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

Patterson Park Community Work Day Planned, May 14

By Mark Smolen

Join the Patterson Park Community Garden task force for a work day on Saturday, May 14 to map out the grid lines for the garden plots and set temporary posts marking the garden perimeter.

Under the auspices of Sustainable Food Center, the task force has just signed a license agreement with the City of Austin so that we can move forward with our construction of the garden. The work will proceed in phases, and the next step is to have the irrigation work for our water supply completed by the end of May. That will be followed by fence and gate work in June. This outlook is dependent on completing our negotiations with irrigation and fence contractors and, of course, on the weather. For updates and to RSVP, visit the Facebook event page.

There are still a few of our 66 plots available for anyone who might be interested in gardening with us. For more details, please contact Mark Smolen.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Patterson park

By Jennifer Potter-Miller

Families filled Patterson Park to celebrate Cinco de Mayo last week, and close to 150 people enjoyed a huge potluck dinner, games and music. Friends of Patterson Park partnered with Maplewood Elementary School to host the party during Screen Free Week, and welcomed the community to the celebration.

Many thanks to the parents who brought tamales, salads, all manner of taco fixings, and Mexican cookies and pan dulce galore, and to the school’s Dual Language Parent Teacher Committee for organizing a wonderfully goofy piñata relay race, crafts and freeze dance.

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2016 Easter Egg Hunt at the Park Brings Surrounding Neighborhoods Together

By Jennifer Potter-Miller

It was an unforgettable morning at Patterson Park for the 2nd Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt! We had 150 people come out, 1000+ eggs, dozens upon dozens of cascarónes, two prize baskets, and all kinds of brunch foods for a potluck.

A huge THANK YOU to

* Servant Church for the eggs, donation of chicks to Heifer International, prize basket, bottomless coffee, and their endless good will

* Patterson Park Families for even more eggs, stuffing and hiding 1000 of them, and their boundless energy for community events at our neighborhood park.

I love that all the neighborhoods surrounding Patterson Park can come together there, and that we could easily share the space with two congregations, a soccer team, and several family gatherings.

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Photo credit: Jennifer Potter-Miller. Lots more on Flickr!

Amplify Friends of Patterson Park!

#AmplifyATX starts on March 8 at 6pm! Friends of Patterson Park has created a fundraising page for through the Austin Parks Foundation, which has agreed to match 25% of the funds we raise! Please donate a few dollars or more to help us meet our goal of $1000 so that FoPP can continue to care for and improve our neighborhood park!

Patterson Park is where five neighborhoods come together to play, exercise, and celebrate with family and friends. It brings together Cherrywood, Wilshire Wood/Delwood 1, Schieffer-Willowbrook, Delwood 2 and Mueller, and attracts visitors from all over East Austin for birthday parties, pickup soccer and basketball games, family celebrations, games of frisbee and fetch, and a variety of community events.

Friends of Patterson Park (FoPP) has been working to beautify and improve our park since 2002. Some of our initiatives include the planting of dozens of trees over several different plantings; playground improvements; the creation of and improvements to a perimeter trail; regular mulching of trees; painting of picnic tables; installation of pool house mosaic, skateboard halfpipe, shade over the baby pool, Purple Martin nesting site; and the design and initiation of a community garden with a grant from Austin Parks Foundation.

Please contribute to the care and improvement of our park so that we can guide it into its next phase as a neighborhood and regional recreational hub!

Amplify Austin Day is an annual community-wide day of online giving. It starts March 8, 2016 at 6pm and lasts for 24 hours. There are 600+ local nonprofits participating, and this year’s goal is $9M.

2016 It's My Park Day Kid Crew @ Patterson Park. Photo by J. Potter-Miller.

It’s My Park Day Kid Crew Takes Patterson by Storm

The It’s My Park Day Kid Crew met at Patterson on Saturday, March 5, and the morning exceeded all expectations! There were at least 18 families, a Boy Scout troop, a Maplewood teacher with 8 students, and a group of Cherrywood students from Lamar. Experienced Kid  Crew leader Sharon Yarborough was a pro at organizing everyone, and we all took a turn at picking up trash and mulching. The littlest ones worked on washing the playground. Thank you to all the wonderful neighbors who came out to care for our neighborhood park and show our youngest neighbors how to build community!

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Photos credit: J. Potter-Miller. Lots more on Flickr.