Join neighbors for a magical walk around Patterson Park to celebrate the holiday season this Thursday! The weather is expected to be perfect, and Friends of Patterson Park invites you out to enjoy hot chocolate at the small pavilion by the community garden on the east end of the park. Cookies are welcome if you are inspired to share, as is help setting up starting at 4pm. The more hands on deck, the more (battery-powered) luminarias we can light. Happy holidays everyone!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
ROOTS & WINGS FESTIVAL POP UP
Patterson Park, 10 a.m. – 12 noon
Friends of Patterson Park is hosting a neighborhood block party for National Night Out! Join us at the pavilion for a relaxed potluck dinner on Tuesday, October 2nd from 5:30-7:30 pm. Firefighters from Fire Station #14 have been invited to attend, kids can tear up the playground, and everyone can enjoy getting to know their neighbors. Hopefully the weather will resemble fall.
National Night Out at Patterson Park in 2016 and 2017. Photos by J. Potter-Miller/FoPP.
Celebrating trees and pollinators of all kinds!
Join us on Halloween weekend to explore the park, enjoy nature based play and crafts, learn about our new and old trees, and celebrate in your best nature-themed costume!
The Roots & Wings Festival is a combined community-wide appreciation party for Arbor Day and Monarch Appreciation Day happening at the Zilker Botanical Gardens and four neighborhood parks around the city. Visit Zilker, Dittmar, Alderbrook or Brentwood Park after you start the day at Patterson Park.
Go Green! We encourage walking, biking, carpooling, ridesharing, and use of mass transit. Plan your trip via CAP Metro: http://www.capmetro.org
Patterson Park News
The new grove of trees Friends of Patterson Park planted in March is doing great thanks to the volunteers who have been caring for them weekly. I recently met with new folks from PARD, Austin Parks Foundation, and Treefolks (our partners in the project) and they were all impressed with how the trees have thrived (even bloomed!) this summer!
The summer swim season at Patterson Pool was a lot of fun, and we are so grateful the pool opened after only a 2 day delay when a tree fell on the pool’s pump the day before it was scheduled to open and damaged it. A HUGE THANKS to the Patterson Piranha Swim Team families, who raised $700 to plant shade trees and possibly add shade sales before next year. The end-of-summer ice cream party was a blast, and brought out many neighbors to enjoy our pool before it closed until 2019.
Our Community Grant from the Austin Parks Foundation for the playground project has been funded and PARD will be applying for our permit soon. 134 people took the poll to choose the color scheme, and 48.5% voted for the palette featuring green, blue, turquoise and grey. Work will begin later this fall.
Photos by J. Potter-Miller
Upcoming Events at Patterson Park
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29 @ 7:30pm
Yoga with Zoe: A SafePlace Benefit
Austin Yoga + SoloSol Movement present this all-levels flow yoga class led by neighbor Zoe Mantarakis. Enjoy a nourishing sunset yoga class and shop yoga retail before and after from SoloSol Movement. Proceeds going to SafePlace, an organization aiming to end sexual assault and exploitation, child abuse, and domestic violence through prevention, intervention, and advocacy for change.Pay-what-you-can, $10-$20 suggested donation (cash only please).
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
Friends of Patterson Park Meeting
Sour Duck, 1814 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 8pm
1. Welcome and introductions (5 mins.)
2. Update on Austin Parks Foundation Community Grant and next steps on playground project: Jennifer Potter-Miller (10 mins.)
2. Update on Neighborhood Partnering Program grant application: Jennifer Potter-Miller (5 mins.)
3. CherryWoodstock Music and Art Festival: Jeremy Klitzman, Organizer (10 mins.)
4. Roots and Wings Celebration: Kathleen Mannello, Austin Parks Foundation (10 mins.)
5. Proposed improvements to baseball field: Seth Kessler, Cap City Cobras (10 mins.)
6. Proposed tree planting & shade sails with funds raised by Patterson swim team: Dusty Harshman, Patterson Piranhas (10 mins.)
