Friends of Marymoor Park

September 24, 2014 Meeting Summary

-- see also the July 23, 2014  meeting summary 

1) Introductions: Norah Robinson, King County Parks; Michael Hobbs, Eastside Audubon, FOMP Secretary; Greg Helland, FOMP President, SODA representative; Ollie Oliver, birdwatcher and neighbor;

2) Norah announced that Cirque du Soleil will be returning in January/February, 2015, with their show, Kurios, Cabinet of CuriositiesThe show is scheduled to open on January 29th.  Setup will precede that throughout January.  

She also gave a brief summary of the successful Komen for the Cure event, held at Marymoor in September.

3) CIP/Project/Facility Updates

a) Birdloop: Eastside Audubon packed gravel into some of the holes in the paved path, and that should help keep people safe while walking the trail. EAS and noxious weed specialist KC Troy will meet to discuss strategy, 10 a.m. Thursday October 2.

There was a discussion about Capital Projects funding, in reference to the boardwalk replacement.  KC Parks somewhat insulated from funding issues because of the Parks Levy, but KC budget is continually shrinking, and this will effect capital projects and anything that requires other departments' assistance.

b) Community Gardens: ADA spaces and beds complete except for signs and striping, and a fence to protect the beds from cars driving the track that runs along the north edge of the gardens.

c) Lot B Drainage: Lot B grading has paused but will resume at a later time. Norah believes it will be completed before Cirque in January

d) Sammamish River Transition Zone: Mowing of the Transition Zone was scheduled to be done in late September.  Greg gave a report on

h) Clise Mansion repairs: There is some funding in the 2015-2016 funding cycle for the Clise Mansion. Window repairs may take first priority, so there may or may not be money available to upgrade the kitchen. Glenn posed the question as to whether itís worth maintaining Clise Mansion. Norah noted that itís a Historic Landmark building, and we had a good discussion of the situation. The kitchen improvements should make it easier to find a management company willing to handle hall rental and catering.

i) Concert Venue: Roof renovation design concept going to the Landmarks commission. The existing tent roof would be replaced by a slanted shed roof (low in the back), similar in look to the WashSpot building next door. The roof structure would require replacement of the corner vertical girders. The existing ones are surface mounted. The replacements would be piles anchored in the ground.

Here are Norah's sketches of the proposal:

2) Other

Michael complained about there being no access to the restroom that is inside the concert venue on days without concerts.  Previously, there would be temporary fencing which allowed the gates to be open, allowing people to use the restroom, but this year that isn't happening.  Norah said something could probably be done.  Michael stressed the importance of this, as there are only three real restrooms in the park, so to close one for the entirety of the busy summer season seems unreasonable.

Laura and others complained about portapotty conditions. This is apparently an ongoing issue, and Parks is quite interested in reports of bad situations as they work on sanitary contracts.

Next Meeting: August 27, 2014, at the 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, and he will endeavor to correct them.


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