Fall Festival Planned Oct. 22 at Community Garden

The Patterson Park Community Garden invites you to our annual Fall Festival, an official Roots & Wings Festival Event!  We will be celebrating trees, pollinators, and our beautiful central Texas fall. Join us for fun activities for the whole family, including

  • Austin Butterfly Forum & Austin Bat Refuge
  • How to plant a rain garden – Austin Watershed Protection
  • Pumpkin patch
  • Face painting, arts & crafts, wildflower seed bombs
  • Live music by Elizabeth Warren
  • Bee-keeping, tree planting and composting demonstrations
  • Plant giveaways-plant your own pollinator garden!
  • Pollinator Costume Parade (11:45am)
  • Monarch release (noon)

The Roots & Wings Festival is brought to you by the City of Austin, Friends of Patterson Park, and the Patterson Park Community Garden. Learn more and find additional events at www.rootsandwingsfest.com.

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Sept.9, 2022

  • The $4M renovation of the Pharr Tennis Center has begun! The northeast section of the park has been fenced off and crews have been busy doing demo. Looking forward to the new tennis center and public art project by Rakhee Jain Desai and Melissa Knight.
  • The second phase of the Neighborhood Partnering Program grant we first submitted in fall 2019 has begun installation. The project includes youth basketball hoops, new benches and limestone seating behind the baseball backstop, and replacements for the last of the cement “trash coffins.” (The first phase was the new baseball backstop.) The last part of the project is the shade structure over the basketball court, and this is still being designed and has a ways to go before becoming a reality.
  • The fall growing season is here! Email the  Patterson Park Community Garden at  info@pattersonparkcommunitygarden.com  for information about how to join or visit their website.

Saturday, September 10
Walk with a Doc at Patterson Park
Pavilion, 9-10 am
Join pediatrician Shauna Butler at Patterson Park on Saturday for a short chat at the pavilion by the playground and then a walk around the park. This month she will be talking about when kids and teens can start strength training and how to help them get started. Hosted by Walk with a Doc Austin, Texas Children’s Pediatrics, and Friends of Patterson Park. For more info, email tcpwindsorpark@texaschildrens.org or call 512-600-2234.

Saturday, September 24
Cap City Cobras Field Day at Patterson Park
Great Lawn, 9-11 am
Come hang with the Cobras, swing the bat, take some grounders, and mix it up on the field. There will be activities, giveaways, and refreshments, and all ages are welcome.

Tuesday, October 4
National Night Out Picnic at Patterson Park 

Friends of Patterson Park is hosting a neighborhood block party for National Night Out once again! We will have either a potluck at the pavilion or a picnic on the great lawn-your thoughts are welcome! National Night Out is designed to strengthen communities and crime prevention awareness. Learn more at http://www.austintexas.gov/nno

October 24 – November 6
Roots & Wings Festival
Austin’s annual combined celebration of Arbor Day and Monarch Appreciation Day, and a celebration of trees, butterflies, bees, and all creatures! The Patterson Park Community Garden is planning some fun activities. Stay tuned for details!

Saturday, November 5
It’s My Park Day
Small Pavilion, 9am – 12pm
Join neighbors to mulch our gorgeous heritage trees. Thanks to Austin Parks Foundation for organizing this citywide volunteer day.

February 2022

*  Amplify Austin, the city-wide day of giving, is coming up March 2-3. Our goal is to raise $5,000 so that we can continue making improvements to our park and supporting community events like Luminarias at the park. A huge THANKS to our Amplify business sponsors, Nature’s Treasures, Franklin Barbecue, and Jade Construction. We are also grateful for the support of Austin Parks Foundation, which lined up a match by Central National Bank so that your dollar will stretch even farther. We’d love your support to keep up our work in 2020! You can donate now at amplifyatx.org!

Tuesday, March 1
Mardi Gras Celebration
Pavilion, 5–6:30 p.m.
Let’s celebrate Mardi Gras at the pavilion with a potluck, king cake, and music! There will be masks to decorate and beads to share. 

Thursday, March 3
Amplify Patterson Ice Cream Party
Pavilion, 4–6 p.m.
We’ll wrap up our fundraising campaign with a mad sugar rush at the playground. We’ll have new Friends of Patterson Park t-shirts available.

Saturday, March 5
It’s My Park Day
9–11 a.m.
This is an opportunity for the folks of all ages to volunteer and help care for our park’s wonderful trees. We will have coffee, tacos and fruit to keep volunteers going. IMPD is only possible because Austin Parks Foundation supports projects all around the city! Register here to sign a waiver and reserve a t-shirt: https://givepul.se/k4nnid

Let’s Amplify Patterson Park!

Spring is around the corner and Amplify Austin is March 2–3! There are 600+ local organizations participating in the 24 hour fundraiser, and Friends of Patterson Park is working with Austin Parks Foundation to raise money for our neighborhood park. The park has been so important to neighbors as a place to exercise, find peace, and socialize safely over the last two years, and it was lovely to begin gathering for community events this fall. People seemed full of joy to be together at our National Night Out picnic and Luminarias.

