Monthly Archives: February 2011

Visit Magnolia Manor Park this Saturday

  Site Workshop will host a Walk in the Park on Saturday, March 5 from 10am to noon.  This is a great chance to visualize the ideas generated at Wednesday’s workshop.  Celebrate spring and longer days by joining neighbors to help create the future of Magnolia Manor Park.

Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting

  Members of Sustainable Magnolia and Magnolia Manor Park steering committee members will have a table at the Mayor’s Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, March 1 at Cathrerine Blaine School.  Stop by for information about Magnolia Manor Park’s planning process from 5:30 to 6:30.  We hope to use this opportunity to remind and inspire neighbors to attend Wednesday night’s workshop at 6:30 at Magnolia Presbyterian Church.

It’s a Walk in the Park

Join neighbors on March 5 from 10am-noon for a walk in the park.  Site Workshop and members of the steering committee will be on hand for this informal gathering to walk the site and answer questions.  This is a great opportunity to envision the future of Magnolia Manor Park.  We scheduled this to quickly follow the March 2 meeting so that ideas  will be percolating and we can walk the property with these in mind.  Please join us.

Public Meetings Dates Set

Mark your calendars for upcoming public meetings!

Wednesday,  March 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Saturday,       April 9, 10 a.m.- noon

Wednesday,  June 8, 7-9 p.m.

All meetings will be held at the Magnolia Presbyterian Church, located two blocks south of the park at the intersection of Dravus and 28th Avenue.  Thank you Magnolia Presbyterian for generously donating the use of this space.

What are these meetings all about?

Background and Brainstorming

The first meeting is all about your big ideas.  Hear about the background of this little park and then we’ll brainstom ways to make it better.  Dream a little on paper, talk about what’s important to you and listen to what other neighbors are thinking about Manor Park.  We will work in small groups to gather ideas and priorities in a creative manner so that Site Workshop can develop three designs which reflect this feedback and consider all site constraints.

Review and Prioritize

The second meeting is an opportunity to have a look at these three designs.  Maybe  one design stands out as the preferred, or maybe a hybrid of a couple designs needs to be considered.  Why does one design seem preferable to the others?  What’s most important?  What were the site constraints that eliminated some elements?  These comments are taken so that the final proposed design further reflects the wishes of the community.

Site Design Show and Tell

The third meeting will unveil the preferred design, with all its tweaks and considerations of site constraints.  Hear about the final design from Site Workshop.  Ask questions, add comments.  Celebrate!

Please plan to attend these meetings and become a part of the future of Magnolia Manor Park!

Thinking outside the box, or saying “no” to the box

  I stumbled upon this blog recently:  The author says she started this blog “because a playground doesn’t have to cost a million bucks and come in a box.  In fact, it’s better if it doesn’t. and “because playgrounds are under-recognized as an artistic medium.”  Even if a playground is not a suggested use in Manor Park I believe the type of designs discussed in this blog is useful to get us thinking beyond the normal scope of park design.