By Jennifer Potter-Miller, Chair
From May-October 2016, 254 neighbors took our Survey of Community Priorities for Patterson Park, and the feedback they provided is fascinating. Below is an initial analysis of what respondents said were their priorities for improvements to the park.
The survey was intended to inform the projects Friends of Patterson Park takes on in the coming years and guide our fundraising efforts. There are some items that were popular but are not feasible, like an off-leash dog park. PARD has ruled that out. There are other items which we have limited influence over, like improvements to the Patterson Pool. The City of Austin conducted an assessment of facilities in 2014 and has an Aquatic Master Plan, so we will need to work within those parameters.
However, there are lots of improvements that we are within our reach. These range from small (butterfly garden) to medium (picnic tables, monkey bars, fitness equipment), big (resurfacing tennis and basketball courts, shade canopies) and really big (renovating the bathrooms). I have received clear feedback at various neighborhood meetings that preserving open spaces and the low-key feel of the park are priorities, so I envision updating the park but no significant transformation.
Please save the date for a community meeting to plan next steps and discuss fundraising priorities on Saturday, February 4, 10 a.m. at Servant Church (note change of date). Childcare will be provided (most likely a movie with supervision).
|Playscape improvements||34||11.1%||climinbg structure; additional/updated equipment; repair/replace ground cover; fencing; add accessible amenities; natural playscape; Playscape/equipment for older kids|
|Pool||28||9.1%||longer hours; nicer pool area; new larger pool; year round swimming; expand fenced area|
|Bathroom improvements||25||8.1%||For the love of god, new bathrooms; bathrooms improved/expanded; bathroom are creepy; soap|
|Trail improvements||20||6.5%||better maintenance; extend inner loop; improve wheelchair accessibility; walkability on Schieffer; paved bike paths; Pedestrian bridge to Mueller park; trail markers|
|Amenities||20||6.5%||seating; picnic tables; BBQ grills; bicycle racks; updated signage and infrastructure; lockable storage; neighborhood tool shed|
|Landscaping||19||6.2%||trees; landscaping; xeriscaping; improve drainage; mulch trees; fruit trees; community garden|
|Dog park||18||5.9%||off leash area|
|Shade covers||18||5.9%||canopies over basketball court, pool, baby swings|
|Athletic field/court improvements||16||5.2%||define athletic fields; soccer goals; defined baseball space; improved basketball court; remove the tennis court or improve it; better maintenance volleyball court; sports league; box hockey; horseshoes; badmington|
|Skatepark||13||4.2%||larger ramp; fishbowl; vert ramp; skateable plaza|
|Lighting||13||4.2%||better lighting; path lighting; solar lights; lighting for basketball courts; the park is really dark at night and people use the trail even if it is just walking to businesses at Mueller [will increase with new Alamo Drafthouse and restaurants]; lighting for basketball courts|
|Recycling bins||11||3.6%||add recycling bins and pickup|
|Trash||9||2.9%||more trash cans; cans with lids|
|Fitness equipment||9||2.9%||fitness equipment for adults and youth|
|Water fountains||9||2.9%||additiona waterl fountains|
|Events||8||2.6%||community events; fitness classes; kids games|
|Other Social||5||1.6%||improved wheelchair access; more welcoming to African American residents; Accessible playground for all albilites; tamp down on large parties/noise/traffic|
|Fencing||6||2.0%||surround plascape; along Airport Blv; large sitting stones to replace wood bollards; stone barriers along the road|
|Other||6||2.0%||preserve open spaces; keeping the green spaces; organize games; improve parking, replace wood poles around park with stone like in Mueller, keep cars and trucks from entering the park; not a private garden|
|Remain same||2||0.7%||I like it exactly as it is|
About the survey
The Survey of Community Priorities for Patterson Park was conducted online and at various community events held at the park between May 27 and October 10. There were 254 respondents, all but 28 from the neighborhoods adjacent to the park (Delwood 2, Cherrywood, Mueller, Schieffer-Willowbrook and Wilshire Wood). Of the 28, all but three were from nearby neighborhoods in East Austin, including Windsor Park, University Hills, Chestnut.