Five neighbors joined Team Austin Parks Foundation to run the Austin Marathon 5K on Sunday, February 18. Lucia (6), Nico (8), and Robert Miller, Jennifer Potter-Miller and Cerece Rosenthal raised $595 for Patterson. It was a cool, damp morning perfect for running, and it was a lot of fun being part of a large crowd running across Lady Bird Lake on Congress Ave. The Moody Foundation is matching 100% of donations to Team APF so another $595 will go into the APF coffers. We are so grateful for the support of our family, friends, and neighbors!
Amplify Austin Day is coming up March 1-2, and Friends of Patterson Park is planning to participate in the city-wide fundraiser again. We have been working to improve and beautify our neighborhood park since 2002, and we have big dreams for 2018. Our Amplify goal is to raise $4,000 to continue making improvements to our park and support community events throughout the year. #AmplifyATX starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, and you can schedule your donation today!
In 2017 we collaborated with the Parks and Recreation Department and Austin Parks Foundation to host three volunteer work days, eight family yoga classes, and thirteen special events at the park, including a celebration of our new sculpture and the grand opening of our community garden, an egg hunt, National Night Out, and Luminarias at the park. We also received a grant from the Austin Parks Foundation to update seating and tables at the pool.
We are now focused on raising funds to bring more programming and amenities to the park and make it an even more welcoming destination for our neighbors and all the East Austin community. We are so grateful for the support of our Amplify Business Sponsors. Erin Tassoulas Design + Build, Nicole Cooper Real Estate, Franklin Barbecue will each be matching $250 in donations during Amplify Austin Day 2018, and Nature’s Treasures will be matching $500. The Austin Parks Foundation has offered a 25% match of total funds raised, up to $2,500.
Join us at the Amplify Patterson Ice Cream Party at the playground to kick our campaign off March 1, 4-6 p.m.!
Original illustration by Caitlin B. Alexander.
Join Friends of Patterson Park on Saturday, March 3rd for It’s My Park Day! Meet us at 9am at the pavilion for a family work day.
WHEN: Saturday, March 3
WHERE: Patterson Park pavilion
Sign up at this link to receive an awesome t-shirt and sign a liability waiver. The plan is to prepare the area just west of the playground to plant a new grove of trees including a diverse range of species. PARD will dig the holes, and volunteers will engage in several activities including laying cardboard and mulch to suppress bermuda grass around the new trees, root collar clearing and trash pickup.
This is an opportunity for the folks of all ages to volunteer. We will have coffee, lemonade, tacos, and muffins to fuel our volunteers. 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!
We are also looking for volunteers for the Patterson Tree Planting.
WHEN: Saturday, March 10
WHERE: Patterson Park pavilion
Friends of Patterson Park is organizing a group of neighbors to “adopt” the grove and commit to get them established by watering for three years. This pilot project is a partnership between the Friends of Patterson Park, Austin Parks Foundation, TreeFolks and the City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department. If you want to join the watering crew and get one of the trees labeled with your family name, email email@example.com.
Trees in the new grove include Burr Oak, Monterrey Oak, Flameleaf Sumac, Goldenball Lead, Texas Kidneywood, Mexican Plum, Texas Persimmon, Red Bud, Desert Willow, Anacacho Orchid. Read more about the new grove.
On January 15, Friends of Patterson Park partnered with the Austin Parks Foundation and Austin Young Lawyers Association for a Martin Luther Kind Jr. Day of Service. Lots of area attorneys and neighbors came out with their families on the holiday to mulch the large oaks and clear root collars of accumulated soil. This will nourish the trees and allow them to breath better. Thanks for the great work everyone!
Volunteer opportunities this spring include It’s My Park Day (March 3) and a tree planting with TreeFolks and APF (March 10). We are also looking for people to adopt the trees and join the watering crew that will be responsible for our new grove of trees for the next few years, to help the future great trees of Patterson get established. This is a pilot project in coordination with the Parks and Recreation Department to demonstrate that neighbors can take responsibility for new plantings in public parks.
Photos by J. Potter-Miller/Friends of Patterson Park
Friends of Patterson Park, Austin Parks Foundation and the Austin Young Lawyers Association have partnered for a mulching day on Monday, Jan. 15, 9:30-12:30, and it’s open to the community! If you want to honor Dr. King’s life by participating in the National Day of Service, sign up at Give Pulse and join us at Patterson Park. Kids are welcome. Hope to see you there!
It’s My Park Day, March 2017
Photo by J. Potter-Miller
The 2017 Patterson Luminaries were a lot of fun and a great way to close out our 15th year! We were thrilled to celebrate the holiday season and our anniversary with so many neighbors, and are grateful for your support over the years. Here’s to a fantastic 2018!
Patterson Luminarias, Dec. 13, 2017
Photos by J. Potter-Miller
Friends of Patterson Park
Join neighbors for a magical walk around Patterson Park to celebrate the holiday season and enjoy hot chocolate at the pavilion. Friends of Patterson Park will host the 3rd annual Patterson Luminarias on Thursday, December 14, 6-8 p.m. Cookies are welcome if you are inspired to share, as is help setting up starting at 5pm. The more hands on deck, the more (battery-powered) luminarias we can light. We love celebrating the holidays with neighbors and are thrilled to continue the luminaria tradition!
Patterson Luminarias, January 2017. Photos by J. Potter-Miller
By Robin Graham-Moore
The first Saturday in November found a group of more than 40 friends and neighbors in Patterson Park looking at an impressive mountain of steaming mulch. Fueled by Mi Madre’s breakfast tacos, Thunderbird coffee, and drinks and pastries brought by generous neighbors, the group grabbed tools and attacked the huge pile.
Three hours later found the pile gone and a bunch of exhausted, but exhilarated people looking with pride at over 40 mulched trees. The event gave parents an opportunity to work side by side with their eager kids. Others came with their families to work in a park they remembered fondly from family reunions and birthday parties. A nearby business, Liaison Creative + Marketing, brought many hands to help the park they love thrive. Thanks to the Austin Parks Foundation for organizing such a magical day in our community!
By Jane O’Brien
On October 29th, neighbors gathered to decorate pumpkins, eat good food and celebrate fall at Patterson Park’s annual pumpkin decorating party. This year, many people even carved their pumpkins. Every pumpkin was a masterpiece, and we’re looking forward to doing the party again next year. An extra thank you goes out to Friends of Patterson Park for giving us extra pumpkins, so that no one was without a pumpkin to decorate!
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 https://www.givepulse.com/event/58508 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!
Photo credit: J. Potter-Miller/FoPP. See more on Flickr.