August 25th, 2010 Meeting Summary
-- see also the
July 28, 2010 meeting summary
Norah Gaynor (King County Parks), Herb Bone (MAR/C, FOMP
Board), Jack MacKinnon (Marymoor Community Gardener's Association),
Allison Brucker (MCGA), Christina Merten (MCGA, FOMP Board), Michael Hobbs
(Eastside Audubon, FOMP Secretary), Greg Helland (SODA, FOMP President),
Ella Elman (EarthCorps, Eastside Audubon)
Park Tree Inventory and Plan - The tree inventory will encompass the
Historic District, the Active Zone, and parts of the Passive Zone
(specifically, most of the Dog Area, and the area north of the Dog Area)
EarthCorps will visit each tree, identify its species, measure its
height and diameter, make a general assessment of it's health, and mark
it's location using GPS. During the winter, EarthCorps will
develop a tree plan that will consider current tree conditions and
numbers, and natural regeneration or lack thereof. A landscape
architect will be brought it to consult.
Greg, after having talked with the state, reiterated that all of the
work, and all of the paperwork, must be completely by June 30, 2011.The
state would also like billing to be handled on a quarterly basis.
Ella will send a work schedule to the Board, and has invited people to
join them on their monitoring.
3. Sammamish Transition Zone Mowing - August
26-September 1. As per the usual directions from the Corps of
Engineers (ostensibly as part of flood control) the area along the
slough, stretching north from the weir for approximately 200 yards, will
be mowed. This year, the west bank will be mowed. They
always leave a very narrow strip of vegetation along the actual
CIP / Project Updates:
BirdLoop: A new Barn Owl nest box will replace the old one near
the concert venue. It will be placed on a tree near where the existing
box is hung. The existing box will be taken down. It's hoped that the
survival rate will be higher with the new box and box placement.
b. Maintenance and Art Barn Renovation –
exterior painting is temporarily on hiatus as resources are shifted to
another county project. It will resume when that other project is
c. NE Marymoor Way Paving Work - Work order in for
centerline painting. Hopefully will be completed this summer.
e. Garden Loosestrife Control Project –
EarthCorps got a grant from King County to survey and map the infestation of
Garden Loosestrife, an invasive yellow flower, prior to control efforts.
This will allow an assessment of the efficacy of the control methodology.
EarthCorps found that the infestation covers 23 acres, which is less area
than was believed. However, the infestation is severe, with
approximately 100 stems per square meter in places.
They also did some surveying of other species in the area, so that they can
measure any negative effects on species other than loosestrife. Ella
noted that, especially in the more isolated areas, there is also a lot of
Michael remarked that previous efforts at controlling Purple Loosestrife had
seemed to allow increased infestation by Garden Loosestrife. Ella made
the point that, where large areas are denuded by pesticides, large-scale
planting of native wetland species would be imperative. Otherwise, the
treated area would lilkely be taken over by such species as Reed-Canary
g. Pet Garden - Gardeners Association will plant shrubs
to block openings in the fall On August 27, a volunteer work party
from Expedia will pull weeds in the Pet Garden. 35 people are
expected. They will return on September 10, either to complete work at
the garden, or somewhere else in the park.
Sammamish Rowing Association boat house – Grading and utility work
is underway. Half of the parking lot, and the entire access path are
closed for construction. A path has been mowed through the meadow
north of the ponds to allow pedestrian access to the old boathouse during
construction. Much or all of the tree removal has been completed, and
some of the mitigation work has commenced.
i. East Lake Sammamish Trail - Greg brought in a
copy of the Record of Decision, a determination by the federal, state, and
county governments. The Preferred Option was chosen, which Greg
believes calls for the trail to follow the rail corridor. This
determination will allow further development of the trail to proceed.
j. Stage Seating Area - Evaluation of asphalt path
vs. full hard surface. New chair racks with larger tires are making a
big difference in chair set-up. Norah has also been acquiring chairs
with larger legs, less likely to fall into holes. Anti-mole treatment
has cut down on holes.
Note that the Sammamish Kennel Club dates have been
revised. In some earlier event schedules, the dates were
wrong. SKC will be holding their event August 26-29.
To accommodate the AKC event, the Slavic Festival has been moved
to the Concert Venue.
As part of this, LOT D WILL BE CLOSED ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 28.
This is the South Lot, the main Dog Area lot.
Cirque du Soleil - May return to Marymoor as early as
A few events were rained out recently and were rescheduled into
September. See the Events page for details.
One of the FOMP Board members, Christina, will be taking a class
Wednesday nights for most of the next year. So we're
considering changing the day of our monthly FOMP meetings.
Board members and others interested in attending the meetings can
email Michael (BirdMarymoor AT gmail.com) with days of the week
that could / could not work for them. He will try to find the
best day. Thursday has been suggested. Meetings would
still be held during the 4th week of the month - it's just the day
of the week that might change.
Wednesday September 22, 2010, 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