This is an opportunity for the folks of all ages to volunteer, and there will be coffee, tacos and muffins to keep everyone going. Many thanks to the Austin Parks Foundation for organizing this city-wide day of service.
Friends of Patterson Park has been caring for our neighborhood park since 2002, and we have big plans for 2020! Our Amplify goal is to raise $5,000 so that we can continue making improvements to our park and supporting community events that bring neighbors together.
In 2019 we hosted eight community events, including a Pride Picnic, Easter Egg Hunt, and a celebration of that year’s playground expansion and park improvements. We also partnered with the Austin Parks Foundation on two volunteer work days to mulch our heritage oak trees and plant new trees.
Our goals for this year are to repair and add to our athletic facilities, and to keep strengthening community connections. This year, the Austin Parks Foundation has generously offered to a 100% match of the total funds we raise, so your support will go even further. Schedule your Amplify Austin donation today!
A huge thank you to our 2018 and 2019 Amplify Austin Sponsors, who along with many friends and neighbors helped us raise the $$$ we used to provide a $10,000 match for the $50,000 Austin Parks Foundation ACL Music Festival Grant to expand our playground!
FRIENDS OF PATTERSON PARK CELEBRATES RENOVATION PROJECTS WITH A RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY AND CELEBRATION
Community members invited for breakfast tacos, face painting, kite flying and more on September 7 at 9 a.m.
WHAT: In partnership with the City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department and Austin Parks Foundation, Friends of Patterson Park is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil Patterson Park’s improvements and redeveloped playground on Saturday, September 7 starting at 9 a.m.
Patterson Park was the recipient of a $50,000 Community Grant from APF’s 2018 ACL Music Festival Park Grants Program. The grant provided the park with new amenities including new playscape equipment focused on building strength and balance, new amphitheater style seating, new steps connecting the playscape to the restrooms and new natural play features.
Patterson Park also received a Neighborhood Partnering Program grant for nearly $48,000 in 2018. This funded new park furnishings including benches, boulder seating, grills, trail markers, an information kiosk, and a picnic table.
Friends of Patterson Park invites the community to join the celebration and enjoy the new playground. Breakfast tacos and coffee will be provided upon arrival, followed by the ribbon cutting ceremony featuring Council Member Kathie Tovo District 9 and Parks and Recreation Department Director Kimberly McNeeley, representatives from the Public Works Department, and Austin Parks Foundation at 9:30 a.m.
Fun activities for the kids includes free face painting and snow cones, and kite flying (guests are encouraged to bring their own kites).
WHO: Remarks will start promptly at 9:30 a.m.
District 9 Council Member Kathie Tovo
Kimberly McNeeley, Director of Parks and Recreation Department
Colin Wallis, CEO of Austin Parks Foundation
Jennifer Potter-Miller, Chair of Friends of Patterson Park
WHEN: Saturday, September 7, 9–11 a.m.
WHERE: Patterson Park playground
4200 Brookview Rd., Austin, TX 78722
Friends of Patterson Park is ready to move forward on two parts of our Neighborhood Park Plan. These proposals has been approved by our group and are now submitted for consideration by surrounding neighborhoods, including Cherrywood, Mueller, Schieffer-Willowbrook and Wilshire Wood-Delwood 2.
The Cherrywood Neighborhood Association will vote on the following proposals at their upcoming general meeting on Wednesday, August 21 (Servant Church, 6:30pm), and Schieffer-Willowbrook will vote at their biannual meeting on Thursday, September 5 (Genesis Presbyterian Church, 6:30pm) The other meetings are still TBC.
PROJECT 1: Tree planting and educational signagE
* Add shade trees around the perimeter of Patterson Pool for the enjoyment and protection of swimmers.
* Add tree identification signage for the Community Grove, Post Oaks, and other trees found at the park. The priority is interactive signage encouraging park visitors to identify trees during different seasons based on their leaves, flowers, and nuts.
PROJECT 2: Enhancing safety and playability of the basketball court and baseball field
* Replace baskets and add 9 ft baskets on sides of court for youth.
* Install a 15′ – 20′ ft. bench for players with shade.
* Install a small 4 to 5 row bleacher for spectators with shade.
* Install warning and informational signage around the field.
Health and safety are the cornerstones of this project. Making improvements to the court and adding a shade structure will encourage many more people to use it for physical activity during more hours of the day, especially during warm months. Adding baskets at a rim height appropriate for younger players will encourage youth to play basketball using proper technique.
Replacing the backstop with an appropriately angled backstop would prevent baseballs from going into the street and the church parking lot. It would also improve pedestrian safety, as foul balls would not threaten walkers or joggers. The shaded seating structures would would give players, their friends and families a place to rest and offer support during hot Texas afternoons. Note that these improvements would make this a better practice field for adults and children, but that it will still not be appropriate for games because there is no netting along the foul lines.
Members of Friends of Patterson Park have voted to support improvements to the park’s basketball court and baseball field. These projects would implement the next two priorities in our Neighborhood Park Plan, shade structures (#7) and athletic field/court improvements (#8).
