Friends of Patterson Park illustration by Caitlin Alexander

Proposal for Playground Addition: Circular Monkey Bars

One of the community priorities for Patterson Park identified in the 2016 survey conducted by FoPP was improvements to the playground.

The two playscapes at Patterson are about 15 years old and we need to plan for their replacement in the next five years. In the meantime,  we would like to add new freestanding pieces of equipment that provide fresh interest to kids of all ages. Members of the FoPP executive committee met with  Landscape Structures and We Build Fun, two commercial playground companies recommended by PARD, over summer 2017 to explore options for a playground addition. The following recommendation balances cost and timelessness, and provide new challenges to younger and older children.

Project: Add circular monkey bars and 1 or 2 low spinners to Patterson Park playground. Proposed site is area between current layout of the playground and the restrooms which is currently bare, but held play equipment in the past. Add new seating wall around it and steps leading down to the bathrooms.

We Build Fun proposal

Patterson Park - Landscape Stuctures

Landscape Structures proposal

seating wall + steps

seating wall + steps

 

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Advertisements
Friends of Patterson Park illustration by Caitlin Alexander

Neighborhood Park Plan Approved by FoPP

Friends of Patterson Park voted by a strong majority to support the proposed Patterson Neighborhood Park Plan.  The poll was held online September 29–October 2, and 63 members participated. The final tally was 61 in favor and 2 against.

The next steps will be to submit the plan to the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department for approval, and to present it for a vote at the Cherrywood, Delwood 2, Mueller, Schieffer Willowbrook and Wilshire Wood/Delwood 1 Neighborhood Associations at their fall meetings. The plan will also be presented to the Upper Boggy Creek Neighborhood Contact Team at their Oct. 23 meeting.

Many thanks to everyone who participated! We look forward to implementing our plans for our neighborhood park.

Friends of Patterson Park illustration by Caitlin Alexander

Community Priorities and Potential Projects with Comments

Thank you to everyone who attended our community meeting on the Patterson Neighborhood Park Plan on Sept. 13. We had a productive discussion of the various projects that could meet the community priorities identified in the 2016 survey.You can see the survey results here: http://bit.ly/pattersonsurveyresults. The draft Patterson Neighborhood Park Plan is forthcoming.

Patterson Park Community Priorities and Potential Projects with Comments
9/13/17 FoPP Community Meeting

1. Playground improvements

  • Add freestanding play elements
  • Add seating
  • Add shade
  • Add natural play area

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

COMMENTS:
Monkey bars would be GREAT for older kids! Everyone would benefit from more shaded seating. Some simple boulders for natural play might fit well under oaks by community garden.
Good idea but make sure of the hanging apparatus at height adult 5 ½ to 6 ½ ft tall can use it.
Check!
Love the circle monkey bars & spinners.
Tree climbing playground equipment (aka Dove Springs park)

2. Pool improvements

  • Rebuild pool and bathhouse
  • Plant shade trees

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

COMMENTS:
Love the shade additions!
Water park features like Peace Park might be cheaper & fun.
More shade at the pool. Changing rooms, lockers.

3. Bathroom improvements

  • Remodel/new construction
  • Add soap dispensers

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

COMMENTS:

When rebuild move so not in the middle of oaks and playground, merge with pool bathrooms.
My favorite bathrooms in Austin! (Johnston Creek example)
Integrate with pool
It would be AMAZING to have clean, simple, modern bathrooms like these (Johnston Creek example) at our park
We need new bathrooms with soap dispensers and perhaps closer to the pool

4. Trail improvements

  • Complete trail between Schieffer Ave. and Brookview Rd. roundabout
  • Improved trail maintenance (add granite, remove weeds)
  • Add lighting
  • Add seating
  • Add trail markers, map
  • Transitions from concrete sidewalk to crushed granite trail at each end of the sidewalk.
  • Improve connection to Mueller trail with signage, shaded seating at intersection of Wilshire Pkwy. and Airport Blvd.

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

COMMENTS:
Large limestone barriers to provide perimeter seating along trails & prevent vehicle entry. This might happen with future Airport Blvd. redesign.
Some lighting along trail would be great, also trail markers, a park and trail map, and lots of seating.
Careful of cluttering with too many benches and signage – dual/multi purpose?
Trail to volleyball, skate park, community garden.
Need continuous loop of trails.
Connect with Mueller; consider merging trail with Gordon Bennet Way.
Not too much lighting.
Just walked to Mueller last night and was too too dark on walk home at Patterson.
Something more natural, not so George Orwell 1984 [as in example photo].
Check, check, check.

