Patterson Park on the Go!

By Jennifer Potter-Miller
Originally published in the November 2018 issue of The Flea

The Neighborhood Park Plan developed by Friends of Patterson Park was approved by all five adjacent neighborhood associations, and will be submitted to the Parks and Recreation Department for final review. The first priority identified in the plan is improvements to the playground, so FoPP is planning to apply for funding from the Austin Parks Foundation to add circular monkey bars, spinners, and seating later this year. The contractor will be Urban Patchwork, who used to coordinate the Cherrywood Farm a few years ago, and the play equipment will be from Landscape Structures.

PARD recently did extensive work on the park’s trails, reconditioning the existing granite path and adding two new sections. There is a new connection from the roundabout to Schieffer Ave., and another one from the roundabout to Airport Blvd, going past the basketball court and garden. These will be so beneficial to park users, and we are so grateful for the attention and responsiveness of the city!

Last month we partnered with APF and the Austin Young Lawyers Association for an MLK Day of Service,. Lots of area attorneys and neighbors came out with their families to mulch the large oaks and clear root collars of accumulated soil. Volunteer opportunities this spring include It’s My Park Day (March 3) and a tree planting with TreeFolks and Austin Parks Foundation (March 10). We are looking for people to adopt the trees and join the watering crew that will be responsible for our new grove of trees for the next few years, to help the future great trees of Patterson get established.

The Cap City Cobras organized a work day on Feb. 3 to turn the Patterson field into a baseball diamond. The team has been practicing at the park for two years, and coordinated with PARD to pick up leftover infield clay from Bartholomew Park, built up a pitcher’s mound and marked out bases. We hope to see more folks of all ages playing ball at the park this spring.

FoPP held lots of celebrations at the park in 2017 and closed out the year with Luminarias in December. We are so excited about what’s in the works for 2018! Help us raise funds for improvement projects and community events during Amplify Austin, the city-wide 24 hour fundraiser starting March 1 at 6pm. For more information, visit friendsofpattersonpark.org.

Cap City Cobra baseball team work day

Jennifer Potter-Miller is the chair of Friends of Patterson Park.

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