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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 www.MagnoliaManorPark.org or like us at Facebook.com/Friends 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.

Meet us at the Meeting…

As we near the exciting conclusion of the first public process and grant for making Magnolia Manor Park, it is my first and greatest hope that you come to the final meeting June 8th (see info below in Nancy’s message), and see for yourself the Preferred Site Plan. I think you will like it! I am excited by what the community has asked for and how Site Workshop has worked creatively to give us a fun, thoughtful park plan that incorporates Magnolia’s first OLA and P-patches, and so much more! I am also so thankful for the work of The Sustainable Magnolia’s Steering Committee to get us where we are today!

And, this is just the beginning! We have formed a new steering committee of Friends of Magnolia Manor Park to carry out the next phase – a new grant that will result in design documents, cost estimates – and that plans for some fun events for the community at the Park. The new group is multi talented and enthusiastic, we have a graphic designer, landscape designer, event planner, and several valuable people from Steering Committee 1 who are continuing on in this important work. (See the list of members here)

You can make a difference…join us at the public meeting June 8th, join us as a member of Friends of Magnolia Manor Park, join us this summer for events like a birdhouse building workshop and learning about our native birds, the chili cook-off or participate in COLA’s Dogoween at Manor in October Park, bring your dog in costume and compete for prizes.  Watch the park signs and this blog for work parties, family fun and fund-raising news.

One of our first priorities is to get the fences re-configured so that an additional 1 1/2+ acres can be used as park.  We are asking for community support in the form of letters, ideas, and funds to accomplish this.  Contact us via this website if you want to help with this important step.

So, as we finish the first phase of making Magnolia Manor Park…keep on following with us on the path to our Park! See you at the meeting!

Susan Casey

Chair, Friends of Magnolia Manor Park

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!

Site Workshop selected as landscape architect!

The selection committee recommended Site Workshop as landscape architect on the Manor Park planning project.  Site Workshop has notable projects which speak to its talents in delivering thoughtfully designed multi-use parks.  Ella Bailey Park, just a mile south of Magnolia Manor Park, is but one example.  Newly opened Thomas Wales in Queen Anne, Greenwood Park and the West Seattle Reservoir are other parks similar in scope and community involvement as Magnolia Manor.  We welcome Site Workshop to our project and look forward to working with them to engage the community to bring a thoughtfully designed sustainable park to Magnolia.  Check them out! http://www.siteworkshop.net

Landscape architect search – update

January 21, 2011

We had terrific response to our request for qualifications which made the selection process particularly exciting.  Interviews were held this week and we anticipate that the landscape architect will be announced early next week.

The Magnolia News ran a story about our project (link) which we hope will help get the word out about this public process.

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