5th Annual Patterson Park Easter Egg Hunt is April 20

The 5th annual Patterson Park Easter Egg Hunt will be on Saturday, April 20 at 10 a.m! Friends of Patterson Park is pleased to partner with Servant Church for another great community event at the east end of the park. We will meet at the small pavilion by the community garden to hunt for eggs, blow lots of bubbles, smash cascarónes and enjoy a potluck brunch in our beautiful neighborhood park!

Wondering what you can bring on Saturday morning? Extra plastic eggs with toys/stickers/candy, extra chocolate eggs, extra cascarónes, OJ, fruit, pan dulce, muffins, tacos or other brunchy food to share. We’ll have coffee and lemonade.

Egg hunt starts at 10 a.m. sharp! We’ll have separate search areas for the 4+ and >3 kids, and a golden egg prize!

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2017 egg hunt. Photos by J. Potter-Miller/FoPP

 

Amplify Patterson Park

Share your love for Patterson by donating to Friends of Patterson Park during Amplify Austin Day. We are raising 💰 for community events and park improvement projects. You can help us make park dreams a reality!

DONATE TO Amplify Patterson

I Love Patterson Park kids 2019

Amplify Austin is a community-wide day of online giving to our city’s nonprofit organizations. It starts February 28 at 6:00 p.m. and ends March 1 at 6:00 p.m. Join us for an ice cream party at the pavilion Friday 4–6p.m. to wrap up our campaign! 🍦

Your donations will be matched 100% by our generous neighborhood business sponsors, and the Austin Parks Foundation will provide an additional 25% match of the first $2500.

Amplify Patterson business sponsors

Tito’s Vodka will add $5 to every donation that uses #LoveTitos in the check out form to support our fiscal sponsor, the Austin Parks Foundation.

APF Spring It's My Park Day 2019

It’s My Park Day at Patterson is March 3

Join Friends of Patterson Park on Saturday, March 3rd for It’s My Park Day! Meet us at 9am at the pavilion for a family work day. Sign up at this link to receive an awesome t-shirt and sign a liability waiver.

WHEN: Saturday, March 2
WHERE: Patterson Park pavilion
REGISTRATION: https://givepul.se/8icf1

This is an opportunity for the folks of all ages to volunteer. We will have coffee, lemonade, tacos, and muffins to fuel our volunteers. Thank you to the Austin Parks Foundation for organizing this city-wide work day at Austin’s parks. We’ve accomplished so much at volunteer work days over the last several years and always have a great time!

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It’s My Park Day, March 2018. Photos by J. Potter-Miller/FoPP.

 

Patterson Luminarias January 2017. Photo by J. Potter-Miller/FoPP.

Patterson Park Luminarias December 27

Join neighbors for a magical walk around Patterson Park to celebrate the holiday season this Thursday! The weather is expected to be perfect, and Friends of Patterson Park invites you out to enjoy hot chocolate at the small pavilion by the community garden on the east end of the park. Cookies are welcome if you are inspired to share, as is help setting up starting at 4pm. The more hands on deck, the more (battery-powered) luminarias we can light. Happy holidays everyone!

Patterson Park Luminarias
Thursday, December 27 @ 6–8 p.m.

Celebrate Trees and Pollinators at Patterson this Saturday

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
ROOTS & WINGS FESTIVAL POP UP
Patterson Park, 10 a.m. – 12 noon

Celebrating trees and pollinators of all kinds!
 
Join us on Halloween weekend to explore the park, enjoy nature based play and crafts, learn about our new and old trees, and celebrate in your best nature-themed costume!
 
The Roots & Wings Festival is a combined community-wide appreciation party for Arbor Day and Monarch Appreciation Day happening at the Zilker Botanical Garden and five neighborhood parks around the city. Visit Zilker, Dittmar, Alderbrook or Brentwood Park after you start the day at Patterson Park. FREE ADMISSION.
 
At Patterson, we’ll have:
 
* butterfly & bee crafts with Jamie from C.R.A.F.T.
* bilingual storytime with favorites from the Maplewood Library
* postcards with Giddyup Post
* butterfly kite flying
* scavenger hunt to learn about the park’s trees
* butterfly garden tour at the Patterson Park Community Garden
* giveaways from the City of AustinUrban Forestry Program and Watershed Protection
* Kona Ice snow cones
 
HOW TO GET THERE:
Go Green! We encourage walking, biking, carpooling, ridesharing, and use of mass transit. Plan your trip via CAP Metro: www.capmetro.org
 
Sponsored by the City of Austin, Austin Parks Foundation, and TreeFolks. For updates, visit the Facebook event.
National Night Out at Patterson Park 2018

National Night Out at Patterson Park is October 2

Friends of Patterson Park is hosting a neighborhood block party for National Night Out! Join us at the pavilion for a relaxed potluck dinner on Tuesday, October 2nd from 5:30-7:30 pm. Firefighters from Fire Station #14 have been invited to attend, kids can tear up the playground, and everyone can enjoy getting to know their neighbors. Hopefully the weather will resemble fall.

National Night Out is designed to strengthen communities and crime prevention awareness. Learn more at http://www.austintexas.gov/nno, and check out photos from last year’s celebration on Flickr.

