MAGNOLIA MANOR PARK UPDATE
Steering Committee Meetings: The Friends of Magnolia Manor Park (Steering Committee) meets monthly or as needed. These meetings are open to the public. If you wish to attend, email info@MagnoliaManorPark.org for the meeting location.
Opportunity Fund Project: The project is still on track for 2016. Contractors visited the park, submitted bids and Parks chose a contractor. There is a slight hiccup about the disposition of one bid and one contractor has appealed. The bid process is currently being reviewed.
SPU is slated to move and add new fencing that opens the SW corner and encloses the reservoir. Initial information stated this would happen in July. THE SURVEY STAKES ARE IN PLACE FOR THE NEW FENCE AROUND THE RESERVOIR!
Preferred Site Plan Completion: Stage 4, the East Hill: In a previous meeting (February 2016) Superintendent Aguirre indicated that Parks is amenable to the completion of the Preferred Site Plan; specifically the remaining east hill. Fundraising to open the East Hill of Manor Park has begun!
A letter of intent was submitted to the Seattle Parks Major Project Challenge Fund earlier this year. Recently, FMMP was informed that Magnolia Manor Park did not make the cut for this funding.
Currently, FMMP has completed a draft application for the Department of Neighborhoods Small and Simple Fund which is a matching fund. The submittal date for this application is September, 2016. Donations and signatures of support for opening the East Hill are being gathered now.
Magnolia Summerfest August 5-7: The Magnolia Chamber which sponsors Summerfest has graciously offered free booth space to all community-based organizations. FMMP has an opportunity to engage the public about Magnolia Manor Park and the Preferred Site Plan. Volunteers are needed to staff the booth! Please email info@MagnoliaManorPark.org for more information. Your volunteer hours are key to showing community support on the DON Small and Simple application discussed in the preceding section.
Magnolia Farmers Market – Saturdays, 10AM-2PM: FMMP has a mobile display for the Magnolia Farmers Market: birdhouses for sale ($20), donation jar, display map of Preferred Site Plan Stage 4 project; awesome FMMP sign; handheld sign with FMMP name and website. . . Volunteers are needed to work for shifts at the Farmers Markets! Please email info@MagnoliaManorPark.org for more information. Your volunteer hours are key to showing community support on the DON Small and Simple application discussed in the preceding section.
Seattle Mayor Cuts Ties to Neighborhood District Councils: The Neighborhood District Councils were created as a result of community grass-roots meetings over 30 years and have been part of the Department of Neighborhoods. Each council had a District Coordinator, a DON employee, who helped volunteer council members navigate the City government and departments. FMMP has been a member of the Magnolia/Queen Anne District Council since 2013. This grass-roots group of all volunteers has worked for and represented our neighborhoods of Magnolia, Interbay and Queen Anne for many years. Legislators, the City Council, SDOT, Metro, Parks, the Port, and many more, have presented at MQADC meetings. Local citizens have pitched neighborhood projects or problems for funding opportunities.
The Mayor has cut ties with the entire district council system. The district councils may continue to exist as volunteer groups but without any City support or staff. Several studies of the council systems has produced list of updates (digital and social media engagement) and areas to improve (members of color, renters, etc.). Rather than working with an existing system to make changes, the Mayor stated the existing council members did not represent Seattle: too many homeowners, old, white and retired. Even though each of those members represents an entire group of people (such as Magnolia Manor Park) who are more representative.
The Mayor is starting from scratch with a new un-named method of outreach and engagement created by the Department of Neighborhoods; announcement of system on September 26, 2016. A new commission to engage the under-represented in Seattle will be formed and members appointed by the Mayor. This is very much in conflict with the “Seattle Process.” Like it or hate it, Seattle loves public meetings and process; real grass-roots opportunities for regular citizens to impact our government.
Currently, the local district councils are meeting to discuss this situation and the blatant disregard for so many council members who volunteer innumerable hours for their neighborhoods. A special meeting of the Magnolia/Queen Anne District Council Executive Committee will be held on August 15, 2016. The next regular meeting will be Monday, September 12; location to be determined.