Pilot Project and Improvements at Patterson Park

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

There’s a new grove of trees at Patterson Park! Friends of Patterson Park (FoPP) collaborated with TreeFolks and Austin Parks Foundation on a pilot project in which neighbors will be responsible for watering new trees in the park for three years. Due to budget constraints, the Parks and Recreation Department has not been able to install irrigation and therefore halted new plantings. Through the pilot project FoPP planted a new grove on March 10, added a layer of cardboard and several inches of mulch to protect them and formed a volunteer watering brigade to water the trees once a week.

Trees in the grove, including Burr Oak, Monterrey Oak, Flameleaf Sumac, Goldenball Lead, Texas Kidneywood, Mexican Plum, Texas Persimmon, Red Bud, Desert Willow, and Anacacho Orchid are intended to add biodiversity to the park. The trees are doing great so far and FoPP is determined to be a good steward for the next generation of great trees at Patterson. Stop by to check them out just downhill from the restrooms.

Patterson Grove spring 2018

If all goes well, the next big project for FoPP will be a playground addition that includes new equipment (circular monkey bars and spinners) next to the current playground; additional benches under the shade of the oak trees; boulders and stumps for natural play and seating in front of the bathrooms; and a line of stepping stones under the trees next to the toddler playground. , natural play features) were identified as the number one community priority in the 2016 survey, and FoPP has recently submitted an application for an ACL Music Festival community grant from the Austin Parks Foundation that will support new construction .

If the grant is awarded, funds raised during Amplify Austin will be applied toward the project as a match. We had a very successful campaign during the 24-hour city-wide fundraiser, raising $5,705 for park improvements and community events. A huge thank you to all our donors and business sponsors, including Nature’s Treasures, Erin Tassoulas Design + Build, Nicole Cooper-NBC Realty, Thunderbird Coffee, Urban Patchwork and Franklin Barbecue. We are filled with joy and gratitude at the generous outpouring of support!

FoPP’s next priority is to add and update park furnishings, including seating, grills, trash cans, and a few new picnic tables, as well as trail improvements like markers and signage. The Patterson Neighborhood Park Plan addressing these priorities was approved by all five neighborhoods surrounding the park and has been submitted to the city for final review and adoption. For more information, visit friendsofpattersonpark.org.

Jennifer Potter-Miller

About Jennifer Potter-Miller

Chair, Friends of Patterson Park, Social Media Chair, Maplewood Elementary School PTA, and Content Editor, Flea newsletter

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