Shades of Green
About This Show
Shades of Green is Austin's local environmental talk radio show. Each week cohosts John Hoffner, Stacy Savage, Reed Sternberg, and Amy Stansbury come together to interview guests on a whole host of topics ... all centered around Austin and the environment. We hope you listen and enjoy!
Most Recent Episode
Shades of Green -'Public Parks provide health and social benefits: More Funds Needed!' 7-20-2017
The topic of today's show is parks and the City of Austin, Texas. The upcoming budget process and how it may affect our public parks.
Our guests were:
Ladye Anne Wofford - Chief Mission Officer with the Austin Parks Foundation.
David Todd - long-time parks steward and representative of the Friends of Blunn Creek Partnership. He is also the author of The Texas Landscape Project: Nature and People, and The Texas Landscape Project: Studies of Courage and Conservation. He is the executive director of the Conservation History Association of Texas.
Carmen Llanes Pulido - Executive Director of Go Austin Vamos Austin.
The Trust for Public Land recently ranked Austin’s park system 46th amongst the 100 largest US cities. It wasn’t exactly the kind of stellar review or ranking that Austin is used to receiving.
Now, a group of environmental organizations are calling on our local elected officials to do something about it.
Austin City Council is currently on summer recess for the month of July, but when they return, most of their energy will be spent on one thing – the city’s budget. Throughout the months of August and September, they’ll be hosting public meetings and hearings on exactly where the city should be spending its money next year. The new budget will go into effect on October 1st.
In response, the Austin Parks Foundation is leading an effort to convince City Council to support a $5 million budget increase for the Austin Parks and Recreation Department. On its website, the Austin Parks Foundation explains that these increases are necessary because the department is dealing with a $700 million backlog in repairs and renovations. They also point to the Trust for Public Land ranking, which found that Austin spends $103 per resident each year toward maintaining and enhancing our parks. The top cities spend an average of $208.