IMPD Fall 2017 at Patterson. Photo by Marie Hwang.

Another Fantastic It’s My Park Day at Patterson

By Robin Graham-Moore

The first Saturday in November found a group of more than 40 friends and neighbors in Patterson Park looking at an impressive mountain of steaming mulch. Fueled by Mi Madre’s breakfast tacos, Thunderbird coffee, and drinks and pastries brought by generous neighbors, the group grabbed tools and attacked the huge pile.

Three hours later found the pile gone and a bunch of exhausted, but exhilarated people looking with pride at over 40 mulched trees. The event gave parents an opportunity to work side by side with their eager kids. Others came with their families to work in a park they remembered fondly from family reunions and birthday parties. A nearby business, Liaison Creative + Marketing, brought many hands to help the park they love thrive. Thanks to the Austin Parks Foundation for organizing such a magical day in our community!

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It’s My Park Day at Patterson Nov. 4

Join Friends of Patterson Park on Saturday, November 4th for It’s My Park Day! Meet at 9am at the playground for a family work day. We will be mulching the heritage oak trees surrounding the playground to help keep them healthy and providing much needed shade for years to come.

This is an opportunity for the folks of all ages to volunteer, and we will have kids sized shovels, gloves and mulch sleds. If you have wheelbarrows or wagons, please bring them! We’ll have shovels, gloves, and mulch sleds.

We will have coffee, lemonade, tacos, and muffins to fuel our volunteers. Please register at https://www.givepulse.com/event/58508 to get your t-shirt and sign the necessary waiver! Thank you to the Austin Parks Foundation for organizing this city-wide work day at Austin’s parks. We’ve accomplished so much at volunteer work days over the last several years and always have a great time!

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Photo credit: J. Potter-Miller/FoPP. See more on Flickr.

Mulching day at Patterson Park Aprl 2017

Mulching Day with Texas Theta Chi

On April 8 a group neighbors and members of the Theta Chi chapter at the University of Texas spent the morning mulching the heritage oak trees at the west end of the park. We used 20 yards of mulch from the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and tools from the Austin Parks Foundation to nourish and protect 43 of the most beloved trees at Patterson. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to care for our park!

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Patterson IMPD Spring 2017. Photo by J. Potter-MIller.

Volunteering in the Neighborhood This Saturday: Patterson Park, Willowbrook Reach, Cherrywood Green

There are three opportunities to volunteer close to home this weekend. Join the Maplewood Green Team, UT students, Servant Church, and volunteers from around town to share some love with our neighborhood green spaces this Saturday, April 8!

1. Patterson Park: Mulching and Trash Pickup

Registration: https://givepul.se/ccbte
Location: Just below the playground
Time: 9-11 a.m.
Details: Volunteers will move nutrient-rich mulch to trees and spread it under the tree canopy and the critical root zone of Heritage trees on the western edge of the park, off Cherrywood Rd. We will also do some light trash pick up, as needed.
Leaders: Jennifer Potter-Miller and Sharon Yarborough

2. Willowbrook Reach Trash Pickup led by Maplewood Elementary Green Team

Part of Keep Austin Beautiful Clean Sweep
Registration: http://keepaustinbeautiful.force.com/volunteers/SignUp
Location: Near the sign at the corner of E. 40th St. and Cherrywood Rd.
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Details: Volunteers will walk along the creekbed picking up trash. Closed-toe shoes required (rainboots would be awesome), long sleeves, awareness of poison ivy for both the Reach.
Leader: Sunshine Mathon

3. Cherrywood Green/Upper Boggy Creek Cleanup led by Maplewood Elementary Green Team

Part of Keep Austin Beautiful Clean Sweep
Registration: on site
Location: Corner of E. 34th St. and Cherrywood Rd.
Time: 10 a.m.-noon
Details: Volunteers will walk along the creekbed picking up trash. Closed-toe shoes required (rainboots would be awesome), long sleeves, awareness of poison ivy for both the Reach.
Leader: Amanda Braziel

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Tree Mulching and Trash Pickup on April 2

Austin Parks Foundation and Friends of Patterson Park are pleased to partner with Servant Church, friends and neighbors for a volunteer work day to provide some TLC to the trees at Patterson Park!