5. Amenities

  • Replace old picnic tables, benches, trash cans
  • Add new picnic tables, benches, grills, trash cans, bike racks
  • Amphitheatre (using landscaping rocks, as implemented in Mueller and Ramsey Parks)

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

COMMENTS:
Benches near volleyball court (but be strategic where it doesn’t inhibit future desires to expand the volleyball courts)
Thing through grouping of benches and/or picnic tables to allow for smaller + larger groups of family + friends at various spots.
Natural limestone benches.
I like the limestone bench idea.
Add more grills; add some picnic tables at East end of the park – it is now more of a destination; add seating by Dance of the Cosmos.
Consider crushed granite pad for new picnic tables.
Strategic planning for where to put new trash cans.
Add bike racks near destinations, not randomly.
Super simple amphitheatre at Ramsey is used for everything from kids musical performances to Shakespeare in the Park!

6. Landscaping

  • Shade tree planting in groves and along trails

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

COMMENTS:
“If you plant them, they will grow”
Shade is always a benefit in Texas.
Yes!
Yes! If not post oak, live oak, lacey oak, & burr oaks.
Shade trees, some flowering natives & fruit/pecan trees.
APF/TreeFolks planting project would require two-year commitment by FoPP to watering new tree groves.

7. Shade covers

  • Add shade structure over part of playground
  • Add shade structure over basketball court

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

COMMENTS:
Shaded and lit basketball court would be a huge “game” changer. Now it gets very little use daytime or night.
Shade over basketball court would maximize use in daytime and evening.
Shade over basketball court!

8. Athletic field/court improvements

  • Resurface basketball court
  • Add shade structure over basketball court
  • Add lighting around basketball court
  • Surface tennis court
  • Replace benches and trash cans around tennis court
  • Replace fencing around tennis court
  • Add lighting around tennis court
  • Add mulch barrier around volleyball court
  • Add seating around volleyball court

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

COMMENTS:
There are TOO MANY sticker burrs! The volleyball court is covered in sticker burrs that are hidden in the sand and stab your feet. The volleyball court was completely unplayable last time the grass was mowed because the burrs spread out. The volleyball court is my sanctuary and it breaks my heart & kills my feet trying to play there.
A bench/picnic table would be nice too; & a water hose to spray down the court in summer; & a light!
I’ve suggested to many people to play vball at Patterson, everybody says it’s the worst place in city to play because of sticker burrs. Suggest a mulch or sand barrier around the courts (Zilker has a barrier).
Desperately need to surface/resurface courts! Lighting and shade would be great to maximize use and health benefits to community.
Field: yard markers for ultimate frisbee/football; open spaces for free play!
Add soccer goals

9. Skate park improvements

  • Resurface ramp
  • Repair stairs
  • Add landscaping

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

COMMENTS:
Seating & viewing area around skate ramp would encourage congregating. Be sure to ask skater community on plants and mulch, which could change aesthetic of what they prefer.
Teenagers need places too!
Maybe some tree plantings to create shade.

10. Lighting

  • Add solar lighting along trails
  • Add lighting around athletic courts

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

COMMENTS:
It’s hot in Texas, people like to play ball at night. Light this baby up!
Yes!!!
Yes, basketball court.
Volleyball courts.
Be careful about light pollution and fireflies.
Low trail lights are a good idea to consider.
Solar lights along the most busy parts of the trail would be very useful, and lighting of the athletic courts would bring a lot more people to the park.
Lighting needed on trail along Wilshire Pkwy.

11. Fitness equipment

  • Add small workout area with 2-4 pieces of equipment (e.g. pull up bar, sit up bench)
  • Remove old pull up bar by playground

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

COMMENTS:
The athletic equipment along east side of Lady Bird trail is phenomenal. Please reproduce as much as possible.
Resistance training using body weight for upper body – check out what Camp Mabry uses.
I would love a sit up bench & maybe a pull up bar (for other people who seem to want them).
Please remove the dangerous old pull up bars near playground ASAP!
Consider stations around the trail.

