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Magnolia Manor Park input needed

February 28th, 2011 · 12 Comments

This is a busy week for the Magnolia Manor Park project.  There are two opportunities for the community to have a say in what is included at the park site. 

The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday (2/2), from 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the Magnolia Presbyterian Church at 3500 28th Ave. West. This community meeting will give participants the chance to learn about the background of the park and brainstorm ideas.

On Saturday (3/5) the public is invited for an informal walk in the park from 10a.m. – 12p.m. at 3500 28th Ave. West.  The Landscape Architect for the project, and members of the project steering committee will walk the site and answer questions.

The plan will incorporate a dog off leash area which has been in the works since a decision in 2006 by the Parks Board of Trustees and Parks Superintendent.  Depending on community input, other elements that will be considered for the park include community gardens, a children’s play area and picnic areas.

Sustainable Magnolia has received funding from the Department of Neighborhoods through its Small and Simple matching grant program to fund a project entitled ”Envisioning a Vibrant Community Gathering Place for Manor Park.” The amount awarded is $20,000, and is expected to be matched in the form of volunteer hours and resources.

There is a design workshop on April 9 at 10a.m. to present the three plans generated at this week’s meetings and the preferred design will be available in June.  We will keep you posted as the dates get closer.

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  • Danny

    Where is this park?

    • Neighbor

      It’s at 3500 28th Ave. West.

  • Tim

    I’m sure that those involved in this project have their hearts in the right place but spending $20,000 for a landscape architect to design a plan for this park is a total waste of money especially since there is no funding available to implement the plan.I have discussed this with numerous people at the park and every single one of them agreed that it was a waste of money.

    IMHO it would be far more beneficial to donate the $20,000 to a local food bank and really make a difference for some folks who could really use the help.

    • Guest

      While I frequently visit this park and am also very glad that they decided to designate it as an off-leash area (….are we going on three years ago now?) I definitely have to agree with you on the fact that the money could be better spent elsewhere.

      We don’t need any fancy new play areas or picnic tables, that would defeat the purpose of off-leash dog park anyway!

      ….Just throw a couple gates on the existing fence so it can be 100% enclosed and call it good!

      • Neighbor

        The park should be only an off-leash dog park? Nice try. It used to be a “kid play on the grass and ride your bike park” until all the dogs took over and no one cleans up after them. I think the money will be put to good use to create a space that all neighbors can enjoy. Maybe we don’t need picnic tables but I am sure everyone might enjoy a few more park benches — even the dogs!

        • guest

          It used to be completely sealed off as a covered reservoir, but that’s beside the point. The decision was made (by Seattle city parks) in/around 2007 to establish the Manor park (along with others) to be considered as a designated off-leash area for dogs. The dogs didn’t come “take it over.” I still see bikes and kids frequently.

          As for people not curbing their animals? Not only an issue there. That is just pure laziness that unfortunately seems to follow most animal owners these days.

        • guest

          It used to be completely sealed off as a covered reservoir, but that’s beside the point. The decision was made (by Seattle city parks) in/around 2007 to establish the Manor park (along with others) to be considered as a designated off-leash area for dogs. The dogs didn’t come “take it over.” I still see bikes and kids frequently.

          As for people not curbing their animals? Not only an issue there. That is just pure laziness that unfortunately seems to follow most animal owners these days.

  • Monty

    Good times. Brainstorming with off-leash advocates. I’m sure it will be a very rational conversation.

  • Monty

    Good times. Brainstorming with off-leash advocates. I’m sure it will be a very rational conversation.

  • Monty

    Good times. Brainstorming with off-leash advocates. I’m sure it will be a very rational conversation.

  • LocalWalker

    I’m glad this is moving forward–better to have a plan than to let it lie. Also very happy that community input is sought. Many neighbors will have opinions about dogs, parking, and more!

  • LocalWalker

    I’m glad this is moving forward–better to have a plan than to let it lie. Also very happy that community input is sought. Many neighbors will have opinions about dogs, parking, and more!