February 25, 2015 Meeting
-- see also the
January, 2015 meeting summary
1) Introductions: Norah Robinson, King
County Parks; Greg Helland, FOMP President, SODA representative;
Michael Hobbs, Eastside
Audubon, FOMP Secretary; Herb Bone, MAR/C, Glenn Eades, Eastside Audubon and
Oliver, birdwatcher and neighbor;
2) New Festival –
September 2015, probably 2nd or 3rd weekend, but that is
still very, very much in the air.
Parks is seeking an Event Production Company to assist in
developing a new community event to take place at Marymoor Park.
RFP deadline was 2/24. This new festival could be reminiscent of
the Heritage Festival, updated to the 21st century. Norah
believes there were one or more responses to the RFP, and
hopefully an agreement will be reached with one of them.
The event would combine local foods and crafts, local
agriculture and sustainable living and would be geared towards a
demographic reflective of King County's population. The
themes of this event will encompass sustainability topics, the
local farm to table movement, crafting, demonstrations, hands-on
activities, and entertainment for both adults and children.
Greg’s response: “Fabulous”, and suggested workshops such as
an arborist tree-care and pruning workshop. He also mentioned
that SODA ran the beer garden for the last Heritage Festivals,
and that might be a possibility again as it was a great
fundraiser for them.
3) CIP/Project/Facility Updates
a) Birdloop – the question of trail surface has
resurfaced. The question is whether to replace the asphalt
with new asphalt, or with compacted gravel sharps. Michael
asked about ADA accessibility of gravel, and Norah stated
that as long as it is maintained well, it is fine for ADA.
The downside of gravel is that regular maintenance is
required. Gravel would also require an edging material –
wood? Something else? Recycled plastic boarders? Michael
mentioned that most gravel trails are noisy to walk on,
which is a problem for birdwatchers listening for birds.
Michael also mentioned that the area floods under extreme
conditions (at least twice in the last 20 years). He asked
if the gravel surface would be destroyed if it were
submerged under a foot of water for a week. Norah is still
leaning towards asphalt.
Norah and Parks engineers have done some inspections of
the boardwalk. They really liked the extension that Eastside
Audubon built, and were very interested in the deck surface
material. We discussed whether railings were desirable or
required, and so on. Boardwalks in other parks were brought
up and discussed. We eventually decided that the engineers
can figure this stuff out. MyNorthwest.com discussion about
enforcement of dog rules.
Michael brought up the idea of switching to a permanent
fence around the heronry. The herons are using the heronry
about 8 months a year, and are already bringing lots of
sticks to build nests. Greg will talk to the Trockles about
it. Split rail would probably be sufficient. We noted that
SODA-installed split rail, backed with mesh, seems to last
better than split-rail installed by others, and not backed
b) Marymoor West and Boathouse project – a new
gate will be installed at the top of the drive to restrict
vehicle access. County rebuilt dock, replacing the interior
floats and the deck surface. c) Sammamish River Transition
Zone – Public meeting Saturday, March 14, 10-noon to present
preferred alternatives. Location will be announced later.
c) Sammamish River Transition Zone – Public
meeting Saturday, March 14, 10-noon to present preferred
Redmond Senior Center
8703 160th Avenue NE
Redmond, WA 98052
Please join the
Willowmoor Project team for a second public meeting
about the work being done to address existing flood
control and habitat issues on the Sammamish River at its
outlet from Lake Sammamish in King County’s Marymoor
The meeting will focus on the project's progress,
outcomes of the ongoing
Stakeholder Advisory Committee process and next
Staff will review the design alternatives being
considered for the transition zone to maintain or
improve flood and lake level control and water
quality and habitat conditions.
Following a presentation, project team members will
be available to answer questions and cover upcoming
If you are a Marymoor Park user, Sammamish river or lake
recreational user, neighbor or property owner, or are
interested in salmon recovery, flood-risk reduction or
habitat restoration, please attend this meeting.
More information about the project and the Stakeholder
Advisory Committee process is available on the
Willowmoor Project web page or contact Craig Garric
Next Meeting: March 25, 2015,
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 email@example.com,
and he will endeavor to correct them.