September Celebration at Patterson Park

Celebration of Patterson Park Projects Planned for September 7

FRIENDS OF PATTERSON PARK CELEBRATES RENOVATION PROJECTS WITH A RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY AND CELEBRATION

Community members invited for breakfast tacos, face painting, kite flying and more on September 7 at 9 a.m. 

WHAT:  In partnership with the City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department and Austin Parks Foundation, Friends of Patterson Park is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil Patterson Park’s improvements and redeveloped playground on Saturday, September 7 starting at 9 a.m.

Patterson Park was the recipient of a $50,000 Community Grant from APF’s 2018 ACL Music Festival Park Grants Program. The grant provided the park with new amenities including new playscape equipment focused on building strength and balance, new amphitheater style seating, new steps connecting the playscape to the restrooms and new natural play features.

Patterson Park also received a Neighborhood Partnering Program grant for nearly $48,000 in 2018. This funded new park furnishings including benches, boulder seating, grills, trail markers, an information kiosk, and a picnic table.

Friends of Patterson Park invites the community to join the celebration and enjoy the new playground. Breakfast tacos and coffee will be provided upon arrival, followed by the ribbon cutting ceremony featuring Council Member Kathie Tovo District 9 and Parks and Recreation Department Director Kimberly McNeeley, representatives from the Public Works Department, and Austin Parks Foundation at 9:30 a.m.

Fun activities for the kids includes free face painting and snow cones, and kite flying (guests are encouraged to bring their own kites).

WHO:   Remarks will start promptly at 9:30 a.m.
District 9 Council Member Kathie Tovo
Kimberly McNeeley, Director of Parks and Recreation Department
Colin Wallis, CEO of Austin Parks Foundation
Jennifer Potter-Miller, Chair of Friends of Patterson Park

WHEN: Saturday, September 7, 9–11 a.m.

WHERE: Patterson Park playground
4200 Brookview Rd., Austin, TX 78722

Friends of Patterson Park wants to invite our community to join us for a celebration of our new playground equipment and park furnishings on September 7. We will have refreshments, face painting, and kite flying, and an opening ceremony with District 9 Council Member Kathie Tovo and representatives from the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, City of Austin Public Works, Austin Parks Foundation.

FoPP Supports Improvements to Basketball Court and Baseball Field

Members of Friends of Patterson Park have voted to support improvements to the park’s basketball court and baseball field. These projects would implement the next two priorities in our Neighborhood Park Plan, shade structures (#7) and athletic field/court improvements (#8).

PROJECT 1: Enhance safety and playability of the basketball court

  • Resurface aging blacktop.
  • Replace baskets and add 9 ft baskets on sides of court for youth.
  • Install a shade structure over the blacktop for sun safety.

Health is the cornerstones of this project. Making improvements to the court and adding a shade structure will encourage many more people to use it for physical activity during more hours of the day, especially during warm months. Adding baskets at a rim height appropriate for younger players will encourage youth to play basketball using proper technique.

PROJECT 2: Enhance safety and playability of the baseball field

  • Replace backstop with a larger and angled style backstop.
  • Install a 15′ – 20′ ft. bench for players with shade.
  • Install a small four – five row bleacher for spectators with shade.
  • Install warning and informational signage around the field.

Safety is the cornerstone of this project. Replacing the backstop with an appropriately angled backstop would prevent baseballs from going into the street and the church parking lot. It would also improve pedestrian safety, as foul balls would not threaten walkers or joggers. The shaded seating structures would would give players, their friends and families a place to rest and offer support during hot Texas afternoons. Note that these improvements would make this a better practice field for adults and children, but that it will still not be appropriate for games because there is no netting along the foul lines.

The vote was held online using Google Forms and 55 member voted, with 93% in favor and 7% opposed.  The next steps are to present the projects for to nearby neighborhood associations for approval, and then apply for funding to complete the project. The goal is to install in 2020.

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FoPP Supports Planting Trees and Adding Educational Signage

Members of Friends of Patterson Park have voted to support a project to implement the next phase of our Neighborhood Park Plan. The proposed project includes planting up to four trees around the Patterson pool, and installing three signs identifying trees at the park.

The vote was held online using Google Forms and 42 member voted, with 41 supporting the project.  The next steps are to submit the proposal to PARD for review and apply for funding to complete the project. The goal is to install it by the end of the year.

