Patterson park plan mtg June 21

June 21: Creating a Neighborhood Park Plan

Friends of Patterson Park will lead a community effort to develop a Neighborhood Park Plan to guide our work over the next five years. We will be guided by the Survey of Community Priorities, which was completed by 255 park users in 2016. Join us for the first of two community meetings on Wednesday, June 21 at Servant Church (1605 E. 38 1/2 St) at 5:30 p.m. Pizza and babysitting will be provided.

KEY POINTS

  • Survey of Community Priorities for Patterson Park conducted in 2017 finds many desired updates to the park (e.g. updates to playground, furnishings, athletic courts), no major new additions, some minor and medium-sized additions (e.g. lighting, water fountains, benches)
  • Parks and Rec does not recommend a master plan because we do not have plans for major new additions to the park
  • A plan would be helpful to organize timeline for fundraising and projects planned for coming years
  • As this is a neighborhood-led and not PARD-led process, it will be known as a Neighborhood Park Plan and not a Master Plan (e.g. Ramsey and Brentwood Park plans as models $200K Pease Park plan)
  • After plan is approved FoPP will only return to NAs for approval of new items not included in park plan/update of plan in 3-5 years

TIMELINE

  1. June 2017: Full analysis of Survey of Community Priorities for Patterson Park
  2. September 2017: Two community meetings: June 21, 5:30 @ Servant Church and 2nd meeting in September
  3. October 2017: Preparation of Plan
  4. November – December 2017: Presentation of Plan at Neighborhood Association meetings in Delwood 2, Cherrywood, Mueller, Schieffer-Willowbrook, and Wilshire Wood
  5. December / January 2017: Submission to Parks and Recreation

NOTES

The Parks Department will provide support in the form of maps for meeting materials, attending meetings for questions and reviewing feedback/projects for feasibility

 

Family Yoga at Patterson Begins Summer Hours June 11

Friends of Patterson Park and the Austin Parks Foundation invite you to Fitness in the Park featuring FAMILY YOGA at Patterson Park with The Little Yoga House (Ages 3+ with a Parent) on Sunday, June 11 at 9:30 a.m. We will meet under the oaks by the community garden. parking is available on Schieffer Ave. This class will be held monthly through November 2017. See austinparks.org/fitness for full schedule and other great classes!

NOTE: Parent’s must participate in the class, as we do lots of partner poses and fun games together – it’s a great bonding experience!

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ABOUT FAMILY YOGA:
Yoga for families is a fun-filled way for children, parents and even grandparents to spend quality time together while enjoying a fun and healthy activity. Family yoga provides the rare opportunity for both adult and child to observe and learn from each other and is a great way to bridge the age difference between them. Parents get to learn about the ways their child learns and the way he or she interacts with a group, and the children get to experience their parents as learners as well. This class is filled with partner poses, group poses, silly flowing sequences and yoga games!

ABOUT FITNESS IN THE PARK:
Fitness in the Park is a free series of classes presented by Austin Parks Foundation in partnership with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and individual fitness providers of all stripes. Learn more and see the full schedule at austinparks.org/fitness.

ABOUT THE LITTLE YOGA HOUSE:
The Little Yoga House is a boutique children’s and family yoga school with a specific focus on healthy child development through yoga, aerial yoga, mindfulness, and an integration of the arts. With unique yoga programs at each location designed to accommodate children of all ages, backgrounds and special needs, our dedicated family of teachers strives to teach children and teens the importance of the mind-body-breath connection and the connection we have to each other and Mother Earth through movement, meditation and environmental awareness.

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Patterson Park Community Garden Grand Opening and Dance of the Cosmos Unveiling

Celebration of Patterson Community Garden & Dance of the Cosmos to be Held May 27

Join Friends of Patterson Park for a celebration of our community garden and new sculpture, Dance of the Cosmos, this Saturday, May 27! There will be tacos, ice cream, a bouncy house, music, and screen printing of Friends of Patterson Park t-shirts by Bibliographia. The event is 10 a.m.-12 p.m., with a formal program from 10:30-11 and tour of the garden at 11. If you’d like to volunteer as an ice cream scooper, please sign up here: https://givepul.se/x61n1.
 

COMMUNITY GARDEN GRAND OPENING
& DANCE OF THE COSMOS UNVEILING

May 27, 2017

10:00 am                Patterson Park Community Breakfast
10:30 am                Welcome

  • Meredith Gauthier, City of Austin

Parks and Recreation Department, Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Community Gardens Program Coordinator

10:35 am                 Remarks

  • Sari Albornoz, Sustainable Food Center, Grow Local Program Director
  • Mark Smolen, Patterson Park Community Garden, Chair
  • Ladye Anne Wofford, Austin Parks Foundation, Program Director
  • Jennifer Chenoweth, Dance of the Cosmos, Artist
  • Jennifer Potter-Miller, Friends of Patterson Park, Chair

11:00 am                 Garden Tour and Park Activities

Download the program here.

About the Community Garden

Located at Patterson Park, the Patterson Park Community Garden was realized through a partnership between the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Austin Parks Foundation and is sponsored by Sustainable Food Center.  The all-organic vegetable garden was first proposed in 2012 and broke ground in May 2016.  There are 68 garden plots and community members are welcome to join.

For more information about the garden, visit: https://pattersonparkcommunitygarden.wordpress.com

About the Art

The sculpture Dance of the Cosmos by Jennifer Chenoweth of Fisterra Studio was inspired by Robert Putchik’s Emotional Windows study and a Tibetan lotus mandala. It is part of the XYZ Atlas, a Hedonic Map of Austin, an interactive public art project about our collective experiences of place.

Many thanks to the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Austin Parks Foundation, and PSW Real Estate for their support of this art project.

