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Patterson Park Open with Social Distancing Restrictions

Our park offers lots of opportunities to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful weather and we ❤️ seeing so many people enjoying it. Let’s remember to keep the recommended six feet of social distancing to stay healthy during Austin’s stay-at-home orders. The playground and picnic areas are closed, but trails, open spaces, and the community garden are open so there are lots of ways to get your Vitamin N(ature). Take care of yourselves neighbors!


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. 


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:
3. Review of 2019 FoPP income and expenses
* Funds raised during Amplify Austin
* Expenses to date on community events and park improvements
Friends of Patterson Park illustration by Caitlin Alexander

Community Meeting Saturday, Jan. 20

Please join Friends of Patterson Park at the pavilion on Saturday, January 20 for a community meeting to discuss projects planned for 2018. We can order pizza for dinner afterward!


4-4:30 pm Tree planting

Guest speakers: Bill Stout, Austin Parks Foundation and Suzannah DesRoches, TreeFolks

Finalize project plans, including location of new grove, selection of tree species, and watering commitment. Planting is scheduled for March 10, and planting prep will take place on It’s My Park Day, March 3.

4:30-5 pm Playground addition

Guest speaker: Paige Oliverio Hill, Urban Patchwork

Review plans for installation of circular monkey bars, spinners, and seating,

5-5:30 pm Upcoming fundraisers and discussion of small project/phased addition of park furnishings

Speaker: Jennifer Potter-Miller, FoPP

In search of neighbors to fundraise for Friends of Patterson Park during the Austin Marathon races (Feb. 18) and Amplify Austin (Mar. 1-2). Also, should we consider a small project this spring as playground addition would not be implemented until fall?

proposed Patterson Park playground addition


Friends of Patterson Park illustration by Caitlin Alexander

Neighborhood Park Plan Approved by FoPP

Friends of Patterson Park voted by a strong majority to support the proposed Patterson Neighborhood Park Plan.  The poll was held online September 29–October 2, and 63 members participated. The final tally was 61 in favor and 2 against.

The next steps will be to submit the plan to the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department for approval, and to present it for a vote at the Cherrywood, Delwood 2, Mueller, Schieffer Willowbrook and Wilshire Wood/Delwood 1 Neighborhood Associations at their fall meetings. The plan will also be presented to the Upper Boggy Creek Neighborhood Contact Team at their Oct. 23 meeting.

Many thanks to everyone who participated! We look forward to implementing our plans for our neighborhood park.

Friends of Patterson Park illustration by Caitlin Alexander

Proposed Project: Tree Planting

Part of the Neighborhood Park Plan series of posts.

Austin Parks Foundation and TreeFolks, in partnership with the Urban Forestry Division at PARD, have proposed a partnership with Friends of Patterson Park in order to plant two small groves of trees at the park this October. The objective is to increase the diversity of tree species and add more beauty and health to the park. Urban Forestry will approve this project if FoPP members can commit to watering and maintaining the trees for two years while they get established.

All materials costs, education and information resources, tool supply and organizing the tree planting will be provided by Austin Parks Foundation and TreeFolks; supplemental watering for two years (commitment to establish the trees), tree mulching and other maintenance will be the responsibility of the Friends of Patterson Park.

Patterson Park proposed tree grove.edw

Tree Species List-TFolks 9-2017

Tree Species List. May be modified.

Google Earth view of Patterson: tree planting areas 1 and 2

Groves 1 and 2 north of restrooms, west of pool.

Grove of post oaks at Patterson Park

Grove of post oaks at Patterson Park near volleyball court


Friends of Patterson Park illustration by Caitlin Alexander

Community Priorities and Potential Projects with Comments

Thank you to everyone who attended our community meeting on the Patterson Neighborhood Park Plan on Sept. 13. We had a productive discussion of the various projects that could meet the community priorities identified in the 2016 survey. You can see the survey results here: The draft Patterson Neighborhood Park Plan is forthcoming.

Patterson Park Community Priorities and Potential Projects with Comments
9/13/17 FoPP Community Meeting

1. Playground improvements

  • Add freestanding play elements
  • Add seating
  • Add shade
  • Add natural play area

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Monkey bars would be GREAT for older kids! Everyone would benefit from more shaded seating. Some simple boulders for natural play might fit well under oaks by community garden.
Good idea but make sure of the hanging apparatus at height adult 5 ½ to 6 ½ ft tall can use it.
Love the circle monkey bars & spinners.
Tree climbing playground equipment (aka Dove Springs park)

2. Pool improvements

  • Rebuild pool and bathhouse
  • Plant shade trees

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Love the shade additions!
Water park features like Peace Park might be cheaper & fun.
More shade at the pool. Changing rooms, lockers.

