Austin Parks Foundation awards grants to three local parks

 

Willie Johnston, 8, gets a push from his dad Jordan on a swing at Dick Nichols District Park on April 19, 2015.   Erika Rich / For theAmerican-Statesman
Willie Johnston, 8, gets a push from his dad Jordan on a swing at Dick Nichols District Park on April 19, 2015. Erika Rich / For theAmerican-Statesman

 

The Austin Parks Foundation is awarding nearly $87,000 in grants to fund improvements at three local parks.

The non-profit foundation, which works to fill the funding gap needed to maintain and improve Austin’s more than 300 parks, trails and greenspaces, announced grants for the following projects:

  • The South River City Citizens benefiting Blunn Creek Nature Preserve will receive approximately $18,000 for habitat restoration and other improvements.
  • The Friends of Dick Nichols Park benefiting Dick Nichols District Park will receive $50,000 for the construction of a shade structure to cover the existing playscape.
  • The Friends of Perry Park benefiting Perry Park will receive approximately $19,000 to support the second phase of the Perry Art Project, which includes art sculpture pads and path installations.
Natalia Leal, 6, jumps on the playground of Dick Nichols District Park on April 19, 2015.  Erika Rich / For American-Statesman
Natalia Leal, 6, jumps on the playground of Dick Nichols District Park on April 19, 2015. Erika Rich / For American-Statesman

 

The foundation, led by executive director Colin Wallis, this year expanded the range of grants it awards through its ACL Music Festival Grant Program. Since it was formed in 2006, the foundation has awarded more than 145 grants, totaling more than $2 million.

Applications are now being accepted for its new Impact Grant, a $100,000 gift awarded once a year to a group that wants to make significant capital improvements at a local park. The deadline to apply is Nov. 4 and the grant will be awarded in January 2017.

To learn more, email grants@austinparks.org.

For more information, go here.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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