Press Release
July 11, 2016
Austin, Texas
Ann Poe, VP of Marketing and Audience

For its 40th annual race on April 23, 2017, the Statesman Capitol 10,000, presented by Baylor Scott & White Health, has named the Austin Parks Foundation as the beneficiary. The Austin Parks Foundation will receive $1 from every Cap10K registration, which is now open at cap10K.com. When registering, race participants have the option to donate to the beneficiary, and the Statesman will match donations up to $10,000.

“For decades, both the Statesman Cap10K and the Austin Parks Foundation have been important parts of the city’s vibrant makeup. We are inspired by the APF’s “People Plus Parks” commitment, ensuring that Austin’s 300-plus parks, trails and green spaces are better for everyone, and are honored to support it,” said Susie Gray, publisher of the Austin American-Statesman.

Austin Parks Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life for people in Austin by addressing the city’s funding and resource gap in order to develop, maintain and enhance the area’s parks, trails and green spaces. From volunteer workdays and park activation programming to large capital improvement projects, APF has been at the center of promoting park development, maintenance, accessibility and improvements in Austin and Travis County.

“We are very grateful to have been selected as the beneficiary of the 40th annual Statesman Capitol 10,000,” said Austin Parks Foundation Executive Director, Colin Wallis. “Austin parks are fundamental to the exceptional quality of life we enjoy in our city, providing a variety of resources and recreation for tens of thousands of Austinites every day. Financial support, like that from the Statesman Cap10K, will ensure our growing city has safe, beautiful and high-quality green spaces today and for generations to come.”

The Cap10K is the largest 10K race in Texas and one of the top 10 in the nation. The iconic Austin race began in 1978 with 3,400 participants. In 2016, the race had more than 20,500 registered participants. Additional race information is available at cap10K.com.

About Austin Parks Foundation

Austin Parks Foundation (APF) is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the people of Austin and Travis County by strengthening the region’s parks system, which spans more than 29,000 acres. A non-profit established in 1992, APF fills the city’s funding and resource gap needed to develop, maintain and enhance the area’s 300+ parks, trails and green spaces. APF fosters innovative public/private partnerships and since 2006, has given over 150 grants totaling more than $2 million in service to the greater Austin community. APF is known for its annual flagship volunteer event, It’s My Park Day, and is a presenting partner and beneficiary of the popular Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Metropolitan Park. For more information, please visit www.austinparks.org.



Upcoming APF Events & Activities

More info at austinparks.org/calendar

It’s My Park Day

Austin Parks Foundation’s biggest city-wide volunteer event, It’s My Park Day, has expanded to a Spring and Fall event! Each year, thousands of volunteers work to improve parks and greenbelts throughout the city. This past fall APF had over 3,200 volunteers, and nearly 100 projects city-wide, putting in over 10,000 hours of labor. That’s equivalent to 7 park maintenance employees working full-time for a whole year! The next It’s My Park Day is happening Saturday, March 3rd.

Click Here to Volunteer

Movies in the Park

Austin Parks Foundation presents Movies in the Park! A series of free films brought to you by Austin Parks Foundation in partnership with Alamo Drafthouse. Each year, APF and the Drafthouse bring you free movies in parks all over Austin. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs (and don’t forget a picnic!) for a fun and relaxing evening under the beautiful Austin night sky. Dogs, on-leash, are welcome. The first movie will be in March!

Movie Schedule