Friends of Marymoor Park

May 26th, 2011 Meeting Summary

-- see also the April 28, 2011 meeting summary


Norah Gaynor (King County Parks), Christina Merten (FOMP Board Member, Marymoor Community Gardener's Association),  Michael Hobbs (Eastside Audubon, FOMP Secretary), Jack MacKinnon (Marymoor Community Gardener’s Association)

Tree Survey Update Report –

The Tree Plan open house was not well attended; only about 5 people showed up. No changes resulted from the comments.

Christina suggested that if Greg has made sure that the current version of  the report contains the updates based on the last 2 FOMP meetings, then it should be good to go.

Norah advised us that KC Parks requested one clarification and one change. The clarification was that the survey was not a wetlands delineation survey. The change was regarding the strip of land north/northeast of the event pad (between the pad and SR-520, and extending a bit west to the defined wetland mitigation area); that land is currently not regarded as wetland and has been mowed, etc. On the maps in the report, that area had been shown as part of the mitigation wetland.

[ Greg has since confirmed with Ella that all requested changes have been made, and has directed Ella to finalize and distribute the document. ]

CIP/Project Updates:

1)      Birdloop – Eastside Audubon is working to complete their tool shed in the East Meadow.

2)      NE Marymoor Way Paving – Centerline repainting in the eastern part of the park has been completed.

3)      Garden Loosestrife – Personnel from KC Parks, KC Noxious Weed Control, and EarthCorps had a meeting.  Surveys of the 2010 treatment area will be done as soon as plants are visible (and water levels recede); further control plans will be assessed after the surveys.  Probably surveying will have to wait until mid-summer due to unprecedented seasonal high water levels in Lake Sammamish.

KC Noxious Weed Control also wants to set up a long-term study site where they can try a variety of control methods. The proposed site is in the SE portion of the park, in an area usually inaccessible. They would be trying a variety of chemical and other control methods to try and find a suitable solution. Michael raised concerns that there has been an active Bald Eagle nest somewhere in that area. Norah has offered to arrange a site visit for any interested parties.

4)      Community Garden – Their big clean-up project was a big success.

5)      Boathouse Project – See update:  Turn lane extension paving is scheduled for sometime in June; they need 5 warm days without rain, and that just hasn't happened.

6)      East Lake Sammamish Trail – The Redmond section has been, or will soon be closed for paving.  Construction on the parking lot and trail should start soon.

7)      Interpretive Lot (Lot G) Improvements – No additional news

8)      Paved Path – work is in progress on repairing/replacing the old "par course" trail.  A new drain is also being installed at the entrance to Turf Fields 1-4, where a large puddle often forms.  Clise path repairs will be scheduled soon.

9)      North Playground – Improvements to the playground next to the Subway shop are scheduled for the summer of 2011.  Some updates/repairs to the existing play equipment will be performed.  If there is funding available, there will possibly be an addition of a "Tot" section; the current playground is aimed at the 6-12 year old group, the new section would be targeting the 3-5 year olds.  Improved accessibility will be part of any changes made.  A Design Draft should be available for review at the next FOMP meeting.


  • Christina mentioned that FEIS for Link Light Rail will be out in July for the portion through Marymoor. We should have it as an agenda item next month.

  • Christina also mentioned that the class she was taking, which nudged us to shift FOMP meetings from Wednesdays to Thursdays, has ended.  For next month's agenda: Should FOMP meetings move back to Wednesdays (or another day of the week)?

  • Michael mentioned that there has been concern about model airplanes flying over the East Meadow, and passing over the heads of people walking the Meadow Loop trail.  Norah will arrange a meeting between Jack, from MAR/C, and Michael, from Eastside Audubon, to discuss this possible safety issue.

 Next Meeting:  Thursday June 22, 2011, 7:00 – 9:00pm. Marymoor Art Barn.  x

These notes 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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