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.

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.




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.


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

Patterson Park Community Work Day Planned, May 14

By Mark Smolen

Join the Patterson Park Community Garden task force for a work day on Saturday, May 14 to map out the grid lines for the garden plots and set temporary posts marking the garden perimeter.

Under the auspices of Sustainable Food Center, the task force has just signed a license agreement with the City of Austin so that we can move forward with our construction of the garden. The work will proceed in phases, and the next step is to have the irrigation work for our water supply completed by the end of May. That will be followed by fence and gate work in June. This outlook is dependent on completing our negotiations with irrigation and fence contractors and, of course, on the weather. For updates and to RSVP, visit the Facebook event page.

There are still a few of our 66 plots available for anyone who might be interested in gardening with us. For more details, please contact Mark Smolen.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Patterson park

By Jennifer Potter-Miller

Families filled Patterson Park to celebrate Cinco de Mayo last week, and close to 150 people enjoyed a huge potluck dinner, games and music. Friends of Patterson Park partnered with Maplewood Elementary School to host the party during Screen Free Week, and welcomed the community to the celebration.

Many thanks to the parents who brought tamales, salads, all manner of taco fixings, and Mexican cookies and pan dulce galore, and to the school’s Dual Language Parent Teacher Committee for organizing a wonderfully goofy piñata relay race, crafts and freeze dance.

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2016 Easter Egg Hunt at the Park Brings Surrounding Neighborhoods Together

By Jennifer Potter-Miller

It was an unforgettable morning at Patterson Park for the 2nd Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt! We had 150 people come out, 1000+ eggs, dozens upon dozens of cascarónes, two prize baskets, and all kinds of brunch foods for a potluck.

A huge THANK YOU to

* Servant Church for the eggs, donation of chicks to Heifer International, prize basket, bottomless coffee, and their endless good will

* Patterson Park Families for even more eggs, stuffing and hiding 1000 of them, and their boundless energy for community events at our neighborhood park.

I love that all the neighborhoods surrounding Patterson Park can come together there, and that we could easily share the space with two congregations, a soccer team, and several family gatherings.

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Photo credit: Jennifer Potter-Miller. Lots more on Flickr!

Friends of Patterson Park Fundraises During Amplify Austin

Friends of Patterson Park participated in Amplify Austin for the first time last week, and raised $1,361 through the Austin Parks Foundation. Amplify Austin is an annual community-wide day of online giving, and raised $8.5 million for 611 nonprofit organization on March 8-9, 2016. Thirty five individuals made gifts to FoPP, and these will be matched at 25% by the Austin Parks Foundation. We are enormously grateful for the support of both our neighbors and friends and of APF, and look forward to continuing to care for and improve the park!