Grass Roots Councils Continue
Many of you know that a previous mayor discontinued support of the 13 Neighborhood District
Councils. Created in the 1980s to foster more citizen input into the operation of our city and
neighborhoods. Yes, these district councils desperately needed support in digital outreach, language
translation and more. Cutting these established grass-roots organizations was a very top-down
maneuver; the very anti-thesis of grass-roots. And, here in Seattle, we love to engage and have our
Magnolia Queen Anne District Council is now The Coalition! And open to all!!
The good news is that many of these councils are still alive and flourishing. Our own, the former
Magnolia Queen Anne Neighborhood District Council has been reimagined as The Coalition: Magnolia,
Queen Anne and Interbay Neighborhoods. The current members participated in a strategic re-branding
exercise; creating a new mission statement and vision. The by-laws were re-written for more open
membership by both individuals and groups.
The Coalition meetings are monthly; go to The Coalition: Magnolia, Queen Anne, and Interbay
Neighborhoods Facebook page and message for the current meeting information. Everyone is
Sound Transit Route in Interbay TBD in 2018!
The most impactful issue to the Coalition right now is the Sound Transit route through our
neighborhoods. A few months ago, Sound Transit stopped by The Coalition meeting to discuss initial
ideas of routing light rail from Downtown to Ballard. This routing will go through our neighborhoods and
in 2018 Sound Transit will select the Preferred Alternative; for the routing of the line.
About two years ago Ben Broesamie (Magnolia Community Council) helped put together a multi-
organization group that encouraged Sound Transit to plan for a route of the light rail off of 15th Avenue
West. Many of us continue to feel that a light rail route off of 15th Avenue West will be best for our
Therefore 2018 will be an important year to connect together and advocate Sound Transit for a
routing that is best for our communities. The Coalition will work with elected officials, industry
(Fishermens Terminal agrees with our position), and perhaps businesses along 15th Avenue West.
Ben’s group will be working with The Coalition on this task; Mike Davis – Transportation Chair for
Uptown Alliance, and Laura Day – Transportation Chair for QACC have agreed as well.
2018 will be a busy year to talk to our neighbors and business community and let them know that Sound
Transit is selecting this impactful route soon and inviting them to share their opinions. Ben drew up an
idea of light rail routing in the attached figure.
Want to be involved? Attend Coalition meetings! Message ideas via The Coalition Facebook page
1. What groups should The Coalition reach out and invite to work with us on this issue? (e.g. Ballard
2. What actions will enable The Coalition to reach out to the community? (e.g. Farmers Markets)
Please join the Friends of Magnolia Manor Park for a Community Celebration and Grand Opening!! The long-delayed Opportunity Project is finally complete!! Yes!! Walk the reservoir path! Celebrate our newly-opened green park space!
When: Sunday, August 13, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Park Address: 3500 28th Ave West
There will be refreshments, neighbors, key folks involved in the project and more.
Meet your local community groups:
MIQA Be Prepared (Mag, Interbay, QA Emergency Prep)
COLA (Citizens for Off-Leash Areas)
Discover Music in the Park (Concert/Music at Discovery Park)
Heron Habitat Helpers
Smith Cove Park
Feel free to share your questions or ideas at http://www.magnoliamanorpark.org/; choose
Contact. We love to hear from you!
It’s a work party – we’ll plant some shrubs near the OLA, spread chips in the OLA, and generally clean up the front plaza area. Bring gloves, we have tools. We’ll serve soup at noon.
Date: Sunday 12th February
Time: 10 am – 2 pm
Location: Magnolia Manor Park, 28th Ave West
It seems as if the construction fences have been up for ever, but they will come down eventually. Parks is waiting for the grass in the hydroseeded areas to grow. Stay tuned – we’ll have a big celebration when the fences come down and we can all use the new path and see the great view.
At Manor P-Patch
Friends of Magnolia Manor Park was formed in 2011 to help implement the community-developed plan for Magnolia Manor Park, including an Off Leash Area (OLA) and P-Patch. Through their stewardship, Friends of Magnolia Manor Park build community by connecting people, plants and animals in recreational activities thereby creating a treasured and sustainable neighborhood gathering place for all.
