Patterson Luminarias Return December 14

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!

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Patterson Luminarias, January 2017. Photos by J. Potter-Miller

 

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IMPD Fall 2017 at Patterson. Photo by Marie Hwang.

Another Fantastic It’s My Park Day at Patterson

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!

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Pumpkin Party 2017 by Jane O'Brien

2017 Patterson Pumpkin Party

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!

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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 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!

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

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.

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!