Saturday the 11th is May Work Party Day for the OLA

Just a reminder that our May Work Party will be Saturday May 11th from 10 am to Noon. Work is in the Magnolia Manor Off Leash Area, at 3500 28th Avenue West. John Bausch and Dan Reisinger are our volunteer Team Leaders for the morning.  We’ll be concentrating on sweeping the walkway, moving chips and raking gravel, so please bring your work gloves!  Refreshments, as always, are supplied by Citizens for Off Leash Areas.  Please don’t forget to sign in.  Thanks for all  your help!

posted on behalf of Toni Imfeld

Off-Leash Area Work Party this Sunday!


April 2013

Zolo Looks Forward to a Spiffed-Up OLA

Zolo Looking Forward to a Spiffed-Up OLA

Earth Day Work PartyPitchforks and Shovels and Rakes, oh my! Come join us as we sling chips and move gravel to pretty up our Off Leash Area (OLA) for Earth DaySunday, April 21st from 1-3 pm. During the work party, the OLA will be CLOSED to all but work party participants and their dogs.

Calling All Team Members:  Let’s Team Up!

Our Goal:  Good stewardship for the off-leash area at Magnolia Manor Park! Help support the stewards of this dog park by joining the support team. At least 10 people are needed to share the load. We only need a few more to round out our Team!

If you use the OLA, care about the OLA and or are neighbors of the OLA, please volunteer (use the general contact form here).

Magnolia Manor Park Off-Leash Area is in its probationary period for 18 months (until Spring, 2014). (All new dog parks go on probation.) The majority of the OLA users are responsible dog owners who respect the park and the neighborhood. However, a few users may be jeopardizing the future of this OLA.

The OLA needs a support team of 10 people to help community bonding among park users. Possible activities include owner education, dog contests, potlucks, fun training events, etc. Re-educate the minority who aren’t aware about their impact on the neighborhood. This is your park!!

Currently the “missing piece,” an 18,000 sq ft SW corner of the park linking the OLA and the P-patch is under consideration. This would include a paved path between the areas and a re-vitalization of the north part of MMP. These areas are for people and leashed dogs. It is vital for the continuation of the Off Leash Area that dogs are kept on leash while outside the OLA.

The pros about MMP OLA:

  • It is wildly popular! The usage of the park far exceeds any expectations. Magnolia was starved for an OLA!
  • There are core groups using the park during the morning and evenings.
  • People are meeting each other and their dogs—community building!
  • Most days, the noise of barking dogs has reduced; users are controlling their dogs.
  • The Magnolia Manor Park OLA Facebook page has increased activity. Post pictures of your dogs!!

Future plans for MMP OLA:

  • A work party on Sunday April 21 from 1-3 pm to celebrate Earth Day.
  • The dog park will close during all future work parties. Those working at the park may bring their dogs.
  • Procure a kiosk: covered reader board for announcements, lost dog notices, etc.

The cons of the OLA:

  •  The neighborhood is being impacted in a big way by the huge number of users and their dogs.
  • The noise impact on the apartment building and nearby houses is significant; barking can sometimes be heard a block away.
  • The street, 28th Ave W, is a busy street with parked cars on both sides of 28th and the side street.  Unleashed dogs jump from cars into yards and dash across the street. This is a tragedy waiting to happen.
  • Some owners are not picking up after their dogs, leaving  poop on the parking strip.
  • Unleashed dogs and not picking up after your dog are violations of city ordinance; dog owners must bring bags.
  • Dog owners are using the north end of the park to run their dogs off leash illegally and not picking up poop.
  • Neighbors have noticed an increase in full poop bags tossed into hedges and yards.We can all make a difference! Be a proud supporter of your park, and be a good neighbor.

Good Neighbor Policy:

  1. Prevent/Discourage Barking.
    2.      Observe Quiet Hours:  Avoid use 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
    3.      Please Pick Up After Your Dog! (Don’t forget to bring your bag, tie it & toss it in the trash.)
    4.      Do NOT Tolerate Bullying.

