October 28th, 2010 Meeting Summary
-- see also the
September 22, 2010 meeting summary
Anne Lipe (King County Parks), Jack MacKinnon (Marymoor
Community Gardener's Association), Christina Merten (MCGA, FOMP Board), Michael Hobbs
(Eastside Audubon, FOMP Secretary)
Park Tree Inventory and Plan - Field activities were completed by
EarthCorps. They inventoried a total of 3903 trees according to
the preliminary count. Once the field season is over, (January 2011), they will perform data
analysis and will write their plan. Ella has presented FOMP with
an invoice for ~$8000 for work completed so far.
Greg moved that FOMP should pay
the EarthCorps bill, Christina seconded, and the measure passed
Greg will try to get Ella back to a FOMP meeting in
Christina has been in contact with a landscape architect, looking for
likely tree species to plant in the Historic District.
3. Nomination of Marymoor Park as a site on the Puget
Loop birding trail map - Audubon Washington is completing the 7th
and final loop that together comprise
Washington State Birding Trail. The Puget loop will cover the
greater Seattle area, Whidbey Island, the San Juans, part of Jefferson
County, Kitsap County, and Pierce County including Mt. Rainier.
Eastside Audubon has nominated Marymoor Park to be one of the listed
sites on the Puget Loop.
Marymoor is, in many ways, an ideal site for the map, especially after
the projects completed by Eastside Audubon to provide kiosks, signs, and
trails for birders. A listing on the Birding Trail map would
likely draw birdwatchers to the park, including many from out of state.
A sign would be installed to designate the Birding Trail site.
King County Parks would have to grant permission for Marymoor to be
listed on the map.
CIP / Project Updates:
at Wash Spot: An electric meter has been installed at Wash
Spot to allow better billing for electrical usage of the facility. It
will be in service soon.
Drainage Pipe in Lot D: An extended drainage pipe was being
installed in Lot D to better drain the area next to the paved entrance to
the lot. Grading of Lot D and Lot G will occur as soon as the rains
let up and they dry a bit - probably in early November.
Topping Urban Forest
Habitat Trees: Snags in snag row are falling down.
The most recent one that fell was near the east end of snag row, and it fell
across one of the paths connecting Lot G with fields 7-8-9. A second
snag was pushed over by the county crew attending to the first. The County is concerned about the possibility of injury, and they are
planning to shorten some/most of the snags. Greg argued for keeping
snags as tall as possible.
County brush cutting along river in Marymoor West: Brush
cutting along the west edge of the slough, as required by the Corps of
Engineers, as been completed. Rather than hauling the brush out, brush
piles have been left as habitat.
Loosestrife Control Project: Spraying is completed for the
year. Sprayed plants are dead and brown. The site will be monitored
next year to evaluate the efficacy of this year's spraying
Community Gardens Projects: MCGA planted shrubs to block
the openings in the wall of the Pet Memorial Garden, though there is still
an open gap at the southern end of the wall.
MCGA held their fall clean-up on October 23.
As of the week of the FOMP meeting, the Community Gardens had donated
5700 lbs. plus of produce for HopeLink. These fresh vegetables were
grown in the HopeLink plot at the garden, and by tenants who participated in
the Grow-A-Row project, growing a row of vegetables for HopeLink.
Especially in these hard economic times, this huge donation has been a big
Project Update – Phase 1 work (utilities and grading) has been mostly
completed. Access is again open along the original path down to the
boathouse. The temporary trail on the north edge of the project has
been closed while they do habitat mitigation work in that area. The
next phase will involve a large pipe replacement and other work associated
with the widening of West Lake Sammamish Parkway. SRA is actively
fundraising to try to pay for fu\ture phases of construction.
h. Safety light at Soccer Fields 1-4 - the safety light
that was installed last year has been acting wonky (switching itself off
inappropriately). Valley Electric will work on during the first week
Gutter maintenance and tree limbing – scheduled for the first
week of November, along with ongoing "falling leaf maintenance"
Saturday, November 6. Final SODA work party of the year,
focusing on trail resurfacing
Lake Washington Youth Soccer - playoffs occurring now -
season ends November 14
Anne mentioned that revenue from parking, including passes, meters,
and fines, is up by 32% over 2009, providing desperately needed
revenue to the park. This illustrates the effectiveness of
THURSDAY November 18, 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