This project addresses the sixth community priority identified in our 2016 survey, landscaping. It fulfills the goals of 1) replacing shade trees around Patterson Pool (where several have been lost in recent years) and 2) adding educational signage identifying trees at the park.

Note: The Community Grove planted between the bathroom and pool in 2018 fulfilled the goal of adding more biodiversity to the park’s trees. Another project suggested by respondents to the community survey was a butterfly garden. However, as the Patterson Park Community Garden has planted an extensive pollinator garden along the fence line (stop by to check them out!), we don’t believe another is needed at this time.

Tree Planting

  • Add shade trees around the perimeter of Patterson Pool for the enjoyment and protection of swimmers. Funds to purchase trees were raised by the 2018 Patterson Piranha Swim Team. FoPP will commit to watering these trees for two years together with the new trees in the nearby Community Grove.

Educational Signage

  • Add tree identification signage for the Community Grove, Post Oaks, and other trees found at the park. The priority is interactive signage encouraging park visitors to identify trees during different seasons based on their leaves, flowers, and nuts.

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Notes: June 2019 Community Meeting

Friends of Patterson Park
June 17, 2019 Community Meeting Notes

Thanks to everyone who came out for to talk about what comes next for our neighborhood park!

  1. Community Priority: Landscaping
  • Plant replacement shade trees around the pool
  • Install tree identification signs for community grove planted in 2018, other trees around the park, and our heritage post oaks

Notes:

We discussed different kinds of signage used to ID trees, and settled on fewer signs with info on multiple trees. These would engage park visitors in searching for the leaves and flowers to ID trees. Trees will need to be watered either by volunteers watering community grove or swim team volunteers. Potential funding through Urban Forest Grant or Austin Parks Foundation Neighborhood Grant, and supplement with $700 raised by the Patterson Piranha Swim Team. This project has been submitted to PARD for review and will be put to a Friends of Patterson Park vote this week.

  1. Community Priority: Shade structures and athletic field/court improvements
  • resurface basketball court, replace hoops, add kid-sized hoops, install shade structure
  • install new backstop at baseball diamond, bench with shade for players, small bleacher or bench with shade for family & friends, informational signage, storage shed for materials needed for upkeep of diamond.

Notes:

The basketball court has been in need of serious attention for 15+ years. The addition of hoops at the basketball court at a lower height appropriate for kids would bring additional users. Solar lighting for the court was discussed as there is no electricity on this side of the park, but it seems that a large solar array would be necessary so it is probably not feasible at this time.

The Cap City Cobras have been practicing at the baseball field for four years and have made several improvements in that time. These have resulted in the field being used for practice by little league teams and families in the surrounding neighborhoods.  The closest open baseball field from Patterson Park is Rosewood Rec Center, which is 2.8 miles away.

The Cobras recommend urgent upgrades to the backstop and signage to improve safety. Seating and a storage shed would be desirable. The Patterson field is not appropriate for games because it lacks netting in the outfield, so it will be strictly a practice field. Potential funding through City of Austin’s Neighborhood Partnering Program grant. This project will be submitted to PARD for review to determine feasibility and put to a Friends of Patterson Park vote later this summer.

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June 17 Community Meeting to Plan Park Improvements

Please join Friends of Patterson Park at the pavilion on Monday, June 17 at 6pm for a community meeting to discuss next steps on our Neighborhood Park Plan. We will have pizza delivered, please feel free to bring a side dish to share. 

AGENDA

1. Updates

  • New sidewalk connections to Patterson by Public Works.
  • Volunteers needed to water new community grove planted with Treefolks, APF, & PARD in 2018.
  • Neighborhood Partnering Program project for new furnishings and trail improvements to be installed in mid July.
  • Celebration of park improvements planned for early fall with PARD and CoA.
2. Next Steps on Community Priorities for Park Improvements
 
The Patterson Neighborhood Park Plan approved in 2018 outlined 12 community priorities for park improvements. The next ones we want to address are: 
 
