Friends of Marymoor Park
September 24th, 2003 Meeting Summary
PROPOSED ZONING ORDINANCE
King County has proposed some changes to the zoning for Parks and has proposed the definition of a new zoning designation - Large Active Recreation and Multi-use Park (LARMUP)- a designation that will probably be applied to all or part of Marymoor Park.
State Environmental Protection Act (SEPA) review of the proposed ordinance has resulted in a Determination of Non-Significance, not surprising since the proposed ordinance is "programmatic" (that is, since it only defines a new term, and does not yet associate that term with any particular property, it doesn't do anything that could harm the environment). Comments on the DNS were due September 29, 2003.
This new zoning category allows the "new way of doing business" that is the goal of KC Parks. Greg Helland commented that it "doesn't, strictly speaking, change anything - it just formalizes it."
However, concerns were raised at the meeting:
More information about this proposed ordinance, and a FOMP response penned by Greg Helland, can be found on the Zoning page.
NOTE - The Natural Resources and Parks Committee of the King County Council will be taking up this proposed ordinance at a special meeting on October 9th. Greg encouraged all interested members to comment to the Council.
2003 CONCERT SERIES WRAP-UP - Norah Gaynor
There were 16 concerts, and things generally went very well. It rained on only 1 show (the sold-out Norah Jones show, with thunder and lightning).
There was a mid-September meeting to discuss issues - about 30 people attended.
POSSIBLE FUTURE EVENTS
Norah mentioned a couple of possible future events at Marymoor.
For 2004, Marymoor might host a dessert festival, with dessert booths, music, etc. It would be like the dessert section of Bite of Seattle.
At some point in the future, Marymoor might host a beer festival, featuring microbrewery booths with small sample cups of beer, plus some food and music and more. This would be a family event, though of course only adults would be allowed to drink alcohol. Norah stated firmly that the booths would be manned by trained employees of the microbreweries, not by temp. workers, and that the microbreweries would strictly adhere to liquor laws since their licenses were critical to their continued operations. Drunkenness has not been a problem at this event's current location.
Norah was actively seeking responses to this idea. Certainly a couple of people in attendance felt that this event might not be appropriate for Marymoor, or that it might cause problems (such as people driving home drunk). However, judging by other reactions, several people thought it sounded rather fun.
Michael Hobbs asked about the once-proposed connecting path(s) which would have connected the grass soccer fields (and erstwhile concert series parking) with the Community Gardens. Such a path would be useful for birdwatchers, especially Michael's weekly bird survey which for years has included the gardens in his loop, especially in the fall. Gardens rep. Jack MacKinnon expressed guarded support for such a connection, as long as there was a swinging gate to discourage casual use. Michael and Jack will pursue the possibility.
The next meeting will be October 22.
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