February 25th, 2009 Meeting Summary
-- see also the
January 28, 2009 meeting summary
Attendees: Greg, Christina, Jenny (Parametrix)
Norah, Herb, Tony, Steve (SRA)
East Lake Sammamish Trail – presentation by Jenny from
Parametrix (last minute replacement)
- Overall intent of the trail did not change from
- 178 comments received to draft EIS – majority
approved. Those opposed were more focused on how to make the trail system
safe (similar to concerns expressed about Burke Gilman)
- Originally envisioned 5 phases
- 2008 Phase: 30% design for entire trail and complete
portion in Redmond
- 2009: construct trail segment in Redmond (roughly
from park to N. side of 520), complete design for Issaquah segment
- 2010: construct segment in Issaquah, complete design
for Sammamish and south
- 2011: construct south Sammamish segment and finish
balance of design
- 2012: finish construction
- Funding may require breaking project into additional
- Federal involvement (FHWA) has caused delays to
- Advertisement for construction can’t start until Fed
funding has been realized – hope to advertise in May
- Risks to project schedule from appeals, political
change, increased project costs
- FEIS expected to be issued in April 2009
- Several other projects (some related) will be
starting near east end of park in next 6-8 months – trail construction
coordination will be paramount. Likely to have overall congestion impact.
- Updates provided on KC website (Jenny or Norah to
Sammamish Rowing Association (SRA)
- King Co lead entity for the permit application
- Marymoor staff were apparently not up to date either
on permit process
- Questions from FOMP came up largely due to lack of
- Requested extension to allow time to review/comment
on application. Comment period runs through next week.
- Rowing association questions why the concern was
raised at all, given earlier information provided to group.
- Last presentation was believed to have been in March,
2008. Application materials submitted to Redmond are not substantively
different from what was presented at March 2008 meeting.
- 1995 wetland map showed area south of existing
boathouse was not considered wetland. Original basis for permit application
was 1995 delineation map.
- Pursued initial permits under this premise.
- Had separate, recent delineation performed by
Watershed Company. New data indicated area south of boathouse was not
eligible for construction. Area north of boathouse also contained small
wetland areas that would limit construction opportunities.
- Slightly elevated area east of boathouse existed
after the remediation activities, and was identified by Watershed Co. as
- Large cottonwood trees adjacent to proposed pad were
targeted by Redmond as trees that needed to be removed due to proximity to
construction site. Separate arborist report commissioned by SRA indicated
trees were healthy and should be able to survive construction.
- Submitted application documents through Redmond’s
“Prep” process, which allows applicant to vet technical information in
advance of formal application. Process worked well, per Rowing Association,
as allowed for a more iterative process for technical review.
- Mitigation was required by Redmond to be performed
within City limits, precluding mitigation in other parts of Marymoor (part
of King Co.). All mitigation will be performed in Marymoor West. • Submitted
for conditional use permit and shoreline permit in mid-Jan. Now in public
- Re: size of parking lot compared to size of building:
highest use is mid to late afternoon when Juniors program is practicing.
Ultimate bottleneck is the size of the dock and the ability to accommodate
greater number of juniors. Have no intent to expand juniors program.
Therefore, parking lot size will not increase.
- Do, however, expect increase in other programs and
private boat storage and use, but these programs/individuals don’t use the
facility during the peak period.
- Rowing association would like to see FOMP support of
overall project expressed at public hearing (Monday, April 6). Michael is
party of record for notice.
- Mitigation monitoring runs for five years. Monitoring
period starts when certificate of occupancy is granted by City of Redmond.
- Old boathouse will be razed. Pad will remain and will
be used for outside storage of launches.
- Road also has to be widened in sections to comply
with Fire access requirements.
- Project also includes turn lane on W. Lk Sam Pkwy.
- Long-term Redmond plan includes acquiring
approximately 40 feet of park land along Parkway to accommodate road
widening and adjacent bike trail. Will eventually impact rowing club parking
lot, but date uncertain.
- FOMP requested copies of mitigation monitoring
reports once monitoring starts.
Microsoft Earth Day Projects (April 22)
- Expect approximately 400 employees to work in park on
areas including birdloop, re-leaf and misc locations with invasive weeds.
- Park portion of Marymoor Connector Trail
is open. Plantings have started. Will also, gradually, replace aged cherry
trees in road median.
- Ballfields largely finished. A few punchlist
items left to do, but fields will be open for use on 3/1.
- Pet Garden. No progress, so cookies provided
to the group. MCGA would like fencing completed within next couple of months
to limit dog access to fresh compost.
- Birdloop: Preliminary work done on the
boardwalk extension during work party 2/14. Planning another work party
Saturday, Feb. 28, to build the first section of the boardwalk. Plans
underway to use the help of Microsoft employees on Earth Day, April 22, to
complete the boardwalk.
- Clise: Dented fixture replaced. Other punch
list work in progress, should be all finished by next meeting.
- East Lake Sammamish Trail. See item 1. Will
leave on agenda for future updates.
- Roof Replacement: should happen this summer
with recycled or composite product. Structural assessment indicates barn is
in good condition with minimal updates required.
- Stage seating area: want hard surface to make
set-up easier. Gravel surface with plastic grid surface hasn’t been very
effective, and grid has aged beyond useful life. Parks doesn’t believe
gravel surface alone would be suitable. Porous concrete or asphalt is being
considered. Entire area is approximately 12,000 ft sq., and accommodates
1700 chairs. With stage now a permanent feature, pad in front is also
desired. Working on estimate for probable cost and exploring permit
requirements. Went from 1000 to 1700 chairs in 2008. FOMP requested drawing
to better evaluate scale of additional paved area.
- Parks incorporating final comments. Herb requested
minor modification related to coloring on R/C flying area.
- Core GIS (contractor) was paid half of overage from
original project budget. Balance of funds will be pursued through Parks.
- Many new entries compared to last month. Norah to
provide updated list for posting to FOMP site.
- Cirque du Soleil probably in June/July/early Aug
2010. Hasn’t yet been confirmed, but highly likely.
- USGA Senior open will overlap end of Cirque. Parking
will be a premium
- Turnaround near MCGA still in Karl’s court. Will work
with Jack re: details
- Missing sign in MCGA parking lot on order
Meeting adjourned at 9:12.
Thanks to Greg Helland for these
notes. Please contact Greg if you have questions about them.
If changes to these notes are required, please contact Michael Hobbs at
meeting, Wednesday, March 25, 2009
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