Patterson Park Newsletter

Friends of Patterson Park, April 2023

Three images of Patterson Park. January ice storm, new baskets, construction at Pharr Tennis Center
The permit for the basketball shade structure was approved faster than expected and installation is planned for the week of April 17. Hurray! Note: A tree will be removed at one corner of the court to make room for the structure, and we will plant replacements in the fall.

Save the date for a ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration with the Neighborhood Partnering Program and Public Works Department to mark the completion of this grant funded project on June 10th!

Cement is being poured for the new tennis courts in the
Pharr Tennis Center renovation, and the updated estimate is that the project will be finished this summer. We had so much fun at It’s My Park Day and the Amplify Ice Cream Party! Thanks again to all the volunteers and supporters for all you do!
Three images of Patterson Park. January ice storm, new baskets, construction at Pharr Tennis Center
Three images of Patterson Park. January ice storm, new baskets, construction at Pharr Tennis Center
Thursday, April 5
Bobo’s Snack Bar, 8–9pm

We have several hundred eggs left to stuff before the egg hunt, and it’s more fun with company and adult beverages. Volunteers are also needed to set up at 9am on Saturday!

Saturday, April 8 7th
Small pavilion, 10am-12noon

The 7th annual Patterson Park Easter Egg Hunt will be on Saturday, April 8 at 10 a.m sharp! We will meet at the small pavilion by the basketball court and community garden to hunt for eggs, smash cascarónes and enjoy a potluck brunch in our beautiful neighborhood park.

Wondering what you can bring on Saturday morning? Extra chocolate eggs, cascarónes, OJ, fruit salad, pan dulce, muffins, breakfast tacos or other brunchy food to share. We’ll have coffee, water and lemonade. The egg hunt starts at 10 a.m. on the dot, and is over in just a few minutes so please be early! We will have separate search areas for the toddlers, 4-10, and 11+. Please note: parents are not allowed on the field unless they’re with a toddler. Happy hunting!

For updates RSVP on Facebook. Rain date: April 15, 10am.

Saturday, April 15
Boggy Creek, 9-11am

There are three creek cleanups happening in the neighborhood, and the branches of Boggy Creek around Patterson could sure use some TLC! Register with Keep Austin Beautiful to volunteer at Cherrywood Green, Willowbrook Reach “North Boggy Creek Greenbelt Cleanup” here or for Wilshire Wood’s cleanup here.

Saturday, May 27
Playground, 10am

Join the Austin Parks Foundation for their Playdates in the Park series this spring. Enjoy story time, make crafts, and move and groove Creative Action.Music & Movement sessions are active and designed to inspire creativity, encourage physical and emotional development, and support bonding and connection for parents and children. Classes contain singing, beatboxing, guided movement exercises, and end in a dance party for the whole family! For more info, RSVP on Facebook.
Three 2022 images of Patterson Park, Mardi Gras celebration, Amplify ice cream party, It's My Park Day mulching volunteers
Three 2022 images of Patterson Park, Mardi Gras celebration, Amplify ice cream party, It's My Park Day mulching volunteers
Jennifer Potter-Miller and Emma Ruble, Co-Chairs
Friends of Patterson Park
ABC Kite Festival at Patterrson Park

ABC Kite Festival 2021 at Patterson Park

The 2021 ABC Kite Fest returns March 27-28 as a city-wide celebration of Austin’s parks in partnership with the Austin Parks Foundation. Come fly a kite at Patterson Park! 

Sponsored in part by KXAN and Texas Mutual, this year’s ABC Kite Fest encourages Austinites to get outside and fly a kite at their neighborhood park while wearing proper face coverings and maintaining safe social distance from others.

ABC Kite Festival 2021 at Patterson Park
Saturday, March 27 & Sunday, March 2810am – 5pm

Friends of Patterson Park illustration by Caitlin Alexander

Proposed Project: Tree Planting

Part of the Neighborhood Park Plan series of posts.

Austin Parks Foundation and TreeFolks, in partnership with the Urban Forestry Division at PARD, have proposed a partnership with Friends of Patterson Park in order to plant two small groves of trees at the park this October. The objective is to increase the diversity of tree species and add more beauty and health to the park. Urban Forestry will approve this project if FoPP members can commit to watering and maintaining the trees for two years while they get established.

All materials costs, education and information resources, tool supply and organizing the tree planting will be provided by Austin Parks Foundation and TreeFolks; supplemental watering for two years (commitment to establish the trees), tree mulching and other maintenance will be the responsibility of the Friends of Patterson Park.

