150+ people came out to the Patterson Park Community Garden on October 30 for our first Fall Festival. The event was part of the city of Austin’s Roots and Wings Festival, and included geocaching, arts and crafts, free seeds and veggie starters, ice cream, live music and a monarch butterfly release. It was a gorgeous day to gather at the park!
We hosted the biggest Easter egg hunt yet at Patterson on Saturday, with 200+ neighbors coming out to search for 1000 stuffed eggs + many hundreds of chocolate eggs, enjoy a potluck brunch and crack dozens of cascarónes. Servant Church volunteers were a huge help once again. Lots of photos on Flickr at http://bit.ly/pattersonegghunt2018
The Austin Parks Foundation organized a mulching day to add another 20 yards of to the new grove downhill from the playground, and volunteers from the Florida State University alumni association and Texas Parks Rangers knocked the work out in record time.
Lastly, the community garden held a dedication ceremony for a plaque in honor of a friend of the garden, and planted their Giving Garden.
What a fantastic way to welcome spring!
Photos by J. Potter-Miller/FoPP. See more on Flickr.
Via our friends at the Patterson Park Community Garden.
Patterson Park Community Garden aspires to be part of the solution to ending local hunger. To that end we would like to build a Giving Garden that we hope will become a place for learning and sharing, not just among ourselves but with the larger community.
Are you interested in growing your own organic veggies? The Patterson Park Community Garden is still accepting new members, and will be hosting an open house this Saturday, August 19, 9–11 a.m. Details can be found at the garden’s website.
9–9:30 a.m. Master Gardener Brittany Taylor will be available to answer gardening questions
9:30–10:30 a.m. Compost Tea demonstration. Mark will demonstrate step by step how to make your own.
10:30–11 a.m. Seed Exchange
A few months ago, I was asked to write a letter for Austin Parks Foundation‘s summer fundraising campaign. I was honored at the opportunity to highlight everything that Friends of Patterson Park has accomplished with APF’s support to their donors and volunteers. Between the community garden, new picnic tables and benches, and funds to refurbish and move the Dance of the Cosmos sculpture, APF has invested $40,000 in Patterson Park over the last few years. These improvements have made a tremendous difference in our park, and our community has had a strong positive response. We love our park and appreciate the TLC!
I’ve signed up to give $25 as an Evergreen monthly gift in honor of Austin Parks Foundation’s 25th anniversary, and hope you’ll donate what you can.
Chair, Friends of Patterson Park
Patterson Park Community Garden started with a simple dream: to grow local organic food. It took nearly ten years of relentless effort to realize that dream but this summer the garden has truly come to life with many gardeners enjoying bumper crops of melons, eggplants, peppers, okra and culinary herbs. Like home grown tomatoes? We’ve got ’em. So many that if you drop by don’t be surprised if someone begs you to take some home.
If you share our vision of working as a community to produce local food for your family we hope you might consider joining us. So far we have 33 gardeners enjoying nature’s bounty but there is plenty of room for more to join. For more information on how to join us, please visit our website.
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
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/
Jennifer Potter-Miller (community garden), Michelle Atkinson (Dance of the Cosmos)
Join Friends of Patterson Park at 10 am on Saturday morning, Sept. 24 at Patterson Park for a discussion of current and proposed projects, coffee, and muffins. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
1) Welcome and introductions
2) Proposal for Gordon Bennett Trail markers and 3-D Patterson Park map:
3) Review of two proposed locations for “Dance of the Cosmos” sculpture by Jennifer Chenoweth, Fisterra Studio
- Please take the online survey here: http://bit.ly/2cP6B0F
- Note that PARD will make a final decision on location using this feedback.
Members in attendance:
Priscilla Boston, Schieffer-Willowbrook, Vineland
Mark Smolen, Wilshire Wood, Crestwood
Mike Sullivan, Cherrywood, Walnut
Jim Reed, Cherrywood, Werner
Julie Nelson, Wilshire Wood, Crestwood
Jennifer Potter-Miller, Cherrywood, Grayson
Ryan Osthun, Cherrywood, Hemlock
Lisa Fuka, Schieffer-Willowbrook, Cherrywood Rd
Amy Bench, Cherrywood
Tim Whitehill, Cherryood
Allison, Wilshire Wood, Lullwood
Michael Berliner, Grow Green Initiative
Destiny and Michael, Nature’s Treasures
Jennifer Chenoweth, Fisterra Studio
Call to Order 9:05 a.m.
• Mark Smolen reported that the garden fence posts are being set. Irrigation lines are in though they are not tied to water yet. Next fencing panels will be installed and pergola will be built.
• Garden plots are still available. The allocation process will be a lottery for each plot. Owners are responsible for building their garden, which will be in raised beds because of caliche soil.
• Ryan Ofsthun described plans for the neighborhood music festival planned for Sept. 17, 12-6pm at Patterson Park. Neighborhood-based bands will perform 30 minute showcases. A sound permit has been acquired from PARD.
• Sound will be amplified but directed toward Airport Blvd. There will be an 8×8 foot stage near the shelter. The event is alcohol free. Organizers are looking for walking traffic and not cars. There are only three people organizing this event and they would like help.
• Ryan requested a Letter of Support from FoPP and will ask for one from each adjacent neighborhood association. The letter should be emailed to Jason Mawer, head of PARD.
Concerns: Communication with the neighborhoods, parking. Jennifer suggested a Facebook page to share information. Michael Berliner offered to help create a website.
