FOLLOWUP: Choose what you’d like to see in the Morgan Junction Park addition

Four years after the city bought it, the Morgan Junction Park addition site is finally closer to its intended use. So Seattle Parks has a few questions for you, such as – how should it be configured? Like Option A above, or Option B below?

As we mentioned in our coverage of last Saturday’s Morgan Junction Community Festival, the city opened the polling there and is continuing it online. You’re also invited to choose 10 elements from this list of 36 – and/or suggest something else you’d like to see:

1. Community Classroom
2. Pavilion/Band Shell
3. Mounded Play
4. Movable Furniture
5. Tree Grove Planting
6. Reading Room
7. Sustainable Streetscape
8. Food Cart/Truck Access
9. Event Venue
10. Natural Play Elements
11. Pollinator Plantings
12. Outdoor Fitness Area
13. Catenary Lighting
14. Woonerf/Festival Street
15. Signature Specimen Tree
16. Table Tennis
17. Group Dining Area
18. Bocce Ball
19. Edible Landscape
20. Swing/Hammock Seating
21. Sculptural Play
22. Shuffleboard
23. Outdoor Cinema
24. Checkers/Chess
25. Craft Fair/Market
26. Rain Garden Planting
27. Buffer Planting
28. Large/Iconic Play
29. Tricycle Track
30. Native/Adaptive Planting
31. Signature Lighting
32. Shade Area
33. Platform Seating
34. Built-In Lounge Seating
35. Pet Relief Area
36. West Seattle Trail Map/Communication Kiosk

You can see images of the potential elements on the survey page – go here to let Parks know your choices. The addition is expected to be built in 2020; the city demolished the commercial building on the site in 2016.

21 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: Choose what you'd like to see in the Morgan Junction Park addition"

  • AIDM June 20, 2018 (3:27 pm)

    I want to see a simple spray park like this one, but I think that Seattle Parks will invent a reason why this isn’t possible (in deed this isn’t even listed on the survey) and instead provide a seldom used feature like many other the other small parks in our community. It would be great if there were food truck parking and seating also. This make it a high usage park instead of an afterthought like so many small parks are.

    • WSB June 20, 2018 (3:31 pm)

      Suggest it! If you haven’t opened the survey yet, there really is a blank spot.

      • AIDM June 20, 2018 (3:34 pm)

        Yes, have done so. But the likelihood of a write-in selection overpowering the plug and play suggestions they have provided is very low.  One can only hope.

        • HelperMonkey June 20, 2018 (4:23 pm)

          AIDM, I liked your idea of a spray park, so I wrote it in too! Maybe others will do the same and they’ll have to consider it. :) 

    • heartless June 20, 2018 (5:03 pm)

      I like the idea of a spray park for part of it, but honestly given the weather here we’d also  need a couple other features that kids and others can enjoy when it’s not hot and sunny.It’d also be nice to have the food trucks and seating that you mentioned, I included that in my feedback.

  • Jeannie June 20, 2018 (5:48 pm)

    I wrote in “off-leash dog park.” Maybe there’d be fewer off-leash dogs running around in Lincoln Park due to irresponsible dog owners. The park could just have a fenced-off area for dogs to romp in. 

    • WS’96 June 22, 2018 (1:29 am)

      Yes! Please EVERYONE write this in. COLA lobbied for it and was ignored. Maybe the city will listen to survey takers! West Seattle desperately needs another off-leash area and Morgan Park is the perfect location!

  • DonaLuisa June 20, 2018 (6:37 pm)

    A small community hospital with ER, & parking 

    • H June 20, 2018 (7:51 pm)

      I believe there’s a small ER with parking right across from Trader Joe’s.

  • WSobserver June 20, 2018 (7:16 pm)

    I want my mini mart back.

    • Chuck June 21, 2018 (1:12 pm)

      Best teriyaki around. And nice people. Still, it was a bit of a blight… Just to thankful they fenced the vacant lot. 

  • Morgan June 20, 2018 (7:44 pm)

    Option B for certain—-if the doggy run happens here, will people leash their dogs in Lincoln and Lowman?I subscribe to “less is more” when it comes to parks spaces.

  • Chris d June 20, 2018 (10:44 pm)

    An 8 story building with apartments and an In and Out Burger at street level.

    • KM June 22, 2018 (7:16 am)

      I’m torn between this and the off-leash dog park.

  • Frank June 21, 2018 (5:29 am)

    I “voted” at the Morgan Junction festival. I talked to the staff and they were very open to ideas and I enjoyed discussing the potential  features with them. I mentioned food truck space and that’s definitely an option. (#8 on the list). I didn’t mention spray feature because of the park’s position on the main arterial and lack of parking but are you thinking something like Ballard Commons or Lake Union Park? The staff  seem pretty open to ideas so if you have an idea put it out there. I’d love to see a terrific engaging space. 

  • Curious June 21, 2018 (7:32 am)

    Why is Option “A” even an option?  Seems to create all kinds of potential safety hazaards, minimizes contiguous space, etc.  I presume the home owners on the alley would be the only stakeholders interested in that option, but if the right of way existed before the property sale I would think they have some legal standing in the matter rather than this being up to a public vote?

  • walker June 21, 2018 (11:39 am)

    What on earth is a WOONERF?

    • West Seattle since 1979 June 21, 2018 (7:19 pm)

      woo·nerfˈvo͞onərf/nouna road in which devices for reducing or slowing the flow of traffic have been installed.

  • Chuck June 21, 2018 (12:56 pm)

    B, by a landslide. But whatever version they decide, I am in favor of LESS seating that could any way be used for overnight sleeping by transients. So far, it has not been (much of) a problem; that little park seems to be getting used by the people it was intended for. I think the SPD has had a big role in that. But, as the park expands, so will its attractiveness to the homeless. Given that some unfortunate folk recently built a shelter on a parking strip right in front of one of the TV stations downtown  that is still up as far as I know, it has to be recognized that once someone puts a camp up our city seems unable to, oh I don’t know, enforce the law. Sorry to be so cynical, but given our city’s ineptitude in dealing with the homeless situation, the last thing I want to do is create a park that puts the welcome mat out. Also in favor of an off-leash area. My parking strip could use a break. 

    • West Seattle since 1979 June 21, 2018 (7:22 pm)

      OMG, this city is getting to be more and more for young people or others who can walk long distances and never need to sit down. 

      • heartless June 21, 2018 (7:31 pm)

        For what it’s worth the young amongst us (talking the 2-4 year olds in particular) also really like having convenient sitting places.

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