100 years ago, the people of Austin, Texas were given one of the very best gifts of all time. Due to the generosity of businessman and philanthropist Andrew Zilker, the citizens of Austin were given the land that now is known and loved as Zilker Park.
“Barton Springs is a sacred spot …it would be a wrongful thing for this beauty spot to be owned by any individual, and that it ought to belong to all the people of Austin” – Andrew Zilker, The Austin American.
Because of Zilker’s commitment to ensuring this land is a place for all, we now enjoy rolling lawns, rock gardens, trails, trees, clear cold spring water and time spent in community with Austinites and visitors from around the globe. Many of us treasure our experiences on the rich land and cool waters of Zilker Park every day. One of the best gifts of all time.
This year, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Andrew Zilker’s gift to generations of Austinites. This year we come together to care for and protect this gift for the generations to come.
Happy 100th Birthday, Zilker Park!
In recognition of this important anniversary and the meaningful contribution Andrew Zilker made, a collaborative group of organizations who work in the park has come together to celebrate this historic milestone and engage people in the park throughout the year. These partners include: