Support the Zilker Park mini train

The mini train at Zilker Park is one of the most beloved family activities in Austin. Since 1961, the train has taken children on an adventure around Zilker Park, past scenic views of Lady Bird Lake, the great lawn and the Zilker Playscape.

As we celebrate more than 60 years of this gem, Austin Parks Foundation is proud to have restored the train to its former glory. Your gift today will support the train’s operation and help us ensure the Zilker Eagle continues to create lasting memories for Austin families.

Sponsor the Zilker Eagle

Sponsorship offers brand building and access to engaged community members, plus digital and print recognition opportunities. Organizations seeking to gain exposure to families, visitors and those who are active in our community and outdoor spaces, will benefit.

Restoring Fun

After the train closed in May 2019 due to untenable repair costs, the Austin City Council and Parks & Recreation Department asked Austin Parks Foundation to get a new train running as safely and quickly as possible. Financial support from our sponsors ensure the Zilker Eagle will remain operational for years to come.


Based on data from previous train operators, the Zilker Eagle is expected to see 3,425+ riders per week for a total of 175,000+ riders a year. Reaching Austinites and visitors alike, riders represent a wide range of demographics. We’ll continue to focus on equitable access to the Zilker Eagle in everything we do.


The Zilker Eagle is a dynamic new centerpiece of Zilker Park, bringing the children and families of Austin together for generations to come. New features include a propane powered engine, passenger cars with improved accessibility and upgrades to the train depot for a more inclusive experience for riders of all ages and abilities!

Thank You to Our Generous Donors

Presenting Sponsor:

Corporate & Foundation Sponsors:

Bill Wood Foundation

Tejemos Foundation

Woom Bikes

Reissa Foundation


Moreland Properties

Northern Trust

Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation

Gannett Foundation

Austin Wealth Management

Individual Sponsors:

Carolyn & Jack Long

Weston Yonge

Salma Manzur

Steven & Jennifer Smith

Greg & Jessica Weaver

Ann Boren

Luke & Peni Ellis

Bobbi Kommineni

Monica Libbey Fernandes & Felipe Fernandes

Nikelle Meade

Alex & Robbie Robinette

Henry Tippie

Michelle & Colin Wallis

Angela & James Osborn

Wade Giles

Neil and Ashley Goldman

Jennifer Ohlson & Charles Stuart

James Bennett & Margaret McGoin

Jeffrey Weisberg

Rashed Islam & Mayukh Parvin

Rajiv Bala

Ted Barnhill

Paige & Mark Blake

Elizabeth Donelson

Lisa & Matt Dow

Travis Dunaway

Joel Fluss

Elaine & Rich Garza

Ryan & Annie Gravelle

Joseph & Lacey Gray

Carole Jordan

Laura Joseph & John Bretz

Ali & Nahid Khataw

Cory Laurel & Lydia Clay

Matt & Vanessa Luckie

Ian McAbeer

Renee Nieh & Ryan McKay

Kemper Richardson

Thomas Walsh

Helen Watkins

Lori White

David P. Wright, M.D. & Sheri Wright

Bob Wynn

Adriel Meditz

Aiden & Caroline Cohen

Gay Erwin

Rex Gore

Stuart Laves

Russell Bridges

Kiehn Family Fund

Brian Smiley

Interested in sponsoring the Zilker Eagle?