Friends of Marymoor Park

June 28, 2017 Meeting Summaries

-- see also the May 24, 2017  meeting summary

1) Introductions

Norah Robinson, King County Parks – Marymoor Park lead; Greg Helland, FOMP President and SODA rep; Michael Hobbs, FOMP Secretary, Webmaster; Shane Berry, AEG Live; Travis Roach, TOPS; Glenn Eades, Eastside Audubon, neighbor; Laura Hall, Marymoor Community Gardener's Association, FOMP Board;

2) Cultural Resources at Marymoor

Significant archeological artifacts and sites have been found in and near Marymoor Park, which makes Marymoor an area of heightened concern.  Past archeological investigations have been patchy, and many of them have extended barely below the surface (20 cm/8 in).  Other testing has been deeper.  Records are sketchy and hard to locate.   Right now, the Parks archeologist wants studies done for just about every excavation of any depth.  This delays, and causes large extra expenses, for any plantings, fence replacements, etc. that are being done by organizations like SODA, Eastside Audubon, and AEG Presents.  The uncertainty about whether work can proceed has caused work party plans to be cancelled.  CPG is going to be funding several archeological test sites for planned projects.  Also, moving forward, Norah would like to get certain activities in certain areas preapproved.  A clarified protocol is in the works, driven from the top of Parks.  Norah has been communicating the activities typically conducted by Parks, and would like help from Partners like SODA, Eastside Audubon, and MCGA as to the kinds of activities they have performed, and where they have done them.  

3) CIP/Project/Facilities Updates

a) Bird Loop: Asphalt removal - late July for the first sections past the East Footbridge.  Lookout proposal under review as CPG.

b) Community Gardens: July 12 – Volunteers from AEG Presents will assist with cleaning comfrey and other weeds from a very weedy plot.  This will require heavy equipment.  MCGA, after investigation, would like to coordinate with Eastside Audubon to possibly do a little more work pruning and controlling weeds and overgrowth in Snag Row, along the garden access side.

c) TOPS tennis facility: Norah had no new information, and nobody from TOPs attended.   FOMP is still interested in the details of the agreement with regards to aspects that impact surrounding lands and access to the existing outdoor tennis facility and so on.  Also, Laura reiterated a desire to have a simulated view of the building from SR-520 and maybe from the existing tennis parking area.

d: Maintenance Items: Logs along the south edge of Lot B were replaced with concrete ecology blocks.  Asphalt repairs in Lot K are proceeding, and most of Lot K can remain open most of the time.

e: Dudley Carter Sculptures: Budget issues have delayed work until new funding can be secured.

5) Other

  • Glenn brought up the question of Marymoor Way vis a vis the increase in usage of “Marymoor Village” (which is apparently the new name for area NE of the park).  Going forward, the problem with cut-through traffic on Marymoor Way is going to go from really bad (today) to outrageous.  It may become necessary to block the road; this is a policy decision that will have to come from high up in King County.  Greg suggested that measuring traffic usage would be a good way to start the process.

  • Greg raised questions about the appropriateness of flag banners at the Rowing Club.   This is part of the ongoing problem with a proliferation of signs, banners, etc., giving a very busy look to the park.

Next meeting, July 26, 2017, in CLISE MANSION

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 fomp@marymoor.org, and he will endeavor to correct them.

 

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