September 28th, 2011 Meeting Summary
-- see also the
August 25, 2011 meeting summary
Welcome and Introductions - Norah
Gaynor, King County Parks; Herb Bone, FOMP board, MAR/C; Christina Merten, FOMP board, MCGA;
Michael Hobbs, Eastside Audubon, FOMP Secretary
Day of Caring Tree Planting Projects -
About 150 volunteers took part in the Day of
Caring. One of the projects was planting trees in the Willowmoor Historic
district. About 12-15 trees, comprising western red cedar, vine maple, doug
fir, noble fir, were planted. These were scattered in clumps around the
district, 2-4 trees at each site. Other groups of volunteers did weeding
across large areas of the park. Norah listed a long series of other areas
that need work (there’s lots of weeding to be done). Christina also
mentioned the acres of blackberries and Scott’s Broom in the large wedge
that separates the NW edge of the Dog Area from the Historic District as
being a place where trees and shrubs could be planted. Jack mentioned that
some gardeners have requested some shade trees be planted in the triangle
southwest of the Community Gardens themselves. Christina is still planning
on preparing a spreadsheet based on a review the EarthCorps report
to develop direction and guidance for planting projects.
Concessions – New food (Indian
inspired) concession near Velodrome opened, but with an irregular schedule.
New pet grooming service near Wash Spot..
Birdloop – The survey stakes
marked out a 200 foot buffer (originally a 250’ buffer had been
proposed), which was the compromise Michael had been asking for.
[Michael mowed a new trail alignment on 2011-09-29, routing the trail to
avoid the overlap area. That section of trail is quite uneven
footing, and some additional work will be needed to make the trail
Garden Loosestrife Control Project –
Spraying done early September for Year 2, in the study area
east of the boardwalk. EarthCorps surveys showed limited effect from last
years’s spraying, but Karl’s group felt there was progress being made. More
drastic actions might be needed for this infestation, however.
Community Garden – Jack
expressed his thanks for the installation of the compost/mulch bins.
There was some concern that they may become target sites for dumping,
and possibly already have, as some wood chips appeared there
unexpectedly. Signage and education with the gardeners should help
clarify the purposes and acceptable uses of these bins.
Boathouse Project – No
http://sammamishrowing.org/newboathouse for more details.
Lake Sammamish Trail – Redmond section closed. Construction on parking lot
and trail in progress, with completion scheduled for March, 2012.
Issaquah section construction to begin October, 2011, with a scheduled
completion date of October, 2012. Sammamish sections will proceed
Interpretive Lot (Lot G) Improvements – No
Paved Path Improvements – grounds crew will pack soil on shoulders and
seed to reduce “curb” effect some areas have now.
North Playground –
Norah presented some draft designs for the playground expansion north of
the North Lot (near Subway). The tot playground would have a
toddler-safe climbing structure, and would be located east-northeast of
the existing play area, with a paved path separating the two.
Parks is also interested in installing some exercise equipment for
adults as part of this project, with the idea that parents could
exercise while watching their children play (though the equipment would
be for the use of anyone). Three different siting option were
proposed; one option would be to place them along a path a few yards
north of the tot play area. A second option would place them
around the edges of the new tot play area. The third option would
place them just across the new paved path from the tot area.
Christina and Michael gave support for third option, which would
allow parents to be close enough to watch their children, while not
excluding other adults. Also, the third option would make it clear
that the adult equipment was not intended for toddler use, whereas the
option of having them around the edges of the tot area might lead to
toddlers wanting to climb on them. Improvements and some
repairs/updates to existing playground scheduled for Fall 2011.
Next Meeting: Wednesday, September 28, 7 PM, Art Barn.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and he will endeavor to