12. Other

  • Add limestone blocks along Airport Blvd. sidewalk as seating & barrier
  • Add water fountains along trail
  • Add trail markers, signage, map

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

COMMENTS:
Use same stone marker system as at Gordon Bennett Way in Mueller
Agree.
I would love trail signs and also really liked the Patterson Park map designed by Chris Levack.
Trail markers would be great addition (maybe more natural wood ones instead of more formal stone signs at Mueller), as would directional signage and a map of the park.

Idea boards used at community meeting

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Patterson Park illustration by Caitlin B. Alexander, commissioned by Friends of Patterson Park. Use only with permission.

 

Friends of Patterson Park illustration by Caitlin Alexander

Proposed project: skate ramp improvements

Part of the Neighborhood Park Plan series of posts.

One of the community priorities for Patterson Park identified in the 2016 survey conducted by FoPP was improvements to the skate ramp. The ramp was designed and built by the Austin Public Skatepark Action Committee and Lonestar Skateparks in 2006. It is a popular park feature, and after 11 years of heavy use it is in need of some repairs. It would benefit from 1) resurfacing the ramp, 2) repairing the stairs, and 3) adding a rock garden/native planting to the side. Schieffer-Willowbrook neighbor David Boston has developed the proposal below.

Skate ramp improvement project. Design by David Boston.

Skate ramp improvement project. Design by David Boston.

Save

Friends of Patterson Park illustration by Caitlin Alexander

Proposed project: addition to playground

Part of the Neighborhood Park Plan series of posts.

One of the community priorities for Patterson Park identified in the 2016 survey conducted by FoPP was improvements to the playground. The most common requests were for 1) a natural play area, 2) a piece of climbing equipment, and 3) additional seating.

The natural play area will not fit with the current playscape, but might be developed in a different part of the park. A new climbing structure could be as simple as monkey bars or more innovative like a climbing net dome. Members of the FoPP executive committee met with sales representatives from Landscape Structures and We Build Fun over the summer to explore options. Both commercial playground companies were recommended by PARD. Because of cost and space limitations and in the interest of adding a piece that is both durable and timeless, the current idea is for install a circular monkey bar with a new seating wall around it and steps leading down to the bathrooms. This would be installed on the western edge of the playground, between where the current footprint of the playground extends and the bathrooms.

We Build Fun proposal

Patterson Park - Landscape Stuctures

Landscape Structures proposal

seating wall + steps

seating wall + steps

 

Save

Friends of Patterson Park illustration by Caitlin Alexander

Community Priorities and Potential Projects

Work on the Patterson Neighborhood Park Plan will be guided by the community priorities identified in the 2016 survey we conducted. The results of the survey are reported in full here: Patterson Community Survey Results (download the PDF). priorities are listed below, with potential projects. Please join us at the September 13 community meeting to discuss what we want to include in the park plan!

1. Playground improvements

2. Pool improvements

3. Bathroom improvements

  • remodel/new construction (requires PARD bond funding)
  • add soap dispensers

4. Trail improvements

  • Complete trail between Schieffer Ave. and roundabout
  • Improved trail maintenance (add granite, remove weeds)
  • Add lighting, seating

5. Amenities

  • Add seating
  • Add picnic tables
  • Replace old trash cans

6. Landscaping

  • Tree plantings
  • Butterfly garden (included in Community Garden, spring 2017)

7. Dog park

  • Not feasible. PARD does not allow in neighborhood parks. (See list of 12 off-leash areas operated by the City of Austin)

8. Shade covers

  • Cover part of playground
  • Cover basketball court

9. Athletic field/court improvements

  • Resurface basketball court
  • Replace benches and trash cans around basketball court (PARD, spring 2017)
  • Surface tennis court
  • Replace benches and trash cans around tennis court
  • Replace fencing around tennis court

10. Splash Pad

11. Skatepark improvements

  • Resurface
  • Repair Stairs
  • Add landscaping

12, Lighting

  • Add solar lighting along trails
  • Add other lighting

13. Recycling bins

  • Add bins

14. Trash

  • replace old trash bins (partially completed by PARD, spring 2017)

15. Fitness equipment

  • Add small workout area with 2-4 pieces of equipment (e.g. pull up bar, sit up bench)
  • Remove old pullup bar by playground

16. Other

  • Fencing
  • Water fountains
  • Amphitheatre

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Save

Patterson Neighborhood Park Plan: Community Meeting #2

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.

