September 27, 2017 Meeting
-- see also the
July 26, 2017 meeting summary
Norah Robinson, King County Parks Marymoor Park
lead; Greg Helland, FOMP President; Shane Berry,
AEG Live; Glenn Eades, Eastside Audubon, neighbor;
Kortney Thoma, parkrun; Steve Guty, MAR/C
2) parkrun Kortney Thoma
Kortney, a volunteer with parkrun, described how the
organization, a non-profit (501(c)4), organizes casual 5K
runs at parks throughout the world. Once registered with the
organization, one can participate at any location where
parkrun is hosting an event. The organization was founded in
the UK, and supports individuals who want to keep running or
training as an exercise method. All volunteer organization:
each session averages 20 to 30 participants, and includes
volunteer course marshals, timers, organizers, etc.
Currently planning to have events on Cedar River trail in
Renton. Looking to expand to an eastside area the scale of
Marymoor is attractive. Norah noted that parking is, as
always, a concern within Marymoor. The event usually only
lasts 1.5 hours. Within Marymoor, groups in excess of 25
require a permit; challenge is the advance size of the group
is unknown. parkrun has engaged in supporting
activities (cleanups, etc.) in other parks and cities.
Kortney and parkrun will coordinate with Norah with the
logistics for possibly operating within Marymoor. Other King
County facilities along the Sammamish River Trail may also
present options. See www.parkrun.us. Or Rentonparkrun.
Asphalt removal starts Monday, Oct. 2nd, and will take
two weeks to complete. Compacted gravel surface will be
installed from the bridge to the boardwalk. There will be
construction traffic during the project. Trail will be
partially closed during the project.
4) CIP/Project/Facilities Updates
a) Top Tennis Facility final design for Sound
Transit on the north edge of the park hasnt been completed, and
it may impact the proposed tennis facility. No news specific to
the proposed tennis facility.
b) Maintenance additional dead poplars along the
east edge of the park (adjacent to technical college and
business park buildings) will be removed. Replacement plan
hasnt been established. King County initiative for planting
trees will include Marymoor. More details will follow as the
program is developed.
c) New turf installed on the sports fields Vendor
needs to return to finish striping select areas (corner
features). King County noted considerable damage to the asphalt
in the parking area where the contractor staged equipment.
Contractor is repairing the damage.
d) Cultural Resources Brandy Rink is the new
archeologist assigned to KC Parks. Expected to spend
considerable time at Marymoor based on archeological potential
of the facility. Procedures for evaluating and managing
archeological aspect of various park projects are being
developed. Brandy plans to attend Oct 25th FOMP meeting. Norah
will attempt to circulate a draft procedure document in advance
of the meeting.
e) Rowing Club As reported at the July meeting, an
Eagle Scout project is underway to provide a shelter for rowing
club parking lot.
f) Parking lot lighting Permanent lighting planned
for velodrome lot to replace regular use of portable,
diesel-powered lights. Plan is to have low-profile, shielded
lights, operated on a timer.
g) Dudley Carter sculptures Funding has been
assigned to provide for restoration. Need to start thinking
about prospective locations within the park. May want to develop
a separate sculpture map.
5) Events update and Other
- Concert series ends this weekend (concert series was
deemed a success). According to Shane, the revised food truck
arrangement at the concert venue worked much better.
- Teatro ZinZanni getting ready to start.
- Komen 3-day was successfully completed, with the
participants again staying in Marymoor.
- Norah will ask Sound Transit to attend November
meeting to provide an update.
- Issue of cut-through traffic in the park continues to
be problematic. Need to look for a solution.
Next meeting, Wednesday, October 25th, 2017
The final meeting for 2017 will be on the
third Wednesday in November (11/15/17) to avoid the Thanksgiving
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