There has been a lot of activity at Magnuson over the past few years improving sports fields, creating wetlands, removing invasive plants and replacing them with native plants. You can check the details at the Seattle Parks Department website. There are dozens of different communities voicing their needs to help shape the park in the future. PSKA needs our voice represented: specifically, we would like to see our “Non-motorized / kiteboard launch” included in that plan.
We have specific concerns that we want the Parks Department to recognize and address:
- • Recently, a group has planted a large number of trees and shrubs in the south meadow at Magnuson Park that will interfere with our launch and landing area. We request that there be a review of the planting in the area that has the potential of interfering with our use, to relocate and replant those trees and shrubs that are deemed problems.
• The beach that we use is experiencing accelerated erosion. We request that the problem be addressed with a long-term solution. Our community would like to offer our assistance to help fix the problem.
• Request that the ”grass cut line” be extended 50’ south in the kiteboard launch and land area, and routine grass cutting in the "Windsurf rigging area".
Attached is the letter PSKA sent last week to the Superintendent of Seattle Parks, including a presentation illustrating the issues and requests. It is important that our voice is heard loud and clear and that, as taxpayers and frequent park users, we are represented. We are asking you to send a quick e-mail or letter (template below) to the following:
Seattle Parks and Recreation
100 Dexter Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98109
Dear Mr. Williams,
I am writing in support of a letter that was recently sent to you by Daniel Stoner, President of Puget Sound Kiteboarding Association. As a member of PSKA and Seattle taxpayer, I am concerned that the area designated as "non-motorized / kiteboard launch" is being altered without our input. The launch site south of the boat launch has been used for many years at Magnuson Park is a very important launch for kiteboarders, windsurfers non-motorized boaters. We are very interested in working pro-actively with the Parks department to address these issues.
345 Sycamore Lane
A million thanks to John Penxa for laying the groundwork for this relationship and to Jim Buttrick, whose taken over the torch as PSKA's Magnuson representative.