Magnolia Manor Park Improvements

Updated: March 16, 2016

February 2016

After meeting with concerned neighbors and community members several times, Seattle Parks and Recreation(SPR) is moving ahead with the project incorporating some added measures to help mitigate project impacts. We are adding lighting along the trail, placing shrub buffers along the fence lines with neighbors and lowering the trail. SPR understands the community has a strong desire to see a loop completed around the reservoir. SPR will be looking into completing the trail loop around the east side of the reservoir when funding is available.

We're confident that the planned improvements will further the goal of creating more usable park space and will better balance the park's use. Seattle Parks and Recreation's experience with trail projects of this type shows that facilitating access increases positive use. The introduction of the P patch and dog off-leash area have resulted in an increase of activity at the park, much of this in closer proximity to adjacent properties than the proposed path. We believe that connecting park elements will make the park more usable for the community, and that the park getting more use will have a positive impact on the surrounding neighborhood by providing additional eyes and ears on the park and in the neighborhood.

We understand that the plantings along the existing fence line are of particular concern. The design team will review proposed plantings with the neighbors and take input from community members. We are confident that we will be able to install and establish plantings that meet both neighbor expectations and the design intent.

City Permitting is nearing completion, SPR anticipates bidding by March of 2016 with construction to follow in the spring. Work will involve movement of existing fences back to the edge of the reservoir to open up the southwest corner of the park, construction of a new path from the existing entry on 27th and P-patch around the west side of the reservoir, creation of new lower slope area on the north side and a reduction in the size of the off-leash area. The off-leash area work will be phased and a reduced area will remain open for the project duration. Please see the Phased OLA Plan for visuals of how we plan to work in the off-leash area. Once permitting is complete, a full set of documents will be available on the project site.

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

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.