. Once considered a dangerous place, Patterson Park has come a long way in the last decade or so. A swimming pool, rec center, and stadium for soccer, lacrosse, and football all draw crowds, as do the many music and ethnic festivals held each summer. Patterson is also popular with birds. Many of them, like their human counterparts, come for the Boat Lake, a pleasant oasis with a Victorian feel. For a great city view, visit on a Sunday, when you can climb the spiral stairs inside the 1890 pagoda.