Multiple grants have been awarded to projects at Patterson Park over the last 7 years. Back in 2012, a community garden was proposed for Patterson Park. In 2013, Patterson Park Community Garden Task Force was awarded a grant from Austin Parks Foundation.
After a lot of hard work and help from APF and Austin Parks & Rec, the garden was finally complete. The all-organic vegetable garden is sponsored by the Sustainable Food Center, and had 68 plots. In 2017, these projects included a community garden, art installation, amenities for the pavilion and new benches and tables for the pool.
Bringing Local Art to Patterson Park
Then, Friends of Patterson Park and Fisterra Studios worked together to bring art to Patterson Park as part of XYZ Atlas: the Hedonic Map of Austin. The piece, Dance of the Cosmos, is a kinetic and solar powered sculpture made of concrete and steel.
The artist, Jennifer Chenoweth, was inspired by the color wheel and the Tibetan lotus mandala. On permanent loan from Fisterra Studios, the piece had been previously displayed at the Elisabet Ney Museum.
Wrapping up a busy 2017 at Patterson Park, the benches and tables by the pool were updated. Friends of Patterson Park identified the need for these updates, and applied for a grant from APF. They were awarded $4,910, which allowed for two new tables, 6 benches, and one trash can.
2019 Update: New Playscape at Patterson Park
This past spring, Friends of Patterson Park stepped up once more by applying for a $50,000 ACL Music Festival Community Grant, which they were awarded to improve their park. Now, there is a new modern playscape for both younger and older children, added seating throughout the park, new steps that connect the playground to the restrooms, and some natural play elements near the toddler playscape.
With the help of many community groups, neighborhood associations and Austin Parks Foundation, we saw the fruition of what a community can do when working together. Check out these photos from the ribbon cutting ceremony on September 7th, 2019:
Piece by piece, year after year, these projects have come together to greatly improve Patterson Park. Austin Parks Foundation is proud to help improve and maintain this and all the parks around Austin. Head out to Patterson Park this fall to enjoy the new playscape! While you’re there you can check out all of the updates to the park.