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!
Amplify Austin Day is coming up March 1-2, and Friends of Patterson Park is planning to participate in the city-wide fundraiser again. We have been working to improve and beautify our neighborhood park since 2002, and we have big dreams for 2018. Our Amplify goal is to raise $4,000 to continue making improvements to our park and support community events throughout the year. #AmplifyATX starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, and you can schedule your donation today!
In 2017 we collaborated with the Parks and Recreation Department and Austin Parks Foundation to host three volunteer work days, eight family yoga classes, and thirteen special events at the park, including a celebration of our new sculpture and the grand opening of our community garden, an egg hunt, National Night Out, and Luminarias at the park. We also received a grant from the Austin Parks Foundation to update seating and tables at the pool.
We are now focused on raising funds to bring more programming and amenities to the park and make it an even more welcoming destination for our neighbors and all the East Austin community. We are so grateful for the support of our Amplify Business Sponsors. Erin Tassoulas Design + Build, Nicole Cooper Real Estate, Franklin Barbecue will each be matching $250 in donations during Amplify Austin Day 2018, and Nature’s Treasures will be matching $500. The Austin Parks Foundation has offered a 25% match of total funds raised, up to $2,500.
Join us at the Amplify Patterson Ice Cream Party at the playground to kick our campaign off March 1, 4-6 p.m.!
Original illustration by Caitlin B. Alexander.
Twelve Friends of Patterson Park met at the playground on January 20 to review plans for spring projects. The major topics were 1) the tree planting planned for March 10, 2) grant application for playground improvements due April 30, and 3) spring fundraising. There was a great discussion with several issues resolved and we enjoyed dinner together at the pavilion afterward.
Guest speakers Bill Stout (Austin Parks Foundation) and Suzannah DesRoches (TreeFolks) spoke about the location of the new grove of trees to be planted in March, and led a discussion of how to organize a “Patterson Tree Huggers” watering crew, what it would involve, and ways to offer an “adopt-a-tree” marker for families participating in the crew as an incentive. The decision was made to use Treegator watering bags to maximize ease of watering and efficient soaking, and to search for markers that can be attached to tree branches identifying the species and recognizing a tree adopter.
The area where the grove will be planted is just west and north of the playground. Bill has worked out a plan with PARD where they will use their equipment to clear the bermuda grass and dig post holes prior to planting day. Austin Resource Recovery will donate cardboard, and APF will donate mulch, so that on March 10 volunteers will plant the trees, and cover the entire area with cardboard and mulch to suppress grass. This will allow mowing crews to stay clear of the young trees.
The list of trees included in the planned grove is Burr Oak, Monterrey Oak, Flameleaf Sumac, Goldenball Lead, Texas Kidneywood, Mexican Plum, Texas Persimmon, Red Bud, Desert Willow, Anacacho Orchid. TreeFolks plans to procure them from the Barton Springs Nursery.
FoPP has worked with PARD to identify circular monkey bars and spinners as equipment that will 1) fit in this area 2) meet need for new equipment focused on strength and balance, and 3) be durable. The preferred vendor is Landscape Structures. Paige Oliverio Hill (Urban Patchwork) presented her design for seating around the area where the playground addition is planned. This is immediately adjacent to the playground, on the west side. Plans also include steps down to the bathrooms, and boulders for natural play and seating in front of the bathrooms.
Jennifer Potter-Miller, FoPP Chair, shared plans to raise funds through the Austin Parks Foundation during the Austin Marathon races (Feb. 18) and Amplify Austin (March 1-2). There will be a taco night on Feb. 20 at her house for neighbors interested in creating individual fundraising pages for Amplify.
Please join Friends of Patterson Park at the pavilion on Saturday, January 20 for a community meeting to discuss projects planned for 2018. We can order pizza for dinner afterward!
4-4:30 pm Tree planting
Finalize project plans, including location of new grove, selection of tree species, and watering commitment. Planting is scheduled for March 10, and planting prep will take place on It’s My Park Day, March 3.
