Friends of Marymoor Park
January 27, 2016 Meeting Summary
1) Introductions – Norah Robinson, King County Parks; Greg Helland, FOMP President, SODA representative; Michael Hobbs, Eastside Audubon, FOMP Secretary; Laura Hall, Marymoor Community Gardener's Association, FOMP Board; Keith, Sno-King Amateur Hockey Assn.
2) Light Rail Link – Ballot measure in 2016. Voters will decide on whether to fund the extension of Link Rail from Overlake/Microsoft to Redmond. The rail line would follow SR-520, and the proposed route would run rail across the north edge of Marymoor, with a station near the Northeast corner of the park. This routing may impact Marymoor. Recent widening of SR 520 has made for very narrow clearance between the highway and park facilities. Squeezing rail between them could have potential effects to Turf Field 3, the Event Pad, and possibly the Velodrome. The rail project would be responsible for rebuilding any facilities. See http://www.soundtransit.org/sites/default/files/E-01_RedTechCtrtoDowntownRedmond_FTemp.pdf
3) CIP/Project/Facilities Updates:
4) Hockey: Keith (whose last name I didn't catch) is with the Sno-King Amateur Hockey Association. They have 700 kids who play hockey, with 2 rinks which are packed full. They are looking for expansion possibilities, especially as demand for kids hockey may increase if the NHL comes to the Puget Sound. He has previously and informally spoken with Dow Constantine, and with Greg Helland, about the concept of building one or more hockey rinks at Marymoor Park. He felt that Marymoor's location is particularly attractive.
It takes 3 acres per "sheet" of ice, and they would like 2 or 3 sheets - a sheet being a rink. This would require 6-10 acres.
Keith initially suggested an area in the ENE of Marymoor, but that would take out much of the model airplane field, as well as conflicting with the Marymoor Connector Trail. Norah also reiterated the land use convention, which is in the 1995 Marymoor Park Master Plan, that the area south of Marymoor Way is limited to "Passive Use", which does not include building large facilities. There was then discussion of looking at other locations north of Marymoor Way, though it is extremely hard to find unutilized land within that Active Use area.
Greg asserted that such a facility was not inappropriate, provided that there would be some public-use time. Michael disagreed strongly, arguing that the park should be mainly open spaces, not a site for huge buildings. Norah encouraged Keith to bring a more concrete proposal to Parks, and to do so soon, urging him to "get in line quickly".
We also discussed many of the possible issues - traffic, parking, water availability, etc.
5) Other: No Big Top event scheduled for early 2016 (i.e. no Cavalia or Cirque du Soleil)
Next Meeting: February 24, 2016, 7:00 p.m. at the Art Barn
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