September Celebration at Patterson Park

Celebration of Patterson Park Projects Planned for September 7

FRIENDS OF PATTERSON PARK CELEBRATES RENOVATION PROJECTS WITH A RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY AND CELEBRATION

Community members invited for breakfast tacos, face painting, kite flying and more on September 7 at 9 a.m. 

WHAT:  In partnership with the City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department and Austin Parks Foundation, Friends of Patterson Park is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil Patterson Park’s improvements and redeveloped playground on Saturday, September 7 starting at 9 a.m.

Patterson Park was the recipient of a $50,000 Community Grant from APF’s 2018 ACL Music Festival Park Grants Program. The grant provided the park with new amenities including new playscape equipment focused on building strength and balance, new amphitheater style seating, new steps connecting the playscape to the restrooms and new natural play features.

Patterson Park also received a Neighborhood Partnering Program grant for nearly $48,000 in 2018. This funded new park furnishings including benches, boulder seating, grills, trail markers, an information kiosk, and a picnic table.

Friends of Patterson Park invites the community to join the celebration and enjoy the new playground. Breakfast tacos and coffee will be provided upon arrival, followed by the ribbon cutting ceremony featuring Council Member Kathie Tovo District 9 and Parks and Recreation Department Director Kimberly McNeeley, representatives from the Public Works Department, and Austin Parks Foundation at 9:30 a.m.

Fun activities for the kids includes free face painting and snow cones, and kite flying (guests are encouraged to bring their own kites).

WHO:   Remarks will start promptly at 9:30 a.m.
District 9 Council Member Kathie Tovo
Kimberly McNeeley, Director of Parks and Recreation Department
Colin Wallis, CEO of Austin Parks Foundation
Jennifer Potter-Miller, Chair of Friends of Patterson Park

WHEN: Saturday, September 7, 9–11 a.m.

WHERE: Patterson Park playground
4200 Brookview Rd., Austin, TX 78722

Friends of Patterson Park wants to invite our community to join us for a celebration of our new playground equipment and park furnishings on September 7. We will have refreshments, face painting, and kite flying, and an opening ceremony with District 9 Council Member Kathie Tovo and representatives from the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, City of Austin Public Works, Austin Parks Foundation.

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Celebrate Trees and Pollinators at Patterson this Saturday

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
ROOTS & WINGS FESTIVAL POP UP
Patterson Park, 10 a.m. – 12 noon

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 Garden and five neighborhood parks around the city. Visit Zilker, Dittmar, Alderbrook or Brentwood Park after you start the day at Patterson Park. FREE ADMISSION.
 
At Patterson, we’ll have:
 
* butterfly & bee crafts with Jamie from C.R.A.F.T.
* bilingual storytime with favorites from the Maplewood Library
* postcards with Giddyup Post
* butterfly kite flying
* scavenger hunt to learn about the park’s trees
* butterfly garden tour at the Patterson Park Community Garden
* giveaways from the City of AustinUrban Forestry Program and Watershed Protection
* Kona Ice snow cones
 
HOW TO GET THERE:
Go Green! We encourage walking, biking, carpooling, ridesharing, and use of mass transit. Plan your trip via CAP Metro: www.capmetro.org
 
Sponsored by the City of Austin, Austin Parks Foundation, and TreeFolks. For updates, visit the Facebook event.

Roots and Wings Festival at Patterson Park

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.

FREE ADMISSION

Getting There:
Go Green! We encourage walking, biking, carpooling, ridesharing, and use of mass transit. Plan your trip via CAP Metro: http://www.capmetro.org

New playground equipment. Source: Whirlix.

Patterson Park Playground is Expanding

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 fopp.atx@gmail.com.

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End of Summer Pool Party

The 2018 summer swim season wraps up on Saturday, August 18, and Friends of Patterson Park is hosting a pool party!

