Patterson Pumpkin Patch 2017.Photo by J. Potter-Miller/FoPP.

Pumpkin Patch at Patterson During Community Garden Tour

The Patterson Park Community Garden will have a pumpkin patch photo corner on Saturday, October 28 during the East Austin Community Garden Tour. Come by to check out what’s growing and snap some photos with the pumpkins. Yours might even smile!

The garden will be open for the tour 10am-1pm, and volunteers may keep it open the rest of the afternoon. In addition to the pumpkin patch, there are a few new scarecrows to spook visitors and birds alike.

Other gardens included on the tour:

· Mueller Community Garden
· Homewood Heights Community Garden
· Blackshear Community Garden
· St. David’s Foundation Community Garden
· New Day Community Garden

All the gardens will have kid-friendly Halloween events.

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It's My Park Day Spring 2017

It’s My Park Day is March 4th at Patterson Park

Join us on Saturday, March 4th for It’s My Park Day at Patterson Park! We’ll meet at 9am at a picnic table near Airport Blvd. and Schieffer Ave. for a family work day. This is an opportunity for the folks of all ages to volunteer. We will be mulching the large oak trees at the southeast corner of the park. If you have wheelbarrows or wagons, please bring them! We’ll have shovels, gloves, and mulch sleds. Kids with an accompanying adult are welcome, and we’ll have coffee, lemonade, breakfast tacos and muffins to fuel our volunteers!

Please register on the Austin Parks Foundation volunteer management page.

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You can see photos from our family work day last fall on Flickr. Photo credit: J. Potter-Miller/FoPP.

Austin Parks Foundation Profiles Friends of Patterson Park

The Austin Parks Foundation is featuring Friends of Patterson Park on their website this month. The post is part of a series called “People Plus Parks ” highlighting the volunteers behind the work  APF does in Austin’s parks. The December profile by Elizabeth McGuire  starts “Some might consider Patterson Park the untamed cousin to nearby, master-planned Mueller Park, but fans of the lush green space off Airport Blvd. wouldn’t have it any other way.” Read more here!

People + Parks: Building Community and Cheer
by Elizabeth McGuire

 

Jennifer Potter-Miller. Photo by Elizabeth McGuire.

Jennifer Potter-Miller, Friends of Patterson Park. Photo by Elizabeth McGuire.

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Charles Heppner and Efficiency. By Jennifer Potter-Miller.

Artist Charles Heppner on the Patterson Burr Oaks

Charles Heppner lives two blocks from Patterson Park, and created “Efficiency” using photographs of the burr oaks at the park. He is participating in the East Austin Studio Tour, which is happening this weekend, Nov. 19-20. Visit him at studio #82 at 3903 Cherrywood Rd. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. By Jennifer Potter-Miller.

What was your interest in working with the trees at Patterson Park?

Trees in general are a thing of beauty that need to be revered, so I work with trees that are in my everyday life. I am at Patterson Park all the time with my kids, and got to know the trees, and recognize aspects of their beauty that I wanted to highlight.

The Prayer Rugs body of work are composite photographs using trees as the basis. Each work is a tessellation of a photographic tile created from photographing trees. In this case, the Burr Oak’s living in Patterson Park. These trees have an extraordinary movement in their limbs that is reminiscent of something called a Peano Space Filling Curve.

It’s not the same by any means, but I like how the burr oak spiral into the sky and this triggered that connection for me. As the tree limbs grow, they make almost right angles as they split off and fill in the sky.

The title of this work is Efficiency. You know, every tree has its own way of maximizing its ability to gain sunlight given its environment, depending on its leaves, where it is in the canopy of trees, etc. This one has a great overt way of showing how effectively it’s doing it because it’s breaking out into the sky.

If you look at the piece, you can see how there are dominant lines that break it off into little sections. And if you look at the individual sections, you’ll see how they begin to be filled up. That’s because of the movement of the tree going upward and inward, as I said before. That was the effect I wanted to highlight.

