Central Texas Parks Access Guide
Art Spark Texas - ATXgo! program is proud to be one of St David's Foundation Parks with Purpose & Equity grantee. We are creating The Central Texas Parks Access Guide—a searchable database of state and local parks in Travis, Bastrop and Caldwell Counties. More than ever, we need outdoor spaces to social distance safely and enjoy the health benefits of spending time out in nature. Art Sparks Texas is a long-time partner of parks organizations in Central Texas and we look forward to providing this access guide to our community.
Support the Central Texas Parks Access Guide Project
We invite you to provide feedback on the five most important accessibility features needed to help plan a trip to a nearby park.
Previous survey data presented by the St David's Foundation Healthy Parks plan stated that individuals with disabilities, would benefit from an online searchable database of accessible features/amenities at state and local parks when making their travel plans, thereby allowing them to enjoy a meaningful visit to many Central Texas parks. In our survey we are asking for the top five accessible park features important to our community. Click here to fill out our survey.
In 2015, Self-advocate speakers from Art Spark Texas, formerly VSA Texas' Opening Minds, Opening Doors program discuss accommodations they would like to see in their parks system.
St David's Foundation: Envisioning Parks with a Purpose
Think about your favorite park. Why do you go there? How do you feel there? How does it help you to get and stay healthy? Imagine if all people had easy access to safe, vibrant park spaces where they could gather in community with their family, friends, and neighbors of all ages and abilities. Where visitors could find a range of amenities that support the different ways that different people enjoy being active—nature walks, play, swimming, pickup sports—with design features that mitigate the Texas heat. Where greenery, native plants, and water features invite users to stop and smell the roses, breathe deeper, and shed some of the stress they carry through life.
St. David’s Foundation believes that all people in Central Texas need and deserve such parks, which is a crucial component of any community’s public health strategy. There is much work to be done. Park inequity maps to the same places that disproportionately harbor health inequity. There are numerous historical (e.g., segregation, underinvestment) and modern (e.g., long commutes, technology) barriers that prevent underserved residents from using parks and, by extension, reaping the health benefits. While getting 100% of the community to use parks on a regular basis is beyond aspirational, opportunities to convert more seldom and non-users into park lovers exist at every turn.
Because community park need far ouneedstpaces available resources, the Foundation engaged the Trust for Public Land to create the Healthy Parks Plan for Travis, Bastrop, and Caldwell Counties (Parks Plan) to support strategic investments. Click here to learn more.
Let's Go to the Park
Starting in December 2020, we're going to the park. Join the Elements dance class taught by Art Spark Dance instructors.
Accessible Dance at Sparky Park
Join the Art Spark Dance Elements class December 12th at their end of the Year Dance Jam at Sparky Park. Spark Park is popular for art installations and picnics at 3701 Grooms St, Austin, TX 78705.
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