Austin Parks Foundation is continuously involved in community engagement to ensure that our projects and work align with community values and needs. What is your philosophy on community engagement, and how would you engage with the community to ensure that their needs around parks and open space are appropriately addressed?

Jessica Cohen

City Council, District 3

My district has a lot of working folks. We often don’t have the time to take
off of work or the free time on weekends when we’re trying to spend time
with our families. I would like to see more engagement between the
community and Austin Parks. I think we could encourage that by using
strong social media campaigns, community outreach positions or
volunteers who specifically go and interact with the community on
weekends, and COA funded events at city parks (that are assured safe for
undocumented residents)