In this particular case, I exaggerated the effect by layering more than one image of the burr oak. That was an effect I wanted to be really seen, and it’s seen with impunity in this piece.

Could you tell me how the “Prayer Rug” pieces are created?

They are actually photographic prints. I use a printing company in New York to print them. I send them a digital file and they use a machine that exposes color photographic paper by employing a laser. Then they are mounted sandwiched between Plexiglass and plastic substrate called Sintra to create a really clean floating look off the wall. I think it highlights to beauty of the piece onto itself. There’s no frame to mess with what’s going on. I love how it’s a photograph that’s on the wall that becomes part of and is separated from the wall at the same time.

Biography

Charles Heppner is a multidisciplinary artist living in Austin.  He was born in Chicago into a large Catholic family where individualism was allowed unfettered.  He has a degree in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.  He has worked in finance and is a devoted parent of three children.  His current body of work concerns spirituality and the human relationship to nature.  Charles has shown his work in numerous galleries both in Chicago and New York.  His work is in many private and corporate collections throughout the United States.

“Efficiency,” by Charles Heppner

Friends of Patterson Park meeting, June 10, 2016

Meeting Notes, June 10, 2016, Friends of Patterson Park

Members in attendance:
Priscilla Boston, Schieffer-Willowbrook, Vineland
Mark Smolen, Wilshire Wood, Crestwood
Mike Sullivan, Cherrywood, Walnut
Jim Reed, Cherrywood, Werner
Julie Nelson, Wilshire Wood, Crestwood
Jennifer Potter-Miller, Cherrywood, Grayson
Ryan Osthun, Cherrywood, Hemlock
Lisa Fuka, Schieffer-Willowbrook, Cherrywood Rd
Amy Bench, Cherrywood
Tim Whitehill, Cherryood
Allison, Wilshire Wood, Lullwood

Visitors present:
Michael Berliner, Grow Green Initiative
Destiny and Michael, Nature’s Treasures
Jennifer Chenoweth, Fisterra Studio

Call to Order 9:05 a.m.

Community Garden

• Mark Smolen reported that the garden fence posts are being set. Irrigation lines are in though they are not tied to water yet. Next fencing panels will be installed and pergola will be built.
• Garden plots are still available. The allocation process will be a lottery for each plot. Owners are responsible for building their garden, which will be in raised beds because of caliche soil.

CherryWoodstock

• Ryan Ofsthun described plans for the neighborhood music festival planned for Sept. 17, 12-6pm at Patterson Park. Neighborhood-based bands will perform 30 minute showcases. A sound permit has been acquired from PARD.
• Sound will be amplified but directed toward Airport Blvd. There will be an 8×8 foot stage near the shelter. The event is alcohol free. Organizers are looking for walking traffic and not cars. There are only three people organizing this event and they would like help.
• Ryan requested a Letter of Support from FoPP and will ask for one from each adjacent neighborhood association. The letter should be emailed to Jason Mawer, head of PARD.

Concerns: Communication with the neighborhoods, parking. Jennifer suggested a Facebook page to share information. Michael Berliner offered to help create a website.

Action requested: Letter of Support. Jennifer plans to conduct online poll of FoPP members in order to get wide input.

Comment: Jennifer noted that FoPP is open to anyone who cares about the park, although the five adjacent neighborhoods will be asked to approve major plans.

Patterson Park Pool

• The pool is not scheduled to open to the public until late July. Jennifer expressed concern that this may be a signal that economics of neighborhood pools are changing. This summer’s pay rates are $13/hour and $19 for each overtime hour. Lisa Fuka, a swim instructor at the YMCA, suggested that this was causing displacement, taking lifeguards from other organizations such as the YMCA.

• Lisa spoke to Hyde Park’s effort to find lifeguards for Shipe. Hyde Park funds neighborhood kids through the city’s lifeguard program. Currently there is only one Junior Lifeguard taking advantage of that. Junior Life Guards are under the age of 16 and can only work at pools where there is a manager, such as Northwest and Bartholmew. One lifeguard worked 72 hours his first week earning over $1000 for one week. Kids are not the only ones who can lifeguard.

