Q&A on New Public Art at Patterson’s Pharr Tennis Center

Local artists Rakhee Jain Desai and Melissa Knight will be creating a permanent public artwork as part of the upcoming renovation of the Pharr Tennis Center at Patterson Park. Neighbors and users of the center are invited to join the artists for a discussion and help inform the artwork design. Learn more about the renovation project at https://www.austintexas.gov/department/pharr-tennis-center-renovation

Meet the Artists Sunday, August 29, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Join the Zoom Meeting here
Meeting ID: 879 5931 2653
Passcode: 420167

Questions? Contact AIPP Project Manager Alex Irrera by email at alex.irrera@austintexas.gov or by calling 512.974.7860. http://www.austintexas.gov/department/art-public-places

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City awards Patterson 134K Grant

City of Austin Awards 134K Grant to Friends of Patterson Park

We are thrilled to share the news that the City of Austin’s Neighborhood Partnering Program has approved our 2019 grant application and awarded our group $134,741 for improvements to the athletic facilities at Patterson Park! The objective of the project is to increase opportunities for residents of all ages to engage in play and physical activity at Patterson Park.

NPP’s review was delayed first by a staff shortage and later the pandemic, and their board just met to review two years of applications. After an agreement is signed this summer, we hope we will be able to implement the various elements of the project by the end of the year. 

The project includes $134,741 for
* new shade structure over the basketball court
* two new youth height basketball baskets
* replacing existing basketball backboards
* new park benches behind baseball backstop
* new limestone seating along trail next to the baseball field

Our 33% match (valued at $44,144) includes
* new baseball backstop (already completed with an Austin Parks Foundation grant + our own funds)
* replacing last 6 cement trash cans
* $3,000 cash
* volunteer work hours at Patterson Park and the Willowbrook Reach greenbelt

We deeply appreciate the work Friends of Patterson Park did developing this project with thoughtful discussion on our listserv and at community meetings, gathering support at the meetings of four neighborhood associations and door-to-door around the park, and preparing and reviewing the grant application. 

We are also grateful for the neighbors and neighborhood businesses who have supported our Amplify Austin fundraising campaigns and made our financial contribution to this project possible, Austin Parks Foundation for our recent Austin City Limits Music Festival Grant, and the many volunteers who mulch our park, clean up trash at our creek, and tend to the vegetable and pollinator gardens at our school. This is truly an amazing park community that came together to bring more fun, exercise and sun safety to Patterson Park!

Cherrywood Bikeways Project to Bring Improvements Around Park

Austin Transportation has finalized plans for the Cherrywood Neighborhood Bikeways project proposed some time ago, and is ready to begin implementing it in Spring 2021. This project will improve connectivity to Patterson Park, including pedestrian crossing islands on Cherrywood Rd and Schieffer Ave. It is a continuation of the project which brought an improved crossing at Schieffer and Airport, including access for cyclists entering the park, and new sidewalks on Cherrywood and Schieffer Aves., in 2019. We are grateful to everyone who provided feedback on this project through the city survey and at the community meeting held at Maplewood Elementary, and look forward to seeing neighbors more easily access the park.

APF Grant Funds New Backstop at Patterson Park

New Backstop for Baseball Field Funded by Austin Parks Foundation Grant

We are thrilled to announce that Friends of Patterson park has received a $5,000 ACL Music Festival Grant from the Austin Parks Foundation to replace the baseball field backstop. The new backstop will have a clamshell to protect neighbors, walkers, and cars in the Genesis Parking lot.

This is part of the improvements to the park’s athletic facilities that our group began planning in spring 2019, addressing the next community priority in our neighborhood park plan. Other elements of this project are seating behind the backstop for players, family and friends, and new backboards, youth baskets and a shade structure at the basketball court. A grant for the remainder of the project is under review by the City of Austin’s Neighborhood Partnering Program this spring.

We are so grateful for the continued support of APF, as well as the friends, neighbors and business sponsors who supported our fundraising campaign during Amplify Austin in 2020. We will be using funds raised last year to pay for our match and complete the installation of the backstop. We couldn’t have done this without Nature’s Treasures, Franklin Barbecue, Mueller Foundation, Jade Construction, Cherrywood Coffeehouse, Erin Tassoulas Design + Build and Cherrywood Neighborhood Association.

