Nick and Judy Coppolo visit an Austin park nearly every day.
They go for the beautiful scenery and exercise, but have noticed some problems on their walks.
"We've been watching some trees that we thought were going to fall down any minute," Coppolo said.
On Saturday, a tree fell along the Lady Bird Lake hike and bike trail, seriously injuring a jogger.
Great Austin Parks, a coalition of neighborhood groups and park advocates, says Austin's park system is in critical condition. Advocates say routine budget cuts and have left Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department underfunded.
“They're the first to get cut every time when there's a budget crunch and the last to get restored," Colin Wallis with the Austin Parks Foundation said.
They say a decade of budget cuts has left the parks department barely able to function.
Park advocates are now asking City Council for $4.75 million in immediate parks funding.
"We're not really asking for upgrades,” Wallis said. “It's basic things like mowing and mulching and taking care of trees and keeping pools open. Just the very basic things that aren't happening right now."
Most of the money will go to tree care, but will also fund trails, pools and general maintenance.
"Our parks, our trees, our pools—these are all community assets that we can't neglect any longer," Brandi Clark Burton with the Austin Eco Network said.
For more information on the proposed funding boost, and ways to get involved, head over to GreatAustinParks.org.