Friends of Marymoor Park
October 28, 2015 Meeting Summary
1) Introductions Norah Robinson, King County Parks; Greg Helland, FOMP President, SODA representative; Michael Hobbs, Eastside Audubon, FOMP Secretary; Herb Bone, Marymoor R/C Club, FOMP Board; Glen Eades, Eastside Audubon; Ann Oneha, King County Parks; Jessica Canyon, King County Parks; Dave Tuchek, City of Redmond
2) Taiwan Friendship Garden Parks personnel will be having a luncheon November 12 with the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office, who would like a Taiwan Friendship Garden. Trees, place to sit and reflect, artwork. Somewhere between 3-10 native trees, bench(es), a plaque, art. Location possibilities: 1) Over by the windmill, or 2) Just north of the concert-area restroom where the three recently-planted trees failed to survive the drought. #2 might be preferable due to a lesser degree of archeological issues. Site 1 or 2 would need to be reviewed by the Landmarks Commission. Michael threw out another suggestion of just east of the new maintenance facility on the north side of the Marymoor Connector Trail, on the east side of the park. There may be a preliminary plan by the November meeting. Regardless of when plans are available, Norah will make them available by email.
3) Concert Noise Redmond City Council Meeting October 6: Greg made comments at the meeting, detailing the discussions within FOMP about the subject of concert noise over the last decade plus, where he stressed that KC Parks has made strong and effective efforts to deal with these issues. At the meeting, King County Parks presented some suggestions to help reduce sound issues, including possibly installing a new sound-absorbing surface for the preferred seating area, and planting new trees. Redmond Council suggested requiring that bands use AEGs amps and speakers, with AEG personnel being in control of sound levels. Parks recognizes that bands who have their own equipment would like to use their equipment; they are looking to technologies that would allow them to govern the sound levels regardless of equipment. In discussion, including with a sound engineer, it appears that the sound ordinance may not be appropriate for concert sounds. They standards are based on sound frequencies that could harm hearing, but neighbors complain about the low thumping base sounds that are not covered by the standards. Another issue is that weather is a significant part of the sound problem; noise complaints are tightly correlated with overcast conditions. Bottom line is that AEG should require that they have control over bands on sound issues; measurement of bass volume must be regulated, and perhaps levels should be lowered when weather conditions require.
4) Velodrome Dedication as the Jerry Baker Memorial Velodrome Jerry died, fairly suddenly, on September 10th. The bicycle community gathered together and asked King County (Dow Constantine) to memorialize Jerry Baker by renaming the velodrome in his honor. This was approved, and signage, etc., will be changing over time. There will be a naming ceremony sometime.
5) CIP/Project/Facilities Updates:
Next Meeting: November 18, 2015, at the Art Barn
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