Content_09222016_0085.jpgFrom Austin Parks Foundation

You may remember REI did something a little different on Black Friday last year—they closed their doors, and invited the nation to opt outside with them. And more than a million people did just that – including us! It really caught the attention of our community, and we saw hundreds of you posting your park adventures on Black Friday. This year we’re going to join REI outside again, and we’d like you to go out with us. Let’s skip the malls and celebrate life outdoors, because fresh air is FREE(ing).
As a special thank you to those of you who do join us in Austin’s parks on Friday 11/25, we’re giving away some killer REI gear – an REI Flash Pack and an REI Sleeping Pod, perfect for a trip to Emma Long over the weekend. All you have to do to enter is follow these simple steps:

1) Head to the parks on Black Friday (11/25/16)
REI has some ideas for activities on their #OptOutside mini site, and you can even enter your zipcode to see what’s nearest to you. You can also check out our parks database and explore some of the amenities our city parks have to offer.

2) Take a selfie in the park and post to Facebook, Twitter and/or instagram
Make sure you’re following our accounts, and feel free to tag us in your pics.

3) Use the hashtags #OptOutside and #PeoplePlusParks
We’ll look for your posts on Black Friday and choose a winner on Monday, November 28, 2016. You MUST use both hashtags and follow APF to enter.

That’s it! We hope you’ll discover some new parks and enjoy some old favorites. Join us again on #GivingTuesday (11/29) and giveback to our parks trails and green spaces as we roll out a new sustaining gift program. You’ll be helping to keep our parks ever green, and showing the world how much you care about the future of our parks!