Action requested: Letter of Support. Jennifer plans to conduct online poll of FoPP members in order to get wide input.
Comment: Jennifer noted that FoPP is open to anyone who cares about the park, although the five adjacent neighborhoods will be asked to approve major plans.
Patterson Park Pool
• The pool is not scheduled to open to the public until late July. Jennifer expressed concern that this may be a signal that economics of neighborhood pools are changing. This summer’s pay rates are $13/hour and $19 for each overtime hour. Lisa Fuka, a swim instructor at the YMCA, suggested that this was causing displacement, taking lifeguards from other organizations such as the YMCA.
• Lisa spoke to Hyde Park’s effort to find lifeguards for Shipe. Hyde Park funds neighborhood kids through the city’s lifeguard program. Currently there is only one Junior Lifeguard taking advantage of that. Junior Life Guards are under the age of 16 and can only work at pools where there is a manager, such as Northwest and Bartholmew. One lifeguard worked 72 hours his first week earning over $1000 for one week. Kids are not the only ones who can lifeguard.
Potential action: Assess what we can do for future years.
Gordon Bennett Way Trail Markers
• Jennifer reported that the Chula League has $1621 in its account for a memorial to trail markers. Since our April meeting Girard Kinney has looked into the cost of stone markers matching those at Mueller, but it is 1K+. Girard has proposed raising funds for the markers as part of a larger trail improvement grant. Jennifer has spoken with neighbor Chris Levack of Texas Sculpture about making wood trail markers instead with the available funds.
• Priscilla Boston, who has a long history in the neighborhood, FoPP and Chula, suggested we find out if the funds can be transferred to FoPP’s account with the Austin Parks Foundation. She clarified that the markers extending Gordon Bennett Way from the Mueller greenbelt through Patterson would be a symbolic bridge or connection between development and neighborhoods to the west of Airport Blvd. Gordon had envisioned connected communities when he helped develop the plan for Mueller.
Potential Action: 1) Determine if funds can be moved to the APF account, and 2) continue discussion on design, materials and placement of markers.
At this time, about 10 AM we had been meeting for an hour and had to move locations due to the pavilion being used for another event.
Austin Neighborhood Fest: Little Free Library Event
• Michael Berliner from the Grow Green Initiative shared information about an event he is organizing in late July, location TBD. Free event in a park with BBQ, kid activities, supplies to build and decorate 100+ Little Free Libraries to be distributed across the city, and a community-wide book drive. FoPP members expressed interest in hosting the event at Patterson.
Next step: Grow Green will determine where the event will be held. FoPP will help spread the word regardless of where it is held.
Community Priorities Survey
• Time was short so Jennifer quickly summarized results of the survey so far, and suggested a committee meet to evaluate them.
Action: The survey will continue through the summer. Jennifer will send a call out for members to begin an initial review of the results.
Austin Parks Foundation Grant
• Jennifer reported that APF has invited us to apply for their Neighborhood Grants. These are $500 to $4,999 and are awarded throughout the year on a rolling basis. They can be used for a list of pre-approved items from PARD, including trash bins, tables, bike racks, etc. Our next presenter, Jennifer Chenoweth, suggested we apply early and often since funding may not always be available. She also said in some cases there is not a big cost difference between commercial made and artist or custom made items like benches and bike racks.
Action: Jennifer will send a call out for assistance writing first grant.
Proposed donation of sculpture to community garden
• Visual artist Jennifer Chenoweth of Fisterra Studio spoke about the proposed donation of her kinetic sculpture, Dance of the Cosmos, to Patterson Park. The piece is currently on loan to the Elizabeth Ney Museum in Hyde Park.Jennifer earned her MFA in 1996, serves on the Austin Arts Commission, is a resident of East Austin, and has been an active member of the local arts community for 20 years. She is proposing a permanent donation of this piece to Patterson Park.
• Dance of the Cosmos 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 is interactive public art about our collective experiences.
• The sculpture has a footprint of 20 feet and is 8 feet tall when the flower is closed. It has electrical components tied to a solar panel. The solar panel needs to be within 30 feet. The sculpture is attached to a pad. The pad is not a single piece but many colored tiles. Maintenance after installation should not be much and it would be funded. The outer coating will be done is such away graffiti can be easily removed.
• Jennifer C. had some potential locations mapped out in the park. The group looked over the map and identified another place between the pool, bathroom facility and picnic tables. The area is pretty flat and the solar panel might be placed on the bathroom facility.
• The group present was enthusiastic about the sculpture. If the broader FoPP group is supportive, Jennifer C. will pursue further community support from the adjacent neighbors and neighborhood associations.
Action: Conduct an online poll of FoPP members to see whether we should support the donation, and what would be the preferred location and write a Letter of Support.
Adjourn 11:10 a.m. Members still present took a short walk to see progress on community garden.
Notes prepared by Lisa Fuka.
Download a PDF of notes here: FOPP June 10, 2016 meeting notes
Photo credit: Jennifer Potter-Miller
By Mark Smolen
Despite the threat of rain, we managed to set all of our fence posts locations and strip the cedar posts ahead at our work day on Saturday, June 4. Our fence contractor worked much of the day on Thursday installing posts. Once the fence, gate, and pergola posts are all set, we will do the fence panel installation. We will schedule another work day with garden members as soon as we have a delivery date for the panels.