Patterson Pumpkin Patch 2017.Photo by J. Potter-Miller/FoPP.

Pumpkin Patch at Patterson During Community Garden Tour

The Patterson Park Community Garden will have a pumpkin patch photo corner on Saturday, October 28 during the East Austin Community Garden Tour. Come by to check out what’s growing and snap some photos with the pumpkins. Yours might even smile!

The garden will be open for the tour 10am-1pm, and volunteers may keep it open the rest of the afternoon. In addition to the pumpkin patch, there are a few new scarecrows to spook visitors and birds alike.

Other gardens included on the tour:

· Mueller Community Garden
· Homewood Heights Community Garden
· Blackshear Community Garden
· St. David’s Foundation Community Garden
· New Day Community Garden

All the gardens will have kid-friendly Halloween events.

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It’s My Park Day at Patterson Nov. 4

Join Friends of Patterson Park on Saturday, November 4th for It’s My Park Day! Meet at 9am at the playground for a family work day. We will be mulching the heritage oak trees surrounding the playground to help keep them healthy and providing much needed shade for years to come.

This is an opportunity for the folks of all ages to volunteer, and we will have kids sized shovels, gloves and mulch sleds. If you have wheelbarrows or wagons, please bring them! We’ll have shovels, gloves, and mulch sleds.

We will have coffee, lemonade, tacos, and muffins to fuel our volunteers. Please register at to get your t-shirt and sign the necessary waiver! Thank you to the Austin Parks Foundation for organizing this city-wide work day at Austin’s parks. We’ve accomplished so much at volunteer work days over the last several years and always have a great time!

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Photo credit: J. Potter-Miller/FoPP. See more on Flickr.

Patterson Park playground addition

Playground Addition and Tree Planting Projects Approved by FoPP

Friends of Patterson Park voted by a strong majority to support the proposed playground addition, and unanimously to support the tree planting proposal. The poll was held online October 9-11, and 37 members participated. The final tally was 35 in favor of the playground addition and 2 against, and 37 in favor of the tree planting.

The next steps for the playground addition will be to apply for an Austin Parks Foundation ACL Music Festival Grant. The next step for the tree planting is to inform TreeFolks and APF, so that they can submit a tree order to their nursery this month and schedule a planting day in December or January.

Next steps on the Neighborhood Park Plan are to present it to the surrounding neighborhood associations for review and a vote. The schedule to date is the following:

Mueller NA, Oct. 21
Delwood 2 NA, Nov. 5
Cherrywood NA, Nov. 18
Schieffer-Willowbrook NA, TBC November
Wilshire Wood NA TBC January

Patterson Park playground addition


Belated National Night Out at Patterson Park

Belated National Night Out at the Park

Belated National Night Out at Patterson Park on Sunday was a blast! We had some folks from Austin Resource Recovery come to answer questions about the new composting program and give out countertop compost containers, and the fire fighters from AFD Fire House #14 came with two trucks. They pretty much made the kids’ year! Thanks to everyone who came out for a another great potluck at the park.

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Photos by J. Potter-Miller. See more on Flickr.

Pumpkin Decorating at the Park

Join Patterson Park Families on Sunday, October 29 3–6pm for the four annual pumpkin decorating party. Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes! Bring your own pumpkins, and decorations of all kinds will be provided. Organizers will order pizza, so bring $5/family if you want to have dinner. For more info, visit the Facebook event page.

neighborhood pumpkin decorating party October 2015.

October 2015.



Friends of Patterson Park illustration by Caitlin Alexander

Proposal for Playground Addition: Circular Monkey Bars

One of the community priorities for Patterson Park identified in the 2016 survey conducted by FoPP was improvements to the playground.

The two playscapes at Patterson are about 15 years old and we need to plan for their replacement in the next five years. In the meantime,  we would like to add new freestanding pieces of equipment that provide fresh interest to kids of all ages. Members of the FoPP executive committee met with  Landscape Structures and We Build Fun, two commercial playground companies recommended by PARD, over summer 2017 to explore options for a playground addition. The following recommendation balances cost and timelessness, and provide new challenges to younger and older children.

Project: Add circular monkey bars and 1 or 2 low spinners to Patterson Park playground. Proposed site is area between current layout of the playground and the restrooms which is currently bare, but held play equipment in the past. Add new seating wall around it and steps leading down to the bathrooms.

Patterson Park Showing current

circular monkey bars by Landscape Structures

Patterson Park Playground Plan 2017

Urban Patchwork landscaping proposal

We Build Fun proposal







Belated National Night Out Potluck on October 8

National Night Out was rained out on Tuesday, but we’re not letting that keep us from having one of our favorite events at the park! Come out this evening for a Belated National Night Out neighborhood potluck at the playground, 5-7 pm.

Belated National Night Out
Sunday, October 8, 5-7 p.m.

Austin Resource Recovery will be there to answer questions about the new Curbside Composting program and handout kitchen compost collectors (while supplies last).

We are also thrilled to offer the illustration of the park commissioned by Friends of Patterson Park from by East Austin artist Caitlin B. Alexander. We will have 8×10 prints available at BNNO for a $20 donation to support our community events. Cash, check or Venmo only please!

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Friends of Patterson Park illustration by Caitlin Alexander

Neighborhood Park Plan Approved by FoPP

Friends of Patterson Park voted by a strong majority to support the proposed Patterson Neighborhood Park Plan.  The poll was held online September 29–October 2, and 63 members participated. The final tally was 61 in favor and 2 against.

The next steps will be to submit the plan to the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department for approval, and to present it for a vote at the Cherrywood, Delwood 2, Mueller, Schieffer Willowbrook and Wilshire Wood/Delwood 1 Neighborhood Associations at their fall meetings. The plan will also be presented to the Upper Boggy Creek Neighborhood Contact Team at their Oct. 23 meeting.

Many thanks to everyone who participated! We look forward to implementing our plans for our neighborhood park.

Friends of Patterson Park illustration by Caitlin Alexander

Proposed Project: Tree Planting

Part of the Neighborhood Park Plan series of posts.

Austin Parks Foundation and TreeFolks, in partnership with the Urban Forestry Division at PARD, have proposed a partnership with Friends of Patterson Park in order to plant two small groves of trees at the park this October. The objective is to increase the diversity of tree species and add more beauty and health to the park. Urban Forestry will approve this project if FoPP members can commit to watering and maintaining the trees for two years while they get established.

All materials costs, education and information resources, tool supply and organizing the tree planting will be provided by Austin Parks Foundation and TreeFolks; supplemental watering for two years (commitment to establish the trees), tree mulching and other maintenance will be the responsibility of the Friends of Patterson Park.

Patterson Park proposed tree grove.edw

Tree Species List-TFolks 9-2017

Tree Species List. May be modified.

Google Earth view of Patterson: tree planting areas 1 and 2

Groves 1 and 2 north of restrooms, west of pool.

Grove of post oaks at Patterson Park

Grove of post oaks at Patterson Park near volleyball court