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Gross Roots Council Continue

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
voices heard!!

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
Community Council).

2. What actions will enable The Coalition to reach out to the community? (e.g. Farmers Markets)

  • 10 months ago

Magnolia Manor Park Update – August 2017

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)
 QA Helpline
 Heron Habitat Helpers
 Smith Cove Park
 And more!!

Feel free to share your questions or ideas at; choose

Contact. We love to hear from you!

  • last year

We’re having a party, and you are all invited!

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.

  • last year

Friends of Magnolia Manor Park – Steering Committee Meeting

 >> Wednesday Jun e 22, 2016    7 pm  <<

At Manor P-Patch

Mission statement

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 agenda

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

7:35 pm                Small and simple grant to open up rest of park  (Sept 12 submission, $25K grant)

What can we get for $25K  (see Jim’s email below)

Project match –Volunteer labor match  — need to sign up volunteers

                  Cash match

                  Donated services match

                  Donated supplies and materials match

  Activities to build public awareness and support  (also counts as match)

Strategy for getting Parks support for project

                  Larry Phillips, Sally Bagshaw

8:15 pm                New members

8:25 pm                OLA and P-Patch updates

8:30                        Other

9:00 pm                Adjourn

  • a couple of years ago

Want to know candidates’ positions on your issues?

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

  • 3 years ago

Magnolia Community Council Public Forum – Thursday, June 12, 2014

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.

Memorial Day at the Park–Grilled Salmon…mmmmm!

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.

Salmon getting ready for Memorial Day!

Salmon getting ready for Memorial Day!

  • 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
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