Potential action: Assess what we can do for future years.

Gordon Bennett Way Trail Markers

• Jennifer reported that the Chula League has $1621 in its account for a memorial to trail markers. Since our April meeting Girard Kinney has looked into the cost of stone markers matching those at Mueller, but it is 1K+. Girard has proposed raising funds for the markers as part of a larger trail improvement grant. Jennifer has spoken with neighbor Chris Levack of Texas Sculpture about making wood trail markers instead with the available funds.
• Priscilla Boston, who has a long history in the neighborhood, FoPP and Chula, suggested we find out if the funds can be transferred to FoPP’s account with the Austin Parks Foundation. She clarified that the markers extending Gordon Bennett Way from the Mueller greenbelt through Patterson would be a symbolic bridge or connection between development and neighborhoods to the west of Airport Blvd. Gordon had envisioned connected communities when he helped develop the plan for Mueller.

Potential Action: 1) Determine if funds can be moved to the APF account, and 2) continue discussion on design, materials and placement of markers.

At this time, about 10 AM we had been meeting for an hour and had to move locations due to the pavilion being used for another event.

Austin Neighborhood Fest: Little Free Library Event

• Michael Berliner from the Grow Green Initiative shared information about an event he is organizing in late July, location TBD. Free event in a park with BBQ, kid activities, supplies to build and decorate 100+ Little Free Libraries to be distributed across the city, and a community-wide book drive. FoPP members expressed interest in hosting the event at Patterson.

Next step: Grow Green will determine where the event will be held. FoPP will help spread the word regardless of where it is held.

Community Priorities Survey

• Time was short so Jennifer quickly summarized results of the survey so far, and suggested a committee meet to evaluate them.

Action: The survey will continue through the summer. Jennifer will send a call out for members to begin an initial review of the results.

Austin Parks Foundation Grant

• Jennifer reported that APF has invited us to apply for their Neighborhood Grants. These are $500 to $4,999 and are awarded throughout the year on a rolling basis. They can be used for a list of pre-approved items from PARD, including trash bins, tables, bike racks, etc. Our next presenter, Jennifer Chenoweth, suggested we apply early and often since funding may not always be available. She also said in some cases there is not a big cost difference between commercial made and artist or custom made items like benches and bike racks.

Action: Jennifer will send a call out for assistance writing first grant.

Proposed donation of sculpture to community garden

• Visual artist Jennifer Chenoweth of Fisterra Studio spoke about the proposed donation of her kinetic sculpture, Dance of the Cosmos, to Patterson Park. The piece is currently on loan to the Elizabeth Ney Museum in Hyde Park.Jennifer earned her MFA in 1996, serves on the Austin Arts Commission, is a resident of East Austin, and has been an active member of the local arts community for 20 years. She is proposing a permanent donation of this piece to Patterson Park.
Dance of the Cosmos was inspired by Robert Putchiks Emotional Windows study and a Tibetan lotus mandala. It is part of the XYZ Atlas, a Hedonic Map of Austin is interactive public art about our collective experiences.
• The sculpture has a footprint of 20 feet and is 8 feet tall when the flower is closed. It has electrical components tied to a solar panel. The solar panel needs to be within 30 feet. The sculpture is attached to a pad. The pad is not a single piece but many colored tiles. Maintenance after installation should not be much and it would be funded. The outer coating will be done is such away graffiti can be easily removed.
• Jennifer C. had some potential locations mapped out in the park. The group looked over the map and identified another place between the pool, bathroom facility and picnic tables. The area is pretty flat and the solar panel might be placed on the bathroom facility.
• The group present was enthusiastic about the sculpture. If the broader FoPP group is supportive, Jennifer C. will pursue further community support from the adjacent neighbors and neighborhood associations.

Action: Conduct an online poll of FoPP members to see whether we should support the donation, and what would be the preferred location and write a Letter of Support.

