Friends of Marymoor Park
March 28th, 2012 Meeting Summary
1. Welcome and Introductions:
2. New Parking Pass Options:
3. CIP/Project/Facility Updates: Norah Gaynor, Parks
a. Birdloop – A colony of Great Blue Herons have amazingly decided to build their “heronry” at one of the busiest intersections of the Dog Park near the Main Beach. This is very exciting as they have not nested at Marymoor in at least the last 20 years. After discussions with Parks and a representative from the Audubon Society, the SODA group have put up some appropriate closure fencing and informational signage around the heron nesting site. The temporary closure of the area around the “heronry” is intended to protect people and dogs from the potentially unsavory conditions below and around the nests. Heron “droppings” are an issue as they fly in and out of their nests. Especially once the young are hatched and growing, they will be defecating out of their nests. There will probably also be fish parts chucked out of the nests, as well as the possibility (sorry to say) of some dead heron babies coming down out of the trees. The area under and around the nests will become somewhat messy and unsanitary as the breeding season progresses. We all need to accommodate these herons – the heronry is protected by federal law.
An Eagle Scout has proposed, as his project, to help install split rail around the reconfigured dump piles just east of the Interpretive Lot (Lot D). He's aiming for late-Spring to Summer. If the reconfiguring happens before he's ready, temporary web fencing will be thrown up. Dump pile reconfiguring will happen when the weather gets just right.
b. Boathouse project - http://sammamishrowing.org/newboathouse Steel framing is complete. The roof is being installed, and walls are beginning to take shape..
c. Community Gardens - MCGA has installed 6 chickadee/wren boxes in Snag Row adjacent to the gardens.
MCGA is going to donate 2 hanging flower baskets for the park office. Last year, the hanging baskets were STOLEN ON MOTHER'S DAY! MCGA has devised a hard-to-steal hanging system for the new baskets.
MCGA is still planning on how to redo the paths through the garden. Norah suggested that they try out some different methods before doing the whole thing. Norah also said that excavating down to allow a thick layer of hogs fuel to be placed without raising the height of the path surface would probably trigger a very expensive grading permit requirement, since the amount of soil excavated would be large, and the garden is in the floodplain.
d. Interpretive Lot (Lot G) Improvements – Some drain work was implemented at the west end that should help that area stay freer of puddles. The lot was subsequently regraded.
e. North playground – Improvement scheduled for Spring(?) 2012. Some updates/repairs to exiting play equipment will be done at the same time as the addition of a tot-section, and the installation of adult fitness equipment. Norah raised a possible concern that the fitness equipment is designed to be surface-mounted on concrete pads, and whether we felt this might be a safety concern. After more discussion, the FOMP members felt that this would not be an issue. The tot-section will be surrounded by a paved path, and the fitness equipment will be mounted on the far side of that path. So the presence of concrete there should not cause any additional risk than is already posed by the path.
Next Meeting: Wednesday April 25, 2012, 7pm Marymoor Art Barn
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