Key Points

* 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

Timeline

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.

Notes

The Parks Department will provide support in the form of maps for meeting materials, attending meetings for questions and reviewing feedback/projects for feasibility.

City of Austin Releases Aquatics Master Plan, Plans for Patterson Pool

The Parks and Recreation Department has released the final draft of their Aquatics Master Plan.  The Executive Summary is worth reading in full, and this is what the report says about the Patterson Pool (see Appendix E-Improvements by Pool).

Patterson Pool Recommendations

ƒ* If this pool is to continue in operation, a new bathhouse will need to be developed.
ƒ* If the pool is to continue in operation, completely reconstruct the pool as a Neighborhood Pool as defined in Chapter 5.
ƒ* The wading pool must be replaced and include zero-depth access.

Site Recommendations

ƒ* Additional parking is not required
ƒ* Reconstruct one parking space to be TAS compliant accessible spaces
ƒ* Provide accessible pedestrian and bicycle access from right-of-way
ƒ* New utility connections (domestic water, reclaimed water, fire line, fire hydrants, and sanitary
sewer)
ƒ* Install stormwater detention
ƒ* Install a parking lot light

Existing Architectural Features

*Shade structure: Wood pergola adjacent to the wading pool and fabric canopy entirely shading
* wading pool
ƒ* Office: None
ƒ* Storage: None
ƒ* Bathhouse/Family Restroom: None
ƒ* Pump House: Separate building with community mural

Building Repairs Recommendations

* Pergola in need of replacing in 5 years
ƒ* Add Office
ƒ* Add Storage
ƒ* Add ADA and family restrooms
ƒ* Add bathhouse
ƒ* Pump house doors and frames in need of replacing

Building Recommendations

ƒTotal pool replacement. Construct bathhouse. Minor refurbishment to the pump house

TOTAL COSTS: $4,628,650

(FoPP note: Considering PARD’s huge budget shortfall, the work outlined in the Master Plan may involve a bond and is likely not happening soon, but we are delighted with the planned improvements.)

Patterson Neighborhood Park Plan

Vision and Goals for Patterson Park

Part of the Neighborhood Park Plan series of posts.

FoPP held the first Community Meeting on the Patterson Neighborhood Park Plan at Servant Church on June 21, 2017. Participants discussed their vision of the park and goals for the next 5, 10 and 20 years.

Vision for Patterson Park

We want a multi-use, multi-generational space for exercise, play, and community events.

We want to preserve open spaces and heritage post oaks.

We want to continue to draw visitors from beyond the neighborhood.

We treasure our trees, community garden, pool, art, and sense of place at the intersection of five neighborhoods.

Goals for Patterson Park

Activate the park with more use

Exaggerate small/big spaces to make them feel more intimate/expansive

Maintain tree canopy, plant replacements

Integrate trails better and add shade

Reclaim storm runoff with a rain garden

Add educational/historical component through programming & signage

Use space to bring five neighborhoods together

  • community events, including performances
  • fully inclusive, ADA compliant
  • regular volunteer opportunities to maintain park
  • bulletin board to share community information

Expand sculptural area

  • use abandoned concrete pad for temporary art
  • connect with Little Artist/Big Artist program
  • connect with neighborhood artists

Connect better to context

  • wayfinding
  • physical access

Make improvements while keeping in mind preserving open space & intimate spaces.

Patterson park plan mtg June 21

June 21: Creating a Neighborhood Park Plan

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.

KEY POINTS

  • 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

TIMELINE

  1. June 2017: Full analysis of Survey of Community Priorities for Patterson Park
  2. September 2017: Two community meetings: June 21, 5:30 @ Servant Church and 2nd meeting in September
  3. October 2017: Preparation of Plan
  4. November – December 2017: Presentation of Plan at Neighborhood Association meetings in Delwood 2, Cherrywood, Mueller, Schieffer-Willowbrook, and Wilshire Wood
  5. December / January 2017: Submission to Parks and Recreation

NOTES

The Parks Department will provide support in the form of maps for meeting materials, attending meetings for questions and reviewing feedback/projects for feasibility