We had a great It’s My Park Day a few weeks ago, and spread 20 cubic yards of mulch to 102 trees at the southeast corner of the park. We would like to keep the momentum going to protect the heritage oaks along the western edge of the park, near Cherrywood Rd. before the heat of summer hits. We will also do some light trash pick up in that section of the park, as needed.

Kids accompanied by an adult are always welcome. Dress for the weather, wear closed-toed shoes, and bring a water bottle to refill. If you have a wheelbarrow you can bring, please do! This event is part of Servant Church’s Service Sunday, which will bring 100+ volunteers to several sites around the neighborhood for community service.


Sunday April 2
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Please register on Give Pulse

Report: It’s My Park Day Spring 2017

It’s My Park Day was a success on Saturday! We went forward despite the threat of rain that morning, and the sky cleared just in time for our work day. There was a great crowd of volunteers, including neighbors from all the around the park, AmeriCorps volunteers, and Girl Scouts from the Maplewood Elementary troop. Total: 27 adults, 8 kids

Volunteers spread 20 cubic yards of mulch to 102 trees in less than two hours, and the whole southeastern corner of the park looks great.

Mi Madre’s donated tacos and Thunderbird donated coffee, and all the refreshments disappeared quickly. We really appreciate our neighborhood businesses support for park!

Many thanks to everyone who came out, and to the Austin Parks Foundation for organizing this city-wide event! If you haven’t yet, make sure to swing by at the corner of Schieffer and Airport to see the work.

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Photos by J. Potter-Miller. More photos of It’s My Park Day on Flickr.

It's My Park Day Spring 2017

It’s My Park Day is March 4th at Patterson Park

Join us on Saturday, March 4th for It’s My Park Day at Patterson Park! We’ll meet at 9am at a picnic table near Airport Blvd. and Schieffer Ave. for a family work day. This is an opportunity for the folks of all ages to volunteer. We will be mulching the large oak trees at the southeast corner of the park. If you have wheelbarrows or wagons, please bring them! We’ll have shovels, gloves, and mulch sleds. Kids with an accompanying adult are welcome, and we’ll have coffee, lemonade, breakfast tacos and muffins to fuel our volunteers!

Please register on the Austin Parks Foundation volunteer management page.

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You can see photos from our family work day last fall on Flickr. Photo credit: J. Potter-Miller/FoPP.

First Fall It’s My Park Day at Patterson a Smashing Success

By Jennifer Potter-Miller

While the first Fall It’s My Park Day at Patterson Park started out in a light rain, it ended with a bang. We had 30 volunteers from all the neighborhood surrounding the park and from The University of Texas tackle 15 yards of mulch donated by the Austin Parks Foundation. They focused their energy on mulching 36 trees  at the eastern end of the park, including many of the older oaks between the community garden and Schieffer Ave.

We are so grateful to everyone who came out to work hard at the park (including several as young as four!), to the weather for cooperating, to the Cherrywood Neighborhood Association for providing coffee and breakfast tacos, and to neighbor Robin Graham-Moore for additional refreshments to keep us all fueled. We are especially thankful for our partnership with the Austin Parks Foundation, and all their support for this event and so many others during the year.

If you want to join the Friends of Patterson Park mailing list to learn about upcoming events, including work days and celebrations, email fopp.atx@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook.

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Photos by Jennifer Potter-Miller.

It's My Park Day Spring 2016. Photo by J. Potter-Miller.

It’s My Park Day at Patterson Park is a Family Affair

Join us on Saturday, November 5th for It’s My Park Day at Patterson Park!

WHAT: Patterson Park Family Work Day
WHERE: Patterson Park Pavilion
WHEN: 9:00am to 12:00pm

This event is part of Austin Parks Foundation‘s It’ My Park Day.

Join Friends of Patterson Park for this kid-friendly but hard working crew. We will be mulching trees and picking up trash and washing the common areas in Patterson Park. We will provide the mulch, mulching sleds, cotton gloves in both adult and kids sizes. If you have rakes, wagons, or gloves of your own, please bring them! Refreshments will be available.

Requirements: We are very flexible but adults must participate with the kiddos.

Please register through Give Pulse here: https://givepul.se/5bgeu

Patterson Park map by Chris Levack

September 24, 2016 Friends of Patterson Park Meeting Agenda

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 fopp.atx@gmail.com.

AGENDA

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.

3) Announcements