October 25, 2017 Meeting
-- see also the
September 27, 2017 meeting summary
Norah Robinson, King County Parks – Marymoor Park
lead; Greg Helland, FOMP President; Michael Hobbs, FOMP Secretary, Webmaster;
Markus Kunz – Executive Director, Teatro Zinzanni;
Ryan Bianchi – Community Outreach Sound Transit; Steve Guty, MAR/C
2) Sound Transit Light Rail ST3 – Ryan Bianchi
The Redmond Extension made it through the environmental
impact statement earlier, but didn’t have construction funds
prior to the passage of ST3. Plan is to open the
line in 2024, just a year after the ST2 segment that extends
the line to the Overlake area. Survey work, wetland
delineation, environmental work, geotechnical analysis, etc.
underway currently. Alignment runs at grade from Eastside
Technology Section (near Microsoft headquarters) along
SR-520, crossing on bridge over West Lake Samm. Pkwy and the
river, dropping back to grade along the north side of
Marymoor. The first Redmond Station and Park&Ride is where
the mini-storage is now to the NE of Marymoor. The
track will then curve under SR-520 and back northwest into
downtown Redmond to an elevated station. Some parts of
Marymoor Park will be acquired by Sound Transit. The trail
that will connect the ELST to the Redmond-Woodinville Trail
will almost certainly follow the ST tracks through the
SR-520 interchange nightmare.
Construction will probably close off the right shoulder
of SR-520 to give access to construction crews. Tree removal
and wetland work will happen first, followed by utility
relocation, then construction of piers for the elevated
portions. They may need some access from the Marymoor side,
possibly from the vicinity of the Recreation and Event Pad.
Hoping to get the contractor in board in 2019. This is
slated to be a design-build project, so ST will get to less
than 30% design before hiring a contractor to complete the
design, and build the project. Construction could begin in
ST committed to 1400 parking spaces for the Marymoor East
station, split between a parking garage (the bulk of the
spaces) with additional parking provided using other,
Tightest alignment is between SR-520 and turf soccer
fields 2 and 3.
There will be an Open House on November 16th, with
semi-final drawings to discuss the alignment and designs, at
the Old Redmond Schoolhouse.
4) CIP/Project/Facilities Updates
a) Birdloop - Asphalt removal completed, replaced by
crushed gravel. Michael was pleased with the
quieter-than-pea-gravel surface, though he expressed concerns
that the edges are still very soft and the trail may spread much
b) Community Gardens – winterizing going well.
Laura should have final produce donation information in a few
weeks, after the final harvest of the season.
c) Top Tennis Facility – TOPs facility agreement still
being developed. Sound Transit light rail should not have any
conflict on space with TOPs.
d) Cultural Resources – Brandy Rink has been doing
many surveys within the park, including at the MAR/C (which
needs to move and replace a large marker), and other sites
prioritized by Norah and Parks. She has worked closely with SODA
to prescreen areas where SODA needs to re-fence. Marymoor is a
particularly important archeological site, but on-going surveys
are finding areas that are not sensitive and others that are
highly sensitive. Hopefully, with an increased number of survey
sites, we will have a much better idea of where holes may be
dug, and where holes really shouldn’t be dug. Brandy would
encourage Marymoor partner organizations to participate in the
surveys to learn how to recognize artifacts.
e) Parking lot lighting – Plans underway to install
permanent lighting in Parking Lot
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.
Greg is very concerned about the issue of traffic through
Marymoor, especially in light of both the Marymoor Village
rezoning, and the ST development (and 1400 parking spaces).
Norah wants to make sure that legitimate park users are not
disaccomodated. Ryan mentioned that Google Maps routes people
through the park, and will help Michael to determine how to get
Google to stop doing so. Greg would like to bring this issue
before the King County council. Norah has already reported to
City of Redmond and to some projects that Marymoor Way is not a
The final meeting for 2017 will be on the
third Wednesday in November (11/15/17) to avoid the Thanksgiving
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 firstname.lastname@example.org,
and he will endeavor to correct them.