September Celebration at Patterson Park

Celebration of Patterson Park Projects Planned for September 7

FRIENDS OF PATTERSON PARK CELEBRATES RENOVATION PROJECTS WITH A RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY AND CELEBRATION

Community members invited for breakfast tacos, face painting, kite flying and more on September 7 at 9 a.m. 

WHAT:  In partnership with the City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department and Austin Parks Foundation, Friends of Patterson Park is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil Patterson Park’s improvements and redeveloped playground on Saturday, September 7 starting at 9 a.m.

Patterson Park was the recipient of a $50,000 Community Grant from APF’s 2018 ACL Music Festival Park Grants Program. The grant provided the park with new amenities including new playscape equipment focused on building strength and balance, new amphitheater style seating, new steps connecting the playscape to the restrooms and new natural play features.

Patterson Park also received a Neighborhood Partnering Program grant for nearly $48,000 in 2018. This funded new park furnishings including benches, boulder seating, grills, trail markers, an information kiosk, and a picnic table.

Friends of Patterson Park invites the community to join the celebration and enjoy the new playground. Breakfast tacos and coffee will be provided upon arrival, followed by the ribbon cutting ceremony featuring Council Member Kathie Tovo District 9 and Parks and Recreation Department Director Kimberly McNeeley, representatives from the Public Works Department, and Austin Parks Foundation at 9:30 a.m.

Fun activities for the kids includes free face painting and snow cones, and kite flying (guests are encouraged to bring their own kites).

WHO:   Remarks will start promptly at 9:30 a.m.
District 9 Council Member Kathie Tovo
Kimberly McNeeley, Director of Parks and Recreation Department
Colin Wallis, CEO of Austin Parks Foundation
Jennifer Potter-Miller, Chair of Friends of Patterson Park

WHEN: Saturday, September 7, 9–11 a.m.

WHERE: Patterson Park playground
4200 Brookview Rd., Austin, TX 78722

Friends of Patterson Park wants to invite our community to join us for a celebration of our new playground equipment and park furnishings on September 7. We will have refreshments, face painting, and kite flying, and an opening ceremony with District 9 Council Member Kathie Tovo and representatives from the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, City of Austin Public Works, Austin Parks Foundation.

Patterson Projects to be Reviewed by Nearby Neighborhood Associations

Friends of Patterson Park is ready to move forward on two parts of our Neighborhood Park Plan. These proposals has been approved by our group and are now submitted for consideration by surrounding neighborhoods, including Cherrywood, Mueller, Schieffer-Willowbrook and Wilshire Wood-Delwood 2.

The Cherrywood Neighborhood Association will vote on the following proposals at their upcoming general meeting on Wednesday, August 21 (Servant Church, 6:30pm), and Schieffer-Willowbrook will vote at their biannual meeting on Thursday, September 5 (Genesis Presbyterian Church, 6:30pm) The other meetings are still TBC.

PROJECT 1: Tree planting and educational signagE

* Add shade trees around the perimeter of Patterson Pool for the enjoyment and protection of swimmers.

* Add tree identification signage for the Community Grove, Post Oaks, and other trees found at the park. The priority is interactive signage encouraging park visitors to identify trees during different seasons based on their leaves, flowers, and nuts.

PROJECT 2: Enhancing safety and playability of the basketball court and baseball field

* Resurface aging blacktop.
* Replace baskets and add 9 ft baskets on sides of court for youth.
* Install a shade structure over the blacktop for sun safety.
* Replace backstop with a larger and angled style backstop.
* Install a 15′ – 20′ ft. bench for players with shade.
* Install a small 4 to 5 row bleacher for spectators with shade.
* Install warning and informational signage around the field.

Health and safety are the cornerstones of this project. Making improvements to the court and adding a shade structure will encourage many more people to use it for physical activity during more hours of the day, especially during warm months. Adding baskets at a rim height appropriate for younger players will encourage youth to play basketball using proper technique.

Replacing the backstop with an appropriately angled backstop would prevent baseballs from going into the street and the church parking lot. It would also improve pedestrian safety, as foul balls would not threaten walkers or joggers. The shaded seating structures would would give players, their friends and families a place to rest and offer support during hot Texas afternoons. Note that these improvements would make this a better practice field for adults and children, but that it will still not be appropriate for games because there is no netting along the foul lines.

FoPP Supports Improvements to Basketball Court and Baseball Field

Members of Friends of Patterson Park have voted to support improvements to the park’s basketball court and baseball field. These projects would implement the next two priorities in our Neighborhood Park Plan, shade structures (#7) and athletic field/court improvements (#8).

