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The Digging Has Begun!

The Conservation Corps has begun its work at Magnolia Manor Park!  Dirt is being moved.

CC Worker poses for a ‘begin’ photo.

  • 6 years ago

Dog Park 101: Do’s, Don’ts and Best Practices

Ever wonder about taking your dog to the dog park? Is there more that you should know before you go? 

Learn about what to do before you get to the Dog Park for the best positive experience for you and your dog.  Subjects include training, vaccinations, socialization, licensing, and rights and responsibilities.

Join us for a talk with dog training and behavior specialist Julie Forbes, owner of Sensitive Dog – dog training, behavior and food consultation, and host of the radio talk show “The Dog Show with Julie Forbes.”


When:  Thursday, August 23, 2012.

Time:    6:30 – 8 p.m.

Where:  Magnolia Presbyterian Church, Mt. Rainier Room (1st Floor),  3051 28th Avenue West (Corner of 28th Ave W. and W. Dravus), Seattle

WhoHumans Only, Please!

Suggested Donation:  $10


All donations benefit the Magnolia Manor Park
Off-Leash Area, Opening this Fall!

No advance reservations. Donations will be taken at the door.

(Seating limited to 45 participants.)

Toni L. Imfeld
Fundraising Chair
Friends of Magnolia Manor Park

  • 6 years ago

August 1st Donation Update

Congratulations!  We now have $3,755.00 in donations and pledges with more donations in the works.  And more good news – the deadline has been extended two more weeks.

Many thanks to the following donors:

Magnolia Rotary Club Foundation (see below);
Lawrence Soriano;
Tom and Virginia Tanner;
Bruce Carter & Betty Sanders;
Trish Nicola;
Judith Berman;
Kristin Kennell;
Valient Gough; and
Philip Best.

And from July 30th, a BIG Thank You to Magnolia Rotary Club Foundation for their donation of $500 for the P-Patch.

  • 6 years ago

What is Happening at Magnolia Park??

It must seem like nothing is going on, and it is quite the OPPOSITE! SO many things are going on behind the scenes that it’s hard to keep track. The P-Patch Committee is busy working on meeting immediate fundraising needs to build the fence (more to come in an additional post),  forming planning committees and getting organized, while the Off-Leash Area is getting ready to announce the date for the groundbreaking ceremony!

Part of getting organized is learning how to utilize this website again – STAY TUNED for more content updated REGULARLY!

Today we met with our webmaster and learned some functionality if the website and discussed what we’d like to see and how we’d like to use it. We will be having more people with access to post relevant information such as upcoming events, meeting dates/times, reports on what was discussed at meetings (for those who can’t make it) and more.

See ya soon!

Update: Tomorrow–Make your pet the face of the upcoming dog park!

Its official:  construction of the 21,000 square foot Off Leash Area in Magnolia will begin this spring, tentatively in mid-June.  So we’re celebrating with free pictures! 

Bring your dog to Magnolia Manor Park, 3500 28th Avenue West, this Saturday, March 24th from Noon to 3pm to get his or her photo taken. (We’ll even snap a pic of your cat or bird, if they’re brave enough.)  The photographer will be available between noon and 3 p.m.; first come, first served. Pictures will be free (donations gladly accepted). We will also post them to our web site and Facebook page. Donations will go to the construction of the Off Leash Area.

  • 7 years ago

Keep On Voting!

Keep voting! We still need every vote we can get for the Magnolia Manor Park P-Patch Tool Shed in Umpqua Bank’s Build Your Block Challenge.

At stake is a $10,000 award from the bank to fund the community project with the most votes. Please visit the Magnolia branch of Umpqua Bank in the Village each day between now and March 30th to cast your ballots. They’re open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You may also vote once on Facebook at

  • 7 years ago

Showing Heart — Making Art

Lawton Fifth Graders Show Heart, Make Art

The fifth graders at Lawton Elementary have been wonderful and enthusiastic helpers with the Magnolia Manor Park project. They’ve helped us out by fundraising, and they’ve also created park-themed art.

Construction of the Off Leash Area will begin in the spring. Mia Mitchell’s drawing shows what life might be like for your favorite pet once it’s complete.

Pup in the Park
Part of the overall plan for Manor Park includes a P-Patch garden. The area of the park planned for the garden gets great sunlight, making it ideal for both summer and winter gardening.

Peas in the Patch(Illustration by Olivia Knoll)

The expansion of the park will add nearly two acres to the space currently open to the public. With better weather ahead, there will be more room and more opportunities to take in nature…

Sweet Dreams

(Illustration by Kai Light)

…or go fly a kite.

Kites in the Park
(Illustration by Luke Allen)

The above is just a sampling of the artwork created by the Lawton Elementary fifth graders which we ultimately hope to have on display at the park, itself.

It’s an exciting time to witness the rebirth of Manor Park. If you’d like to take part, please visit the Volunteer section.

  • 7 years ago

Mid-March Update

Is it daylight savings time already? Spring must be just around the corner. Things are really moving with the Magnolia Manor Park project thanks to the time, money and effort of many neighbors and local businesses. We’ll be breaking ground on the new Off Leash Area this spring, and will host a “Dog Park 101” workshop. Other plans for the park include installing Magnolia’s first P-Patch. With so much going on, we’re still in need of volunteers in a variety of areas. One such area is events coordination. Along with workshops, we’re planning other activities in the park to inform the community of all the exciting new changes. For this, we need help organizing and implementing our outreach efforts.