Our goal this year is to continue work repairing and adding to our athletic facilities. Last year we were awarded a $134,000 grant from the city’s Neighborhood Partnering Program, and this will fund a new shade structure over the basketball court as well as other improvements. The grant will require a substantial match from FoPP, and we rely on funds raised during Amplify Austin. 

We are so grateful for the continued support of neighborhood businesses including Jade Building. On top of that, Austin Parks Foundation has secured a match for Amplify Austin donations to parks by Central National Bank, so your dollars will stretch even farther. Help us reach our goal of raising $5,000!

Thank you for being a part of our park community.

Fall Festival at Patterson on October 30

Join the Patterson Park Community Garden for a Fall Festival on Saturday, October 30 from 10 am-12 pm. This is an official Roots & Wings Festival pop up event, with fun for the whole family. There will be a beekeeping demonstration, scavenger hunt, pumpkin patch, seed giveaway, music by Javier Jara, free Mister Softee ice cream, and more!

The Roots & Wings Festival is Austin’s annual combined celebration of Arbor Day and Monarch Appreciation Day. We use this time to celebrate trees, butterflies, bees, and nature in our city. 2021 will be our fourth annual Festival with two weeks of nature-based events all across Austin.  

Thanks to Austin Nature in the City and Austin Parks Foundation for their support. Check out all the other events happening around town at www.rootsandwingsfest.com.

Cap City Cobras to Host Field Day at Patterson Park

Come by Patterson Park on Saturday, September 25th from 9–11am for a field day of fun and games with the Cap City Cobras, Patterson’s own sandlot baseball team! We are thrilled to be hosting our first event at the park in a year and a half and kindly ask everyone to wear a mask.

The Cobras have been playing on Wednesday evenings at the park for years. They were first sandlot team to play at the Field of Dreams in Iowa and we are wrapping up their eighth season as a squad. To show their appreciation for Patterson Park neighbors, the Cobras will be hosting a casual drop-in field day with some fun baseball activities and some Cobras merch giveaways. Stop by on your morning walk, bring a glove, bring the kids (and, any kids-sized equipment they may want to use). There will be opportunities for all ages and abilities to goof around and do some hitting and some fielding with your friendly, neighborhood Cobras.

Friends of Patterson Park is so grateful for all the work the Cobras have done building out the baseball field and writing grants for major park improvements like the new backstop. Check out the recent story in Austin Monthly about the team. Free breakfast refreshments provided.

Q&A on New Public Art at Patterson’s Pharr Tennis Center

Local artists Rakhee Jain Desai and Melissa Knight will be creating a permanent public artwork as part of the upcoming renovation of the Pharr Tennis Center at Patterson Park. Neighbors and users of the center are invited to join the artists for a discussion and help inform the artwork design. Learn more about the renovation project at https://www.austintexas.gov/department/pharr-tennis-center-renovation

Meet the Artists Sunday, August 29, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Join the Zoom Meeting here
Meeting ID: 879 5931 2653
Passcode: 420167

Questions? Contact AIPP Project Manager Alex Irrera by email at alex.irrera@austintexas.gov or by calling 512.974.7860. http://www.austintexas.gov/department/art-public-places

City awards Patterson 134K Grant

City of Austin Awards 134K Grant to Friends of Patterson Park

We are thrilled to share the news that the City of Austin’s Neighborhood Partnering Program has approved our 2019 grant application and awarded our group $134,741 for improvements to the athletic facilities at Patterson Park! The objective of the project is to increase opportunities for residents of all ages to engage in play and physical activity at Patterson Park.

NPP’s review was delayed first by a staff shortage and later the pandemic, and their board just met to review two years of applications. After an agreement is signed this summer, we hope we will be able to implement the various elements of the project by the end of the year. 

The project includes $134,741 for
* new shade structure over the basketball court
* two new youth height basketball baskets
* replacing existing basketball backboards
* new park benches behind baseball backstop
* new limestone seating along trail next to the baseball field

Our 33% match (valued at $44,144) includes
* new baseball backstop (already completed with an Austin Parks Foundation grant + our own funds)
* replacing last 6 cement trash cans
* $3,000 cash
* volunteer work hours at Patterson Park and the Willowbrook Reach greenbelt

We deeply appreciate the work Friends of Patterson Park did developing this project with thoughtful discussion on our listserv and at community meetings, gathering support at the meetings of four neighborhood associations and door-to-door around the park, and preparing and reviewing the grant application. 

We are also grateful for the neighbors and neighborhood businesses who have supported our Amplify Austin fundraising campaigns and made our financial contribution to this project possible, Austin Parks Foundation for our recent Austin City Limits Music Festival Grant, and the many volunteers who mulch our park, clean up trash at our creek, and tend to the vegetable and pollinator gardens at our school. This is truly an amazing park community that came together to bring more fun, exercise and sun safety to Patterson Park!