore the 2,200 acres of our nature preserves.

A Celebration of Life for René will be held at Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve on June 2nd, 2019 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM. Click here for more information on his memorial service.

Donate or Volunteer in Memory of René

In honor of his life, Austin Parks Foundation, Friends of Nature Preserves, City of Austin Park Rangers and the Texas Conservation Corps are hosting 3 Volunteer Workdays at Blunn Creek Nature Preserve, Indiangrass Wildlife Sanctuary and Stephenson Nature Preserve on June 1st. We hope to see you there!

As he wishes and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Austin Parks Foundation in memory of his life. Donate to the Louis René Barrera Memorial Fund here.

Louis René Barrera's Obituary

Louis René Barrera as a West Orange High School student (Class of 1976). He excelled in track, was a class leader and played drums in the band.

"Our beloved, Louis René Barrera, 60, of Austin, Texas, passed away on April 15, 2019. He struggled with a relapse of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and died at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

René was born in Beaumont, Texas, on July 15, 1958.  The family moved to their home in Orange, Texas when he was a young child. René acquired his love of science and knowledge of planting aptitude from both of his parents.  As a child, René would play with his friends and brothers in his family’s backyard and in the nearby woods, building trails.  He graduated from West Orange High School in 1976 where he excelled in track, was a class leader, and played drums in the band. He attended Lamar University as a pre-med student and Austin Community College.

René was a man of many talents. He volunteered many years as a preserves guardian and monitored the Blunn Creek Nature Preserves.  Since 1995, he served as an Environmental Conservation Information Specialist for the City of Austin. He was recently recognized by Mayor Steve Adler for his trailblazing work managing the 2,200 acres of 15 parcel City Nature Preserve program.

He helped to protect and restore the native habitat, and at the same time, educated many of his fellow citizens about their community and the natural world. René received many honors and awards for his work and service including the Keep America Beautiful National Award and the Keep Austin Beautiful Award. He also served on several boards, including the Capital Metro Transportation Authority and as president of the South River City Citizens (SRCC) Neighborhood Association, each for a decade.

LOUIS RENÉ BARRERA SERVED AS AN ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION INFORMATION SPECIALIST FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN'S PARK ANDRECREATION DEPARTMENT FOR 24 YEARS.

During his life, René also dedicated many years helping to care for his elderly parents.He was also a small business owner as a chimney sweeper for The Heart of Texas, in Austin, Texas.

As his wishes, René's body was donated to the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth for teaching and scientific purposes.  A Memorial Service will be held at Mayfield Park on June 2, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Austin Parks Foundation in memory of Louis René Barrera or a preferred charity organization.

René was preceded in death by his parents, mother, Juanita Nilda (Almazan) Barrera, and father, Arturo Valdez Barrera, of Austin, Texas.

René is survived by his wife, Cheryl V. Barrera of Orange, Texas, and two brothers, Arthur V. Barrera and family, and Enrique V. Barrera and family. He also leaves behind three aunts and uncles, cousins, and many dear friends. René also cherished his black lab, Bo, and his white husky, Iris. René truly loved caring for nature and we know his work will live on through the many volunteers who continue to beautify the nature preserves and the natural world."

The post In Memory: Louis René Barrera appeared first on Austin Parks Foundation.

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