Posted on behalf of Toni Imfeld

What a Great Grand Opening!

The sun cooperated for a beautiful grand opening for Seattle’s newest P-Patch at Magnolia Manor Park.  The Seattle Times dropped by for some photos, too. A grand time was had by all. A few photos…

Neighbor Alvin Hendricks sings the Opening

Neighbor Alvin Hendricks sings the Opening

Sally Clark, City Council and Susan Casey, Pres. FMMP

Sally Clark, City Council and Susan Casey, Pres. FMMP

The New Tool Shed

The New Tool Shed

The Garden looking West

The Garden looking West

An East View of the Garden

An East View of the Garden

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Heather Ussery, Umpqua Bank

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Heather Ussery, Umpqua Bank

The popular refreshments, donated by Met Market

The popular refreshments, donated by Met Market

Dog & owner

A Couple of Attendees Enjoying the Day

Garden whimsey

Some Garden Whimsy

More Photos on Flickr

Sign the Petition!

Check out the upper left–next to the HOME link for all the details!  We need your help!


Magnolia Manor Park Friends

The Latest at the P-Patch

The pavers are laid, the foundation is done and now it is time to build the shed!  P-Patch carrots
George Tracy is getting ready to put our water lines in.
Sandy Pernitz at Department of Neighborhoods will begin assigning plots March 30.
We have two ramps and a stairway built from the upper garden to the lower garden.

This week end will be exceptionally productive and all hands are needed! Please join us.  Soup is served at noon.

Work Parties, Saturday March 2 and Sunday March 3
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM


  •     Dig holes and plant 100 plants along the south fence and some huckleberries in the common area
  •     Frame the shed
  •     Spread mulch on the beds and cover with burlap
  •     Spread chips on the paths that are not yet covered

Posted on behalf of Sharon Knoll.

Another Weekend, Another Show! With More to Come!

February 9 – 10 was another productive weekend thanks to the 12 amazing volunteers that showed up.   Erik Gundersen’s fabulous plans for our shed are being implemented.  We have about 2/3 of the pavers laid for the shed and community area.

The retaining wall started the week-end of February 2nd is almost complete with back fill of pea gravel.  We are having more concrete blocks delivered this week and will start the next retaining wall.  The blocks are smaller and should be easier to handle.

Salmon Bay Sand and Gravel has donated six cubic yards of pea gravel, and given us 50% off on all other materials we order.  Mutual Materials has joined in helping by providing a great price cut on the pavers and other materials we needed to lay the pavers.

Mutual Materials Logo

And thanks to Ann for delivering her wonderful soup on Saturday, and to Susan for her wonderful soup on Sunday.
Please let us know if you would like to make and deliver food for the volunteers.  It counts as volunteer hours.  We eat standing up and it really makes a difference!

Please do not feel that you need a special skill to join us.  There are many things to be done!  And shoveling pea gravel and mulch and moving it with wheel barrows is important!

Reminder:  Please turn in all your volunteer hours through January 31.  Please contact Sharon Knoll if you have any questions.

Upcoming Work Party Projects:

  • February 16 and 17   10:00 – 2:00Moving leaf mulch to plots and covering with burlap
    Complete laying pavers
    Possibly begin foundation for shed Break up soil that is holding water
  • We will be having work parties every weekend until we are finished.  We project this will take another five weekends.
Volunteers help lay the new pavers from Mutual Materials

Volunteers help lay the new pavers from Mutual Materials

Dog OLA Work Party: Saturday, February 9th!

Pitchforks and Shovels and Rakes, oh my!

Our monthly Work Party will take place this Saturday, February 9th from 10 am – 12 Noon. Puppy Please remember to bring work gloves.  We’ll be spreading chips, moving gravel & planting in the south border. Please be aware of the chip & tool delivery.  It should take place between 8 and 10 am. During the delivery, the work gate will be OPEN and the Off Leash Area WILL NOT be secure.  Please watch your dogs and corral/leash them appropriately!

Contact Toni Imfeld for more info.