People + Parks: Celebrating the History of the Train at Zilker Park

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The Zilker Train has been an Austinite favorite for almost 60 years. Here at Austin Parks Foundation, we couldn’t be more excited to bring a new mini train to Zilker Park in 2021. Don’t forget to participate in the final round of voting to name the new Zilker Train before November 15, 2020! We think it’s important (and fun!) to …

People + Parks: A Legacy of Park Stewardship

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Pastor Edward Clarence Craig, Jr. was born to Edward Moses Craig and Frankie Black Craig in Austin, Texas on February 24, 1948 – the fourth of five children. He was educated through Austin public schools, and attended Nixon-Clay College and Huston-Tillotson College. Pastor Edward & Brenda Craig in their neighborhood park He received his spiritual upbringing at Mt. Olive Baptist …

People + Parks: Healthy Parks and Happy Employees

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By Elizabeth McGuire When Cirrus Logic moved their headquarters from the outskirts of Austin to their downtown location in 2012, company leaders wanted to become more active in their new neighborhood—to benefit both their community and their employees. The company began working with its neighborhood association, Austin Parks Foundation and other organizations to develop a core philanthropy and volunteer program …

People + Parks: Small Steps, Big Results at Kendra Page Park

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by Elizabeth McGuire Rene Hernandez set out to change a park, but in the process changed a community. A year ago, Hernandez was walking his dog through Kendra Page Neighborhood Park, his southeast Austin park, and noticed an excessive amount of trash. Not just everyday wrappers and soda cans, but bags and bags of household trash dumped among the oaks, …

People + Parks: Keeping ACL Music Festival Green

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By Elizabeth McGuire When the ACL Music Festival opens its gates at Zilker Park in October and welcomes 75,000 visitors a day, two Austinites will be trusted with making those visitors feel at home. As leaders of the C3 Presents Guest Services Program, Farid Mosher and Emily Sorlie are the Hosts with the Most. But the way they tell it, …

People + Parks: Raise a Glass to this APF Donor

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By Elizabeth McGuire To be perfectly clear, Matt Luckie would rather not talk about himself. He would rather not pose for a photo or elaborate on all the ways he is contributing to the community. He loves Austin and a good cause, but truth be told, he would much rather shine the spotlight anywhere else besides himself. Fortunately for us, …

People + Parks: Healthy Parks, Healthy City

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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 …

People + Parks: Growing Goodness

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By Elizabeth McGuire Prince Pen, a 15-year-old high school freshman, is working to establish a community garden in his South Austin neighborhood. He got the idea after successfully bringing fresh vegetables to a nearby corner store that previously stocked only processed foods. And he got that idea after working on a presidential campaign during the 2016 election. That’s right: WHEN …

People + Parks: What A Ride

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By Elizabeth McGuire In the mid 1990s, a flat, empty lot sat on the western edge of downtown Austin, virtually ignored by its neighboring law firms, beauty salons and other small businesses. Developers, too, had dismissed this spot near 9th St. and Lamar Blvd. because of its floodplain status. Besides the substantial shade trees, the property held nothing but a …

Micaela, Rex and Maliha

People + Parks: Growing the Next Generation

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By Elizabeth McGuire For Micaela, Rex and their daughter Maliha, Saturdays are for volunteering. Not just some Saturdays, but every single one. It’s not a matter of if they are volunteering, but where. “I come home Friday night and I ask, what are we doing tomorrow?” said Rex. The answer is usually planting saplings, mulching trees or picking up trash …