The Parks and Recreation Department should be encouraging smaller neighborhood groups to participate in public-private partnerships [“Keeping Austin Green
,” News, Nov. 8]. The smaller neighborhood groups would not pull in the multimillion-dollar grants from major corporations, but there would not be the strings attached to the grants, either. Many neighborhoods have improved parks and trails with the assistance of private funding and the Austin Parks Foundation fiduciary service for member groups. The Country Club Creek Trail in Guerrero Park was built with grants from Spansion, Tokyo Electron, and the Austin Parks Foundation, and is a good example of what can be accomplished by small groups partnering with corporations.