PROJECT 1: Enhance safety and playability of the basketball court

  • Resurface aging blacktop.
  • Replace baskets and add 9 ft baskets on sides of court for youth.
  • Install a shade structure over the blacktop for sun safety.

Health is the cornerstones of this project. Making improvements to the court and adding a shade structure will encourage many more people to use it for physical activity during more hours of the day, especially during warm months. Adding baskets at a rim height appropriate for younger players will encourage youth to play basketball using proper technique.

PROJECT 2: Enhance safety and playability of the baseball field

  • Replace backstop with a larger and angled style backstop.
  • Install a 15′ – 20′ ft. bench for players with shade.
  • Install a small four – five row bleacher for spectators with shade.
  • Install warning and informational signage around the field.

Safety is the cornerstone of this project. Replacing the backstop with an appropriately angled backstop would prevent baseballs from going into the street and the church parking lot. It would also improve pedestrian safety, as foul balls would not threaten walkers or joggers. The shaded seating structures would would give players, their friends and families a place to rest and offer support during hot Texas afternoons. Note that these improvements would make this a better practice field for adults and children, but that it will still not be appropriate for games because there is no netting along the foul lines.

The vote was held online using Google Forms and 55 member voted, with 93% in favor and 7% opposed.  The next steps are to present the projects for to nearby neighborhood associations for approval, and then apply for funding to complete the project. The goal is to install in 2020.

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FoPP Supports Planting Trees and Adding Educational Signage

Members of Friends of Patterson Park have voted to support a project to implement the next phase of our Neighborhood Park Plan. The proposed project includes planting up to four trees around the Patterson pool, and installing three signs identifying trees at the park.

The vote was held online using Google Forms and 42 member voted, with 41 supporting the project.  The next steps are to submit the proposal to PARD for review and apply for funding to complete the project. The goal is to install it by the end of the year.

This project addresses the sixth community priority identified in our 2016 survey, landscaping. It fulfills the goals of 1) replacing shade trees around Patterson Pool (where several have been lost in recent years) and 2) adding educational signage identifying trees at the park.

Note: The Community Grove planted between the bathroom and pool in 2018 fulfilled the goal of adding more biodiversity to the park’s trees. Another project suggested by respondents to the community survey was a butterfly garden. However, as the Patterson Park Community Garden has planted an extensive pollinator garden along the fence line (stop by to check them out!), we don’t believe another is needed at this time.

Tree Planting

  • Add shade trees around the perimeter of Patterson Pool for the enjoyment and protection of swimmers. Funds to purchase trees were raised by the 2018 Patterson Piranha Swim Team. FoPP will commit to watering these trees for two years together with the new trees in the nearby Community Grove.

Educational Signage

  • Add tree identification signage for the Community Grove, Post Oaks, and other trees found at the park. The priority is interactive signage encouraging park visitors to identify trees during different seasons based on their leaves, flowers, and nuts.

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Patterson Hosts 1st Pride Picnic June 28

Come show your love this Friday night at the Patterson Pride Picnic, 6-9pm! As Pride month comes to an end, let’s get together for a potluck feast. Patterson Park embraces all of our neighbors, the LGBTQ+ community included. Bring a dish or drink to share and see how colorful you can make it. Rainbows are welcome!

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Notes: June 2019 Community Meeting

Friends of Patterson Park
June 17, 2019 Community Meeting Notes

Thanks to everyone who came out for to talk about what comes next for our neighborhood park!

  1. Community Priority: Landscaping
  • Plant replacement shade trees around the pool
  • Install tree identification signs for community grove planted in 2018, other trees around the park, and our heritage post oaks

Notes:

We discussed different kinds of signage used to ID trees, and settled on fewer signs with info on multiple trees. These would engage park visitors in searching for the leaves and flowers to ID trees. Trees will need to be watered either by volunteers watering community grove or swim team volunteers. Potential funding through Urban Forest Grant or Austin Parks Foundation Neighborhood Grant, and supplement with $700 raised by the Patterson Piranha Swim Team. This project has been submitted to PARD for review and will be put to a Friends of Patterson Park vote this week.

  1. Community Priority: Shade structures and athletic field/court improvements
  • resurface basketball court, replace hoops, add kid-sized hoops, install shade structure
  • install new backstop at baseball diamond, bench with shade for players, small bleacher or bench with shade for family & friends, informational signage, storage shed for materials needed for upkeep of diamond.