#6 Landscaping
 
Proposal to consider:
  • plant fast growing shade trees around pool to replace 4 lost in recent years.  FUNDING: 2018 donations by Patterson Piranha Swim Team
  • install tree identification signs for community grove behind pool and bathrooms, post oaks, other trees. Two options are 3 larger signs with identifying illustrations and info, or 20+ small signs leading on “tree walk” around park. POTENTIAL FUNDING: Urban Forest Grant (due July)
#7 Shade Structures and # 8 Athletic field/court improvements
 
Proposal to consider:
  • resurface and shade basketball court
  • various improvements to baseball field proposed by Cap City Cobras, who have been practicing at Patterson for four years and making improvements to the field themselves. They recommend a new backstop, bench, small row of bleachers, shade structure, netting, signage and shed. POTENTIAL FUNDING: Neighborhood Partnering Program Grant (due October)
See the Patterson Neighborhood Park Plan here: https://friendsofpattersonpark.org/parkplan/
3. Review of 2019 FoPP income and expenses
* Funds raised during Amplify Austin
* Expenses to date on community events and park improvements

Amplify Patterson Park

Share your love for Patterson by donating to Friends of Patterson Park during Amplify Austin Day. We are raising 💰 for community events and park improvement projects. You can help us make park dreams a reality!

DONATE TO Amplify Patterson

I Love Patterson Park kids 2019

Amplify Austin is a community-wide day of online giving to our city’s nonprofit organizations. It starts February 28 at 6:00 p.m. and ends March 1 at 6:00 p.m. Join us for an ice cream party at the pavilion Friday 4–6p.m. to wrap up our campaign! 🍦

Your donations will be matched 100% by our generous neighborhood business sponsors, and the Austin Parks Foundation will provide an additional 25% match of the first $2500.

Amplify Patterson business sponsors

Tito’s Vodka will add $5 to every donation that uses #LoveTitos in the check out form to support our fiscal sponsor, the Austin Parks Foundation.

New playground equipment. Source: Whirlix.

Patterson Park Playground is Expanding

By Jennifer Potter-Miller
Originally published in the August 2018 issue of The Flea

Friends of Patterson Park (FoPP) received a $50,000 ACL Music Festival Community Grant from the Austin Parks Foundation in June, which will support the construction of new playground equipment and park seating—addressing playground improvements, the number-one goal in our Neighborhood Park Plan.

The project, a collaboration with Austin Department of Parks and Recreation, Urban Patchwork, and Landscape Structures, includes a circular monkey bar and two spinners. New benches will be placed under the park’s oak trees, and small boulders will be grouped to form natural play elements and extra seating. Matching funds raised by the neighboring community during Amplify Austin will be instrumental in executing the improvements. FoPP is tremendously grateful to all the neighbors and neighborhood businesses who have supported its fundraising!

FoPP’s grant application to the City of Austin’s Neighborhood Partnering Program is currently under consideration. This grant would allow for updating park furnishings and making trail improvements.

In June, Patterson Park held a screening of How to Train Your Dragon, part of the Movies in the Park series hosted by Austin Parks Foundation, Alamo Drafthouse, and other sponsors. More than 250 people enjoyed the charming animated movie and food trucks on the lawn. Upcoming events include an End of Summer Pool Party (Aug. 18), National Night Out (Oct. 2), It’s My Park Day (Nov. 3) and CherryWoodstock (Nov. 10).

FoPP plans to wrap up the installation of the playground addition at It’s My Park Day 2018, and would love the help of all park lovers! To get involved, follow FoPP on Facebook or email fopp.atx@gmail.com.

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Patterson Park news and events, May 31

Patterson News and Events, May 31

NEWS
 
Friends of Patterson Park is ready to submit a grant application the City of Austin’s Neighborhood Partnering Program to add a few furnishings to the park and make some trail improvements. This improvement project represents the second phase of our Neighborhood Park Plan’s implementation, and addresses priorities number four (updating and adding to the furnishings) and number five (making trail improvements).
Read more about the project here.
 
Our first Go Fly a Kite Day! at Patterson on April 22 was a blast, and lots of neighbors came out to take advantage of the breezy afternoon.
 
Go Fly a Kite! Day at Patterson Park, April 2018


UPCOMING EVENTS AT PATTERSON PARK (or nearby)

SATURDAY, JUNE 1 @ 9-11am
National Trails Day: Creek Cleanup at Willowbrook Reach
On National Trails Day, Friends and Lovers of Willowbrook Reach (FLWR) is teaming up with Keep Austin Beautiful for a clean up of our favorite urban stream just one block from the park – Willowbrook Reach. RSVP here.

