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Dear George Vance,

The Butler Trail needs you.


Did you know that since 2010, the Austin metro area has more than doubled its population? And it’s not slowing down anytime soon! It’s estimated that an average of 185 new residents move to the area each day. And with each new resident, the need for green space and transportation corridors grow along with it. 


In the past year alone, the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail saw nearly 4.5 million visits on its 10-mile loop – that’s about 12,000 visits each day. Many Austinites – especially those that are new to the area – don’t know that a large portion of the care of this space falls to The Trail Foundation (TTF). Yes, the Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) continues to own the land and provides daily maintenance to the space, but improvements and conservation efforts largely fall to TTF.


Your help today will ensure TTF can continue to…

  • Keep the Trail clean by removing trash at the Trail’s weekly volunteer events. Since January, volunteers have removed an estimated 8,000 pounds of trash on the Trail.

  • Provide infrastructure improvements like the upcoming Rainey Street Trailhead and Butler Shores Exercise Equipment Enhancement projects.

  • Expand habitat and improve ecosystems through native plantings along the Trail. In 2020 alone, TTF and its volunteers planted over 11,000 native plants and trees.

  • Connect people to the Trail through free programming offered to its users. Through TTF’s Music on the Trail series, nearly 13,000 people were able to enjoy free music from local Austin musicians.

  • Improve water quality through green stormwater infrastructure projects. Three existing rain gardens treat an estimated 240,000 gallons of stormwater each year.


Will you consider making a contribution to the Trail this year? Your support will go directly to ensuring The Trail Foundation will continue to protect the Trail, enhance the Trail’s natural beauty, add amenities, and advance conservation efforts.


Thank you for supporting the Butler Trail,

Leah Bojo

Board Chair, The Trail Foundation


P.S. I have linked TTF’s 2020 Impact Report so you can see exactly what your support helps to achieve along the Trail. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions.

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