3. Bathroom improvements

  • Remodel/new construction
  • Add soap dispensers

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When rebuild move so not in the middle of oaks and playground, merge with pool bathrooms.
My favorite bathrooms in Austin! (Johnston Creek example)
Integrate with pool
It would be AMAZING to have clean, simple, modern bathrooms like these (Johnston Creek example) at our park
We need new bathrooms with soap dispensers and perhaps closer to the pool

4. Amenities

  • Replace old picnic tables, benches, trash cans
  • Add new picnic tables, benches, grills, trash cans, bike racks
  • Amphitheatre (using landscaping rocks, as implemented in Mueller and Ramsey Parks)

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Benches near volleyball court (but be strategic where it doesn’t inhibit future desires to expand the volleyball courts)
Thing through grouping of benches and/or picnic tables to allow for smaller + larger groups of family + friends at various spots.
Natural limestone benches.
I like the limestone bench idea.
Add more grills; add some picnic tables at East end of the park – it is now more of a destination; add seating by Dance of the Cosmos.
Consider crushed granite pad for new picnic tables.
Strategic planning for where to put new trash cans.
Add bike racks near destinations, not randomly.
Super simple amphitheatre at Ramsey is used for everything from kids musical performances to Shakespeare in the Park!

5. Trail improvements

  • Complete trail between Schieffer Ave. and Brookview Rd. roundabout
  • Improved trail maintenance (add granite, remove weeds)
  • Add lighting
  • Add seating
  • Add trail markers, map
  • Transitions from concrete sidewalk to crushed granite trail at each end of the sidewalk.
  • Improve connection to Mueller trail with signage, shaded seating at intersection of Wilshire Pkwy. and Airport Blvd.

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Large limestone barriers to provide perimeter seating along trails & prevent vehicle entry. This might happen with future Airport Blvd. redesign.
Some lighting along trail would be great, also trail markers, a park and trail map, and lots of seating.
Careful of cluttering with too many benches and signage – dual/multi purpose?
Trail to volleyball, skate park, community garden.
Need continuous loop of trails.
Connect with Mueller; consider merging trail with Gordon Bennet Way.
Not too much lighting.
Just walked to Mueller last night and was too too dark on walk home at Patterson.
Something more natural, not so George Orwell 1984 [as in example photo].
Check, check, check.

6. Landscaping

  • Shade tree planting in groves and along trails

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“If you plant them, they will grow”
Shade is always a benefit in Texas.
Yes! If not post oak, live oak, lacey oak, & burr oaks.
Shade trees, some flowering natives & fruit/pecan trees.
APF/TreeFolks planting project would require two-year commitment by FoPP to watering new tree groves.

7. Shade covers

  • Add shade structure over part of playground
  • Add shade structure over basketball court

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Shaded and lit basketball court would be a huge “game” changer. Now it gets very little use daytime or night.
Shade over basketball court would maximize use in daytime and evening.
Shade over basketball court!

8. Athletic field/court improvements

  • Resurface basketball court
  • Add shade structure over basketball court
  • Add lighting around basketball court
  • Surface tennis court
  • Replace benches and trash cans around tennis court
  • Replace fencing around tennis court
  • Add lighting around tennis court
  • Add mulch barrier around volleyball court
  • Add seating around volleyball court

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There are TOO MANY sticker burrs! The volleyball court is covered in sticker burrs that are hidden in the sand and stab your feet. The volleyball court was completely unplayable last time the grass was mowed because the burrs spread out. The volleyball court is my sanctuary and it breaks my heart & kills my feet trying to play there.
A bench/picnic table would be nice too; & a water hose to spray down the court in summer; & a light!
I’ve suggested to many people to play vball at Patterson, everybody says it’s the worst place in city to play because of sticker burrs. Suggest a mulch or sand barrier around the courts (Zilker has a barrier).
Desperately need to surface/resurface courts! Lighting and shade would be great to maximize use and health benefits to community.
Field: yard markers for ultimate frisbee/football; open spaces for free play!
Add soccer goals

9. Skate park improvements

  • Resurface ramp
  • Repair stairs
  • Add landscaping

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Seating & viewing area around skate ramp would encourage congregating. Be sure to ask skater community on plants and mulch, which could change aesthetic of what they prefer.
Teenagers need places too!
Maybe some tree plantings to create shade.

