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!   

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Let’s Amplify Patterson!

We were deep in winter just two weeks ago, but spring is around the corner and AMPLIFY AUSTIN is March 4-5! There are 675+ 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 past year has made our city’s green spaces even more important – they’ve been key to our physical and mental health. You can help make Patterson into an even more welcoming destination for our East Austin neighbors to play, exercise, and enjoy the outdoors.

Donate now at amplifyatx.org!

Our goal this year is to continue work repairing and adding to our athletic facilities. This winter we were awarded a $5,000 Austin City Limits Community Grant by APF to replace the damaged backstop at the baseball field, and work started this week! We will use funds raised during last year’s Amplify campaign to make a matching contribution toward the installation. We hope to complete the athletic facilities project with a grant from the Neighborhood Partnering Program, and this year’s Amplify funds will allow us to provide the required match. 

We are so grateful for the continued support of neighborhood businesses! Nature’s Treasures, Franklin Barbecue, and Jade Construction, have already made substantial pledges. On top of that, Austin Parks Foundation has secured a 100% 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 $3,000!

Thank you for being a part of our park community.

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!

Cherrywood Bikeways Project to Bring Improvements Around Park

Austin Transportation has finalized plans for the Cherrywood Neighborhood Bikeways project proposed some time ago, and is ready to begin implementing it in Spring 2021. This project will improve connectivity to Patterson Park, including pedestrian crossing islands on Cherrywood Rd and Schieffer Ave. It is a continuation of the project which brought an improved crossing at Schieffer and Airport, including access for cyclists entering the park, and new sidewalks on Cherrywood and Schieffer Aves., in 2019. We are grateful to everyone who provided feedback on this project through the city survey and at the community meeting held at Maplewood Elementary, and look forward to seeing neighbors more easily access the park.

APF Grant Funds New Backstop at Patterson Park

New Backstop for Baseball Field Funded by Austin Parks Foundation Grant

We are thrilled to announce that Friends of Patterson park has received a $5,000 ACL Music Festival Grant from the Austin Parks Foundation to replace the baseball field backstop. The new backstop will have a clamshell to protect neighbors, walkers, and cars in the Genesis Parking lot.

This is part of the improvements to the park’s athletic facilities that our group began planning in spring 2019, addressing the next community priority in our neighborhood park plan. Other elements of this project are seating behind the backstop for players, family and friends, and new backboards, youth baskets and a shade structure at the basketball court. A grant for the remainder of the project is under review by the City of Austin’s Neighborhood Partnering Program this spring.

We are so grateful for the continued support of APF, as well as the friends, neighbors and business sponsors who supported our fundraising campaign during Amplify Austin in 2020. We will be using funds raised last year to pay for our match and complete the installation of the backstop. We couldn’t have done this without Nature’s Treasures, Franklin Barbecue, Mueller Foundation, Jade Construction, Cherrywood Coffeehouse, Erin Tassoulas Design + Build and Cherrywood Neighborhood Association.

  • Allied backstop drawing
  • Amplify sponsors 2020

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. 

social distancing guidelines

Patterson Park Open with Social Distancing Restrictions

Our park offers lots of opportunities to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful weather and we ❤️ seeing so many people enjoying it. Let’s remember to keep the recommended six feet of social distancing to stay healthy during Austin’s stay-at-home orders. The playground and picnic areas are closed, but trails, open spaces, and the community garden are open so there are lots of ways to get your Vitamin N(ature). Take care of yourselves neighbors!

ABC Kite Festival at Patterrson Park

ABC Kite Festival 2021 at Patterson Park

The 2021 ABC Kite Fest returns March 27-28 as a city-wide celebration of Austin’s parks in partnership with the Austin Parks Foundation. Come fly a kite at Patterson Park! 

Sponsored in part by KXAN and Texas Mutual, this year’s ABC Kite Fest encourages Austinites to get outside and fly a kite at their neighborhood park while wearing proper face coverings and maintaining safe social distance from others.

ABC Kite Festival 2021 at Patterson Park
Saturday, March 27 & Sunday, March 2810am – 5pm

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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FOPP Raises $14,940 during Amplify Austin 2020

A team of Friends of Patterson Park worked together during the 2020 Amplify Austin campaign, and raised a total of $7,470. We had 65+ individual donors and sponsorships from seven neighborhood businesses and organizations. To top it all off, the Austin Parks Foundation generously matched our total raised 100%, so that we bringing home $14,940 to put toward future park improvement projects and community building events! We are overwhelmed with joy and gratitude at the outpouring of support!

A huge thanks to our Amplify Patterson sponsors Nature’s Treasures, Franklin Barbecue, Mueller Foundation, Jade Construction, Cherrywood Coffeehouse, Erin Tassoulas Design + Build and Cherrywood Neighborhood Association for pledging $2,750 to our campaign. We couldn’t have done this without you!

FOPP raises $14,940 during Amplify Austin 2020