Magnolia’s Manor Park subcommittee is looking for a few good friends.
As plans for Manor Park continue to develop, the organization in charge of planning the park is looking for local residents to be part of a new committee that will help continue shepherding the process toward completion. The new committee will be known as the Friends of Manor Park.
Currently, the steering committee overseeing the process is working on developing a preferred plan for the park, located at 3500 28th Avenue West. According to landscape architects, Site Workshop, the following uses are the strongest possibilities: an off-leash dog area; P-Patch; Walking trails within the park that connect with other parks, play areas and open spaces; and family areas and children play elements.
The biggest issue currently is whether the Manor Park committees can find $100,000 to pay for moving the fences in from their current locations to a much smaller area around the Seattle Public Utilities water reservoir lid that is located on the site.
If the money can be found to re-fence the area, then the park will grow from its current size of about one acre to about three acres.
The increased size will allow for a number of different uses to be incorporated into the park space.
Once the preferred plan is decided on, the Friends of Manor Park will take over the management of the park development.
Monica Wooton, a member of the subcommittee, said that the next step for the park will be discussing the pros and cons of the six options now being considered for the park site at an open meeting on Saturday, April 9, from 10 a.m. till noon. The meeting will be held at the Presbyterian Church on the corner of West Dravus and 28th Avenue West. Three of the current options will be based on if the re-fencing takes place and three will be based on if the re-fencing does not take place.
Wooton said she is hopeful that part, if not all, of the money for the re-fencing project may come from the Seattle Parks Department budget.
“It is really apparent that if we don’t move the fences and stick to the current mandate then we are limited to a dog park,” Wooton said. “This is an opportunity to add space to the park that is already public land. We just can’t pass up.”