Grant money from ACL Music Fest benefits five Austin parks

A crowd watches The Head and the Heart perform during the second weekend of the 2017 Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN


The the last notes faded a month ago and the stages have long since been dismantled, but this week five Austin area parks got word they’ll receive a collective $200,000 in grants through the Austin Parks Foundation’s Austin City Limits Music Festival Park Grants program.

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The five parks – Gracywoods Park, McBeth Recreation Center, Parque Zaragoza, Shipe Park and Robert E. Lee Tributary at Zilker Park – will use the money to build an accessible walk and bike trail, restore a historic structure, improve ball fields and repair playscapes.

Fans of the rock band Cage the Elephant reach out for guitarist Brad Shultz during a performance at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park in 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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“With 11 community groups applying for funding this fall, we had one of our most competitive grant cycles to date,” said Ladye Anne Wofford of the non-profit Austin Parks Foundation, which partners with communities to improve and support public parks. “We have so many amazing people in Austin working hard to improve their local parks, and Austin Parks Foundation is grateful for the generous contributions of the ACL Music Festival, which allow us to support these transformational projects.”

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Trinity Castro, 10, from left, Viviana Lopez-Stern, 9, Eliana Martinez, 8, and Paloma Gonzales, 10, of Ballet Folklorico MariCruz, prepare for their Cinco de Mayo dance performance at Parque Zaragoza Neighborhood Park on May 5, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN


Here’s a breakdown of where the money is going:

  • Gracywoods Park ($42,500): Playscape repairs, water fountain, and improvements at Gracywoods Park along Northern Walnut Creek Hike and Bike trail
  • McBeth Recreation Center ($50,000): ADA accessible walk and bike trail for individuals with disabilities, which will serve the general public as well as program participants at McBeth
  • Parque Zaragoza ($50,000): Improvements to ball field to support Little League games: new safety netting and batting cage installation
  • Shipe Park ($50,000): Rehabilitation of the historic log cabin adjacent to the pool
  • Robert E Lee Tributary at Zilker Park ($7,500): Support of year 4 Grow Zone restoration efforts of the Old Little Zilker Channel

The Austin Parks Foundation was established in 1992. It is a presenting partner and beneficiary of the Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Metropolitan Park. For more information, go here. The grants have been given since 2006 and are awarded twice a year through a competitive process. They support projects including signage, trail building and planning, and physical improvements and maintenance.

The deadline for Spring 2018 Community Grant applications is April 30. For more about the ACL Music Festival Park Grants Program 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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