Ice Cream Party to Kick Off Amplify Austin and Celebrate Updates

Our neighborhood park is getting a major makeover this week, and we want to celebrate! There were new picnic tables installed at the main pavilion last Friday, and this week PARD is rebuilding the small pavilion by the basketball court, and installing new tables and trash cans both there and at the community garden. That’s a lot of updates for our beloved park, and we are enormously grateful to the Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Austin Parks Foundation for all they’ve done. Meet us at the pavilion for ice cream on Thursday, March 2, 4:30-6:30 p.m. to celebrate!

We’ll also be kicking off our Amplify Patterson Park campaign on Thursday, since Amplify Austin starts at 6 p.m. We have big plans for 2017 and hope you’ll help us make them a reality! Read more about it and schedule your donation now!

We are so grateful for the support of our Amplify Business Sponsors: Cynthia Soliz Law, Erin Tassoulas Design + Build, Nicole Cooper with Horizon Realty, Thunderbird Coffee and Franklin Barbecue! They will each be matching $250 in donations during our fundraising campaign.

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Photos by J. Potter-Miller/FoPP


APF Kicking Off Movies at the Park with Aladdin at Patterson

Austin Parks Foundation invites you to kick off their 25th Anniversary season with a screening of Aladdin at Patterson Park! This will be an all 1992 series of Movies in the Park.

WHEN: Thursday, March 9, 7 PM – 10 PM
WHERE: Patterson Park, great lawn

Come early to grab a spot! Parking is limited and anywhere from 200-500 people are expected, so please walk or bike if you can.

For updates see the Facebook event.
Rain Date: March 18th
More Info and full schedule at the APF website.


Movies in the Park is a series of free films brought to you by Austin Parks Foundation in partnership with Alamo Drafthouse and presented by Carvana. Each year, APF and the Drafthouse bring you free movies in parks all over Austin. Residents and visitors bring their blanket or lawn chairs (and often a picnic dinner!) for a fun and relaxing evening under the beautiful Austin night sky.

Dogs, picnics and lawn chairs are welcome. Alcoholic beverages, glass and styrofoam are not permitted in the park. We do provide recycling bins, but ask that you help us out by packing out all of your own trash. Smoking is also prohibited in the park, per city law.

It's My Park Day Spring 2017

It’s My Park Day is March 4th at Patterson Park

Join us on Saturday, March 4th for It’s My Park Day at Patterson Park! We’ll meet at 9am at a picnic table near Airport Blvd. and Schieffer Ave. for a family work day. This is an opportunity for the folks of all ages to volunteer. We will be mulching the large oak trees at the southeast corner of the park. If you have wheelbarrows or wagons, please bring them! We’ll have shovels, gloves, and mulch sleds. Kids with an accompanying adult are welcome, and we’ll have coffee, lemonade, breakfast tacos and muffins to fuel our volunteers!

Please register on the Austin Parks Foundation volunteer management page.

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You can see photos from our family work day last fall on Flickr. Photo credit: J. Potter-Miller/FoPP.

It’s Time to Amplify Patterson Park!

Amplify Austin Day is coming up March 2-3, and Friends of Patterson Park is planning to participate in the city-wide fundraiser for the second time. FoPP has been working to improve and beautify our neighborhood park since 2002, and we have big dreams for 2017. Our Amplify goal is to raise $3,000 to purchase and install a new spinner (a small piece of playground equipment) and support community events at the park throughout the year. #AmplifyATX starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, but you can schedule your donation today!

We are so grateful for the support of our Amplify Business Sponsors: Cynthia Soliz Law, Erin Tassoulas Design + Build, Nicole Cooper with Horizon Realty, Thunderbird Coffee and Franklin Barbecue! They will each be matching $250 in donations during Amplify Austin Day 2017.

Neighbors Raise $932 for Park During Austin Marathon Races

Three neighbors participating in Team Austin Parks Foundation raised $932 for Patterson Park at the 2017 Austin Marathon races on Sunday, Feb. 19. Javier Jara ran the full marathon, and Jennifer Potter-Miller and Maplewood 1st grader Nicolas Miller-Potter ran the 5K race. APF generously agreed to allocate all funds raised directly to Patterson’s account. It was a great day to spend outside running for our park!

Notes: February 2017 Community Meeting

Friends of Patterson Park held a community meeting on Saturday morning, February 4 at Servant Church. Donuts and childcare were provided, and 8 neighbors came out to talk with artist Jennifer Chenoweth and Brian Block, PARD liaison for Adopt-a-Park groups.

Chenoweth answered various questions about Dance of the Cosmos, including the refinishing process she is using before installing the sculpture at Patterson Park, and the kind of signage she is developing.  Block led a discussion of what to do with the community priorities for Patterson Park identified in last year’s survey. He said that since the list did not include anything transformative, i.e. a major addition to the park, that a master plan would not be required for Patterson.

Block suggested that FoPP identify what the most easily achievable priorities were and work on those first, not necessarily tackling them in order. An example of the straightforward kind of project would be adding new benches to the park, and an example of a more complex and expensive project would be resurfacing the basketball court. For the full list of priorities, click here. Since PARD is currently working on a series of improvements at Patterson, future projects should be undertaken in coordination with their work plans.

Community Priorities for Patterson Park (2016)

  1. Playsground improvements
  2. Pool improvements
  3. Bathroom improvements
  4. Trail improvements
  5. Amenities
  6. Landscaping
  7. Dog park
  8. Shade covers
  9. Athletic field/court improvements
  10. Splash Pad
  11. Skatepark improvements
  12. Lighting
  13. Recycling bins
  14. Trash
  15. Fitness equipment
  16. Water fountains
  17. Events
  18. Other social
  19. Fencing
  20. Other
  21. Amphitheatre
Austin Parks Foundation check award ceremony. Photo by Lady Anne Wofford.

Austin Parks Foundation Awards Grants for Sculpture and Amenities at Patterson Park

The Austin Parks Foundation awarded East Austin artist Jennifer Chenoweth of Fisterra Studio $15,200 for the refurbishment and relocation of her scultpure Dance of the Cosmos to Patterson Park from the Elizabeth Ney Museum. APF Programs Director Ladye Anne Wofford and Programs Assistant John Rooney met Chenoweth, her team, and members of FoPP at the park on January 25th for a check award ceremony. We also celebrated APF’s $4,700 grant to Friends for the new picnic tables at the Patterson Pavilion.

Preparations for moving Dance of the Cosmos to it’s new home include refurbishing and reinforcing steel mechanical parts for the long term, site prep and electrical work at Patterson Park, refinishing and sealing the concrete base, and the creation of new artwork and trailhead signage located on a new utility pole for solar/electrical equipment. In addition, Chenoweth is raising money for a long-term maintenance fund. The landscaping firm Austin Groundskeeper began work on January 26th to prepare the site, and the base of the sculpture will be moved shortly. 

The new picnic tables have been ordered, and will be installed by PARD by the end of the month.

Friends of Patterson Park is so grateful for APF’s support as we work to update, improve, and beautify our neighborhood park!

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Photos by Jennifer Potter-Miller