Friends of Marymoor Park

February 28th, 2007 Meeting Summary

-- see also the January 24, 2007 meeting summary

Attendees: Stewart, Norah, Tony, Jack, Greg


St. Edwards State Park – Ray Benish did not attend. Item carried to next meeting.

Project Updates:

  • All-weather soccer fields. Contractor needs to finish small shelter and perform minor repair on field 1.
  • Birdloop. Gate and kiosk construction in planning phase. Group is pulling weeds and planting native species.
  • Sammamish River Trail. Nothing to report.
  • All weather turf baseball fields. Will probably install outfield turf on field 1 and infield turf on field 2 in fall 2008.
  • Row club facility. Turned off water supply to the facility in November when a significant leak was discovered. Water bill for facility increased to $11,000/yr due to leak.
  • Dog wash. Operators have permits, and are looking for a contractor.
  • Tree replacement plan. Volunteer project planted 15 trees on 2/11 to replace trees that were removed during Arbor Seminar and wind storm. The SRA representative reported two problem trees in Marymoor West – one threatening the building and the other falling into the river. On-going tree replacement program remains a desire.
  • Park Signage. Sign for entrance road ordered to test program.
  • Velodrome building. No update. Had planned to start construction in the spring.
  • Pet Garden. Plan to finish project this spring. Scaled back arbor, wall cap and paving to facilitate completion. Additional priority items include gate on south side and bollard for road. First customer has been secured.
  • MacNair Irrigation. Project is nearly completed. Irrigation heads will be appropriate for use in a parking area.
  • Invasive/Noxious weed removal. Plan to use goats to remove blackberry vines. The service encloses a small herd of goats within an electric fence enclosure. Using as a test case for possible application in other areas within Marymoor as well as other parks. Will probably happen in March or April, depending on permits.

Parks Task Force Update – read progress summary provided via email by Michael Hobbs. Decision on possible levy due by the end of March.

Event Recap

  • Concert Series to be announced 4/15.
  • Other events summarized on back of agenda.
  • Proposed boat sale at recreation pad. Marymoor has been approached as the possible site of a boat sale. Upsides identified by Norah include: no potential for oil leakage, recreation oriented, minimal traffic impact, and good revenue for park. The attendees felt that the activity was still a sale, and therefore not really consistent with the park vision or activities. It was also considered precedent-setting, raising the prospect of used car sales and similar activities (which have also been proposed to parks staff by outside interests). Generally, there was no support for the boat sale proposal.


  • SRA submitted additional permit information to Redmond on 2/23. Phase I (utility work, site preparation) will hopefully happen in Spring/Summer 2007. A new left turn lane off W. Lake Sammamish Parkway will ideally happen early in the process. Phase II will not likely happen before 2008.
  • Gates into SRA area in Marymoor West haven’t been closed at night; Cars have been entering the area. Norah reminded SRA representative of SRA’s responsibility to close gates.
  • Wire controlled model planes group has approached the park again. There may be an event in late summer.

Next meeting, March 28, 2007.

These notes were made by Greg Helland, 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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