For more information about the artist, visit: http://fisterrastudio.com/

Photo credit:
Jennifer Potter-Miller (community garden), Michelle Atkinson (Dance of the Cosmos)

Patterson Playground repairs 2017

Playground Work Nears Completion

The Patterson Park playground remains closed, but the crew from Parks and Recreation is making great progress and may be done by the end of the week. The half of the playground with equipment for toddlers is finished, with fresh mulch laid over a weed barrier and rocks for drainage. The main part of the playground is prepped and ready for mulch. We look forward to the reopening of our neighborhood park’s playground soon!

Dance of the Cosmos. Photo by Michelle Atkinson.

Joint Celebration of Community Garden and Dance of the Cosmos Planned for May 27

The Dance of the Cosmos ribbon cutting celebration originally planned for April 30 is being expanded and pushed back a month. Please mark your calendars for a Community Garden Grand Opening and Dance of the Cosmos Unveiling at Patterson Park, Saturday, May 27, 10 a.m.–12 noon!

Artist Jennifer Chenoweth has informed us that the coating she is applying to the sculpture to preserve the steel is taking longer to dry than expected, so we are going to take advantage of the delay to coordinate with the celebration of the garden. It is Memorial Day weekend, but we hope you can join us on Saturday morning before heading out of town. We plan to have a moonwalk, tacos, coffee, and ice cream.

More information will be coming soon.  We are thrilled to host the celebration with PARD, Austin Parks Foundation, the Sustainable Food Center, the Patterson Park Community Garden, and Fisterra Studio.

Photo credit: Michelle Atkinson

 

FoPP Receives Austin Parks Foundation Grant to Update Pool Area Benches and Tables

Friends of Patterson Park is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a Neighborhood Grant from the Austin Parks Foundation to replace the furnishings at the Patterson pool. The grant is for $4,910 to purchase two new picnic tables, six benches and a trash can to replace the existing ones, which are in severe disrepair. The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department has generously offered to install them. We are so grateful for the continued support the Parks Foundation and PARD, and look forward to a more comfortable summer swim season at our updated neighborhood pool!

Egg Hunting Madness at Patterson Park

The 3rd Patterson Park Easter egg hunt was a blast! Since the playground is closed for repairs, we held the hunt at the east end of the park. The wide open spaces there turned out to be perfect for the hunt, and dozens of kids from the neighborhoods around the park searched for almost 2000 eggs. We spent the rest of the morning enjoying a potluck brunch, playing at the skate park, and exploring the community garden. Friends of Patterson Park is grateful to Servant Church for partnering with us for another unforgettable community event.

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Mulching day at Patterson Park Aprl 2017

Mulching Day with Texas Theta Chi

On April 8 a group neighbors and members of the Theta Chi chapter at the University of Texas spent the morning mulching the heritage oak trees at the west end of the park. We used 20 yards of mulch from the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and tools from the Austin Parks Foundation to nourish and protect 43 of the most beloved trees at Patterson. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to care for our park!

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Patterson IMPD Spring 2017. Photo by J. Potter-MIller.

Volunteering in the Neighborhood This Saturday: Patterson Park, Willowbrook Reach, Cherrywood Green

There are three opportunities to volunteer close to home this weekend. Join the Maplewood Green Team, UT students, Servant Church, and volunteers from around town to share some love with our neighborhood green spaces this Saturday, April 8!

1. Patterson Park: Mulching and Trash Pickup

Registration: https://givepul.se/ccbte
Location: Just below the playground
Time: 9-11 a.m.
Details: Volunteers will move nutrient-rich mulch to trees and spread it under the tree canopy and the critical root zone of Heritage trees on the western edge of the park, off Cherrywood Rd. We will also do some light trash pick up, as needed.
Leaders: Jennifer Potter-Miller and Sharon Yarborough

2. Willowbrook Reach Trash Pickup led by Maplewood Elementary Green Team

Part of Keep Austin Beautiful Clean Sweep
Registration: http://keepaustinbeautiful.force.com/volunteers/SignUp
Location: Near the sign at the corner of E. 40th St. and Cherrywood Rd.
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Details: Volunteers will walk along the creekbed picking up trash. Closed-toe shoes required (rainboots would be awesome), long sleeves, awareness of poison ivy for both the Reach.
Leader: Sunshine Mathon

3. Cherrywood Green/Upper Boggy Creek Cleanup led by Maplewood Elementary Green Team

Part of Keep Austin Beautiful Clean Sweep
Registration: on site
Location: Corner of E. 34th St. and Cherrywood Rd.
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Details: Volunteers will walk along the creekbed picking up trash. Closed-toe shoes required (rainboots would be awesome), long sleeves, awareness of poison ivy for both the Reach.
Leader: Amanda Braziel

Dance of the Cosmos Ribbon Cutting Celebration Planned for April 30

UPDATE: This event has been postponed to Saturday, May 27, 10 a.m.–12 noon.

Join us for a celebration of Dance of the Cosmos, which is coming to Patterson Park at the end of the month!

Sunday, April 30
12:00-2:00pm
Corner of Schieffer Ave. and Airport Ave.

Event will include:

* Bring your own picnic, we’ll provide the ice cream!
* Live music by neighborhood musicians
* Bouncy house
* Screen printing by Bibliographia

About:

Dance of the Cosmos by Jennifer Chenoweth of Fisterra Studio was inspired by Robert Putchiks Emotional Windows study and a Tibetan lotus mandala. It is part of the XYZ Atlas, a Hedonic Map of Austin, an interactive public art about our collective experiences.

Many thanks to the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Austin Parks Foundation, and PSW Real Estate for their unwavering support for this project.

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Photo by Michelle Atkinson

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