PROJECT 1: Enhance safety and playability of the basketball court
- Resurface aging blacktop.
- Replace baskets and add 9 ft baskets on sides of court for youth.
- Install a shade structure over the blacktop for sun safety.
Health is the cornerstones of this project. Making improvements to the court and adding a shade structure will encourage many more people to use it for physical activity during more hours of the day, especially during warm months. Adding baskets at a rim height appropriate for younger players will encourage youth to play basketball using proper technique.
PROJECT 2: Enhance safety and playability of the baseball field
- Replace backstop with a larger and angled style backstop.
- Install a 15′ – 20′ ft. bench for players with shade.
- Install a small four – five row bleacher for spectators with shade.
- Install warning and informational signage around the field.
Safety is the cornerstone of this project. Replacing the backstop with an appropriately angled backstop would prevent baseballs from going into the street and the church parking lot. It would also improve pedestrian safety, as foul balls would not threaten walkers or joggers. The shaded seating structures would would give players, their friends and families a place to rest and offer support during hot Texas afternoons. Note that these improvements would make this a better practice field for adults and children, but that it will still not be appropriate for games because there is no netting along the foul lines.
The vote was held online using Google Forms and 55 member voted, with 93% in favor and 7% opposed. The next steps are to present the projects for to nearby neighborhood associations for approval, and then apply for funding to complete the project. The goal is to install in 2020.
Members of Friends of Patterson Park have voted to support a project to implement the next phase of our Neighborhood Park Plan. The proposed project includes planting up to four trees around the Patterson pool, and installing three signs identifying trees at the park.
The vote was held online using Google Forms and 42 member voted, with 41 supporting the project. The next steps are to submit the proposal to PARD for review and apply for funding to complete the project. The goal is to install it by the end of the year.
This project addresses the sixth community priority identified in our 2016 survey, landscaping. It fulfills the goals of 1) replacing shade trees around Patterson Pool (where several have been lost in recent years) and 2) adding educational signage identifying trees at the park.
Note: The Community Grove planted between the bathroom and pool in 2018 fulfilled the goal of adding more biodiversity to the park’s trees. Another project suggested by respondents to the community survey was a butterfly garden. However, as the Patterson Park Community Garden has planted an extensive pollinator garden along the fence line (stop by to check them out!), we don’t believe another is needed at this time.
- Add shade trees around the perimeter of Patterson Pool for the enjoyment and protection of swimmers. Funds to purchase trees were raised by the 2018 Patterson Piranha Swim Team. FoPP will commit to watering these trees for two years together with the new trees in the nearby Community Grove.
- Add tree identification signage for the Community Grove, Post Oaks, and other trees found at the park. The priority is interactive signage encouraging park visitors to identify trees during different seasons based on their leaves, flowers, and nuts.
Come show your love this Friday night at the Patterson Pride Picnic, 6-9pm! As Pride month comes to an end, let’s get together for a potluck feast. Patterson Park embraces all of our neighbors, the LGBTQ+ community included. Bring a dish or drink to share and see how colorful you can make it. Rainbows are welcome!
Friends of Patterson Park
June 17, 2019 Community Meeting Notes
Thanks to everyone who came out for to talk about what comes next for our neighborhood park!
- Community Priority: Landscaping
- Plant replacement shade trees around the pool
- Install tree identification signs for community grove planted in 2018, other trees around the park, and our heritage post oaks
We discussed different kinds of signage used to ID trees, and settled on fewer signs with info on multiple trees. These would engage park visitors in searching for the leaves and flowers to ID trees. Trees will need to be watered either by volunteers watering community grove or swim team volunteers. Potential funding through Urban Forest Grant or Austin Parks Foundation Neighborhood Grant, and supplement with $700 raised by the Patterson Piranha Swim Team. This project has been submitted to PARD for review and will be put to a Friends of Patterson Park vote this week.
- Community Priority: Shade structures and athletic field/court improvements
- resurface basketball court, replace hoops, add kid-sized hoops, install shade structure
- install new backstop at baseball diamond, bench with shade for players, small bleacher or bench with shade for family & friends, informational signage, storage shed for materials needed for upkeep of diamond.
The basketball court has been in need of serious attention for 15+ years. The addition of hoops at the basketball court at a lower height appropriate for kids would bring additional users. Solar lighting for the court was discussed as there is no electricity on this side of the park, but it seems that a large solar array would be necessary so it is probably not feasible at this time.
The Cap City Cobras have been practicing at the baseball field for four years and have made several improvements in that time. These have resulted in the field being used for practice by little league teams and families in the surrounding neighborhoods. The closest open baseball field from Patterson Park is Rosewood Rec Center, which is 2.8 miles away.
The Cobras recommend urgent upgrades to the backstop and signage to improve safety. Seating and a storage shed would be desirable. The Patterson field is not appropriate for games because it lacks netting in the outfield, so it will be strictly a practice field. Potential funding through City of Austin’s Neighborhood Partnering Program grant. This project will be submitted to PARD for review to determine feasibility and put to a Friends of Patterson Park vote later this summer.
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.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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)