Thursday, June 30, 2011

Commons Ford PRO to Receive Grant from Austin Parks Foundation

Earlier this week, Austin Parks Foundation advised Commons Ford PRO that it would fully fund its most receipt grant request in the amount of $25,000. This grant ensures that the organization has sufficient funds to purchase the native seed needed for the planned December planting. A BIG THANK YOU to Austin Parks Foundation!

The Austin Parks Foundation (APF) is a non-profit advocacy group that works with volunteers as well as city departments in order to maintain and improve our cities green spaces. Our parks are our inheritance to our future generations. Maintaining the integrity of Austin parks is a big job that cannot be done by one small group alone. Thus, APF awards grants like the one given to the Commons Ford Restoration Project to organizations in order to allow other organizations to plan and make improvements to city parks.

If you would like to get involved with APF, there are several ongoing opportunities available, including Adopt-a-Park programs and trail building and maintenance. See the APF website for more information or to become a member.

UPDATE ON RESTORATION:

The first stage of restoration, removal of mesquites, began in May. Efforts to remove the invasive grasses in the future prairie will begin in mid-July. The park may be closed for a few specific days during the removal process, but should be open during its normal hours on all other days. Signs marking the treatment area will be posted with specific details regarding the treatment process. For more information regarding Commons Ford rules and hours, see the Austin Parks and Recreations departments website. Link


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