September 24, 2014 Meeting
-- 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 Curiosities. The show is
scheduled to open on January 29th. Setup will precede that
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
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
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:
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
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