Category Archives for "Observations"

Update on coming construction at Magnolia Manor Park

Plans are moving ahead to open up the section between the park along 28th W and the P-Patch on the south side of the park.

As soon as the detailed final plans are approved by the Parks Department they will be posted here.  The goal is to have the work completed by fall 2015.

The Parks Department has completed a detailed survey of the area with all underground water, sewer, and power lines mapped.  In addition to removing the fences blocking access across this portion of the park, there will be a path connecting the two areas and removal of overgrown areas along the north edge.

  • 3 years ago

Magnolia Manor Park Meeting – Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

The Parks Department is holding a public meeting to get your input/suggestions for Magnolia Manor Park.

The City Council has approved the Opportunity Fund proposal from Friends of Magnolia Manor Park Steering Committee as the third phase in implementing the master plan concept for Magnolia Manor Park.

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Magnolia Community Center
2550 34th Ave W.


The "Missing Piece" Walkway

The “Missing Piece” Walkway

For more information please read the Meeting Flyer.

Missing Piece funding approved!

Seattle City Council approved unanimously the recommendations of the Opportunity Fund Oversight Committee, which included money for Magnolia Manor Park.  The project will re-position the fences on the east side of the reservoir to connect the OLA and the P-Patch.  It also renovates the plaza area north of the dog park as envisioned in the original plan developed by the community in 2011.  The next steps are for Seattle Parks Department to solicit community input on the design and development of the area, probably with one or more public meetings. 

  • 5 years ago

July/August Newsletter

In this issue of the Friends of Magnolia Manor Park newsletter:

– Off-Leash Area Work Party on Saturday, July 27th from 10am-Noon. Join us!

– Fun(d)raising BBQ on Sunday, August 11th from 4-6pm. $10/person

– The wonders of bees

– Small dog play group

– Update on The Missing Piece

– Gardening feature “How Does Your Garden Grow?”

– Poison Hemlock

Read and enjoy!

posted on behalf of Karen Andersen, Editor
  • 5 years ago

Saturday the 11th is May Work Party Day for the OLA

Just a reminder that our May Work Party will be Saturday May 11th from 10 am to Noon. Work is in the Magnolia Manor Off Leash Area, at 3500 28th Avenue West. John Bausch and Dan Reisinger are our volunteer Team Leaders for the morning.  We’ll be concentrating on sweeping the walkway, moving chips and raking gravel, so please bring your work gloves!  Refreshments, as always, are supplied by Citizens for Off Leash Areas.  Please don’t forget to sign in.  Thanks for all  your help!

posted on behalf of Toni Imfeld

  • 5 years ago

Off-Leash Area Work Party this Sunday!


April 2013

Zolo Looks Forward to a Spiffed-Up OLA

Zolo Looking Forward to a Spiffed-Up OLA

Earth Day Work PartyPitchforks 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 DaySunday, 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:

  • It is wildly popular! The usage of the park far exceeds any expectations. Magnolia was starved for an OLA!
  • There are core groups using the park during the morning and evenings.
  • People are meeting each other and their dogs—community building!
  • Most days, the noise of barking dogs has reduced; users are controlling their dogs.
  • The Magnolia Manor Park OLA Facebook page has increased activity. Post pictures of your dogs!!

Future plans for MMP OLA:

  • A work party on Sunday April 21 from 1-3 pm to celebrate Earth Day.
  • The dog park will close during all future work parties. Those working at the park may bring their dogs.
  • Procure a kiosk: covered reader board for announcements, lost dog notices, etc.

The cons of the OLA:

  •  The neighborhood is being impacted in a big way by the huge number of users and their dogs.
  • The noise impact on the apartment building and nearby houses is significant; barking can sometimes be heard a block away.
  • The street, 28th Ave W, is a busy street with parked cars on both sides of 28th and the side street.  Unleashed dogs jump from cars into yards and dash across the street. This is a tragedy waiting to happen.
  • Some owners are not picking up after their dogs, leaving  poop on the parking strip.
  • Unleashed dogs and not picking up after your dog are violations of city ordinance; dog owners must bring bags.
  • Dog owners are using the north end of the park to run their dogs off leash illegally and not picking up poop.
  • Neighbors have noticed an increase in full poop bags tossed into hedges and yards.We can all make a difference! Be a proud supporter of your park, and be a good neighbor.

Good Neighbor Policy:

  1. Prevent/Discourage Barking.
    2.      Observe Quiet Hours:  Avoid use 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
    3.      Please Pick Up After Your Dog! (Don’t forget to bring your bag, tie it & toss it in the trash.)
    4.      Do NOT Tolerate Bullying.

Posted on behalf of Toni Imfeld

  • 5 years ago

What a Great Grand Opening!

The sun cooperated for a beautiful grand opening for Seattle’s newest P-Patch at Magnolia Manor Park.  The Seattle Times dropped by for some photos, too. A grand time was had by all. A few photos…

Neighbor Alvin Hendricks sings the Opening

Neighbor Alvin Hendricks sings the Opening

Sally Clark, City Council and Susan Casey, Pres. FMMP

Sally Clark, City Council and Susan Casey, Pres. FMMP

The New Tool Shed

The New Tool Shed

The Garden looking West

The Garden looking West

An East View of the Garden

An East View of the Garden

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Heather Ussery, Umpqua Bank

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Heather Ussery, Umpqua Bank

The popular refreshments, donated by Met Market

The popular refreshments, donated by Met Market

Dog & owner

A Couple of Attendees Enjoying the Day

Garden whimsey

Some Garden Whimsy

More Photos on Flickr

  • Updated last year

Dog OLA Work Party: Saturday, February 9th!

Pitchforks and Shovels and Rakes, oh my!

Our monthly Work Party will take place this Saturday, February 9th from 10 am – 12 Noon. Puppy Please remember to bring work gloves.  We’ll be spreading chips, moving gravel & planting in the south border. Please be aware of the chip & tool delivery.  It should take place between 8 and 10 am. During the delivery, the work gate will be OPEN and the Off Leash Area WILL NOT be secure.  Please watch your dogs and corral/leash them appropriately!

Contact Toni Imfeld for more info.

  • 5 years ago

P-Patch Weekend Highlights

We had 11 volunteers and moved leaf mulch to the plots and covered with burlap bags.  We had 35 huge blocks of concrete ( 3 ft x 3 ft x 8 inches) and began building our retaining walls.


Hats off to Salmon Bay Sand and Gravel Co., who graciously donated and delivered 6 cubic yards of pea gravel for the retaining walls and the shed foundation.


And now for today’s photos:

First–unloading the pea gravel from Salmon Bay Sand and Gravel

2013-02-01 cubic yards of pea gravel from Salmon Bay

Moving gravel, mulch, and concrete blocks into position

2013-02-01 moving gravel, mulch and concrete blocks

Retaining wall magic…

2013-02-01 Retaining wall magic

and lastly….

Volunteers Nick and Liam discover the true reason for burlap bags

2013-02-01 Nick and Liam helping

  • 5 years ago
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