10. Lighting

  • Add solar lighting along trails
  • Add lighting around athletic courts

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It’s hot in Texas, people like to play ball at night. Light this baby up!
Yes, basketball court.
Volleyball courts.
Be careful about light pollution and fireflies.
Low trail lights are a good idea to consider.
Solar lights along the most busy parts of the trail would be very useful, and lighting of the athletic courts would bring a lot more people to the park.
Lighting needed on trail along Wilshire Pkwy.

11. Fitness equipment

  • Add small workout area with 2-4 pieces of equipment (e.g. pull up bar, sit up bench)
  • Remove old pull up bar by playground

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The athletic equipment along east side of Lady Bird trail is phenomenal. Please reproduce as much as possible.
Resistance training using body weight for upper body – check out what Camp Mabry uses.
I would love a sit up bench & maybe a pull up bar (for other people who seem to want them).
Please remove the dangerous old pull up bars near playground ASAP!
Consider stations around the trail.

12. Other

  • Add limestone blocks along Airport Blvd. sidewalk as seating & barrier
  • Add water fountains along trail
  • Add trail markers, signage, map

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Use same stone marker system as at Gordon Bennett Way in Mueller
I would love trail signs and also really liked the Patterson Park map designed by Chris Levack.
Trail markers would be great addition (maybe more natural wood ones instead of more formal stone signs at Mueller), as would directional signage and a map of the park.

Idea boards used at community meeting

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Patterson Park illustration by Caitlin B. Alexander, commissioned by Friends of Patterson Park. Use only with permission.

Upper Boggy Creek Neighborhood Plan and Patterson Park

The Upper Boggy Creek Neighborhood Plan was adopted in August of 2002 by the City Council.  The section on Parks, Open Space & the Environment (see p. 67) deals with Patterson Park.

The plan states that one of the neighborhood’s objectives is to “raise the quality of Patterson Park to the level of other major parks in Austin. People of all backgrounds and ages should enjoy the park. Members of the community should form a “Friends of Patterson Park” organization to help implement suggested improvements. Ensure that there is continued maintenance and care for the post oaks and other trees throughout the park.” This is broken down into 16 proposed action items.

  • Action Item 83. Control the erosion on the west side of the park by installing a system of terraces or some other erosion control device and combine it with a gravel jogging path around the perimeter of Patterson Park.

Improve local access to Patterson Park

  • Action Item 84. Install a wheelchair- and stroller-accessible path leading from the playscape area to Wilshire Boulevard on the west side of Patterson Park.
  • Action Item 85. Complete the sidewalk at Patterson Park that is partially installed between the picnic shelter and Brookview Avenue.
  • Action Item 86. Resurface Brookview Avenue as it enters Patterson Park.

Preserve and enhance the natural beauty and functionality of Patterson Park

  • Action Item 87. Upgrade the playscape area at Patterson Park to promote its use by children of a variety of ages and their parents.  These improvements could include:
    • Replace the sand groundcover with pea gravel.
    • Remove wooden playscape and replace it with one suitable for children ages 1-3.
    • Remove metal playscape and replace it with one suitable for children ages 4-10 (as in Shipe Park or Maplewood Elementary playground).
    • Install baby swings.
    • Keep the tire and regular swings
  • Action Item 88. Install a shade cover over the baby pool at Patterson Park.
  • Action Item 89. Removed from plan. 

Improve safety conditions of Patterson Park

  • Action Item 90. Increase police patrols of Patterson Park to enforce the parks no alcohol rule.
  • Action Item 91. Move the electrical boxes near the swimming pool to just behind the lifeguard station and erect a new fence around it.
  • Action Item 92. Repair the manhole cover at Wilshire Boulevard (across from Wilshire Pkwy) to prevent further accidents.

Encourage responsible enjoyment and sense of stewardship of park by all users. In particular, encourage its users to uphold standards of cleanliness

  • Action Item 93. Raise the awareness of picnickers in Patterson Park to clean up after themselves.
  • Action Item 94. Install a dispenser for dog waste bags and raise awareness among dog-walkers for the need to use dog waste bags from a dispenser (or to bring their own bags) and to clean up after their dogs.
  • Action Item 95. Minimize the number of signs in Patterson Park and strategically place them in areas that will gain the greatest exposure to park users.
  • Action Item 96. Restrict the playing of loud music at Patterson Park before 12 noon on Sundays, out of deference to Genesis Presbyterian Church.

