January 24th, 2007 Meeting Summary
-- see also the
November 15, 2006 meeting summary
Norah Gaynor (KC Parks), Jack MacKinnon & Christina
Merten (MCGA), Jim Rettig (ELWAS), and Michael Hobbs (FOMP Secretary), Dave
Schuelke from Eastside Lacrosse (boys lacrosse).
2. ELWAS Bird Loop – Jim Rettig
East Lake Washington Audubon Society (ELWAS) received
a sizable grant from King County to enhance the current “Interpretive
Trail”. They have a 2-year work plan (completion July 2008), followed by an
on-going maintenance agreement. This plan was approved today by KC Parks.
The plans include:
- An informational kiosk at the Interpretive Lot
that can show bird lists, maps, information, etc. There will be a bike
rack and waste receptacle.
- Bridges and boardwalk will be repaired. Up to 300
feet of new boardwalk will be built to extend the west end over trail
which currently floods annually.
- A gate will be built at the lower east entrance
to the Dog Park.
- New interpretive signs will be built and
installed. Trail markers will be installed.
- A new trail will be built around the east edge of
the East Meadow. An old trail running approximately east-west south of
the Dog Area will be opened up.
- Invasive species removal (has already begun) with
special focus on blackberries, Scott’s Broom, and Reed-Canary Grass,
replacing these with native plants.
- ELWAS is working on getting the entire East
Meadow designated as part of the Marymoor Conservation Area.
Long-term plans, dependent on future grants, would
include a river viewing platform, two more kiosks, raising the boardwalk,
adding interpretive signs along the river, and additional trail work.
3. Project Updates:
- Sammamish River Trail Connection
Options suggested by Marymoor staff included
widening the road, or running the trail along SR-520, but the preferred
options from the trail team are:
- A “middle route” parallel the north side of
- A “southern route” that would run along Snag
The trail would be 12-foot paved with 2-foot
unpaved paths on each side. Norah will try to get conceptual drawings to
us as soon as possible so FOMP members can give feedback that can
provide feedback to the planners.
- Baseball field #1 Artificial Turf
Construction is underway and should be done before
March 1. There are still a few lingering work items on the soccer
fields, but they are basically done. The baseball infields will be
FieldTurf (SprintTurf was used on the soccer fields).
- Dog Wash – permitted, but looking for a
contractor, so construction will be delayed.
- Tree Replacement Plan
A large number of large trees have been acquired
for planting in the Historic District – firs and cedars east of the Art
Barn. These are replacements (at a 3:1 ratio) for the trees removed
recently. More trees, including maples and oaks are for replacement of
trees lost in the recent storms. Trees will be planted February 11th.
The first batch of trees comprises 3 Western Red Cedars, 5 Doug Firs, 3
Big-leaf Maples, 3 Frasier Firs, with 2 Gary Oaks on order.
This is phase 1-a of a tree planting plan. Phase
1-b will deal with the cherries in the median of Marymoor Way. Norah
will be working on future plans for additional phases.
- Directional Signage to Marymoor – new signs
have been put up on SR-520 eastbound and westbound.
- Pet Garden – Much work still needs to be done
on installation of pavers. Norah is working on it.
4. MacNair Irrigation
Norah is finding money to get irrigation installed on
the MacNair fields, (the large grass fields north of the Community Gardens).
This will allow night irrigation (which evaporates less), and will reduce
labor costs of the current hose-reel system. The hose reels may move to
Field 5 (east of the climbing rock), which would add irrigation to that
5. Invasive/Noxious weed removal – ruminant method.
“Rent-a-ruminant” will be making a presentation on the
use of goats to eat blackberries etc. Norah is thinking of trying them on a
storm water pond near the east entrance baseball fields, and based on
success, she’ll considering using them elsewhere.
6. Service Signs at Entry
Norah is interested in putting two large signs modeled
on the blue signs on freeways directing you to roadside services (one sign
at each entrance). These would serve as the “advertising” for Subway,
Blazing Bagels, etc. The number of signs inside the park would be
dramatically reduced to just one or two signs needed for directional
purposes. Christina raised issues about the wording at the top of the sign –
Norah’s proposal was “MARYMOOR PARK / SERVICES AVAILABLE” - Dave suggested
maybe using two different fonts for the top line and the bottom line to
suggest the services are not provided by KC Parks. – Or maybe just say
7. Parks Task Force report – Michael
Michael is a member of the Parks Futures Task Force,
which will send recommendations to the King County Council in March on how
to fund King County Parks when the current levy expires. There have
been three meetings so far, with three more planned. Currently, the
Task Force seems to be favoring a new levy to fund operations, along with
the recommendation that the levy rate be high enough to return the Parks
Department to pre-2003 levels of maintenance, rather than the unsustainable
levels currently in practice. The Task Force is also considering how
to deal with projected shortfalls in Capital Improvement funds. A
bond-issue is a possibility, with much of the money going to the regional
8. Event Update / Recap
January 6th volunteer clean-up day was VERY
successful, with 28 dump-truck loads of debris removed. The clean-up
scheduled for Jan. 13th was cancelled due to snow.
Current scheduled and proposed events are on the
9. Adult Softball Field-Use Fee – Norah
KC Parks is reducing the adult softball use fee from
$55/hour to $45/hour to try to attract more adult teams which will provide
more consistent usage of the fields (especially at locations other than
February 28, 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 email@example.com, and he will endeavor to