Monthly Archives: November 2011

Public Meeting Brings Out Park Details and Fundraising Plans

by Susan Casey, Chair Friends of Magnolia Manor Park
Keller & Beaudoin talk details

Jim Keller and Clayton Beaudoin, from landscape architectural firm Site Workshop, go into details on the Park plans.

The public meeting for Friends of Magnolia Manor Park had about 30 people who braved the cold wind and pouring rain to have a lively discussion regarding the over-all design of the Park and its progress, fundraising, initiate an art fence project in partnership with the 5th graders at Lawton School and mural artist Don Rockwell, as well as got into some of the particular details of the Off Leash Area (OLA) and the P-Patch with the landscape architects Site Workshop..

Fundraising was a big topic of discussion as $150,000 is needed by December of 2012 to remove fences and open the park to is full size of over 4 acres, begin the walking path around the reservoir, to complete the dog park at the 21,000 square foot size and planned configuration of a chuck it zone and a ‘small and shy’ dog area, and get a substantial start on the Magnolia P-Patch.

Seattle Parks Department has set March 1, 2012 as the date on which they will begin construction planning for the OLA; they will look at the funding amount collected up to that point to determine the construction budget and building constraints. Parks’ target construction date is June 2012.

Attendees listening intently

Those that braved the wind and rain listen to fundraising and timeline developments at the Public Meeting.

Ways to help the effort include a holiday gift giving program, contribute by the square foot for the completion of the OLA, host a fundraising wine social or coffee hour with the Steering Committee and making a tax-deductible cash or credit donation. ($3,000 will be matched by Citizens for Off Leash Areas (COLA) if the donation is made to COLA in the name of Magnolia Manor Park OLA), in-kind service and volunteer hours.  There are spots on the Steering Committee, fundraising and publicity committees.

Those interested in earning a P-Patch can do so with volunteer hours.  The interested gardeners present plan to do a winter garden tour of other P-Patches to get ideas for the development of the about 60 plots at Manor Park.  They also hope to do an evening party to raise funds toward the new gardens. Details will be on the web site after Thanksgiving.

Do you want a P-Patch, can you donate and does your company do matching funds or can you volunteer to help/host a Manor Park Fundraising Social? Please call Susan Casey, Chair, at 282-3583 or Carol Burton, Treasurer, at 691-1298 or go to our website at or like us at of Magnolia Manor Park.

Lawton 5th Graders

Lawton fifth grade students attend meeting and begin planning and drawing for the new fence art project at Magnolia Manor Park.


We met, we talked, we made plans at the public meeting!
We’ll have pictures and a report after the holiday! We are thankful for all who attended and all who have helped us on the path to Magnolia Manor Park!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!


You will learn: Where the landscape architect Site Workshop is in the design phase, What the steering Committee is doing,  Why we need to raise money for the project to get what we want and When and How we are going to get the new Magnolia Manor Park. Questions or concerns? email
 or call 284-2430

FMMP Steering Committee meets with 36th District Senator Jeanne Kohl-Wells about Park plans

Dogoween 2011– another happening at Magnolia Manor Park!

 Even the typical northwest October weather couldn’t dampen the spirits of the dozens of costumed guests and their canine companions for the 12th annual Dogoween fundraiser.  There were aliens, witches, dragons, bees, pirates, ninja turtles, and even an appearance by Hugh Hefner and one of his bunnies.  Dogoween is the annual fundraiser for Citizens for Off-Leash Areas (COLA). This year, COLA teamed up with Friends of Magnolia Manor Park to co-present the event on the future site of the next off leash area in Seattle-in Magnolia Manor Park.

Proceeds of over $2500 will go to the new Off Leash Area to be built at Magnolia Manor Park and to COLA for its work. The Magnolia OLA is in need of community funds to match the Parks levy amount of $70,000 dollars. Without that we will not get the 21,000 square foot dog park the community feels is appropriate for the Park.  You can donate today from the website (LINK TO DONATE) The OLA has a targeted date of construction – June 2012. Your help to reach our fundraising goals are critical to getting the dog park we have planned for in the Preferred Design. (LINK TO PARK DESIGN)

The wonderful John Fisher from KMTT  (The Mountain) 103.7 radio station presided over the festivities.  John regularly lends his talents to animal-related causes, and has been the MC for Dogoween many times in the past.

Judges Brandie Ahlgren of CityDog Magazine, Bryan Forbes from Mud Bay-Greenwood, former Seattle City and King County Council Member Jan Drago and Patti Howell of Magnolia’s own PJ’s Paws and Claws lent their assistance.  And they had a hard job to do!  “It’s always hard to pick a winner, but it’s always so much fun!” was their shared sentiment.

This year, the Grand Prize winners were Aliens (and their human companions) from the Planet K-9, in the Sirius system.  And they went all-out, even bringing their space ship! Other pictures of the fun and costumes at (

COLA and FMMP, through Dogoween’s generous donors, were able to give out over $1,000 of merchandise and services to the prizewinners and contestants.

So next year, be cool, be there or be square…Dogoween 2012.  Time and place to be announced!


Toni Imfeld, Co-Chair/Fundraising FMMP and Vice Chair COLA