FoPP Raises $4,519 During Amplify Austin

A team of Friends of Patterson Park worked together during Amplify Austin, and raised a total of $4,519. We brought together five business sponsors to provide matching funds, six individual fundraisers, and 71 neighbors and friends who supported our campaign. The total raised was three times the amount raised last year. We are filled with joy and gratitude at the generous outpouring of support!

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Business Sponsors

Neighborhood based businesses Cynthia Soliz Law, Erin Tassoulas Design + Build, Nicole Cooper with Horizon Realty, Thunderbird Coffee and Franklin Barbecue each provided $250 in matching funds to the first $1,250 donated.

Individual fundraisers

Cerece Rosenthal, Scheleen Walker, Kate West, Patricia Nuñez, Jane O’Brien, and Cynthia Soliz, avid park lovers who live in Cherrywood, Mueller, and Wilshire Wood, each had individual fundraising campaigns. Including the main FoPP campaign, total donations by individuals were $2,644.

Austin Parks Foundation

Our fiscal sponsor and constant supporter, APF generously matched 25% of the first $2,500 raised. This totaled $625, making the final amount raised $4,519.

What’s next?

We intend to purchase a spinner for the playground, and will hold a meeting in the next 2-3 weeks to determine our next step. Possibilities include a grant application to purchase more benches and finish replacing the outdated trash cans at the park, or a few pieces of fitness equipment. Longer term goals might include updating the playground, or adding a naturalized play area. Email fopp.atx@gmail.com to join our mailing list and take part in making a plan!

Ice Cream Party to Kick Off Amplify Austin and Celebrate Updates

Our neighborhood park is getting a major makeover this week, and we want to celebrate! There were new picnic tables installed at the main pavilion last Friday, and this week PARD is rebuilding the small pavilion by the basketball court, and installing new tables and trash cans both there and at the community garden. That’s a lot of updates for our beloved park, and we are enormously grateful to the Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Austin Parks Foundation for all they’ve done. Meet us at the pavilion for ice cream on Thursday, March 2, 4:30-6:30 p.m. to celebrate!

We’ll also be kicking off our Amplify Patterson Park campaign on Thursday, since Amplify Austin starts at 6 p.m. We have big plans for 2017 and hope you’ll help us make them a reality! Read more about it and schedule your donation now!

We are so grateful for the support of our Amplify Business Sponsors: Cynthia Soliz Law, Erin Tassoulas Design + Build, Nicole Cooper with Horizon Realty, Thunderbird Coffee and Franklin Barbecue! They will each be matching $250 in donations during our fundraising campaign.

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Photos by J. Potter-Miller/FoPP

 

It’s Time to Amplify Patterson Park!

Amplify Austin Day is coming up March 2-3, and Friends of Patterson Park is planning to participate in the city-wide fundraiser for the second time. FoPP has been working to improve and beautify our neighborhood park since 2002, and we have big dreams for 2017. Our Amplify goal is to raise $3,000 to purchase and install a new spinner (a small piece of playground equipment) and support community events at the park throughout the year. #AmplifyATX starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, but you can schedule your donation today!

We are so grateful for the support of our Amplify Business Sponsors: Cynthia Soliz Law, Erin Tassoulas Design + Build, Nicole Cooper with Horizon Realty, Thunderbird Coffee and Franklin Barbecue! They will each be matching $250 in donations during Amplify Austin Day 2017.

Friends of Patterson Park Meeting and Pizza Party Planned for April 9

Join Friends of Patterson Park on Saturday, April 9 to talk about what our priorities for the park should be and enjoy a spring evening at the park! FoPP recently re-organized, and in the last month has

Since it has been two years since FoPP met and longer since priorities for the park have been discussed, let’s begin to think about what our community wants from Patterson.

Saturday, April 9, 4-5 p.m.
Patterson Park Pavilion
AGENDA

1. Intros
2. FoPP accomplishments since 2002 and 2011 priorities
3. Potential Master Plan for Patterson Park. (See Ramsey Park’s plan as example here.)
4. Finalize a survey to gather feedback on community priorities for the park
5. Current business

  • Update on status of soccer ban
  • Cherrywoodstock music festival (planned for April 2016)
  • Gordon Bennett memorial trail markers to connect with Mueller hike & bike trail (to be administered by Chula League)
  • Suggestions for small initial projects, e.g. paint 3-5 picnic tables closest to playground (last painted by Chula League several years ago)
  • Suggestions for spring and summer community events at the park
  • Review of institutional relationships with nearby neighborhood associations and city

Pizza party @ 5-6:30 p.m.

Cheese and pepperoni pizza provided by FoPP. Please bring sides or desserts to share!