Friends of Patterson Park illustration by Caitlin Alexander

Park Plan Continues to Move Forward

Both the Cherrywood and Schieffer-Willowbrook Neighborhood Associations voted unanimously to approve the Patterson Neighborhood Park Plan in November! The Mueller and Delwood 2 Neighborhood Associations previously approved the plan, and and the last association to review it will be Wilshire Wood/Delwood 1. They will hold their next meeting in the next few weeks, and after that the plan moves to the Department of Parks and Recreation for formal review and adoption.

The Patterson Neighborhood Park Plan is available for review and download here.


Patterson Luminarias Return December 14

Join neighbors for a magical walk around Patterson Park to celebrate the holiday season and enjoy hot chocolate at the pavilion. Friends of Patterson Park will host the 3rd annual Patterson Luminarias on Thursday, December 14, 6-8 p.m. Cookies are welcome if you are inspired to share, as is help setting up starting at 5pm. The more hands on deck, the more (battery-powered) luminarias we can light. We love celebrating the holidays with neighbors and are thrilled to continue the luminaria tradition!

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Patterson Luminarias, January 2017. Photos by J. Potter-Miller


IMPD Fall 2017 at Patterson. Photo by Marie Hwang.

Another Fantastic It’s My Park Day at Patterson

By Robin Graham-Moore

The first Saturday in November found a group of more than 40 friends and neighbors in Patterson Park looking at an impressive mountain of steaming mulch. Fueled by Mi Madre’s breakfast tacos, Thunderbird coffee, and drinks and pastries brought by generous neighbors, the group grabbed tools and attacked the huge pile.

Three hours later found the pile gone and a bunch of exhausted, but exhilarated people looking with pride at over 40 mulched trees. The event gave parents an opportunity to work side by side with their eager kids. Others came with their families to work in a park they remembered fondly from family reunions and birthday parties. A nearby business, Liaison Creative + Marketing, brought many hands to help the park they love thrive. Thanks to the Austin Parks Foundation for organizing such a magical day in our community!

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Pumpkin Party 2017 by Jane O'Brien

2017 Patterson Pumpkin Party

By Jane O’Brien

On October 29th, neighbors gathered to decorate pumpkins, eat good food and celebrate fall at Patterson Park’s annual pumpkin decorating party. This year, many people even carved their pumpkins. Every pumpkin was a masterpiece, and we’re looking forward to doing the party again next year. An extra thank you goes out to Friends of Patterson Park for giving us extra pumpkins, so that no one was without a pumpkin to decorate!

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Friends of Patterson Park illustration by Caitlin Alexander

Neighborhoods Move Forward on Patterson Neighborhood Park Plan

We are pleased to share the news that the Mueller and Delwood 2 Neighborhood Associations have recently voted to support the Patterson Neighborhood Park Plan. This week, Cherrywood will vote on the plan at their general meeting on Nov. 15 and Schieffer Willowbrook will vote at a special called meeting on Nov. 18. If you live in Cherrywood or Schieffer, please come out to learn more about the plan and participate in the vote.

The Patterson Neighborhood Park Plan is available for review and download here.

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m.
Cherrywood Neighborhood Association General Meeting
in.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd.
Refreshments available, kids welcome.

Saturday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m.
Schieffer Willowbrook Neighborhood Association Special Meeting
3909 Grayson Ln.
Tacos and coffee provided, kids welcome.


Patterson Pumpkin Patch 2017.Photo by J. Potter-Miller/FoPP.

Pumpkin Patch at Patterson During Community Garden Tour

The Patterson Park Community Garden will have a pumpkin patch photo corner on Saturday, October 28 during the East Austin Community Garden Tour. Come by to check out what’s growing and snap some photos with the pumpkins. Yours might even smile!

The garden will be open for the tour 10am-1pm, and volunteers may keep it open the rest of the afternoon. In addition to the pumpkin patch, there are a few new scarecrows to spook visitors and birds alike.

Other gardens included on the tour:

· Mueller Community Garden
· Homewood Heights Community Garden
· Blackshear Community Garden
· St. David’s Foundation Community Garden
· New Day Community Garden

All the gardens will have kid-friendly Halloween events.

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It’s My Park Day at Patterson Nov. 4

Join Friends of Patterson Park on Saturday, November 4th for It’s My Park Day! Meet at 9am at the playground for a family work day. We will be mulching the heritage oak trees surrounding the playground to help keep them healthy and providing much needed shade for years to come.

This is an opportunity for the folks of all ages to volunteer, and we will have kids sized shovels, gloves and mulch sleds. If you have wheelbarrows or wagons, please bring them! We’ll have shovels, gloves, and mulch sleds.

We will have coffee, lemonade, tacos, and muffins to fuel our volunteers. Please register at to get your t-shirt and sign the necessary waiver! Thank you to the Austin Parks Foundation for organizing this city-wide work day at Austin’s parks. We’ve accomplished so much at volunteer work days over the last several years and always have a great time!

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Photo credit: J. Potter-Miller/FoPP. See more on Flickr.

Belated National Night Out at Patterson Park

Belated National Night Out at the Park

Belated National Night Out at Patterson Park on Sunday was a blast! We had some folks from Austin Resource Recovery come to answer questions about the new composting program and give out countertop compost containers, and the fire fighters from AFD Fire House #14 came with two trucks. They pretty much made the kids’ year! Thanks to everyone who came out for a another great potluck at the park.

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Photos by J. Potter-Miller. See more on Flickr.

Friends of Patterson Park illustration by Caitlin Alexander

Proposal for Playground Addition: Circular Monkey Bars

One of the community priorities for Patterson Park identified in the 2016 survey conducted by FoPP was improvements to the playground.

The two playscapes at Patterson are about 15 years old and we need to plan for their replacement in the next five years. In the meantime,  we would like to add new freestanding pieces of equipment that provide fresh interest to kids of all ages. Members of the FoPP executive committee met with  Landscape Structures and We Build Fun, two commercial playground companies recommended by PARD, over summer 2017 to explore options for a playground addition. The following recommendation balances cost and timelessness, and provide new challenges to younger and older children.

Project: Add circular monkey bars and 1 or 2 low spinners to Patterson Park playground. Proposed site is area between current layout of the playground and the restrooms which is currently bare, but held play equipment in the past. Add new seating wall around it and steps leading down to the bathrooms.

Patterson Park Showing current

circular monkey bars by Landscape Structures

Patterson Park Playground Plan 2017

Urban Patchwork landscaping proposal

We Build Fun proposal







Belated National Night Out Potluck on October 8

National Night Out was rained out on Tuesday, but we’re not letting that keep us from having one of our favorite events at the park! Come out this evening for a Belated National Night Out neighborhood potluck at the playground, 5-7 pm.

Belated National Night Out
Sunday, October 8, 5-7 p.m.

Austin Resource Recovery will be there to answer questions about the new Curbside Composting program and handout kitchen compost collectors (while supplies last).

We are also thrilled to offer the illustration of the park commissioned by Friends of Patterson Park from by East Austin artist Caitlin B. Alexander. We will have 8×10 prints available at BNNO for a $20 donation to support our community events. Cash, check or Venmo only please!

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