Supporting Our Black Community
We stand in solidarity with the Black community in our city and across the nation. While recent events have led to renewed attention to the challenges faced by Black Americans, the issues are not new. We recognize the long history of systemic inequity.
As an organization, we believe it is our opportunity and responsibility to create public places that promote justice and fairness.
We are committed to holding ourselves accountable, and we expect the community to hold us accountable, to make Waterloo Greenway an anti-racist, welcoming space where ALL of Austin can meet equitably, comfortably and safely.
- Austin PBS “ATX Together: Confronting Racism” on June 8 at noon
- Black-Owned Businesses to Support in Austin
- Resources for Talking About Race, Racism and Racialized Violence with Kids
- Recommended Reading: “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo
- Recommended Reading: “How To Be An Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi
Waterloo Greenway Equity Initiatives
To better serve our community, we continually seek to promote racial and social equity at all levels of our organization in the following areas, guided by our Equity Policy:
History – Achieving a greater understanding of our community’s experiences and the sources of institutional racism through the study, appreciation, and education about the history of Waller Creek and Austin.
Programming and Engagement – Working collaboratively with community partners to operationalize culturally proficient and equitable programming, services, and community engagement.
Park Operations – Creating safe, welcoming spaces for park-goers through equitable policies, signage, and cultural proficiency training for all park operations staff.
Organizational Policies – Regularly reviewing and developing internal policies, procedures, and hiring practices, to better understand inherited systems of institutional racism and to sustain a culture of equity and inclusion in our workplace.
We are thankful for our partnership with the City of Austin, Parks and Recreation Department, and Watershed Protection Department to achieve equity in all our practices.