The Magnuson P-Patch is located within the Magnuson Community Garden, a four-acre site at Magnuson Park. The new P-Patch officially opened in March 2003 for the Spring season; it has 140 year-round plots.
The current P-Patch replaced the old Sand Point P-Patch, which was established in 1977 on property leased from Childrens’ Hospital and Regional Medical Center. The hospital began preparations for building on the site at the end of September 2001. The Magnuson Community Garden P-Patch was initially created as a temporary garden in October 2001 with 35 transitional plots for the old Sand Point P-Patch gardeners.
Staff and personnel from Childrens’ Hospital, Fruhling, Inc., Seattle Parks Department, and Sand Point Magnuson Park Division assisted gardeners in moving the p-patch.
Volunteers spent many hours removing Scotch Broom, removing rocks, tilling and adding soil amenities to the new site. Compost, manure, and donated Alaska Fish Fertilizer and applied to the soil. The P-patch was marked out, paths were marked and surfaced, and an irrigation system was installed. Volunteers were then able to stake out the plot design, borders, and internal paths.