FRIENDS OF THE PARKS OF AUSTIN
Friends of the Parks of Austin (Friends) is a volunteer, 501c(3) non-profit organization incorporated in 1985 for the purpose of supporting and helping create a first class park system in Austin, Texas. It encourages and organizes programs for voluntary service in parks and monitors and participates in ongoing decisions relating to all city parks.
Recognizing the importance of parks and open spaces to the aesthetic, social, and economic well-being of the community, Friends of the Parks of Austin has taken an active role in strengthening and improving existing park facilities. It is currently serving as financial trustee for citizen groups improving Great Hills Park, Reed Park, Mayfield Park, elements of Butler Park, and the annual Tarrytown 4th of July Parade , which currently benefits West Austin parks.
Friends is a major and forceful stakeholder in the longstanding project to create and protect Town Lake Park, formerly an asphalt parking area with accompanying Quonset hut City Coliseum. Friends is also serving, since 1986, as sponsor and contractor for the Mayfield Park/Community Project, a community-wide effort to restore the important and historically significant cottage and gardens of Mayfield Park in Central/West Austin.
Friends of the Parks of Austin Board
President, Karen Cannatti
Secretary, Larry Akers
Treasurer, Tom Meserole
Jay Frank Powell