Whose Park Is It?
Austin Parks Foundation calls on locals for park cleanup day with tasty local perks
As the leaves change hues and the crisp autumn breeze sweeps through Austin, it's a reminder of not just the changing seasons but of the city's enduring love for its parks and open spaces. As being outside starts getting a little more friendly again, Austinites have a chance to beautify and protect their neighborhoods through a popular seasonal volunteer program.
The Austin Parks Foundation invites Austinites to show their love for their local green spaces through It's My Park Day (IMPD) on Saturday, November 4.
IMPD is a community-led event designed to improve and transform the parks, trails, and greenbelts throughout the city, including sites like Rosewood, Georgian Acres, and Ponciana Neighborhood Parks. This year is particularly special as it marks the 20th anniversary for the event.
"For 20 years, It's My Park Day has unified volunteers from across Austin to enhance their local parks and foster a sense of community," said Austin Parks Foundation CEO Colin Wallis in a press release. "All projects are spearheaded by community members, encouraging neighbors to participate, lend a hand, and connect with fellow park enthusiasts from all walks of life."
It's My Park Day is set to mobilize thousands of Austin residents across the city. Volunteer projects encompass city-approved tree mulching, root collar clearing, habitat restoration, and trail maintenance. In total, the day encompasses more than 80 different projects aimed at enhancing the green spaces in and around Austin.
Community members who take an interest in a park near them can claim that workspace in advance. Every registered volunteer will receive a special 20th-anniversary T-shirt that grants access to discounts or freebies at giveback partner locations:
- One free small shake from all Austin-area P. Terry’s stands (including San Marcos and Bastrop)
- One free Parks & Rec beer from Zilker Brewing at the Zilker Brewing Taproom (1701 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702)
- Buy one beer, get one beer free from Big Country Organic Brewing Co. at the Big Country Taproom (2400 Patterson Industrial Drive, Austin, TX 78660)
The Austin Parks Foundation hosts myriad events throughout the year, encouraging community members to get involved in the improvement projects happening in their area. Locals can continue the volunteering spirit by assisting with IMPD tools and supply drop offs on November 5 and 6, or helping clean up the trees and mulch at the Onion Creek Doggy Park for Neighborhood on November 11.
Registration is now open for this largest city-wide volunteer event at austinparks.org. Volunteers should be ready to start at 9 am, and work finishes around 12 pm for most.