Public Meeting Brings Out Park Details and Fundraising Plans
by Susan Casey, Chair Friends of Magnolia Manor Park
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.
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.