July 22nd, 2009 Meeting Summary
-- see also the
June 24, 2009 meeting summary
Norah Gaynor (King County Parks), Greg Helland (SODA, FOMP
President), Jack MacKinnon (Marymoor
Community Gardeners Association), Christina Merten (Marymoor Community
Gardeners Association, FOMP Board), Michael Hobbs (Eastside Audubon,
FOMP Secretary), Barbara
- CIP/Project Updates:
- Pet Garden – Norah has
found a contractor to get the archeological survey work done before the
last gates can be installed, but is still wading through paperwork.
- Birdloop – Boardwalk
extension almost finished; next work party scheduled for August 8.
Habitat restoration work is also underway. Eastside Audubon is
requesting a small maintenance shed to be installed somewhere along the
East Meadow edge.
- Boathouse Project
– Conditional use permit has been granted. Phase 1 may start in
- East Lake Sammamish Trail –
- Maintenance & Art Barn Roof
Replacement – Work scheduled for August (delayed from July). Staging will be
on the west lawn of the maintenance barn.
- NE Marymoor Way - Road overlay
work to be done in August, west entrance
- Community Garden –
Expansion complete New
kiosk project by Eagle Scout in progress. Will recycle and
refurbish the old surplus RV kiosk to replace the existing bulletin
- Electrical Work - Some
solar parking fee stations are being converted to electric (less
maintenance, more reliable and faster service). Lights are being
added to fee stations in areas of scheduled evening use (esp. near
athletic fields near the tennis courts and velodrome). Security
light to be installed at turf soccer complex entrance. Work is in
progress - Lot B machines have been upgraded.
- Garden Loosestrife Control
Project - Some spraying to start next week. 2010 grant
pre-application was submitted June 30. Eastside Audubon, Marymoor
Community Gardeners, and FOMP are on-board. A meeting will be set
for late-August to discuss final grant application, due September 30.
- Parking Fee Violation Penalty
– Tickets are now being issued for non-payment. Almost 300 tickets
have been issued so far. Pass sales have been higher this summer than last
- New Concessions:
Two new concessions have been approved by KC Parks: A Mexican food
mobile taqueria, Sundays only, at the Soccer complex; and a caricature
artist near the off-leash area (intermittent)
- Greg Helland answered an email from a Mr. D. R., who wrote to the Board expressing dissatisfaction with the
concert venue, event pad, and other matters that have occurred as part
of the revenue-generation program at Marymoor. Greg's response
indicated that FOMP meetings are probably the best way for concerned
citizens to express these views. Greg noted that there had been
many discussions at FOMP meetings in which views similar to those that had been expressed
in the email. Finally, Greg invited the emailer to attend FOMP meetings.
- Greg asked if anyone had been able to attend the
University of Washington Restoration Ecology Network symposium in June.
Both Christina and Michael had expressed interest, but neither had been
able to attend. Greg also remembered that Michael had sent out a
link to Seattle Urban Nature,
Greg expressed interest in (and frustration with past attempts at)
getting some assistance with a tree plan for Marymoor, as well as help
with ecological restoration projects. Things to be pursued
in the future...
- Marymoor Park Map wins national award:
Matt Stevenson, who was the designer of the Marymoor Park map,
attended the ESRI User Conference (ESRI is the company makes the GIS
technology that Matt used to create the map).
The new Marymoor Park
map, which Matt worked on, won an award. Follow this link for more
- Michael Hobbs mentioned some of the raptor nests at Marymoor this
year. Bald Eagles, in their (hidden from view) nest in the
southeast corner of the park, fledged three young this year.
The visible Bald Eagle nest in the cottonwood forest near the boardwalk,
was again apparently unused this year. The Osprey nest near the
velodrome has two almost full-grown babies. The Barn Owl nest box
between the mansion and the concert stage had one baby, who was last
seen fully-feathered in the maple near the nest box last week. The
Red-tailed Hawk nest on the old snag just southwest of the west entrance
to the park, was raided by a Bald Eagle this spring, and apparently the
baby bird(s?) were killed. Michael did not know the nesting
success at the other two Red-tailed Hawk nests that are located near the
Wednesday August 26, 2009 7:00 – 9:00pm. Marymoor Art Barn.
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