FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 13, 2011
CONTACT: Charlie McCabe, 512-477-1566 x2, email@example.com
Restoring Grassland, Protecting Trees
Austin Parks Foundation announces new grants for park projects
AUSTIN, Texas—Today, Austin Parks Foundation announced $110,000 in grants for projects at 14 parks across Austin. All projects are initiated and led by volunteers. Project highlights include native prairie restoration at Commons Ford Ranch and tree protection at Zilker Park.
Restoring native prairie: In 2010, bird watcher and attorney Ed Z. Fair formed Commons Ford Prairie Restoration Organization to replace a 40-acre field of mesquite with vital bird habitat. “Native tall-grass prairies are on the verge of extinction,” says Charlie McCabe, Austin Parks Foundation Executive Director. “This project supports endangered plants and animals while serving the community through beautification and education.” Austin Parks Foundation will contribute $25,000 for native seeds and other expenses.
Disc golfers and tree-huggers team up: Disc golf is a favorite Austin park activity but flying discs can be hard on trees. Now Austin Heritage Tree Society and Waterloo Disc Association are teaming up to protect trees at Zilker Park’s disc golf course. Austin Parks Foundation is funding experimental tree cages and extensive mulching for tee boxes.
Austin Parks Foundation grants are funded by a percentage of Austin City Limits Music Festival ticket sales and more information about the program is available at http://www.austinparks.org/npg.html. The next grant application deadline is September 30, 2011. Community members are invited to attend a class on how to apply on August 16at 7 PM. Register on the calendar page of http://www.austinparks.org.
Full list of July 2011 grantees:
- Commons Ford Prairie Restoration Organization, $25,000 to restore native grassland
- Gaines Creek Neighborhood Association, $5,000 for trail development and habitat restoration
- Off Leash Adopters, $40,000 for informational kiosks to be installed at off leash dog areas citywide
- Friends of Patterson Park, $8,000 for a community-built mosaic project in the pool area
- Pease Park Conservancy, $12,000 for stone, concrete and brick work
- West Austin Park, $14,500 for basic repairs to the bathrooms
- Austin Heritage Tree Society, $5,000 for tree protection and mulch at Zilker Park Polo Fields