Patterson Park News and Events, February 2022

Friends of Patterson Park
NEWS

*  Amplify Austin, the city-wide day of giving, is coming up March 2-3. Our goal is to raise $5,000 so that we can continue making improvements to our park and supporting community events like Luminarias at the park. A huge THANKS to our Amplify business sponsors, Nature’s Treasures, Franklin Barbecue, and Jade Construction. We are also grateful for the support of Austin Parks Foundation, which lined up a match by Central National Bank so that your dollar will stretch even farther. We’d love your support to keep up our work in 2020! You can donate now at amplifyatx.org!

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EVENTS

Tuesday, March 1
Mardi Gras Celebration
5–6:30 p.m.
Let’s celebrate Mardi Gras at the pavilion with a potluck, king cake, and music! There will be masks to decorate and beads to share. 

Thursday, March 3
Amplify Patterson Ice Cream Party
4–6 p.m.
We’ll wrap up our fundraising campaign with a mad sugar rush at the playground. We’ll have new Friends of Patterson Park t-shirts available.

Saturday, March 5
It’s My Park Day
9–11 a.m.
This is an opportunity for the folks of all ages to volunteer and help care for our park’s wonderful trees. We will have coffee, tacos and fruit to keep volunteers going. IMPD is only possible because Austin Parks Foundation supports projects all around the city! Register here to sign a waiver and reserve a t-shirt: https://givepul.se/k4nnid

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Let’s Amplify Patterson Park!

Spring is around the corner and Amplify Austin is March 2–3! There are 600+ local organizations participating in the 24 hour fundraiser, and Friends of Patterson Park is working with Austin Parks Foundation to raise money for our neighborhood park. The park has been so important to neighbors as a place to exercise, find peace, and socialize safely over the last two years, and it was lovely to begin gathering for community events this fall. People seemed full of joy to be together at our National Night Out picnic and Luminarias.

Our goal this year is to continue work repairing and adding to our athletic facilities. Last year we were awarded a $134,000 grant from the city’s Neighborhood Partnering Program, and this will fund a new shade structure over the basketball court as well as other improvements. The grant will require a substantial match from FoPP, and we rely on funds raised during Amplify Austin. 

We are so grateful for the continued support of neighborhood businesses including Jade Building. On top of that, Austin Parks Foundation has secured a match for Amplify Austin donations to parks by Central National Bank, so your dollars will stretch even farther. Help us reach our goal of raising $5,000!

Thank you for being a part of our park community.

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