March 26th, 2008 Meeting Summary
-- see also the
January 23, 2008 meeting summary
1) In attendance
Norah Gaynor, KC Parks; Herb Bone, Marymoor
R/C Club; Barbara Dickson, neighbor and salmon watcher; Jack MacKinnon,
Community Gardens; Steve Isaac, Sammamish Rowing Club; Brain Vander
Stoop, Marymoor Velodrome Association.
2) Sammamish Rowing Association - Project Update
In the middle of the City of Redmond prep
process (currently at the mid-prep step) to get approval of the new
Redmond requires that trees be removed if
construction impinges within five feet of the drip line of any
construction. SRA is hoping to be able to use an arborist in an attempt
to save some of the trees that would otherwise have to come down.
The proposed boathouse site is in the buffer
of a class 1 wetland. Since building in the buffer puts the wetland at
severe risk, Redmond is requiring a mitigation that would include 1.0
acres of wetland creation, creating an artificial pond-like area, plus
almost 17 acres of wetland buffer enhancement. SRA is proposing to do
all of this mitigation within Marymoor, with about 8 acres total in
Marymoor West and 12 acres east of the East Meadow in the wild lands
south of the model airplane field. "Wetland creation" involves removing
a couple of feet of soil to create a local low area that will collect
water. "Wetland buffer enhancement" involves removal of non-native
species, and replanting with natives.
SRA has proposed to substitute stream
enhancement for some portion of the mitigation. There is a stream that
runs to the north of the Rowing Club which currently runs in a ditch all
the way from Lake Samm Parkway to the slough. It is a
salmon-bearing stream and has been previously identified as deserving
Jack asked about the wetland creation "pond"
- 2 to 3 feet of soil will be removed from the site; the Community
Gardens would love good, local top-soil, and if that's what would be
removed, they'd wish to have it.
If the project is accepted, mitigation work
will begin this fall.
3) Possible Sculpture Donation
A local sculptor has a sculpture he'd like
to donate. He has not yet provided a proposal, so discussion will have
to wait until another meeting.
4) Parking Fee Enforcement
Parks is working on an ordinance proposal
that they may send to King County council. It would allow Parks staff
to ticket parking fee violators. The fee might be in the range of $35,
with an appeals process, with a way to reduce the fee through quick
payment and/or other considerations. Parking ticket revenue would be
retained by Marymoor Park, but the primary goal is to increase purchase
of daily, monthly, and yearly parking permits. Beyond revenue
enhancement, this is also a matter of fairness to those who already pay.
Jack asked about whether there's some way to
enforce the restriction that only gardeners are supposed to park in the
garden lot. They have tried talking to non-gardeners that have tried
parking there, but often get less-than-civil responses. Norah didn't
have any great ideas, but she did suggest a locked gate, perhaps with a
push-button combination lock. That would be expensive, though.
5) Project Updates
Marymoor Connector Trail - Going to bid
soon. R/C field realignment in progress. Estimated trail construction:
July 1, 2008 - January 2009.
Ballfields 1&2 Multi-use Project - Bid
package nearly ready. Estimated construction August 1, 2008 - January
Both of these projects require some
mitigation due to wetland buffer infringement. The mitigation will be
along the east side of the slough north of the west entrance road all
the way up to SR-520.
Clise Electrical - still waiting on some
parts, so quite done yet.
Pet Garden - Norah has asked the contractor
to put some kind of barrier to close the gaps in the wall. Jack has
complained of dogs getting into the Pet Garden and then going through
the gaps in to the gardens. Paver installation is essentially complete,
except for a bit around the kiosk. The capstones still need to be
installed atop the wall. There is also planting still to be done
Birdloop - Jim Rettig, with East Lake
Washington Audubon Society, has proposed a shorter extention to the
boardwalk. A 300 foot extension was proposed and approved, however
elevation surveys have shown that only 104 feet is needed.
Velodrome building - The contractor is
almost done with the exterior. MVA will then finish the interior of the
building themselves. Once that work is complete, the temporary storage
containers can be removed. They hope to have the building finished by
6) Event/Activities Updates
Softball/Baseball games start April 1
Youth soccer starts April 7
Cirque du Soleil - set-up begins March 31.
Runs April 24-May 18
Concert-series parking fee will be $5/car
(new for 2008). Again, Marymoor Seasonal Pass holders park for free.
Wine Notes - the Woodinville wineries have
gotten together to put together a wine-tasting and entertainment event,
City of Redmond Health Fair, April 19th,
includes a walk-a-thon, which will be routed down the Sammamish River
Trail, looping down to Marymoor Park.
The subject of off-leash dogs outside the
off-leash area came up. Norah says that there has been some
enforcement, and it will continue on a periodic basis. Animal Control
has a small staff but can respond sometimes. Violators can be reported
by calling 206-296-PETS
If you buy your Concert-series tickets at
the Marymoor Park office, you can avoid some ticket-service fees, and
the ticket fees you do pay support Marymoor Park.
meeting, Wednesday, April 23, 2008.
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