Notes:

The basketball court has been in need of serious attention for 15+ years. The addition of hoops at the basketball court at a lower height appropriate for kids would bring additional users. Solar lighting for the court was discussed as there is no electricity on this side of the park, but it seems that a large solar array would be necessary so it is probably not feasible at this time.

The Cap City Cobras have been practicing at the baseball field for four years and have made several improvements in that time. These have resulted in the field being used for practice by little league teams and families in the surrounding neighborhoods.  The closest open baseball field from Patterson Park is Rosewood Rec Center, which is 2.8 miles away.

The Cobras recommend urgent upgrades to the backstop and signage to improve safety. Seating and a storage shed would be desirable. The Patterson field is not appropriate for games because it lacks netting in the outfield, so it will be strictly a practice field. Potential funding through City of Austin’s Neighborhood Partnering Program grant. This project will be submitted to PARD for review to determine feasibility and put to a Friends of Patterson Park vote later this summer.

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June 17 Community Meeting to Plan Park Improvements

Please join Friends of Patterson Park at the pavilion on Monday, June 17 at 6pm for a community meeting to discuss next steps on our Neighborhood Park Plan. We will have pizza delivered, please feel free to bring a side dish to share. 

AGENDA

1. Updates

  • New sidewalk connections to Patterson by Public Works.
  • Volunteers needed to water new community grove planted with Treefolks, APF, & PARD in 2018.
  • Neighborhood Partnering Program project for new furnishings and trail improvements to be installed in mid July.
  • Celebration of park improvements planned for early fall with PARD and CoA.
2. Next Steps on Community Priorities for Park Improvements
 
The Patterson Neighborhood Park Plan approved in 2018 outlined 12 community priorities for park improvements. The next ones we want to address are: 
 
#6 Landscaping
 
Proposal to consider:
  • plant fast growing shade trees around pool to replace 4 lost in recent years.  FUNDING: 2018 donations by Patterson Piranha Swim Team
  • install tree identification signs for community grove behind pool and bathrooms, post oaks, other trees. Two options are 3 larger signs with identifying illustrations and info, or 20+ small signs leading on “tree walk” around park. POTENTIAL FUNDING: Urban Forest Grant (due July)
#7 Shade Structures and # 8 Athletic field/court improvements
 
Proposal to consider:
  • resurface and shade basketball court
  • various improvements to baseball field proposed by Cap City Cobras, who have been practicing at Patterson for four years and making improvements to the field themselves. They recommend a new backstop, bench, small row of bleachers, shade structure, netting, signage and shed. POTENTIAL FUNDING: Neighborhood Partnering Program Grant (due October)
See the Patterson Neighborhood Park Plan here: https://friendsofpattersonpark.org/parkplan/
3. Review of 2019 FoPP income and expenses
* Funds raised during Amplify Austin
* Expenses to date on community events and park improvements
Maplewood field trip to Patterson Park, May 2019. Photo by J. Potter-Miller/Friends of Patterson Park.

Patterson Playground Project is Complete! Let’s Celebrate

Join neighbors at the Patterson playground Thursday afternoon to celebrate our new monkey bars, climber, spinners and mini amphitheatre with some ice cream. So grateful to the Austin Parks Foundation for the Austin City Limits Music Festival community grant that made it possible, the support of the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, and the design and installation by Urban Patchwork. Plus all the friends and neighbors who have supported this project in many different ways over the last two years and donated through Amplify Austin!

Ice Cream Party at the Patterson Playground
Thursday, May 16, 4-6 pm
Patterson Pavilion

Maplewood field trip to Patterson Park, May 2019. Photo by J. Potter-Miller/Friends of Patterson Park.

Maplewood Elementaryfield trip to Patterson Park, May 2019. Photo by J. Potter-Miller/Friends of Patterson Park.

Patterson Egg Hunt 2019. Photo by J. Potter-Miller/Friends of Patterson Park.

5th Annual Egg Hunt is a Mad Dash for 3,000 Eggs

The 5th annual Patterson Easter Egg Hunt was complete madness and so much fun! There were perhaps 300 neighbors there, and three separate egg hunts for about 3,000 eggs. Little kids, big kids, and a small 2nd round for those that missed the initial dash. Huge thanks to Servant Church for partnering with FoPP once again, to everyone who contributed eggs, cascarónes, and brunch food, and to Cherrywood Coffeehouse for donating coffee.

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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