Patterson egg hunt March 31, 2018. Photo by J. Potter-Miller/FoPP.

Egg Hunting, Mulching, and Planting on a Spring Weekend at the Park

We hosted the biggest Easter egg hunt yet at Patterson on Saturday, with 200+ neighbors coming out to search for 1000 stuffed eggs + many hundreds of chocolate eggs, enjoy a potluck brunch and crack dozens of cascarónes. Servant Church volunteers were a huge help once again. Lots of photos on Flickr at http://bit.ly/pattersonegghunt2018

The Austin Parks Foundation organized a mulching day to add another 20 yards of to the new grove downhill from the playground, and volunteers from the Florida State University alumni association and Texas Parks Rangers knocked the work out in record time.

Lastly, the community garden held a dedication ceremony for a plaque in honor of a friend of the garden, and planted their Giving Garden.

What a fantastic way to welcome spring!

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Photos by J. Potter-Miller/FoPP. See more on Flickr.

 

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Giving Garden Construction at Patterson on March 24

Via our friends at the Patterson Park Community Garden.

Patterson Park Community Garden aspires to be part of the solution to ending local hunger. To that end we would like to build a Giving Garden that we hope will become a place for learning and sharing, not just among ourselves but with the larger community.

On March 24, we will build the plot! We will be using a method that requires no money at all to demonstrate that gardening does not have to be a rich person’s pursuit. Members have gathered the needed material and we are now set to begin.
Everyone is invited to attend the construction party scheduled for Saturday, March 24 at noon. For more info on the Giving Garden, email fopp.atx@gmail.com.
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It’s My Park Day at Patterson March 3

Join Friends of Patterson Park on Saturday, March 3rd for It’s My Park Day! Meet us at 9am at the pavilion for a family work day.

WHEN: Saturday, March 3
WHERE: Patterson Park pavilion
REGISTRATION: https://givepul.se/a6pwk

Sign up at this link to receive an awesome t-shirt and sign a liability waiver. The plan is to prepare the area just west of the playground to plant a new grove of trees including a diverse range of species. PARD will dig the holes, and volunteers will engage in several activities including laying cardboard and mulch to suppress bermuda grass around the new trees, root collar clearing and trash pickup.

This is an opportunity for the folks of all ages to volunteer. We will have coffee, lemonade, tacos, and muffins to fuel our volunteers. 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!

We are also looking for volunteers for the Patterson Tree Planting.

WHEN: Saturday, March 10
WHERE: Patterson Park pavilion
REGISTRATION: https://givepul.se/55jph

Friends of Patterson Park is organizing a group of neighbors to “adopt” the grove and commit to get them established by watering for three years. This pilot project is a partnership between the Friends of Patterson Park, Austin Parks Foundation, TreeFolks and the City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department. If you want to join the watering crew and get one of the trees labeled with your family name, email fopp.atx@gmail.com.

Trees in the new grove include Burr Oak, Monterrey Oak, Flameleaf Sumac, Goldenball Lead, Texas Kidneywood, Mexican Plum, Texas Persimmon, Red Bud, Desert Willow, Anacacho Orchid. Read more about the new grove.

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.

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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.

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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.