S2E15 Stay Golden: Conversations with Two of APF’s Golden Shovel Award Winners

In today’s episode, you’ll hear interviews with two of our Golden Shovel award winners: Chuck Foster (Park Adopter at Springwoods Park) and Andrea Harrington (Friends of Little Walnut Creek Greenbelt). Each year, these awards are given to people and organizations that have made a big impact on Austin’s parks. We recognize our winners at Party for the Parks, our biggest fundraising event of the year!

This year, we gathered in Zilker Park in between weekends 1 & 2 of ACL Music Festival for a night of fun and fundraising for the parks! Guests enjoyed great food, drinks, and friends as well as an electrifying performance by Austin’s own Black Pumas.Thank you to everyone who joined us in person and tuned into the livestream at home.

We’d also like to give a huge shoutout to everyone that made this year’s event our biggest and most successful yet! This includes our wonderful sponsors, partners and friends. Y’all are the best!


  1. It’s My Park Day: Volunteer registration for It’s My Park Day is in full swing! Will you join us and help a local park on Saturday, November 6th? Register for a project today by visiting austinparks.org/impd/!
  2. Zilker’s New Mini Train: Construction of the Zilker Eagle, the new mini train at Zilker Park, is happening now. Get the latest updates at zilkertrain.org!
  3. Help Local Parks: Volunteer events are back! Check out Austin Parks Foundation’s event calendar for available volunteer opportunities in a park near you. We can’t wait to help our parks with y’all!
  4. Get Park Gear, Support Our Work: Did you know Austin Parks Foundation has a merch store? Visit shop.austinparks.org to get some awesome gear or apparel for your next park adventure! Our brand new Holiday and Zilker Eagle collection will drop on November 1st!
  5. The Future of Zilker Park: Want to help shape the future of Zilker Park? Your opinion matters! Check out the Zilker Vision Plan and let your voice be heard.