Steering Committee Agenda — preliminary
7:00 pm Introductions
Adopt Minutes of May 24, 2016
7:00 pm Treasurer’s report – Carol Burton
7:15 pm Update on Opportunity Fund project (Jim Keller, Susan)
What will happen when
How use it to build support for Small and Simple as next step to opening up rest of park
What can we get for $25K (see Jim’s email below)
Project match –Volunteer labor match — need to sign up volunteers
Strategy for getting Parks support for project
8:15 pm New members
8:25 pm OLA and P-Patch updates
9:00 pm Adjourn
Come to a candidate forum and find out – Thursday 15th October at Whole Foods in Interbay.
Doors open at 6.30 with information tables (pro and con) on Lets Move Seattle ballot measure. Candidate forum starts promptly at 7 pm and continues to 9 pm. come to the Customer Service Desk at Whole Foods and we’ll guide you from there.
Candidates for Seattle City Council seats #7, 8, and 9; King County Council #4; and Port of Seattle #2 and #5 will be there. The election is Tuesday 3rd November – come to the forum and find out where the candidates stand on your issues.
The Candidate forum is co-sponsored by Magnolia Community Council, Magnolia/Queen Anne District Council, Queen Anne Community Council, and Uptown Alliance.
Questions? email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Seattle City Council has proposed a Metropolitan Park District (“MPD”).
The deferred maintenance backlog for Seattle’s parks and recreational facilities is now at $267 million and the current levy ends this year.
This issue will be on the August 5 ballot.Thursday, June 12, 2014 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Catharine Blaine School 2550 34th Ave W. (Next to the Magnolia Community Center)
For more information please read the Meeting Flyer.
Park Happening Monday, May 27, 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Please join us for our first annual Memorial Day Grilled Salmon Fundraiser!
$10.00 per person
BYOB and a side dish
Our Chef Robert Nash will be serving us marinated, grilled salmon on our barbecue
grill donated by Deborah and Michael Wade!
E-vites to go out soon–if you don’t see yours contact Sharon Knoll via our P-Patch form here.
Looking forward to coming together in our new Magnolia Manor Park P-Patch.
MAGNOLIA MANOR PARK OFF-LEASH AREA UPDATE
Earth Day Work Party! Pitchforks and Shovels and Rakes, oh my! Come join us as we sling chips and move gravel to pretty up our Off Leash Area (OLA) for Earth Day! Sunday, April 21st from 1-3 pm. During the work party, the OLA will be CLOSED to all but work party participants and their dogs.
Calling All Team Members: Let’s Team Up!
Our Goal: Good stewardship for the off-leash area at Magnolia Manor Park! Help support the stewards of this dog park by joining the support team. At least 10 people are needed to share the load. We only need a few more to round out our Team!
If you use the OLA, care about the OLA and or are neighbors of the OLA, please volunteer (use the general contact form here).
Magnolia Manor Park Off-Leash Area is in its probationary period for 18 months (until Spring, 2014). (All new dog parks go on probation.) The majority of the OLA users are responsible dog owners who respect the park and the neighborhood. However, a few users may be jeopardizing the future of this OLA.
The OLA needs a support team of 10 people to help community bonding among park users. Possible activities include owner education, dog contests, potlucks, fun training events, etc. Re-educate the minority who aren’t aware about their impact on the neighborhood. This is your park!!
Currently the “missing piece,” an 18,000 sq ft SW corner of the park linking the OLA and the P-patch is under consideration. This would include a paved path between the areas and a re-vitalization of the north part of MMP. These areas are for people and leashed dogs. It is vital for the continuation of the Off Leash Area that dogs are kept on leash while outside the OLA.
The pros about MMP OLA:
Future plans for MMP OLA:
The cons of the OLA:
Good Neighbor Policy:
Posted on behalf of Toni Imfeld