Adjourn 11:10 a.m. Members still present took a short walk to see progress on community garden.

Notes prepared by Lisa Fuka.

Download a PDF of notes here: FOPP June 10, 2016 meeting notes

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Photo credit: Jennifer Potter-Miller

Patterson Park Communit Garden fence work

Community Garden Cedar Fence Posts Installed

By Mark Smolen

Despite the threat of rain, we managed to set all of our fence posts locations and strip the cedar posts ahead at our work day on Saturday, June 4. Our fence contractor worked much of the day on Thursday installing posts. Once the fence, gate, and pergola posts are all set, we will do the fence panel installation. We will schedule another work day with garden members as soon as we have a delivery date for the panels.

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DanceCosmosColor.photo by Michelle Atkinson.sm

Friends of Patterson Park to Meet June 11

Join Friends of Patterson Park for our June meeting at the park. We will be at the pavilion if it’s available, and at a nearby picnic table otherwise. Please bring a lawn chair in case we need extra seating. Muffins & coffee will be provided, children welcome.

Saturday, June 11, 9am
AGENDA

1) Introductions
2) Announcements
Community garden update
CherryWoodstock music festival update
– Patterson Pool opening delayed to July 25
– Austin Neighborhood Festival, a Little Free Library event
3) Current business

  • Community Priorities Survey
    – initial results and plans to collect more feedback. Next steps with Master Plan.
  • Austin Parks Foundation grant
    FoPP has been invited to apply for a small grant (up to 5K) this summer. We need to choose from pre-approved projects, including installation of picnic tables, benches and trash bins.
  • Proposed donation of sculpture to community garden
    – Presentation by artist Jennifer Chenoweth of Fisterra Studios about Dance of the Cosmos sculpture, currently on loan to the Elizabeth Ney Museum and visible at 45th St & Ave. H.

 Dance of the Cosmos photo by Michelle Atkinson.

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Patterson Park Community Garden tool shed

Patterson Park Community Garden Work Day Scheduled for June 4

By Mark Smolen

I’m happy to report that the Patterson Park Community Garden is tracking to schedule, regardless of the recent rains. We have commitments from all our contractors and suppliers for the construction of the garden.  The irrigation lines have already been laid and hose bibs installed, and the tool shed was built on site last week.

Our next  workday will be on June 4 at 9 a.m. at the garden site in the park. We will be flagging fence posts locations for the fence work that is planned the following week.  This should take no more than two hours. Please join us.  Hours will count toward required community time for plot members.

photo Bend in the River Art & Music Festival

CherryWoodstock – A Neighborhood Music Festival

[Update: See the final lineup for Cherrywoodstock here]

By wiccit and DMan

We are planning to hold a small music festival this fall at Patterson Park called CherryWoodstock! It will be held on a Saturday, September 17, from 12pm-6pm. This event will showcase many of the musicians that are right next door and down the street, and shine a spotlight on the talent in our own neighborhood 🙂

We have been working with and been given preliminary support from the Cherrywood Neighborhood Association, Friends of Patterson Park, local businesses and the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Austin, and we aim to meet with surrounding neighborhoods Schieffer-Willowbrook, Delwood 2, Mueller and, of course, the immediate neighbors.

This is a family-friendly event, created in the hopes of building stronger connections within our community and celebrating our little corner of the city!

We will be gathering at Cherrywood Coffeehouse on Monday, May 23, at 8:30 pm to gather anyone who would like to participate and support this idea. Hopefully, we’ll see many of you there! Look for a few goofy folk with a small CherryWoodstock! flag.

Patterson Park Community Garden May Work Day

By Mark Smolen

We had a successful workday at the park on Saturday, May 14 getting out our grid lines and roping off the garden perimeter in preparation for irrigation work which is planned for later this month. We had help from 13 volunteers, including our two potential future gardeners, Dario and Ellison! There are still plots available. Email me for more info.

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Photo credit: Mark Smolen