Who Are We

GAP was founded to marshall support for increased funding to the Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s (PARD) maintenance budget in the upcoming City Budget. This is the third¬†time in Austin that a broad array of park advocates have formed a united front to lobby for better park funding.

We are an alliance of park advocates and organizations united to speak with one voice about the importance of parks and open space in Austin. We work collectively to shape policy to connect people to their parks and work towards a grander vision for parks and open space.

The Great Austin Parks Community:

Contact Great Austin Parks to add your name to this growing list.


The Austin Parks Department has been a favorite target for budget cuts in economic downturns for decades. However, when the good times return, these cuts are never fully restored. The result is that PARD does not have the staff or the funding it needs to properly care for Austin’s 29,225 acres of parkland.