National Night Out at Patterson

Friends of Patterson Park is hosting another neighborhood block party for National Night Out! We had a wonderful time last year and hop neighbors will join us once again. We will be gathering at the pavilion for a relaxed potluck dinner on Tuesday, October 3 from 5-7 p.m. Please note this is earlier than the official start time for NNO (7 p.m.). First responders been invited to attend, kids can tear up the playground, and everyone can enjoy getting to know their neighbors from all around the park. Hopefully the weather will continue to be lovely.

National Night Out is designed to strengthen communities and crime prevention awareness. Learn more at http://www.austintexas.gov/nno. For updates, RSVP on Facebook.

Art credit: Caitlin B. Alexander

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APF and FoPP Advocating for Parks Funding in City Budget

On Thursday night, the City Council held the first of two public budget hearings leading to the adoption of the upcoming fiscal year’s budget in September. Austin Parks Foundation is advocating for an additional 5 million dollars to be allocated to the Parks and Recreation Department, and FoPP and other park groups were invited to support them.

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The city’s parks have 700 million in deferred maintenance, plus 80 million to make them ADA compliant and many millions more to keep our aging neighborhood pools from failing. According to APF, “ParkScore, the Trust for Public Land’s gold standard index for parks, ranked Austin 46 out of the 100 most populous U.S. cities for how well we meet our resident’s needs for parks in 2017.”

The council also reviewed the recently released Aquatic Master Plan, and decided to form a task force to review its implementation in an equitable way. There was lots of discussion about how many East Austin pools are in relatively poor condition, and that there are large newer areas of the city with little access to aquatic facilities. Our group should keep up with this as it develops.

Examples of deferred maintenance and improvements at Patterson include our 50+ year old bathroom facilities, a basketball court that’s been in need of resurfacing for 15+ years, a tennis court that was never surfaced, and a playground that is near the end of it’s 20 year life. While we are deeply grateful for recent updates, including new signage, trash cans, fresh paint, and most importantly the resurfacing of the playground, there is much that remains to be done. Parks are the heart of our city’s neighborhoods and require regular attention as Austin’s population continues to grow. If you would like to email City Council members to support parks funding, you can do so here.

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Community Garden to Host Open House August 19

Are you interested in growing your own organic veggies? The Patterson Park Community Garden is still accepting new members, and will be hosting an open house this Saturday, August 19, 9–11 a.m. Details can be found at the garden’s website.

Program

9–9:30 a.m. Master Gardener Brittany Taylor will be available to answer gardening questions

9:30–10:30 a.m. Compost Tea demonstration. Mark will demonstrate step by step how to make your own.

10:30–11 a.m. Seed Exchange