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2
National Night Out
Patterson Park Pavilion, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Neighborhood block party at the park. Pot luck dinner, playtime, and hopefully a visit firefighters at Fire House #14.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
Roots and Wings Celebration
Austin Parks Foundation and FoPP will co-host a satellite celebration to the Zilker Botanical Garden’s Family Arbor and Monarch Appreciation Day. Stay tuned for more details!
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11
CherryWoodstock Music and Art Festival
Patterson Park Great Lawn
The festival is winding it’s way through approval by the surrounding neighborhoods and PARD permitting.
Read more: http://cherrywood.org/cherrywoodstock-is-back/
The summer swim seasonat Patterson Pool was a lot of fun, and we are so grateful the pool opened after only a 2 day delay when a tree fell on the pool’s pump the day before it was scheduled to open and damaged it. A HUGE THANKS to the Patterson Piranha Swim Team families, who raised $700 to plant shade trees surrounding the pool to replace the four that have been lost in recent years. FoPP held an end-of-summer ice cream party on August 18, and many neighbors came out to enjoy our pool before it closed until 2019 and eat ice as much melty ice cream as they could. See you at the pool next summer!
2018 End of Summer Pool Party. Photos by J. Potter-Miller/FoPP.
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!
Community grove, August 2018. Photos by J. Potter-Miller/FoPP.
Join Friends of Patterson Park for a discussion of current and proposed projects and refreshments. We’ve got a lot to talk about but will keep things moving quickly.
Thursday, Sept. 6 @ 8-9pm
Sour Duck, 1814 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
1) Welcome and introductions (5 mins.)
2) Update on Austin Parks Foundation Community Grant and next steps on playground project: Jennifer PM (10 mins.)
3) Update on Neighborhood Partnering Program grant application: Jennifer PM (5 mins.)
4) CherryWoodstock Music and Art Festival: Jeremy Klitzman, Organizer (10 mins.)
5) Tree and Butterfly Party (held in parallel to Oct. 27 Family Arbor and Monarch Appreciation Day at the Zilker Botanical Garden): Kathleen Mannello, Austin Parks Foundation (10 mins.)
6) Proposed improvements to baseball field: Seth Kessler, Cap City Cobras (10 mins.)
7) Proposed tree planting & shade sails with funds raised by Patterson swim team: Dusty Harshman, Patterson Piranhas (10 mins.)
By Jennifer Potter-Miller
Originally published in the August 2018 issue of The Flea
Friends of Patterson Park (FoPP) received a $50,000 ACL Music Festival Community Grant from the Austin Parks Foundation in June, which will support the construction of new playground equipment and park seating—addressing playground improvements, the number-one goal in our Neighborhood Park Plan.
The project, a collaboration with Austin Department of Parks and Recreation, Urban Patchwork, and Landscape Structures, includes a circular monkey bar and two spinners. New benches will be placed under the park’s oak trees, and small boulders will be grouped to form natural play elements and extra seating. Matching funds raised by the neighboring community during Amplify Austin will be instrumental in executing the improvements. FoPP is tremendously grateful to all the neighbors and neighborhood businesses who have supported its fundraising!
FoPP’s grant application to the City of Austin’s Neighborhood Partnering Program is currently under consideration. This grant would allow for updating park furnishings and making trail improvements.
In June, Patterson Park held a screening of How to Train Your Dragon, part of the Movies in the Park series hosted by Austin Parks Foundation, Alamo Drafthouse, and other sponsors. More than 250 people enjoyed the charming animated movie and food trucks on the lawn. Upcoming events include an End of Summer Pool Party (Aug. 18), National Night Out (Oct. 2), It’s My Park Day (Nov. 3) and CherryWoodstock (Nov. 10).
FoPP plans to wrap up the installation of the playground addition at It’s My Park Day 2018, and would love the help of all park lovers! To get involved, follow FoPP on Facebook or email email@example.com.