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:

Austin Parks Foundation improves the quality of life for people in Austin and Travis County by addressing the city’s funding and resource gap in order to develop, maintain and enhance the area’s 300+ parks, trails and green spaces.
Inspire Austin to learn, play, protect and connect by creating diverse programs and experiences in sustainable natural spaces and public places.
Engaging and empowering youth through education and outdoor experiences.
Honoring, preserving, and enhancing the experience of Barton Springs through education and facility improvements.
Hill Country Conservancy marshals public and private resources to preserve the natural areas and scenic vistas, aquifers and springs, rivers and streams, working farms and ranches, and the rural heritage of the Central Texas Hill Country for people to enjoy and cherish for generations to come.
The Trail Foundation is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake.
For more than 50 years, Trail of Lights has been a community-wide, holiday tradition that includes 40 displays, 2 million lights and holiday activities that create countless memories for Austinites.
The UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum exhibits the work of Charles Umlauf, his influences, and other contemporary sculptors in a natural setting, and provides educational experiences that encourage the understanding and appreciation of sculpture.
To guide, enhance & fund the oasis in the heart of Austin.
Established in 1929, ABC Zilker Kite Festival is one of the oldest festivals in Austin and is a FREE family event that promotes activity and creativity.
Zilker Theatre Productions strives to provide access to the entire community to exceptional performing arts experiences.