Great Austin Parks is an alliance of park advocates and organizations united to speak with one voice about the importance of parks and open space in Austin.

Our city’s treasures are chronically underfunded.

Austinites love their parks, trails and greenbelts. However, of the 100 largest U.S. cities, the Trust for Public Lands ranks Austin’s park system 47th in the nation. Because of chronic underfunding, the Austin Parks & Recreation Department (PARD) has accumulated approximately $100 million in deferred maintenance costs and this year have approximately $15 million in unmet service needs.

This year GAP is asking Council to, at minimum, support priority issues of safety and long-range planning by investing $4.4 million in the outlined safety and planning measures requested by PARD.

Great Austin Parks urges everyone to contact Mayor Adler and their City Council Member to request a greater level of funding for the Austin Parks Department and its programs in the budget currently under consideration. Below is a sample email you can send to advocate for more funding for our parks, trails and green spaces.

Visit https://www.austintexas.gov/email/all-council-members to send your email requesting the allocation of more monies for Austin’s parks and recreation areas today!

Email Mayor Adler, your City Council representative, and ALL Members of City Council today: 

Dear Mayor Adler and Council Members,

We respectfully request an increase to the Parks and Recreation Department’s annual budget to support $4.4 million in safety and planning priorities as outlined by Great Austin Parks (GAP).

We value Austin’s parks, which have tremendous health, ecological, economic and educational benefits for our city. We urge you to please invest in our parks to keep them safe and accessible for our community to enjoy.