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National Night Out at Patterson Park in 2016 and 2017. Photos by J. Potter-Miller/FoPP.

Roots and Wings Festival at Patterson Park

Celebrating trees and pollinators of all kinds!

Join us on Halloween weekend to explore the park, enjoy nature based play and crafts, learn about our new and old trees, and celebrate in your best nature-themed costume!

The Roots & Wings Festival is a combined community-wide appreciation party for Arbor Day and Monarch Appreciation Day happening at the Zilker Botanical Gardens and four neighborhood parks around the city. Visit Zilker, Dittmar, Alderbrook or Brentwood Park after you start the day at Patterson Park.

FREE ADMISSION

Getting There:
Go Green! We encourage walking, biking, carpooling, ridesharing, and use of mass transit. Plan your trip via CAP Metro: http://www.capmetro.org

End of Summer Pool Party at Patterson Park. Photo by J. Potter-Miller/FoPP.

Patterson Park News and Events, August 2018

Patterson Park News

The new grove of trees Friends of Patterson Park planted in March is doing great thanks to the volunteers who have been caring for them weekly. I recently met with new folks from PARD, Austin Parks Foundation, and Treefolks (our partners in the project) and they were all impressed with how the trees have thrived (even bloomed!) this summer!

The summer swim season at Patterson Pool was a lot of fun, and we are so grateful the pool opened after only a 2 day delay when a tree fell on the pool’s pump the day before it was scheduled to open and damaged it. A HUGE THANKS to the Patterson Piranha Swim Team families, who raised $700 to plant shade trees and possibly add shade sales before next year. The end-of-summer ice cream party was a blast, and brought out many neighbors to enjoy our pool before it closed until 2019.

Our Community Grant from the Austin Parks Foundation for the playground project has been funded and PARD will be applying for our permit soon. 134 people took the poll to choose the color scheme, and 48.5% voted for the palette featuring green, blue, turquoise and grey. Work will begin later this fall.

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Photos by J. Potter-Miller

Upcoming Events at Patterson Park

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29 @ 7:30pm
Yoga with Zoe: A SafePlace Benefit
Austin Yoga + SoloSol Movement present this all-levels flow yoga class led by neighbor Zoe Mantarakis.   Enjoy a nourishing sunset yoga class and shop yoga retail before and after from SoloSol Movement. Proceeds going to SafePlace, an organization aiming to end sexual assault and exploitation, child abuse, and domestic violence through prevention, intervention, and advocacy for change.Pay-what-you-can, $10-$20 suggested donation (cash only please).

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
Friends of Patterson Park Meeting
Sour Duck, 1814 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 8pm
AGENDA
1. Welcome and introductions (5 mins.)
2. Update on Austin Parks Foundation Community Grant and next steps on playground project: Jennifer Potter-Miller (10 mins.)
2. Update on Neighborhood Partnering Program grant application: Jennifer Potter-Miller (5 mins.)
3. CherryWoodstock Music and Art Festival: Jeremy Klitzman, Organizer (10 mins.)
4. Roots and Wings Celebration: Kathleen Mannello, Austin Parks Foundation (10 mins.)
5. Proposed improvements to baseball field: Seth Kessler, Cap City Cobras (10 mins.)
6. Proposed tree planting & shade sails with funds raised by Patterson swim team: Dusty Harshman, Patterson Piranhas (10 mins.)

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2
National Night Out
Patterson Park Pavilion, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Neighborhood block party at the park. Pot luck dinner, playtime, and hopefully a visit firefighters at Fire House #14.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
Roots and Wings Celebration
Austin Parks Foundation and FoPP will co-host a satellite celebration to the Zilker Botanical Garden’s Family Arbor and Monarch Appreciation Day. Stay tuned for more details!

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11
CherryWoodstock Music and Art Festival
Patterson Park Great Lawn
The festival is winding it’s way through approval by the surrounding neighborhoods and PARD permitting.
Read more: http://cherrywood.org/cherrywoodstock-is-back/

Patterson Pool party Aug18

Patterson Piranha Swim Team Raises Funds to Replace Trees

The summer swim seasonat Patterson Pool was a lot of fun, and we are so grateful the pool opened after only a 2 day delay when a tree fell on the pool’s pump the day before it was scheduled to open and damaged it. A HUGE THANKS to the Patterson Piranha Swim Team families, who raised $700 to plant shade trees surrounding the pool to replace the four that have been lost in recent years. FoPP held an end-of-summer ice cream party on August 18, and many neighbors came out to enjoy our pool before it closed until 2019 and eat ice as much melty ice cream as they could. See you at the pool next summer!

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2018 End of Summer Pool Party. Photos by J. Potter-Miller/FoPP.

Trees in Community Grove Thrive Through First Summer

The new community grove of trees Friends of Patterson Park planted in March is doing great thanks to the volunteers who have been caring for them weekly. Fopp Chair Jennifer Potter-Miller met with new folks from PARD, Austin Parks Foundation, and Treefolks (our partners in the project) and everyone was impressed with how the trees have thrived (even bloomed!) this summer.  Our tree gators and volunteers are due all the credit for their success. Stop by and see our little trees!

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Community grove, August 2018. Photos by J. Potter-Miller/FoPP.