Saturday, August 18, 3-5 p.m.
End of Summer Pool Party

We’ve loved spending so many summer days hanging out with friends and neighbors at Patterson pool, and want to say goodbye with a splash. Join us on the last day of the summer swim season and we’ll have ice cream sandwiches to share.
We’re also celebrating our grant from the Austin Parks Foundation for playground improvements. The new play equipment will be installed later this fall, and we are so grateful for the funding!
APF Movies in the Park How To Train Your Dragon

Movies in the Park at Patterson: “How to Train Your Dragon” June 21

Friends of Patterson Park is thrilled to host APF’s Movies in the Park at our neighborhood park this week! Join the Austin Parks Foundation, Alamo Drafthouse and Whole Foods for a FREE screening of “How To Train Your Dragon”, on Thursday, June 21 at 9p.m.  Bring a picnic or pick up dinner/snacks from one of the food trailers that will be there. The movie will start at 9 p.m., when it gets dark. Rain date is June 28.

Garbo’s Lobster Truck ATX
Connor’s Creamery
Noble Sandwich Co.

https://austinparks.org/movies-in-the-park/

Patterson Park playground addition

Playground Addition Grant Submitted

This week Friends of Patterson Park submitted an application to Austin Parks Foundation for an ACL Music Festival Community Grant to fund the playground addition project we developed over the last year.  The project includes 1) new playground equipment (circular monkey bars and spinners next to the current playground), 2) additional benches (under the shade of the oak trees),  3) boulders and stumps for natural play and seating (in front of the bathrooms), and 4) a line of stepping stones (under the trees next to the toddler playground). The addition was approved in October, and the surrounding neighborhoods voted in favor of it at the same time they voted to support our Neighborhood Park Plan.

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Site for proposed playground addition.

The playground addition addresses the first priority identified in the 2016 Survey of Community Priorities for Patterson Park, improvements to the playground. Potential projects were identified as new play equipment, additional seating, and natural play opportunities. The full set of community priorities is the following:

1. Playground improvements
2. Pool improvements
3. Bathroom improvements
4. Amenities/furnishings
5. Trail improvements
6. Tree plantings
7. Shade Structures
8. Athletic field/court improvements
9. Skate ramp improvements
10. Lighting
11. Fitness Equipment
12. Other

Patterson tree planting, March 2018. Photo by J. Potter-Miller/FoPP.

New Grove of Trees Planted at Patterson Park

There’s a new grove of trees at Patterson Park! Volunteers planted 15 saplings on March 10 as part of a pilot project in collaboration with TreeFolks and Austin Parks Foundation.   Neighbors from all around the park came out to plant native trees under the supervision of Treefolks staff.  They added a layer of cardboard to suppress weeds and several inches of mulch to protect them. A volunteer watering brigade will use Treegators to give them a slow, deep soak with ten gallons of water once a week.

The grove includes Burr Oak, Monterrey Oak, Flameleaf Sumac, Goldenball Lead, Texas Kidneywood, Mexican Plum, Texas Persimmon, Red Bud, Desert Willow, and Anacacho Orchid and is intended to add biodiversity to the park. The trees are doing great so far and FoPP is determined to be a good steward for the next generation of great trees at Patterson. Stop by to check them out just downhill from the restrooms!

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Another Great It’s My Park Day at Patterson!

We had another great It’s My Park Day on Saturday, with almost 40 volunteers working to mulch the large oak trees around the playground. It was a beautiful morning and we were thrilled to have the Assistant Director of PARD, Director of Development at Austin Parks Foundations, and a forester with Texas A&M Forest Service join us.

Forester Brad Hamel gave a great short presentation on how mulch works like a cushion to protect the root system in high traffic areas like where we were working, and the value of clearing root collars of the soil that accumulates over the years, stressing the trees.
Thanks to everyone who came out to lend a hand, to Austin Parks Foundation for organizing the city-wide volunteer day, and to Thunderbird for the great coffee! If you’d like to help plant trees this Saturday, please sign up here: https://givepul.se/55jph.

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Photos by J. Potter-Miller

Team APF finish lin

Team Austin Parks Foundation raises $595 for Patterson

Five neighbors joined Team Austin Parks Foundation to run the Austin Marathon 5K on Sunday, February 18. Lucia (6), Nico (8), and Robert Miller, Jennifer Potter-Miller and Cerece Rosenthal raised $595 for Patterson. It was a cool, damp morning perfect for running, and it was a lot of fun being part of a large crowd running across Lady Bird Lake on Congress Ave. The Moody Foundation is matching 100% of donations to Team APF so another $595 will go into the APF coffers. We are so grateful for the support of our family, friends, and neighbors!