MONDAY, June 4, 4-6pm
Opening Day Pool Party
It’s officially swimming season at Patterson Park! Join friends and neighbors at the pool on Monday. We’ll have ice cream to celebrate the start of summer at the pool. See hours of operation on the city’s website.

THURSDAY, June 21, 9pm
Movies in the Park: How to Train Your Dragon
Join us at the park for Austin Parks Foundation‘s Movies in the Park, sponsored by Rolling Roadshow and Alamo Drafthouse. Bring a picnic or stop by the one of the food trucks: Garbo’s Lobster Truck, Connor’s Creamery, Noble Sandwich Co. Movie starts when the sun sets. More info on Facebook.

 
Patterson Park news and events, May 31


MORE
 
Austin Parks Foundation is conducting a survey to inform their advocacy
work. Please take a minute to complete their FY 2019 Parks Budget Survey so they can better understand your parks priorities. 
Friends of Patterson Park illustration by Caitlin Alexander

May 19 Community Meeting: Updating Park Furnishings and Making Trail Improvements

Join Friends of Patterson Park for to discuss our latest proposal to make our neighborhood park an even more comfortable and enjoyable place to spend time with family and friends. Coffee and muffins provided.

WHEN: Saturday, May 19, 10a.m.
WHERE: Patterson Park pavilion

The following proposal fulfills the priorities of updating aging furnishings to current PARD standards, adding a limited number of new furnishings where they would be useful, maximizing functionality of the trail, and improving the connection to Mueller. To read more, visit https://friendsofpattersonpark.org/parkplan/.

PROJECT 1: UPDATING FURNISHINGS

1) Add seating on trail at
* Dance of the Cosmos sculpture
* hill west of playground
* under oaks on Wilshire Blvd.

2) Add picnic tables
* next to tennis court
* next to volleyball court
* under trees across from Dance of the Cosmos sculpture

3) Add grills at picnic tables
* between bathrooms and Wilshire Blvd.
* between new grove of trees and tennis court
* small pavilion next to basketball court
* under oaks next to Schieffer Ave.

4) Replace trash cans at southeastern end of park (6)

5) Add trash cans next to picnic tables
* between playground and Genesis Church
* Dance of the Cosmos sculpture

PROJECT 2: TRAIL IMPROVEMENTS

1) Add trail markers for the 3/4 mile loop
2) Add kiosk with map and information indicating location of park amenities and nearby trails and green spaces
3) Add shade structure at intersection of Wilshire and Airport Blvds. to improve connection to Mueller

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Friends of Patterson Park illustration by Caitlin Alexander

Proposed project: Updating furnishings and improving trails

Part of the Neighborhood Park Plan series of posts.

Friends of Patterson Park is preparing for the second step in the execution of our Neighborhood Park Plan. The plan identified community priorities for Patterson Park based on the survey we conducted in 2016. We have applied for funding for the #1 priority, playground improvements, and hope to carry out this project in the fall. The #2 and #3 priorities, pool and bathroom improvements, must be undertaken by the city due to their scope. This brings us to updating the amenities/furnishings (#4) and trail improvements (#5).

When we began the park planning process, our furnishings were all aging and the trail was in poor condition. The Parks and Recreation Department has done extensive work at Patterson in the last two years, including replacing many off the old pebble encrusted trash cans and aging metal picnic tables, and reconditioning and extending the crushed granite trail. In addition, FoPP has secured grants from the Austin Parks Foundation to update the picnic tables and trash cans at the pavilion and pool.

To complete the work of updating furnishings, we would like to

  1. replace the remaining old trash cans (6) and add some at new locations (2-3)
  2. add grills to some of the heavily used picnic tables that don’t have them, including the small pavilion (2-4)
  3. add new seating (benches or boulders) along the trail (3-4)
  4. add picnic tables next to amenities , including the sculpture and some of the athletic fields/courts (3-4)

To complete the trail improvements, we would like to

  1. add new seating along the trail at a few locations (also part of furnishings updates above)
  2. add trail markers for 3/4 mile loop
  3. add map or signage indicating location of park amenities
  4. improve connection to Mueller with signage to the Southwest Greenway trail and shaded seating at intersection

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