FEBRUARY 2016 UPDATE
NEXT Steering Committee Meeting: The next Friends of Magnolia Manor Park Steering Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, February 10, at 7PM. These meetings are open to the public and held in a private home. If you wish to attend, go to www.MagnoliaManorPark.org and choose CONTACT.
UPCOMING Neighbor Appreciation Day: On Saturday, February 13, from noon to 2PM, the Magnolia Community Center will host Neighbor Appreciation Day! Magnolia Manor Park will have a table at this event. Curious about the 2011 Preferred Site Plan for the park? Excited by new green space in Magnolia? Looking for a volunteer opportunity with flexible commitment? Please stop by and visit.
UPDATE Opportunity Fund Project and Meeting with Seattle Parks: On February 2, 2016, Parks organized an informal meeting to discuss the current Magnolia Manor Park Opportunity Fund Project and the security concerns of neighbors whose property abuts the park. The Parks staff included Superintendent Jesus Aguirre, Planning & Development Division Director Michael Shiosaki and Project Manager Garrett Farrell.
To mitigate the security concerns of the local neighbors, Superintendent Aguirre stated that lighting for the path is possible. Project Manager Farrell described the potential path lights which would be directed and shielded to illuminate the path only. These lights would be funded separately from the Opportunity Fund grant.
In further discussion between Parks staff, Manor Park neighbors and FMMP Steering Committee members, Superintendent Aguirre indicated that Parks is amenable to the completion of the Preferred Site Plan; specifically the remaining east hill. Costs would include research, planning and development of the east hill per the Preferred Site Plan design. Project Manager Farrell estimated that the east hill project may cost approximately $750K or more to plan and construct.
A new funding source, Seattle Parks Major Project Challenge Fund, may be available to Manor Park. David Grave, Senior Park Planner, in a separate email stated that the FMMP Steering Committee may submit a letter of intent for this Challenge Fund. Although this fund is designed for $2 million plus projects, lesser sums may be available. Many volunteer hours and fundraising would be required as this type of fund requires a 50% match by the citizens group; e.g. $250K match for $500K grant.