Friends of Marymoor Park

June 28th, 2006 Meeting Summary

-- see also the May 24, 2006 meeting summary

1) In attendance:  Herb Bone (MAR/C), Michael Hobbs (East Lake Washington Audubon), Norah Gaynor (King County Parks), Christina Merten and Jack MacKinnon (Marymoor Community Gardeners Assn), Kathleen Miller (Art at Marymoor Park arts show)

2) Art at Marymoor Park - a Celebration of Artists

  • Over 100 artists are already committed to the free art show.  Kathleen is looking for community groups who would like to have a table/booth to publicize their organization.

  • Show dates are August 19-20, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

  • Kathleen would also like any help she can get on publicizing the event.

3) Cirque du Soleil review

  • Best selling Cirque touring show of the year in North America

  • Averaged over 95% capacity over the 53 shows.

  • Norah reported that most feedback was very good from attendees; groups such as SODA did not report significant hassles due to the traffic/parking situation.

  • The Velodrome Association reported lower attendance during the shows; Harley hopes the exposure will make up for it.

  • Herb had not heard any complaints about access difficulties.

  • Christina was thankful for the announcement of the specially tough congestion times to avoid.

  • Parks netted good revenue from the event

  • Cirque could be back as soon as 2008, but nothing is final.

4) Sammamish River Trail

5) Capital Project Updates

  • All-weather fields - two have turf down already, others are progressing well.  Target opening Sept. 1.

  • New Utility Shop - still not open yet, but should be occupied in mid-July

  • Reflexology Path - The KC Executive's Office got a recommendation to build a "reflexology path", which is an area with different sized and different shaped rocks imbedded in it.  The idea is that the differing pressure points on your bare feet can have a positive effect on your health and well being.  The path is being installed between the SUBWAY shop and the tennis court; it is approximately circular and maybe 20 feet in diameter.  Construction should be finished in July.

  • Bird Loop - The East Lake Washington Audubon Society is adopting the old Interpretive Trail and extending it along the slough through the Dog Area, and along the Snag Row to complete the loop.  ELWAS plans to build a kiosk, improve and enhance the boardwalk, add signage, and enhance habitat along the trail.  Please contact ELWAS if you’d like to volunteer at 425-576-8805 or visit

  • Sammamish River Trail - East to West connection.  Ideas are being solicited.  There are plans for connections between the Sammamish River Trail and the East Lake Sammamish Trail north of Marymoor through Redmond.  However a connection within Marymoor is likely.

  • CIP has responded positively to the call for a tree planting program.

6) Events Update

  • Wednesday, July 12 - Rob Thomas & Jason Mraz - 4000+ crowd - Expect heavy traffic 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

  • Camping for concerts: July 13-15 (maybe 100 campers) and July 31-August 2 (perhaps fewer)

  • August 4 concert cancelled.

  • Hoop-It-Up 3-on-3 basketball tournament, August 12-13 - see  Will be held on the event pad.

7) FOMP website

  • We will be moving the website to a new host and we'll get our own URL:

Next meeting, Wednesday, July 26th.

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 Hobbs at, and he will endeavor to correct them.


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