Friends of Patterson Park raises 246% of Amplify Austin Goal

CONGRATULATIONS!  Because of your generous donations, Friends of Patterson Park raised $7,425 during Amplify Austin. Thank you so much for your tremendous support and generosity during Amplify Austin Day 2021! We set a modest goal and blew past it. 

It’s been a hard year for so many, and we’ve come to depend on our public parks like never before. Together, the Friends of Patterson Park can bring updates and new amenities to our 80 year old neighborhood park so that people from around East Austin and the city can get the most out of this treasured green space.  We are truly grateful for your support and can’t wait to gather in person to celebrate with our park community this fall.   

We could not have done this without each and every single one of you!   

Patterson Park, February 15, 2015. Photo by J. Potter-Miller/Friends of Patterson Park.

Snowpocalypse of 2021

Snow fell through the night on February 14, and blanketed Patterson Park with several inches of powdery snow. It was a magical sight ❄️ Hoping all our neighbors stay safe out there!

Pharr Tennis Center Renovation

The Pharr Tennis Center is scheduled for a major renovation this year, with $4 million dollars allocated from the 2018 PARD bond. Construction is anticipated to begin in mid 2021. The project includes a new piece of art for the tennis center, and Art in Public Places has selected the team Rakhee Jain and Melissa Knight to create one. They are working on a design and will be organizing community meetings this spring to gather feedback. We will share info when we receive it. 

Another Great It’s My Park Day at Patterson Park

So grateful for an incredible group of volunteers at another great It’s My Park Day on Saturday, March 7! We had neighbors, part of the McCallum high school football team, and a team from OJO Home spread 20 yards of mulch, plant 40 plants in the community garden’s pollinator garden, and more! So thankful for their hard work taking care of our park, and to Austin Parks Foundation for organizing another incredible It’s My Park Day!

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5th Annual Patterson Park Easter Egg Hunt is April 20

The 5th annual Patterson Park Easter Egg Hunt will be on Saturday, April 20 at 10 a.m! Friends of Patterson Park is pleased to partner with Servant Church for another great community event at the east end of the park. We will meet at the small pavilion by the community garden to hunt for eggs, blow lots of bubbles, smash cascarónes and enjoy a potluck brunch in our beautiful neighborhood park!

Wondering what you can bring on Saturday morning? Extra plastic eggs with toys/stickers/candy, extra chocolate eggs, extra cascarónes, OJ, fruit, pan dulce, muffins, tacos or other brunchy food to share. We’ll have coffee and lemonade.

Egg hunt starts at 10 a.m. sharp! We’ll have separate search areas for the 4+ and >3 kids, and a golden egg prize!

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2017 egg hunt. Photos by J. Potter-Miller/FoPP

 

Trees in Community Grove Thrive Through First Summer

The new community grove of trees Friends of Patterson Park planted in March is doing great thanks to the volunteers who have been caring for them weekly. Fopp Chair Jennifer Potter-Miller met with new folks from PARD, Austin Parks Foundation, and Treefolks (our partners in the project) and everyone was impressed with how the trees have thrived (even bloomed!) this summer.  Our tree gators and volunteers are due all the credit for their success. Stop by and see our little trees!

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Community grove, August 2018. Photos by J. Potter-Miller/FoPP.

End of Summer Pool Party

The 2018 summer swim season wraps up on Saturday, August 18, and Friends of Patterson Park is hosting a pool party!

Saturday, August 18, 3-5 p.m.
End of Summer Pool Party

We’ve loved spending so many summer days hanging out with friends and neighbors at Patterson pool, and want to say goodbye with a splash. Join us on the last day of the summer swim season and we’ll have ice cream sandwiches to share.
We’re also celebrating our grant from the Austin Parks Foundation for playground improvements. The new play equipment will be installed later this fall, and we are so grateful for the funding!

4th Annual Patterson Park Easter Egg Hunt is March 31

The 4th annual Patterson Park Easter Egg Hunt will be on Saturday, March 31 at 10 a.m! Friends of Patterson Park is pleased to partner with Servant Church for another great community event at the east end of the park. We will meet at the small pavilion by the community garden to hunt for eggs, blow lots of bubbles, smash cascarónes and enjoy a potluck brunch in our beautiful neighborhood park!

Wondering what you can bring on Saturday morning? Extra plastic eggs with toys/stickers/candy, extra chocolate eggs, extra cascarónes, OJ, fruit, pan dulce, muffins, tacos or other brunchy food to share. We’ll have coffee and lemonade.

Egg hunt starts at 10 a.m. sharp! We’ll have separate search areas for the 4+ and >3 kids, and a golden egg prize!

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2017 egg hunt. Photos by J. Potter-Miller/FoPP

 

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.