Patterson Park proposed tree grove.edw

Tree Species List-TFolks 9-2017

Tree Species List. May be modified.

Google Earth view of Patterson: tree planting areas 1 and 2

Groves 1 and 2 north of restrooms, west of pool.

Grove of post oaks at Patterson Park

Grove of post oaks at Patterson Park near volleyball court


Patterson playground closing

APF and FoPP Advocating for Parks Funding in City Budget

On Thursday night, the City Council held the first of two public budget hearings leading to the adoption of the upcoming fiscal year’s budget in September. Austin Parks Foundation is advocating for an additional 5 million dollars to be allocated to the Parks and Recreation Department, and FoPP and other park groups were invited to support them.


The city’s parks have 700 million in deferred maintenance, plus 80 million to make them ADA compliant and many millions more to keep our aging neighborhood pools from failing. According to APF, “ParkScore, the Trust for Public Land’s gold standard index for parks, ranked Austin 46 out of the 100 most populous U.S. cities for how well we meet our resident’s needs for parks in 2017.”

The council also reviewed the recently released Aquatic Master Plan, and decided to form a task force to review its implementation in an equitable way. There was lots of discussion about how many East Austin pools are in relatively poor condition, and that there are large newer areas of the city with little access to aquatic facilities. Our group should keep up with this as it develops.

Examples of deferred maintenance and improvements at Patterson include our 50+ year old bathroom facilities, a basketball court that’s been in need of resurfacing for 15+ years, a tennis court that was never surfaced, and a playground that is near the end of it’s 20 year life. While we are deeply grateful for recent updates, including new signage, trash cans, fresh paint, and most importantly the resurfacing of the playground, there is much that remains to be done. Parks are the heart of our city’s neighborhoods and require regular attention as Austin’s population continues to grow. If you would like to email City Council members to support parks funding, you can do so here.


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!

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
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


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.


Photo by Michelle Atkinson


Fitness in the Park: Free Family Yoga at Patterson Park

Austin Parks Foundation invites neighbors to Fitness in the Park featuring Family Yoga at Patterson Park with The Little Yoga House (Ages 3+ with a parent). This class will be held at Patterson on the 3rd Sunday of the month through November 2017. See or their Facebook page for the full schedule and other great classes.

We are thrilled to have been selected as the new location for this class and look forward to seeing lots of families at the park. We are meeting under the oaks by the community garden, on the east end of the park. The first one on March 19 was a lot of fun, and we are looking forward to the the next one on April 9 (scheduled early to work around the Easter holiday).

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Photos by Jennifer Potter-Miller


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!


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


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.

Report: It’s My Park Day Spring 2017

It’s My Park Day was a success on Saturday! We went forward despite the threat of rain that morning, and the sky cleared just in time for our work day. There was a great crowd of volunteers, including neighbors from all the around the park, AmeriCorps volunteers, and Girl Scouts from the Maplewood Elementary troop. Total: 27 adults, 8 kids

Volunteers spread 20 cubic yards of mulch to 102 trees in less than two hours, and the whole southeastern corner of the park looks great.

Mi Madre’s donated tacos and Thunderbird donated coffee, and all the refreshments disappeared quickly. We really appreciate our neighborhood businesses support for park!

Many thanks to everyone who came out, and to the Austin Parks Foundation for organizing this city-wide event! If you haven’t yet, make sure to swing by at the corner of Schieffer and Airport to see the work.

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Photos by J. Potter-Miller. More photos of It’s My Park Day on Flickr.

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


APF Kicking Off Movies at the Park with Aladdin at Patterson

Austin Parks Foundation invites you to kick off their 25th Anniversary season with a screening of Aladdin at Patterson Park! This will be an all 1992 series of Movies in the Park.

WHEN: Thursday, March 9, 7 PM – 10 PM
WHERE: Patterson Park, great lawn

Come early to grab a spot! Parking is limited and anywhere from 200-500 people are expected, so please walk or bike if you can.

For updates see the Facebook event.
Rain Date: March 18th
More Info and full schedule at the APF website.


Movies in the Park is a series of free films brought to you by Austin Parks Foundation in partnership with Alamo Drafthouse and presented by Carvana. Each year, APF and the Drafthouse bring you free movies in parks all over Austin. Residents and visitors bring their blanket or lawn chairs (and often a picnic dinner!) for a fun and relaxing evening under the beautiful Austin night sky.

Dogs, picnics and lawn chairs are welcome. Alcoholic beverages, glass and styrofoam are not permitted in the park. We do provide recycling bins, but ask that you help us out by packing out all of your own trash. Smoking is also prohibited in the park, per city law.