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.

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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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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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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

Patterson Piranha Swim Team Wraps up Season

By Dusty Harshman

Another summer brings another joyful gaggle of kids at Patterson pool to participate in the City of Austin’s Summer Swim Team season. While Patterson pool is among the smallest in the City of Austin park system, the Patterson Piranhas swim team reached the city’s maximum 120 swimmers just days after signup in April. The Piranhas have earned a reputation for their casual, educational, and family-centered approach to swimming. Many kindergartners have learned their strokes through the Patterson swim team

As practices began in early June, swimmers aged 5 to 15 were gathered at the pool in the evenings for six weeks. There were four neighborhood swim meets around the city culminating in a regional meet at UT’s Jamail Swim Center and the State TAAF Summer Games in McAllen, Texas in late July. From these humble beginnings, many Patterson swimmers have continued to swim for their respective high school teams. All prospective parents who would like to register their children for the swim team should mark their calendars for April 2018 for signups. More information is available on the City of Austin Swim Team page.

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Patterson Piranha swim team 2017. Photos by J Potter-Miller.

Movies in the Park: Aladdin @ Patterson Park, July 6, 2017

Aladdin Brings 800 People to Patterson

On Thursday, July 6, 800 people spread out on the great lawn at Patterson Park to watch Aladdin.  Neighbor Isabelle Headrick said “That was a magical experience; I have never seen so many people enjoying our park!” The free screening was part of Movies in the Park, a series hosted by Austin Parks Foundation in partnership with Alamo Drafthouse and presented by Carvana.

The screening of Aladdin had been reschedule twice because of weather, but the third time was the charm. It was a beautiful evening, with an almost full moon. There was a lot of cheering and quoting/singing along, especially at Jasmine’s line “I am not a prize to be won” and “A Whole New World.”

The Mmmpanadas and East Side King food trucks were at Patterson to provide snacks, and everyone had a great time. Many thanks to APF and Alamo for bringing this event to our neighborhood park!

Austin Parks Foundation to Screen Aladdin at Patterson July 6

The screening of Aladdin at Patterson Park has been rescheduled twice due to weather, but is finally happening next week! It’s starting late because that’s when it’s dark, but come to the park earlier to save a spot and enjoy a picnic. Our neighbors from Bibliographia will bring their mobile screen printing cart and you can print your own Friends of Patterson Park t-shirts! Proceeds will go toward park improvements. Kids and adult sizes available.

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Austin Parks Foundation invites you to a screening of Aladdin at Patterson Park, part of our 25th Anniversary season of Movies in the Park! This will be an all 1992 series of movies.

WHEN: Thursday, July 6, 9 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.
More Info and full schedule at austinparks.org/movies

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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.

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New Pool Furnishings Installed and Popsicle Social Planned to Celebrate

The picnic tables and benches purchased this spring with a grant from the Austin Parks Foundation were installed on Wednesday! The Parks and Recreation Dept. crew assembled and installed two tables and four benches, and plans to return next Wednesday to complete the project with two more benches and a trash can.  Friends of Patterson Park would like to invite our community to the pool this Saturday at 11:30 a.m. for a popsicle social to celebrate. We are thrilled with the new furnishings and so grateful to APF and PARD!

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Family Yoga at Patterson Begins Summer Hours June 11

Friends of Patterson Park and the Austin Parks Foundation invite you to Fitness in the Park featuring FAMILY YOGA at Patterson Park with The Little Yoga House (Ages 3+ with a Parent) on Sunday, June 11 at 9:30 a.m. We will meet under the oaks by the community garden. parking is available on Schieffer Ave. This class will be held monthly through November 2017. See austinparks.org/fitness for full schedule and other great classes!

NOTE: Parent’s must participate in the class, as we do lots of partner poses and fun games together – it’s a great bonding experience!

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ABOUT FAMILY YOGA:
Yoga for families is a fun-filled way for children, parents and even grandparents to spend quality time together while enjoying a fun and healthy activity. Family yoga provides the rare opportunity for both adult and child to observe and learn from each other and is a great way to bridge the age difference between them. Parents get to learn about the ways their child learns and the way he or she interacts with a group, and the children get to experience their parents as learners as well. This class is filled with partner poses, group poses, silly flowing sequences and yoga games!

ABOUT FITNESS IN THE PARK:
Fitness in the Park is a free series of classes presented by Austin Parks Foundation in partnership with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and individual fitness providers of all stripes. Learn more and see the full schedule at austinparks.org/fitness.

ABOUT THE LITTLE YOGA HOUSE:
The Little Yoga House is a boutique children’s and family yoga school with a specific focus on healthy child development through yoga, aerial yoga, mindfulness, and an integration of the arts. With unique yoga programs at each location designed to accommodate children of all ages, backgrounds and special needs, our dedicated family of teachers strives to teach children and teens the importance of the mind-body-breath connection and the connection we have to each other and Mother Earth through movement, meditation and environmental awareness.

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Patterson Park Community Garden Grand Opening and Dance of the Cosmos Unveiling

Celebration of Patterson Community Garden & Dance of the Cosmos to be Held May 27

Join Friends of Patterson Park for a celebration of our community garden and new sculpture, Dance of the Cosmos, this Saturday, May 27! There will be tacos, ice cream, a bouncy house, music, and screen printing of Friends of Patterson Park t-shirts by Bibliographia. The event is 10 a.m.-12 p.m., with a formal program from 10:30-11 and tour of the garden at 11. If you’d like to volunteer as an ice cream scooper, please sign up here: https://givepul.se/x61n1.
 

COMMUNITY GARDEN GRAND OPENING
& DANCE OF THE COSMOS UNVEILING

May 27, 2017

10:00 am                Patterson Park Community Breakfast
10:30 am                Welcome

  • Meredith Gauthier, City of Austin

Parks and Recreation Department, Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Community Gardens Program Coordinator

10:35 am                 Remarks

  • Sari Albornoz, Sustainable Food Center, Grow Local Program Director
  • Mark Smolen, Patterson Park Community Garden, Chair
  • Ladye Anne Wofford, Austin Parks Foundation, Program Director
  • Jennifer Chenoweth, Dance of the Cosmos, Artist
  • Jennifer Potter-Miller, Friends of Patterson Park, Chair

11:00 am                 Garden Tour and Park Activities

Download the program here.

About the Community Garden

Located at Patterson Park, the Patterson Park Community Garden was realized through a partnership between the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Austin Parks Foundation and is sponsored by Sustainable Food Center.  The all-organic vegetable garden was first proposed in 2012 and broke ground in May 2016.  There are 68 garden plots and community members are welcome to join.

For more information about the garden, visit: https://pattersonparkcommunitygarden.wordpress.com

About the Art

The sculpture Dance of the Cosmos by Jennifer Chenoweth of Fisterra Studio was inspired by Robert Putchik’s Emotional Windows study and a Tibetan lotus mandala. It is part of the XYZ Atlas, a Hedonic Map of Austin, an interactive public art project about our collective experiences of place.

Many thanks to the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Austin Parks Foundation, and PSW Real Estate for their support of this art project.

For more information about the artist, visit: http://fisterrastudio.com/

Photo credit:
Jennifer Potter-Miller (community garden), Michelle Atkinson (Dance of the Cosmos)