4:30-5 pm Playground addition
Guest speaker: Paige Oliverio Hill, Urban Patchwork
Review plans for installation of circular monkey bars, spinners, and seating,
5-5:30 pm Upcoming fundraisers and discussion of small project/phased addition of park furnishings
Speaker: Jennifer Potter-Miller, FoPP
In search of neighbors to fundraise for Friends of Patterson Park during the Austin Marathon races (Feb. 18) and Amplify Austin (Mar. 1-2). Also, should we consider a small project this spring as playground addition would not be implemented until fall?
Friends of Patterson Park is leading a community effort to develop a Neighborhood Park Plan that will guide our work over the next five years. We will be driven by the Survey of Community Priorities, which was completed by 255 park users in 2016. Join us for the second of two community meetings on Wednesday, September 13 at Servant Church (1605 E. 38 1/2 St) at 5:30 p.m. Pizza and babysitting will be provided.
* Survey of Community Priorities for Patterson Park conducted in 2017 finds many desired updates to the park (e.g. updates to playground, furnishings, athletic courts), no major new additions, some minor and medium-sized additions (e.g. play equipment, lighting, water fountains, benches)
* Parks and Rec does not recommend a master plan because we do not have plans for major new additions to the park
* A plan will be helpful to organize timeline for fundraising and projects planned for coming years
* As this is a neighborhood-led and not PARD-led process, it will be known as a Neighborhood Park Plan and not a Master Plan (e.g. Ramsey and Brentwood Park plans as models vs. $200K Pease Park plan)
* After plan is approved FoPP will only return to NAs for approval of new items not included in park plan/update of plan in 3-5 years
June 2017: Full analysis of Survey of Community Priorities for Patterson Park
September 2017: Two community meetings: June 21 and September 13
October 2017: Preparation of Plan
November – December 2017: Presentation of Plan at Neighborhood Association meetings in Delwood 2, Cherrywood, Mueller, Schieffer-Willowbrook, and Wilshire Wood
December / January 2017: Submission to Parks and Recreation Dept.
The Parks Department will provide support in the form of maps for meeting materials, attending meetings for questions and reviewing feedback/projects for feasibility.
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
The picnic tables and benches purchased this spring with a grant from the Austin Parks Foundation were installed on Wednesday! The Parks and Recreation Dept. crew assembled and installed two tables and four benches, and plans to return next Wednesday to complete the project with two more benches and a trash can. Friends of Patterson Park would like to invite our community to the pool this Saturday at 11:30 a.m. for a popsicle social to celebrate. We are thrilled with the new furnishings and so grateful to APF and PARD!
Friends of Patterson Park will lead a community effort to develop a Neighborhood Park Plan to guide our work over the next five years. We will be guided by the Survey of Community Priorities, which was completed by 255 park users in 2016. Join us for the first of two community meetings on Wednesday, June 21 at Servant Church (1605 E. 38 1/2 St) at 5:30 p.m. Pizza and babysitting will be provided.
- Survey of Community Priorities for Patterson Park conducted in 2017 finds many desired updates to the park (e.g. updates to playground, furnishings, athletic courts), no major new additions, some minor and medium-sized additions (e.g. lighting, water fountains, benches)
- Parks and Rec does not recommend a master plan because we do not have plans for major new additions to the park
- A plan would be helpful to organize timeline for fundraising and projects planned for coming years
- As this is a neighborhood-led and not PARD-led process, it will be known as a Neighborhood Park Plan and not a Master Plan (e.g. Ramsey and Brentwood Park plans as models $200K Pease Park plan)
- After plan is approved FoPP will only return to NAs for approval of new items not included in park plan/update of plan in 3-5 years
- June 2017: Full analysis of Survey of Community Priorities for Patterson Park
- September 2017: Two community meetings: June 21, 5:30 @ Servant Church and 2nd meeting in September
- October 2017: Preparation of Plan
- November – December 2017: Presentation of Plan at Neighborhood Association meetings in Delwood 2, Cherrywood, Mueller, Schieffer-Willowbrook, and Wilshire Wood
- December / January 2017: Submission to Parks and Recreation
The Parks Department will provide support in the form of maps for meeting materials, attending meetings for questions and reviewing feedback/projects for feasibility
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!
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!
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.
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.
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 email@example.com to join our mailing list and take part in making a plan!