Friends of Marymoor Park
August 28, 2013 Meeting Summary
1) Introductions - Norah Robinson, King County Parks; Greg Helland, FOMP President and SODA representative; Herb Bone, Marymoor R/C Club, FOMP Board; Katie Oakley, Treetime; Glenn Eades, Eastside Audubon; Michael Hobbs, Eastside Audubon, FOMP Secretary; Ollie Oliver, neighbor and Eastside Audubon.
2) Treetime - Katie Oakley - Treetime is the only recreational tree climbing company in the area. Tree Climbers International (based in Oregon – 30 years, a million climbers, no accidents) has developed climbing method that is safe for both the tree and the climbers. The ropes they use have a little give, and they use helmets, carabineers, etc. Katie’s business is to bring customers on-site and have them climb trees, under her supervision. She will bring in an arborist to annually certify each tree before climbing. Katie is very excited because there appear to be several great trees for climbing in the park. Her fee structure would be $20 per climber for an open climb. She’s proposing 10% would go to Marymoor Park. She thinks she’d be at Marymoor a few days a month for a couple of hours each time. She has insurance.
She’d like to identify about 4 trees that would be regular climbing trees. Each would be certified annually by the arborist. She’d also like to put around 6” of bark mulch under each of the trees. When actually climbing, she’d string a line around the ground at the drip line of the tree, to keep bystanders out, and to make it clear that it’s an official event and not just people out with ropes. She’d like to have a fairly regular schedule, as well as working with summer camps in the area.
In discussion, there seemed to be support for the concept within FOMP. Michael volunteered to help with identifying if birds are nesting in the specific trees.
3) Possible RV Sales Show - Norah floated a trial balloon here: Parks has been approached by an RV dealer who wants to have an RV sales show on the Event Pad on two weekends this fall. BOOOO. Parks management has the final decision, but the reaction from FOMP was decidedly not positive. There were feelings expressed that an RV sales show has no connection to the park, even tangentially, is in no way entertainment, nor does it provide a service for park users. Food venders are also commercial, but provide a service to park users. Definitely the same for the dog washing company. Cirque du Soleil and the concerts and movies at Marymoor are providing entertainment, and furthermore, Marymoor is a very pleasant venue for the concerts and movies. In contrast, the people at the meeting felt that an RV sales show would be better suited to any old parking lot outside the park.
4) CIP Project/Facility Updates:
5) Other - Events coinciding with the Hall & Oates concert combined to create havoc with traffic on West Lake Sammamish Parkway. Parks is working with City of Redmond to try to find solutions. One thing they’ll do in the future is to control ingress and egress in a more controlled fashion. This may mean that drivers will be restricted in the routes into and out of the park.
Next Meeting: September 25, 2013, 7:00 pm at the Art Barn
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