Announcing Project Parkway: A Campaign to Bring Austin’s Red Line Parkway to Life

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Today, we are excited to announce the launch of Project Parkway, a campaign to raise $250,000 to support Red Line Parkway Initiative’s efforts to plan, build, and steward the Red Line Parkway—a 32+ mile linear park and public space running from Downtown Austin to Leander. 

As many of you already know, the vision for the Parkway is to provide residents of the Austin metro area with access to a thriving and inclusive multi-functional trail and opportunities to enjoy car-free access to transit, parks, green space, and public artAs our metro area continues to grow at unprecedented rates, it is imperative that we come together to prioritize resources like the Parkway in our community. 

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September 2021: News & Opportunities from the Red Line Parkway Initiative

We're thankful you're tuning in! We have a few important updates and actions that we'd like to share with you.


Travis County Approves Funding for the Red Line Parkway Plan

Last week, the Travis County Commissioners Court approved $100,000 for the Red Line Parkway Plan in their FY22 budget! This is huge, and will help continue our momentum to get started on the new plan. We thank county staff and Commissioner Brigid Shea for shepherding our budget request through to a 5-0 vote seconded by Commissioner Travillion (and almost seconded by Commissioner Ann Howard). The Red Line Parkway will connect all four Travis County precincts to each other and to Williamson County.


 

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Sept. 9th: Red Line Webinar by CapMetro

Capital Metro is hosting a Project Connect update on upcoming MetroRail Red Line projects on Thursday, September 9th at 12:00 noon. The webinar will cover updates on the McKalla, Broadmoor, & Lakeline Stations, plus double-tracking work, quiet zones, and overall Red Line news. 

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Help us win this week!

If you’ve been waiting, this is the day to make your donation, large or small. The top three organizations in our national campaign tier to receive the most unique donations by the morning of August 9th will receive a bonus of $4000. A unique donation is any donation $5 and up this week, per each person with a unique email address. That’s it!

First, click to make a donation (large or small).

Then send a quick email to 5-10 of your friends, colleagues, family, and neighbors to ask them to donate this week. 

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Celebrate Our Trails Day 2021

On national Celebrate Our Trails Day, Saturday, April 24th, 2021, we encourage you to visit the Red Line Parkway and its connecting trails:

  • Red Line Parkway from Trinity & 4th to Cherrywood Road (Use E. 4th St. and Comal St. for the existing gap east of Navasota)
  • Red Line Parkway from Denson Drive to Lamar Blvd.
  • Northern Walnut Creek Trail from Amherst Drive to Walnut Creek Park Rd.
  • Red Line Parkway from Avery Ranch Blvd. north to Brushy Creek Trail, then to 183A Path to Hero Way

You can view these routes on our maps page.

For other trails in your area, visit the national Rails-To-Trails Celebrate Our Trails Day page.


Amplify Austin 2021 is Here

Amplify Austin officially kicks off this Thursday! Support the Red Line Parkway with your donation in Austin’s 24-hour day of giving. Amplify Austin officially begins this Thursday, March 4th at 6pm, but donations are welcome anytime, including today. All donations this week are matched.

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Looking back on 2020; Our 2021 plans

Read below about our 2020 Annual Report, 2021 Work Plan, Q&A on February 25th (updated), and first Amplify Austin.

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Join us for our Q&A on February 25th (updated)

We will be hosting a live video informational session on our 2020 and 2021 work, including answering your questions, on Thursday, February 25th 4:30-5:30pm. RSVP at Eventbrite. (Update: We moved this one week later to Feb. 25th due to the weather and utility outages.)

You can review our 2020 Annual Report and a summary of our 2021 Work Plan on our website.

If you’re ready to share your questions via email, please do, and we’ll answer them via email and/or on February 25th. Your fellow Parkway supporters may have the same questions, so please speak up!


Annual Report 2020

Red Line Parkway Initiative
Annual Report 2020

Last year was our first full year as a staffed organization. We had big plans, and big adjustments. We nevertheless accomplished a good deal, though we had to shift some of our focus toward opportunities that arose and away from opportunities deferred. Our 2020 work is described below among our four programs.

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One Year Since Our Launch Party

We thank our donors. They've helped make possible all that the Initiative has accomplished since our November 2019 Launch Party.

That includes the victory earlier this month with passage of Austin’s Propositions A and B, providing the largest amount of transit and active transportation funding to-date, including more than $80MM for urban trails. The Initiative worked tirelessly in partnership with Austin Outside, Bike Austin, Walk Austin, and others to put Prop B - Safe Mobility for All on the ballot and to ensure its passage.

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