Friends of Marymoor Park

October 28th, 2009 Meeting Summary

-- see also the September 23, 2009 meeting summary

(Loss of battery power caused me to lose the last 2/3 of the notes.
I have attempted to reconstruct them, but my memory may have failed here or there)

  1. Introductions - Norah Gaynor (King County Parks), Michael Hobbs (Eastside Audubon, FOMP Secretary), Barbara Dickson (neighbor), Herb Bone (MAR/C), Greg Helland (FOMP President, SODA)

  2. Park Tree Inventory and Tree Master Plan - Greg asked for discussion of the merits of the plan, and ideas about how to fund it.  Some money may be coming to FOMP from a group at Microsoft.  The quoted cost of the project is about $6000 more than the current FOMP balance.

    Herb expressed general support.

    Barbara voiced concern about the cost, and she asked if there was any other organization who could give a competitive bid.  Greg has long thought that it would be a great project for a university program, but he has had no success in finding a school or professor willing to take it on.

    Michael made the point that this project is especially suited to FOMP, and that FOMP has not done a large project for several years.

    In terms of funding sources, the question of grants came up.  It may be possible to find some, and Greg was willing to approach some past partners.  However, FOMP is not terribly tapped into the grant network.   If anyone can assist with leads or ideas...
  3. East Entrance Safety - (see previous notes for a description of the issue).  Barbara contacted the City of Redmond to see about getting a stop sign at the problem intersection.  City of Redmond data does not show that there have been any significant accidents at the site that would justify action.  Norah, acting on recommendations, has had the speed bump at the east entrance repainted, and will have SLOW sign(s?) installed.
  4. CIP/Project Updates:
    1. BirdLoop - The 10/23/09 Microsoft volunteer day was dampened by the weather.  About 30 hardy volunteers did show up, however, to help in a revegetation project.
    2. Maintenance & Art Barn Roof Replacement -  Work scheduled to be finished 11/4.  Work was slower than expected, due to the labor--intensive installation required by the product.  There was also a fair amount of carpentry work necessary to replace rotted fascia, etc.  Norah reported that the barns will be repainted, hopefully in 2010.  She is coordinating with the Landmarks Commission to decide on colors.  Also pending are weatherization of the windows, possibly including the addition of storm windows.  They are also looking at a solution to the double problems of safety and security with the existing garage doors on the maintenance barn, and are investigating the possibility of installing a rolling steel door inside the existing garage doors.
    3. NE Marymoor Paving Work - Done.  Norah has requested that the center striping be extended over the eastern half of the park road.  Barbara suggested that they might paint SLOW at the entrance at the same time.
    4. Community Garden - The new kiosk has been installed, though there are still some work items.
    5. Electrical work - (See previous summaries).  Virtually done
    6. Garden Loosestrife Control Project - About one acre was treated with pesticides this fall.  Application will need to be repeated next year.  Frana is in the process for applying for a grant that might expand the program for next year.
    7. Picnic Shelter Roof Replacement - underway

 Next Meeting: 

Wednesday November 18, 2009 NOTE - THIRD WEDNESDAY - 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, and he will endeavor to correct them.


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