Magnolia Manor Park Improvements

Updated: February 4, 2019

Thank you, Seattle! This project is complete.

This project was completed in November 2018.

Funding for the project is provided by the 2008 voter-approved Parks and Green Spaces Levy.

Phased Plan:


Magnolia Manor Park, 3500 28th Ave West, 98199


The Opportunity Fund allocates $402,500 for the planning, design and construction of this project.


Planning: January - February 2014
Design: October 2014 - November 2015
Construction: April 2016 - July 2016
Completion: November 2016

Project Description

This project was selected for the second round of Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Funding. The application received in this community-initiated process is a preliminary concept and the final design may be constrained by the project budget. All projects will go through Park’s public involvement procedure which includes public meetings and community input. They will also go through an internal Parks process to ensure the most effective implementation.

This project will complete the plan for opening up and improving the level area of the park. This project will also provide a needed second access to the P-Patch.

Project Timeline

Fall 2018
The new solar lighting is installed. Seattle Parks and Recreation will review planting status along the southwest fence line this fall and this phase of the project will come to a close.

Three images of new solar lighting at Magnolia Manor Park

The project includes a new paved path connecting the 27th avenue west entry around to the north side of the park. The project will open up a large area currently behind the SPU fencing, add level park space to the north, improve pedestrian circulation, provide better accessibility for people with disabilities, and create a more functional connection between the P Patch and off leash elements of the park.

Planting along the south west fence line shall be coordinated with neighbors that border the park. Other improvements include lighting along the new section of path, irrigation and a shelter within the OLA.

Spring 2018
Layout and design is completed for new solar powered pathway lighting. The contractor will install in April/May 2018.

The dog off leash area has been reconfigured, the fences came down inside the OLA on November 21st.  Access to the small/shy dog area will be from inside the main area until we have grass established east of the OLA.  A new shelter will be installed in early 2017 . Expect some limited impacts as we install electrical and irrigation work over the coming months.
Photo: The dog off leash area is back open as of November 21

Please join us on Saturday, November 12 from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. at the park. Garrett Farrell, project manager, and the design team from Site Workshop will present landscape materials that will be planted along the southwest fence line of the park. This is an opportunity to learn about the planting material, get an update on the schedule and ask questions.

Work to open up sections of Magnolia Manor Park (3500 28th Avenue West) began in October 2016. The weather dependent work is expected to last approximately six months. During this time access to the off-leash area (OLA)  and P Patch will be maintained. The OLA will be modified in phases to accommodate the new path work.

February 2017
Contractor Wyser Construction has done a great job through some less than ideal weather.  They are now working to install the new shelter inside the Off Leach Area (OLA).  Construction staging will impact a small area in and near the OLA. The contractor will use the west gate to bring in materials from February 20-24. The OLA is open during the installation.

The new paved paths are in place, the new wall has been built and the north side has a much larger area of park space. The park area will remain closed while we establish the new landscape and install new path lighting. We anticipate opening the path to the community in the spring of 2017.

July 2015
Formal City permitting review will begin September 24th, Seattle Public Utilities is reviewing the plans in advance to ensure an efficient use of time and resources. Due to the current public bid climate, Parks anticipates bidding the project later this year for construction in spring of 2016.

November 2014
Thank you to everyone who participated in the public meeting on November 5, 2014. This project is currently in the planning phase and is intended to open up and improve the level areas of the park. Proposed work provides path improvements and another access for the P-Patch, improvements to the dog off leash area, and refurbishment of gathering areas along the north side of the park.

Community Participation

Landscape Public Meeting 11/12/2016