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

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Cherrywoodstock Neighborhood Music Festival to be Held at Patterson Park

The Cherrywoodstock Orkestrators present Cherrywoodstock, A Neighborhood Music Festival at Patterson Park on Saturday, September 17, noon-6 p.m. This is a free, family friendly event featuring Cherrywood-based musicians. Bring a picnic and a blanket and come enjoy the amazing creative community we are a part of!


12:00 pm – Looks Good In A Lobster Hat
12:20 pm – Neal Mehta
12:45 pm – Lady & West
1:15 pm – Silent Violence
1:45 pm – Javier Jara
2:15 pm – Strange Mothers
2:50pm – Profane Anything Band
3:25pm – Kathy & The Kilowatts
4:00pm – Highdive
4:40pm – Dudeman Delahou of Firestarter ’82
5:20pm – wiccit

Cherrywoodstock Music Festival Poster by Michelle

Friends of Patterson Park Votes to Support Donation of “Dance of the Cosmos” Sculpture and CherryWoodstock Music Festival

At our June meeting, Friends of Patterson Park was asked to support the donation of a significant piece of art to the park later this year and a community music festival planned for the fall.  An online vote was held in July, and 49 out of 150  FoPP members participated, with heavy support for both measures.

Visual artist Jennifer Chenoweth of Fisterra Studio and the Austin Parks and Recreation Department have proposed the permanent 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. by Michelle

Photo credit: Michelle Atkinson

Chenoweth 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. Her sculpture 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, an interactive public art about our collective experiences.

The sculpture has a footprint of 20 feet and is 8 feet tall when the lotus flower is closed. The artist plans to pursue grant funding for both the move and long-term maintenance of the piece. The donation was approved by FoPP with 88% of the vote.

Cherrywood-based musicians are organizing the CherryWoodstock music festival, planned for Saturday, September 17th, 2016 in Patterson Park. This will be an alcohol-free event and amplified sound will be permitted from 12 noon – 6 pm. It is intended to be a family-friendly event that builds community and celebrates our corner of the city. The festival was approved by FoPP with 100% of the vote.

Cherrywoodstock Music Festival Poster

FoPP will submit formal letters of support to support permitting and grant applications by the organizers and artist. The Cherrywood and Wilshire Wood Neighborhood Associations will also be asked to support these items at their August meetings.  Schieffer-Willowbrook voted in favor of supporting both at their June meeting.

CNA will meet on Wednesday, August 17 at Servant Church and WW/D1NA will meet Tuesday, August 23 . If all the stakeholders support the art donation, then Chenoweth will conduct further community outreach and pursue funding to maintain the sculpture once it is relocated. For more information, email or


Save by Michelle

Friends of Patterson Park to Meet June 11

Join Friends of Patterson Park for our June meeting at the park. We will be at the pavilion if it’s available, and at a nearby picnic table otherwise. Please bring a lawn chair in case we need extra seating. Muffins & coffee will be provided, children welcome.

Saturday, June 11, 9am

1) Introductions
2) Announcements
Community garden update
CherryWoodstock music festival update
– Patterson Pool opening delayed to July 25
– Austin Neighborhood Festival, a Little Free Library event
3) Current business

  • Community Priorities Survey
    – initial results and plans to collect more feedback. Next steps with Master Plan.
  • Austin Parks Foundation grant
    FoPP has been invited to apply for a small grant (up to 5K) this summer. We need to choose from pre-approved projects, including installation of picnic tables, benches and trash bins.
  • Proposed donation of sculpture to community garden
    – Presentation by artist Jennifer Chenoweth of Fisterra Studios about Dance of the Cosmos sculpture, currently on loan to the Elizabeth Ney Museum and visible at 45th St & Ave. H.

 Dance of the Cosmos photo by Michelle Atkinson.

Austin Neighborhood Festival


photo Bend in the River Art & Music Festival

CherryWoodstock – A Neighborhood Music Festival

[Update: See the final lineup for Cherrywoodstock here]

By wiccit and DMan

We are planning to hold a small music festival this fall at Patterson Park called CherryWoodstock! It will be held on a Saturday, September 17, from 12pm-6pm. This event will showcase many of the musicians that are right next door and down the street, and shine a spotlight on the talent in our own neighborhood 🙂

We have been working with and been given preliminary support from the Cherrywood Neighborhood Association, Friends of Patterson Park, local businesses and the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Austin, and we aim to meet with surrounding neighborhoods Schieffer-Willowbrook, Delwood 2, Mueller and, of course, the immediate neighbors.

This is a family-friendly event, created in the hopes of building stronger connections within our community and celebrating our little corner of the city!

We will be gathering at Cherrywood Coffeehouse on Monday, May 23, at 8:30 pm to gather anyone who would like to participate and support this idea. Hopefully, we’ll see many of you there! Look for a few goofy folk with a small CherryWoodstock! flag.