Austin Parks Foundation (APF) announced the 2018 fall grantees that will receive over $280,000 in collective funding to improve various Austin parks, trails, and green spaces. Through three different fall grant programs, APF has worked to be able to provide necessary funding for over 14 Austin park projects for the 2018 fall cycle.
“From a major development like Georgian Acres Park to minor improvements like landscaping or enhancing a picnic area, at APF, we’re dedicated to strengthening our city’s entire parks system,” said Ladye Anne Wofford, Chief Mission Officer at Austin Parks Foundation. “We are proud to partner with and financially support amazing community park stewards who are working hard to enhance our green spaces all across the city so that all Austinites can have access to great parks.”
The 2018 ACL Music Festival Impact Grant of $100,000 was awarded to Georgian Acres Neighborhood Park near I-35 and US Hwy 183. Additionally, Dell Technologies Match Play has matched APF’s gift to support the park, located in District 4, one of the most parkland deficient areas of the city. The APF grant will be used to fund the building of a basketball court, a kiosk and a pavilion plus amenities like tables and grills. Other components of the development of the park include playscapes (for ages 2-5 and 5-12), walking trails, a swing set, a net climber and amenities such as bike racks, benches and small connector trails to adjacent apartments. The development process is conducted by the Austin Parks and Recreation Department in conjunction with District 4 and is expected to begin in the coming months.
The Community Grant program awarded $148,970 intended for larger community-initiated physical park improvement projects that require between $5,000 and $50,000 in funding. The following parks and green spaces received a grant for Fall 2018:
● Barton Hills School Park: $42,865 for erosion control, entry improvements and landscaping adjacent to the outdoor stairway
● Brentwood Neighborhood Park: $50,000 for playground renovation and improvement project
● Lamar Beach Metro Park: $10,000 for improvements to Bechtol-Harper and McEachern Fields
● Zilker Botanical Garden: $10,000 for Taniguchi Garden pathway restoration
● Zilker Nature Preserve: $36,105 for the installation of new informational & interpretive signage
In 2018, APF also gave $31,852 in Neighborhood Grants to the following parks for small-scale, community-initiated park improvement projects.
● Gracywoods Neighborhood Park: $500 for sand to rehabilitate the volleyball court
● Beverly S. Sheffield Northwest District Park: $950 to enhance the picnic area
● Gullett School Park: $5,000 contribution to PTA funds to purchase shade structure for the new playscape
● Earl J. Pomerleau Pocket Park: $5,000 for invasive plant removal
● Alderbrook Pocket Park: $5,000 for phase 1 of a community garden buildout and $1,002 to establish edging of a pollinator garden
● Lamar Beach Metro Park: $5,000 for fencing repair at Bechtol-Harper baseball field
● Palma Plaza: $5,000 for tables, benches and a street barrier
● Gus Garcia District Park: $4,400 for picnic tables, trash cans and a grill for the new pavilion
More than $3 million in grants have been given by APF since 2006 with the goal of supporting projects like signage installations, trail building and planning, physical improvements, and maintenance.
For more information about APF’s Grant Program and to apply, please visit austinparks.org/grants.