June 28, 2017 Meeting
-- see also the
May 24, 2017 meeting summary
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;
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
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.
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
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