Friends of Marymoor Park
August 23rd, 2006 Meeting Summary
-- see also the July 26, 2006 meeting summary
Attendees: Greg Helland, Jack MacKinnon, Herb Bone, Norah Gaynor, Michael Hobbs.
FOLKS - THIS IS PATHETIC ATTENDANCE. PLEASE COME OUT AND
SUPPORT FOMP. NEXT MEETING IS SEPTEMBER 27.
1) Chipotle Grill Promotion
Greg and other members of the FOMP board were surprised earlier this month by a Seattle Times reporter, asking questions about a joint promotion between King County Parks and Chipotle - a Mexican restaurant
The link below might work; if not, the story ran on the front page of the Seattle Times on Saturday, August 19.
Greg was a unhappy that this had not been mentioned at a prior FOMP meeting. Assuming that the Chipotle promotion was in the works prior to the July FOMP meeting, Greg expressed a strong for all such items to be shared with FOMP in a timely fashion.
Michael was unhappy because of the commercial links and advertising in the park.
Norah pointed out that the Park System is trying to get the private sector involved in supporting parks. Chipotle donated over $1500 from their opening day to SODA, the dog area support group. That money will be used by SODA for maintenance in the park.
Norah made an impassioned argument that Parks is under tremendous pressure to raise revenue because there is too little funding in the general fund. This revenue generation is a major focus of the Parks operational plan.
Michael expressed dismay at the number of advertising and sponsorship signs within Marymoor. Greg also made this argument, including as well the event signs which are numerous and large. Norah, while agreeing with the aesthetic issue, argued that the event signs provide useful information to park users, and are important in directing traffic.
Greg argued that the block after block of signs at the Marymoor entrance is very unsightly - "...like entering a KOA campground". An electronic reader board (though located inside the park entrance, and tastefully presented) was proposed.
Michael also argued that while some companies that have partnered with Parks (Starbucks, Group Health) are dedicated to parks, many of the entrepreneurial ventures are apparently based on a win-win, bottom-line mentality that really has nothing to do with parks at all. Marymoor should not simply be an advertising opportunity for businesses. It's one thing to sponsor a park event; the event being advertised in the Chipotle promotion was the opening of a restaurant outside of the park. Where's the connection?
2) Capital Project Updates:
3) Event Update:
Next meeting, Wednesday, September 27th.
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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