I stumbled upon this blog recently: http://playgrounddesigns.blogspot.com/ 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.
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
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.
January 4, 2011
It was no small thrill to see the big yellow sign go up at Magnolia Manor Park this week. Two years ago a group from Sustainable Magnolia gathered at the park to consider the suitability of a community garden in this densely populated sunny park in Magnolia. Pam Lewis, founder of Sustainable Magnolia, quickly gave me the reigns on the project. (I think she did this to demonstrate that great things can happen even under the leadership of someone with absolutely zero experience). Little did we know just how long of a road it would be to get to this point, but here we are.
The exciting part about the sign is that it announces the fact that this park is to be designed with feedback from the community . I love this quote from “Community”, by Peter Block: “Leaders will always be under pressure to speak, but if building social fabric is important, and sustained transformation is the goal, then listening becomes the greater service.” So with that I urge neighbors to bring their voice to the project so that the transformation of the park will indeed be sustainable.