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New lighting illuminating a neighborhood walking path is complete following collaboration between community groups and the City of Austin.
In partnership with the Alliance for African American Health in Central Texas (AAHCT) and the LBJ Neighborhood Association, Austin Public Works and the Austin Parks and Recreation Department are excited to announce new lighting for the walking trail at Davis/White Northeast Neighborhood Park.
Based on discussions with residents, AAHCT and the LBJ Neighborhood Association identified an opportunity for lighting to make their park's walking trail area more welcoming and increase usage during evening and early morning hours. The groups worked with the Austin Parks and Recreation's Community Activated Park Projects program to propose a plan for 5 pole-mounted solar lights distributed along the park’s walking trail. This led to a successful application for a cost-sharing project with the Austin Public Works’ Neighborhood Partnering Program (NPP).
On Saturday, March 25 AAHCT and the LBJ Neighborhood Association hosted a Community Game Day for a morning of active fun for local families. During the event, project partners took a moment to cut the ribbon on the new lights and promote involvement in the new Davis/White Northeast District Park Adopters group formed as part of the Community PARKnerships Program. As part of the NPP cost-share match, these three community groups have pledged 400 hours of volunteer work to benefit the park and their local community through ongoing fitness and games days as well as park cleanups.
View photos from the Game Day event and ribbon cutting.
🌳 About CAPP and Adopt-A-Park: Resident-proposed improvement projects for City parks are reviewed for feasibility through the Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s Community Activated Park Projects program and recommended to various partners, like NPP, for potential funding and support. Austin Parks and Recreation's Adopt-A-Park Program provides neighborhood groups, regular park users, and residents with opportunities to partner with each other, the City, and Austin Parks Foundation to improve and maintain neighborhood parks.
🚧 About NPP: Austin Public Works' Neighborhood Partnering Program helps local groups enhance City-owned spaces in their neighborhood through cost-sharing, project planning, and construction. In turn, local groups help with cost-sharing and project maintenance.