Friends of Marymoor Park

November 15th, 2006 Meeting Summary

-- see also the October25, 2006 meeting summary

Norah Gaynor (KC Parks), Jack MacKinnon (Marymoor Community Gardens Association), Michael Hobbs (East Lake Washington Audubon,  FOMP Secretary), Herb Bone (Model Airplane Club, FOMP Board), Greg Helland (SODA, FOMP President), Christina Merten (Marymoor Community Gardens Association, FOMP Board)
Project Updates:
  • All Weather Soccer Fields are open and are solidly booked from after school to 10:30 p.m. weekdays and all day weekends.  Fields are very successful at keeping drained even during this weather.  Netting, field numbers, signage, and some of the entry areas still need to be completed (but hampered by weather).  Typically youth are scheduled before 7:00 p.m. weekdays, with adult play from 7:00-10:30 p.m.  Generating significantly more revenue than the old fields.
  • Reflexology Path - Open.
  • Birdloop - Work parties are continuing, removing Scott's Broom, Blackberries, English Ivy
  • All-weather turf baseball infield for Field #1 - estimates came in; funding is insufficient right now.  Norah is pushing to have this done by March.
  • Dog Wash facility - Waiting on final signatures on agreement, and then things can proceed immediately
  • Tree Replacement Plan - Greg got some references at the College of Forest Resources and Michael also got a reference at South Seattle Community College, with the idea of getting students involved in designing a tree-replacement plan. $8000 is still available in the 2006 budget for trees at Marymoor.
Request for Ideas and Proposals:
RFI&P will go out soon - this allows anyone to propose just about anything.  The 2003 press release is probably very similar to what will go out shortly.
Combined  Fund Drive:
Christine is working to get FOMP listed on the Washington State Combined Fund Drive, which would allow any state employee to contribute to FOMP.  Listing seems to require a charitable solicitation number, which FOMP is elligible to get, but which FOMP should be exempt from being required to get.  Confusion.  Christine will try to navigate the maze of forms.
Community Gardeners - Chinook Book Sales:
Purchasing a Chinook Book through the Community Gardeners Association generates a $10 donation to MCGA per book.  Chinook Books can also be purchased directly on-line, but that costs you an additional $2, and sends only $5 to MCGA.
Community Gardeners Grant Reimbursment:
Food bank plots generated 3886 lbs. of food for donation in 2006.  The goal for 2007 is 5000 lbs., using an additional 2 plots which will be used to grow potatoes.
Jack complained about how hard it was to get workers to help with the Food Bank plots.  Suggestions were offered to approach the Redmond Senior Center and local Assisted Living facilities.  It could make a great Seniors outing.
Jack submitted a request for reimbursement to the tune of $2900, from the previous FOMP grant.  Greg and Michael wrote a check.
Current flooding is close to the levels of January.  The slough gauge reads 6 feet as of this morning; in January the level reached at least 6' 6".  Much of the interior dog meadow


Next meeting, January 24, 2007 .

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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