Increase community involvement in the improvement, maintenance, and upgrading of Patterson Park

  • Action Item 97. Conduct a survey among Patterson Park users and neighborhood residents of their perceptions of needed improvements in the park including a community/recreation center
  • Action Item 98. Install a community bulletin board/kiosk with announcements of local events and information about the vegetation found in the park. This would be a good place for community education about picking up litter and dog waste.

Learn more about the Upper Boggy Creek Neighborhood Contact Team at

Friends of Patterson Park illustration by Caitlin Alexander

Community Priorities and Potential Projects

Work on the Patterson Neighborhood Park Plan will be guided by the community priorities identified in the 2016 survey we conducted. The results of the survey are reported in full here: Patterson Community Survey Results (download the PDF). priorities are listed below, with potential projects. Please join us at the September 13 community meeting to discuss what we want to include in the park plan!

1. Playground improvements

2. Pool improvements

3. Bathroom improvements

  • remodel/new construction (requires PARD bond funding)
  • add soap dispensers

4. Amenities

  • Add seating
  • Add picnic tables
  • Replace old trash cans

5. Trail improvements

  • Complete trail between Schieffer Ave. and roundabout
  • Improved trail maintenance (add granite, remove weeds)
  • Add lighting, seating

6. Landscaping

  • Tree plantings
  • Butterfly garden (included in Community Garden, spring 2017)

7. Dog park

  • Not feasible. PARD does not allow in neighborhood parks. (See list of 12 off-leash areas operated by the City of Austin)

8. Shade covers

  • Cover part of playground
  • Cover basketball court

9. Athletic field/court improvements

  • Resurface basketball court
  • Replace benches and trash cans around basketball court (PARD, spring 2017)
  • Surface tennis court
  • Replace benches and trash cans around tennis court
  • Replace fencing around tennis court

10. Splash Pad

11. Skatepark improvements

  • Resurface
  • Repair Stairs
  • Add landscaping

12, Lighting

  • Add solar lighting along trails
  • Add other lighting

13. Recycling bins

  • Add bins

14. Trash

  • replace old trash bins (partially completed by PARD, spring 2017)

15. Fitness equipment

  • Add small workout area with 2-4 pieces of equipment (e.g. pull up bar, sit up bench)
  • Remove old pullup bar by playground

16. Other

  • Fencing
  • Water fountains
  • Amphitheatre

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Patterson Neighborhood Park Plan

Vision and Goals for Patterson Park

Part of the Neighborhood Park Plan series of posts.

FoPP held the first Community Meeting on the Patterson Neighborhood Park Plan at Servant Church on June 21, 2017. Participants discussed their vision of the park and goals for the next 5, 10 and 20 years.

Vision for Patterson Park

We want a multi-use, multi-generational space for exercise, play, and community events.

We want to preserve open spaces and heritage post oaks.

We want to continue to draw visitors from beyond the neighborhood.

We treasure our trees, community garden, pool, art, and sense of place at the intersection of five neighborhoods.

Goals for Patterson Park

Activate the park with more use

Exaggerate small/big spaces to make them feel more intimate/expansive

Maintain tree canopy, plant replacements

Integrate trails better and add shade

Reclaim storm runoff with a rain garden

Add educational/historical component through programming & signage

Use space to bring five neighborhoods together

  • community events, including performances
  • fully inclusive, ADA compliant
  • regular volunteer opportunities to maintain park
  • bulletin board to share community information

Expand sculptural area

  • use abandoned concrete pad for temporary art
  • connect with Little Artist/Big Artist program
  • connect with neighborhood artists

Connect better to context

  • wayfinding
  • physical access

Make improvements while keeping in mind preserving open space & intimate spaces.

It’s Time to Amplify Patterson Park!

Amplify Austin Day is coming up March 2-3, and Friends of Patterson Park is planning to participate in the city-wide fundraiser for the second time. FoPP has been working to improve and beautify our neighborhood park since 2002, and we have big dreams for 2017. Our Amplify goal is to raise $3,000 to purchase and install a new spinner (a small piece of playground equipment) and support community events at the park throughout the year. #AmplifyATX starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, but you can schedule your donation today!

We are so grateful for the support of our Amplify Business Sponsors: Cynthia Soliz Law, Erin Tassoulas Design + Build, Nicole Cooper with Horizon Realty, Thunderbird Coffee and Franklin Barbecue! They will each be matching $250 in donations during Amplify Austin Day 2017.