January 25th, 2006 Meeting Summary
-- see also the
November 16, 2005 meeting summary
1) Introductions - in
attendance - Barbara Dickson
(neighbor, salmon watcher), Michael Hobbs (East Lake Washington Audubon
Society, FOMP secretary/webmaster), Norah Gaynor (King County Parks),
Harley Sheffield (Marymoor Velodrome Association), Jack MacKinnon (Community Gardeners Association),
Christina Merten (CGA).
2) 2006 Proposed new events
- these are still in the preliminary stage of negotiations.
- Antique Car Show - would be July 1-2.
Would have a family-oriented fair atmosphere. Siting not yet decided.
Up to 5,000 - 10,000 attendees projected. Admission fee would be
minimal or free. Possibly would include an antique car parade with
100-200 cars. Might have an entertainment stage.
- Food and Wine Festival - Mid-August -
8,000 attendees over the course of the weekend days, though not all at
once. Company has done similar festivals in California. Would be
ticketed ($50-$500 per ticket, many or all advanced sales). Physically
small and compact.
- Sweetfest - August 26-27. Big festival,
20,000 attendees over the weekend. Food festival focussing on
desserts. Free admission.
- A forestry association is having a
conference in Redmond, and would like to do a Field Day at Marymoor on
Friday, September 29th. Their members would compete in a tree climbing
competition, there would also be training, and they would also do
some arbor work in the park.
- See the Events listing on the website
for other events. It will be updated tomorrow or Friday.
3) Capital Projects Updates
- Recreation & Event Area
- Paving mostly complete; the project should be finished soon.
Recreational equipment may not be installed prior to Cirque du Soleil.
- Velodrome Restrooms -
In progress; concrete poured and framing up. Hopefully will be opened
March 1. Discussions are underway with possible concessionaires.
- Synthetic Turf Fields -
Meeting tomorrow for pre-bids. Construction will start in the spring,
with the fields closed throughout the spring and summer.
- Maintenance Building -
Under construction, and basically on schedule. This building is LEED
certified (environmental guidelines), which limits color and materials
choices. The exterior color scheme is under discussion. Something
fairly muted is expected. The roof
will be a dark brownish color. The walls might be dark green or beige.
Doors and windows might be maroon or red&orange or something else.
- Velodrome Association Building
- Tied up right now in internal King County discussions. Permitting is
- Sammamish Rowing Association
Building - SRA will bring new drawings and plans in February.
City of Redmond Site Plan Entitlement permit is pending, with comments
due by February 6th. File number L060007.
- Ruff House - Still in
permitting. Permits might be issued in 6 weeks. Could be ready to open
by summer or fall.
4) Park Gates
- A swing gate will replace the bollards
at Marymoor West (the Rowing Club). Split-rail fencing will encircle
the east and south edges of the parking lot to keep ORVs and motorcycles
- New signs have gone up indicating that
the park is closed at dusk except for scheduled events (there were signs
already, but these are new and more visible).
- The swing gates at the middle of the
park will be moved to the entrances of the park, but at this time there
are not plans to close them nightly. Norah was seeking input as to
appropriate hours if the gates were to be closed at night, what times
would be acceptable. Midnight? to 5:00 a.m.? 5:30 a.m.? 6:00 a.m.?
5) Flooding in Park
- Water levels reached their
second-highest level in recent memory, beaten only by the flooding
around New Years 1997. The dog meadow still has significant standing
water, and there are significant closures of access. The slough trail
is blocked at the first footbridge, just past the southernmost dog swim
area. This bridge is no longer underwater, but will need several boards
replaced. The entire southern 2/3rds of the dog meadow are off-limits
to all except the ducks and gulls that are very happy there. Closures in
the dog area will probably continue for quite a while to allow the area
to dry out and firm up.
- The Interpretive Trail was flooded from
north of the first footbridge, but the water has receded to the point
that you can stay dry all the way to the boardwalk. The boardwalk is
partially submerged, with water up to about 6" deep, but it is passable
to the lake platform if you are wearing boots. There is quite a bit of
debris to contend with.
- At the Rowing Club, sandbags prevented
water from entering the boathouse, to my knowledge. The water has
receded, but there is still 10" of water between the boathouse and the
- Probably 1/3 of Marymoor was underwater
at the height of the flood. A significant portion remains inundated.
6) Park Concessions Signage
- Parks desires to replace some of the
sandwich-board signs for Subway and other concessionaires with something
else. Norah passed around a proposal to install slats in the existing
new park sign frames with, for instance, "Food", along with the color
logo for the company. Christina proposed making the slat a different
color as well. Hmmm. There was strong support for sign reduction, and
general support for Norah's idea.
7) Washington State Combined Fund
Drive - Christina Merten
- All Washington State employees can
participate in the WSCFD and have a small portion of their wages passed
on to charities. Program is run by a committee appointed by the
Governor. Employees can either give straight to the fund, or directly
target a participating organization. There is a fairly simple form that
FOMP could submit on-line to apply to be one of the participating
organizations. There was support for proceeding with this.
- A car did donuts in the Pet Memorial
Garden - the perpetrator was caught, and will be required to make
- Banners at the Velodrome have
disappeared sometime in 2006, and may have been stolen.
- Marymoor Community Gardeners are selling
Chinook Books through the end of February. Contact
Christina Merten if you want
one. They are also looking at other fundraising in order to
proceed with some new projects.
- There is a Small Habitats and Drainage
Improvements program that is seeking projects. Applications are due
January 31st. More information is at
http://dnr.metrokc.gov/wlr/cposa/shrp/suggest.htm. Contact Norah if
you have an idea.
- New bird for Marymoor - a pair of
Western Screech-Owls were seen on the Interpretive Trail over the New
Year. They may have moved to other areas due to the flooding, however.
Next meeting, Wednesday,
These notes were made by Michael Hobbs, and they do not constitute an official record of the
meeting. They may have inaccuracies and omissions. If anyone has any
complaints about the content of these notes, they should direct them to Michael
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