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Magnolia Manor Park Update – March/April 2017

The Friends of Magnolia Manor Park (FMMP) has applied for a Neighborhood Matching Fund grant!! The purpose is to develop the northern portion of the park. Approved in the previous Opportunity Fund project but not funded, this project will move the fence in the NE corner about ten feet to the east. This amazing view spot will allow people to see great views of Mt Baker and the Cascades. As part of the just-finishing project, this element has been reviewed and approved by Seattle Parks and Recreation, the City of Seattle Department of Construction & Inspection and Seattle Public Utilities.

FMMP will be hosting three public open house/work sessions!! Get your design caps on and come to these public gatherings to share your ideas! How about the concrete patio & old signs? Tangled vegetation to go! A new flat area with recently-built retaining wall—how to best use? Site Workshop will once again be part of the team, yes!! The goal is to solicit input on park design and to produce detailed designs for the northern portion of the park.

The grant was just submitted! There are six long weeks to wait to find out if FMMP received the grant. Stay tuned!! Feel free to share your questions or ideas at

http://www.magnoliamanorpark.org/ ; choose Contact. We love to hear from you!

Magnolia Manor Park Update March 2017

Magnolia Manor Park Update

February 2017

Great news! The Friends of Magnolia Manor Park (FMMP) will be applying for a Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) grant! The purpose? To secure more design suggestions for the north part of the park. This might include an update for the concrete patio area, moving the NE fence corner further east for a better mountain view or other input from YOU at the future public meetings.

What can you do to help? Be willing to pledge a few hours of volunteer time in advance. The NMF grant application requires a list of volunteers and their contact information. A link to do this online should be available soon. Or you can go to www.magnoliamanorpark.org, select Contact. Please include your name, email address, mailing address/zip code and the potential number of hours you will pledge.

  • There are many volunteer opportunities – outreach, meetings, work parties and more!
  • Photograph an outreach event and post online
  • Promote the project at your church, school or among friends
  • Love to get your hands dirty? Help with park cleanup and future planting
  • Great opportunity to rack up community service hours for students and p-patchers

Yes, Parks turned down FMMP’s previous grant attempt for opening the east hill of Manor Park, citing maintenance costs in the tens of thousands annually. Hard to believe, right? Even harder to believe is that Parks Superintendent, Jesus Aguirre, had stated his support for a path open around the whole reservoir  to both neighbors and FMMP previously.

FMMP is not giving up! More information to follow in the coming weeks.