Are you interested in a P-Patch plot? All volunteer hours count toward selecting who gets those initial garden assignments. As spring and summer roll in, we’ll need help installing buffer plants and walking paths, as well. Slowly, but surely, Magnolia Manor Park is being reopened for the neighborhood to enjoy. If you’d like to take part, let us know–here’s our Volunteer Form you can use to let us know your interests.

Stay tuned for regular updates right here.

  • 7 years ago

Updated Designs for Dog Park, P-Patch; Novel Fundraising Plans Discussed

Magnolia Manor Park Taking Shape–Information from the 1/26 Meeting

Relocating the Seattle Public Utilities’ (SPU) security gate at 27th Avenue W is key to opening up and developing Magnolia Manor Park located at 3500 28th Avenue West.  This was one of several major topics discussed at the most recent public meeting about the park.  Other topics included size and additional funding needed for both the off leash area and P-Patch garden planned for the site.

Currently only about 1/3 of the site is open to the public, with access only from 28th Avenue West.   The Seattle Parks Department maintains the publicly accessible portion. In June 2011, after an extensive public process, a Preferred Plan was adopted which would open another 2.7 acres of the site to public access, include entries to the Park from 27th and 26th Avenues West, and create Magnolia’s only dog Off Leash Area (OLA) and P-Patch.  SiteWorkshop, the landscape architects, lead by Magnolia resident Jim Keller, presented updated designs for the two new features.

The Preferred Plan calls for a 21,000 square foot OLA, with an extensive swale, planting buffer, a small/shy dog area, a ‘chuck-it’ zone and removal of the existing concrete plaza. The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces levy allocated $70,000 for an OLA for Magnolia, which would not fully fund the design in the Preferred Plan. The levy amount would fund a smaller 16,000 square foot, minimalist OLA. Friends of Magnolia Manor Park (FMMP) and Citizens for Off Leash Areas (COLA) have been fundraising for the larger Plan, but face a March 1st deadline set by the Parks Dept., which will construct the OLA later this spring and need time to plan the construction.   Keller and Clayton Beaudoin presented a ‘Plan C,’ which incorporates the larger footprint, a simple open space and surfacing that can be improved at a later date when funds are available.  It maintains the plaza and accessibility to the remainder of the park, for considerably less cost.  Keller estimated that the additional cost (above the available levy funds) for ‘Plan C’ was $25,000.  FMMP and COLA have already raised over $6,000 in funds dedicated to the OLA, and over $13,000 in total contributions to date.

Access to the site from 27th Avenue West is key to the P-Patch design and to opening up 2.7 acres of public use all around the reservoir.  This means relocating the security fence to closer to the covered reservoir. presented a design for the P-Patch that can be implemented in stages, with about 30 plots and a turn-around able to be installed by the end of the year, and room for expansion of the P-Patch to over 70 plots in the future.  There is currently about $60,000 in the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces levy available for a P-Patch on Magnolia; about $30,000 in additional funding is needed to move the security gate and  install and complete the first 30 plots .  The Department of Neighborhoods has informed FMMP that the monies must be spent and construction completed by December 2012.

Susan Casey, Chair of FMMP, also pointed out to those attending that fundraising for fundamentals for the rest of the park is also on-going.  “It is critical to raise money to move the rest of the SPU fencing. Without that, we can’t open the rest of the park to the public.”  Toni Imfeld, Co-Chair of FMMP, agreed:  “It may not be sexy, but you have to move dirt and put in the foundation before you can build a house.”

Susan Casey said that one of the things that FMMP is especially proud of is the involvement of the whole community.  In addition to P-Patchers, dog owners and other neighbors, Fifth graders at Lawton Elementary, located just a few blocks from the park, are involved in the creation and fundraising for an art project to benefit and beautify the park.  Local artist and businessman Don Rockwell is donating his considerable talents and experience to turn artworks by the fifth graders into a permanent art feature. LuAnn Mitchell and Monica Wooton are spearheading fundraising for the materials needed by the Art Project, and the community is giving generously. With a goal of $3,500 for materials, and any overages going to general fundraising for the park, the students raised $1,000 in their first weekend appeal

Several members of the audience had novel suggestions for funding sources.  Besides the grants which FMMP will be applying for, one attendee suggested seeking carbon credit offset money for pyrolysis of the garden waste from the P-Patch.  Pyrolysis is the low-temperature charring of garden waste, which results in a soil amendment (char) and carbon sequestration. Another brought up the Seattle Parks Department’s Partnership Program, which provides the possibility of bestowing naming rights on features of the park, like the OLA or P-Patch, in exchange for significant funding of the feature. FMMP and COLA are also pursuing sponsorships from neighborhood businesses, and have implemented a ‘$35 campaign’ among dog owners.  A mere $35 from each licensed dog owner on Magnolia would fully fund the Preferred Plan OLA.  Additionally, through March 31, 2012, COLA will match any donation to COLA dedicated to Magnolia Manor OLA, up to a total of $3,000. Over $1,700 in donations have been collected to date. Donations can be made at the website:

Check out the latest PDF of the Park Plan

Be a part of the future Magnolia Manor Park! Public Meeting

Thursday, January 26  7-9 pm
Magnolia Lutheran Church at 31st Ave W and W McGraw

Come and provide your suggestions at the public meeting. Learn about the most recent update of the plans for the development of Magnolia Manor Park including a progress report on the schedule of improvements and funding sources.

The Friends of Magnolia Manor Park, with the  involvement of the community, landscape architect SiteWorkshop,  and Seattle Park, is completing the design development stage of the project.  The plan adds 2.7 acres to the park, adds new views and open spaces, an off leash dog area, a P-Patch garden, and new paths, connections to the area east of the park and play areas.

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  • 7 years ago