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FOPP Raises $14,940 during Amplify Austin 2020

A team of Friends of Patterson Park worked together during the 2020 Amplify Austin campaign, and raised a total of $7,470. We had 65+ individual donors and sponsorships from seven neighborhood businesses and organizations. To top it all off, the Austin Parks Foundation generously matched our total raised 100%, so that we bringing home $14,940 to put toward future park improvement projects and community building events! We are overwhelmed with joy and gratitude at the outpouring of support!

A huge thanks to our Amplify Patterson sponsors Nature’s Treasures, Franklin Barbecue, Mueller Foundation, Jade Construction, Cherrywood Coffeehouse, Erin Tassoulas Design + Build and Cherrywood Neighborhood Association for pledging $2,750 to our campaign. We couldn’t have done this without you!

FOPP raises $14,940 during Amplify Austin 2020

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Amplify Patterson Campaign is TODAY!

WOW! Thanks to support from our neighbors and community sponsors, we have already raised over 90% of our $5,000 Amplify Patterson goal! Let’s see if we can make our stretch goal of $7,000 by 6 p.m., when  Amplify Austin Day wraps up.

Your tax-deductible gift to Friends of Patterson Park will have TWICE the impact thanks to Austin Parks Foundation, who will match all Amplify Austin donations.

This is our most ambitious Amplify goal ever, and will help us work on big projects like repairs and additions to our athletic facilities. We want Patterson Park to be an even more welcoming destination for our East Austin neighbors to play, enjoy the outdoors, and get healthy physical activity.

Thank you for your support and generosity throughout the year! If you haven’t donated yet, please give what you can at http://bit.ly/AmplifyPatterson2020

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​A HUGE thanks to our Amplify Patterson sponsors Nature’s Treasures, Franklin Barbecue, Mueller Foundation, Jade Construction, Cherrywood Coffeehouse, Erin Tassoulas Design + Build and Cherrywood Neighborhood Association for pledging $2,750 to our campaign. With your help, we can make it to $7,000!

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One Week to Amplify Patterson Park

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Amplify Austin starts in one week! This 24 hour fundraiser showers TLC on more than 700 amazing organizations working in Central Texas. Will you make a pledge to amplify our neighborhood park? You can help Friends of Patterson Park make it into an even more welcoming destination for East Austin neighbors to play, exercise, and enjoy the outdoors.

Our goals for this year are to repair and add to our athletic facilities, and to keep building community connections through social events at the park. How can you help us AMPLIFY PATTERSON?

  1. Donate now! Early donations have begun at https://www.amplifyatx.org/p2p/125447/friends-of-patterson-park.

  2. Give during Amplify Austin — from 6pm on March 5 to 6pm on March 6.

  3. Share the link with your friends and encourage them to match your donation!

We are so grateful for the support of businesses and organizations in our neighborhood!  Nature’s Treasures, Franklin Barbecue, Mueller Foundation, Jade Construction, Cherrywood Coffeehouse, and Erin Tassoulas Design + Build have already pledged to match individual donations. And on top of that, Austin Parks Foundation has offered a 100% match of our Amplify Austin Day fundraising! What that means is that every dollar you contribute will be matched 2:1. AMAZING!

Thanks for being a part of our park community.

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Make Your Impact During Amplify Patterson

Friends of Patterson Park has been caring for our neighborhood park since 2002, and we have big plans for 2020! Our Amplify goal is to raise $5,000 so that we can continue making improvements to our park and supporting community events that bring neighbors together.

In 2019 we hosted eight community events, including a Pride Picnic, Easter Egg Hunt, and a celebration of that year’s playground expansion and park improvements. We also partnered with the Austin Parks Foundation on two volunteer work days to mulch our heritage oak trees and plant new trees.

Our goals for this year are to repair and add to our athletic facilities, and to keep strengthening community connections. This year, the Austin Parks Foundation has generously offered to a 100% match of the total funds we raise, so your support will go even further.  Schedule your Amplify Austin donation today!

Patterson Park Illustration by Caitlin B. Alexander

Illustration by Caitlin B. Alexander

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.