October 27th, 2004 Meeting Summary
-- see also the
September 2004 meeting summary
2) Marymoor Community Gardeners Association (MCGA)
Fund Raising Ideas
- Christina Merten, from the MCGA, is
proposing Chinook Book sales as a way to raise money
- Chinook Book is a "Coupon Book for Healthy
Living" with over 250 coupons
- Book sells for $20, and selling group can
keep up to $10. Chinook Books supplies books to organizations on
consignment (no money up front), and the organization then resells to their
- The more books an organization sells, the
more money the organization receives of the proceeds (ranging from
$6.50/book for low volume up to $10/book for sales over 200 books).
Therefore, it could be a good deal for the organizations within FOMP to band
together to sell books. Christina proposed a joint sales table near the dog
area. Norah is offering to waive the normal fund-raiser fees the county
charges assuming that FOMP and its organizations are willing to do this
together and to target the proceeds to Marymoor.
- Greg would like to contact other FOMP
organizations to see if they would also like to take part.
- A simple form will set up the process. A
typical fundraiser last 2-4 weeks. However, to allow multiple groups to
schedule their own sales times, the arrangement could be to have FOMP's
fundraiser run for several months (perhaps until the end of the year).
3) Marymoor Community Gardeners Association
Jack MacKinnon - MCGA has completed its 2nd
year with higher fees, and first year with MCGA assuming full management
There were 104 gardeners in 2002. In 2003,
the first year with higher rates, there were only 71 gardeners and 137
plots. In 2004, with all management turned over to MCGA, there were 70
gardeners and 151 plots.
Various fees, including about $2500 water
and $750 in plot fees, combine to total more than $4000. They need at
least 60 gardeners to survive.
MCGA needs ways to get the word out to
attract new gardeners. (Make sure web site has "Community Garden" -
MCGA donated 2381 lbs to HopeLink in 2003,
and 2727 lbs. in 2004.
4) Artificial Turf Field Development
- CIP has $4.5M of 2004 Realestate Excise tax
money unexpectedly available. Parks proposes using this for conversion of
"all weather" fields to FieldTurf-type fields. Maintenance costs would be
dramatically reduced (no watering, less lining, no grading).
- Revenue could probably be increased by about
1/3 because of increased demand and availability of the fields.
- Proposal is currently before KC Council.
For Parks, this is a huge $$$ project.
- This would preempt LWYSA's plans for the
area. However, those plans have been in flux, at least in part due to
LWYSA's internal problems
- Four fields would be replaced, but in a
configuration that would allow expansion (LWYSA wanted 7 fields).
- New, more efficient lights would NOT be part
of the plan, as far as Norah knew.
- Redmond has 5 turf fields (including Grass
Lawn and Pergola)
- Nov. 22nd council meeting is likely time for
- Design work will begin as soon as approved.
- Fees would NOT be increased, though there
may be peak/off peak differential rates rather than charging different
organizations (youth vs. adult vs. tournament) different fees.
5) Updates & Issues
- Interpretive Trail Lake Platform Repair
- ADA parking lot improvements - began today
- Interpretive Trail adoption - ELWAS and SODA
will be meeting in early November. A proposal to
Parks will follow.
- Development Criteria - no update (Michael
Hobbs suggested FOMP should send a letter to new head of KCParks, Suzanne
Little, to indicate that we would really like this process to be completed)
- R/C Field Re-orientation - Parks and MAR/C
is in the process of shifting the field orientation to make room for the new
shop project (now in the permit stage with Redmond) that would be located at
the NE corner of the park. New areas have been graded and seeded to allow
the correct grass area for a new runway.
- Restroom Construction - 2 weeks ahead of
schedule. Will be done before Christmas. These
are the restrooms near the tennis courts.
- Parks would like to have a parking fine for
failure to pay, starting around January. (Norah also mentioned that the
parking meter at Marymoor West was moved to another lot that was receiving
higher use. At least a collection box will be put in place at Marymoor
West as a replacement).
- Rowing Club Facility - Sammamish Rowing
Association is currently moving ahead with permitting, but the City of
Redmond Park Board is supporting some form of rowing facility at Idlewood,
so that may set new plans into motion that would limit the work done at
- Barbara raised questions about the Hearing
Examiner's report on the DNS in conjunction with those permits. She had
concerns that the report says the bollards are removable to allow vehicle
access for boat launching. This is not, and will not, be true. She also
had concerns about fire/emergency access (which is currently being a problem
with parking blocking the road). She also had questions about the wetland
The next meeting will be November 17,
NOTE: For November only, we will meet on the third
There will probably not be a meeting in December.
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