January 24, 2018 Meeting
-- see also the
November 15, 2017 meeting summary
Norah Robinson, King County Parks – Marymoor Park
lead; Michael Hobbs, FOMP Secretary, webmaster; Laura
Hall, Marymoor Community Gardener's Association, FOMP Board; Glenn Eades, Eastside Audubon, neighbor;
2) Sound Transit Link Light Rail
Sound Transit is moving forward with their design for
the Link Light Rail connection from Overlake to Redmond,
to be given to the design-build contractor. Sound
Transit will have to cut down trees along the south edge
of SR-520, and therefore will have to do some tree
replacement, hopefully within Marymoor Park. Norah has
developed a map of the park to go along with the
previously produced Tree Plan for Marymoor.
Portion of Norah's map, with a few annotations relevant
to comments below
Michael was concerned that the strip just east of the
velodrome is likely to be impacted by development with
the next 10-15 years, and should not be planted right
now with new trees. That can be part of future
Michael suggested the heart shaped area just south of
Big Top parking would be a good place for a grove of native
trees, including Oregon Ash, Red Elderberry, Bitter
Cherry, Pacific Crabapple, and possibly Sitka Spruce.
There was also a great interest in using this
opportunity to plant trees in the Historic District
around the mansion, as this area needs to be restocked
with large specimen trees, and faces the high cost of
There were questions raised about about K Lot, where all
the trees were removed due to drainage and pavement
damage. Norah was a bit resistant, hoping to keep the
parking lots bright and visible. But she will consider
planting something there. Michael suggested cherries or
plums. (Michael pointed out that two existing patches
of cherries are dying out, having reached the end of
their life cycle – one immediately east of the “compost
piles”, and one along the slough trail a bit below the
weir – and birds like cherries).
Norah also brought up the mitigation for the mitigation
wetland that is just west of the Event Pad and Cricket
Field. This will require an extensive mitigation, at
some multiple of the acreage that is being lost (0.6
acres). There was STRONG support for enhancing the
rough triangle wet area south of Marymoor Way just south
of the velodrome shelter. This was far preferred to a
site along East Lake Sammamish Trail. There was also
some support, along with some concern, for another idea
– that of filling in the ditch that runs east-west
immediately east of the Interpretive Trail south of the
East Meadow. Laura would like to come up with a name
for the desired site, and we discussed various past
owners, or even better, a Native American trade language
name for this area.
Norah also mentioned that there
will be paths from the Light Rail station to the
Marymoor Connector Trail, and that we should think about
what we'd like to see as things move forward.
3) New Parking Fee Machines
Parks is near completing negotiations with vendors
Passport and IPS Group Inc. to replace the kiosks. The exact
details of the system have not been finalized.
4) CIP/Project/Facilities Updates
a) Cultural Resources – EAS and the parks archeologist have
developed a good working relationship. Glenn
mentioned that the parks archeologist will be
offering some training to EAS volunteers; Laura
mentioned that some gardeners may also be
b) Community Gardens – plot cost increasing by $5 per plot.
Apiary will move to the SE corner. Plots are all rented out
for 2018. Marymoor CGA also updated their conformance with
the IRS for their non-profit status.
Laura asked about replacing the fence along the north edge
of the Community Gardens, as well as blackberry removal in
Snag Row along the north edge (western portion done, but
eastern section not yet done). When and who might do this
work, and pay for this work, is undetermined at this time.
Glenn and Norah also asked whether the fence needs to be
replaced, or merely to have the old broken fence removed.
MCGA would like to limit cut-through walking through the
Snag Row. There are two established cut-through spots, one
official and one unofficial, and Laura would like one of
those closed. The blackberry situation may be addressed
during a Day of Caring event.
Gregg have been discussing this issue, and are
leaning towards having FOMP take a lead in starting
this discussion with the general population.
Michael suggested a SurveyMonkey survey, or somesuch.
There are certainly some arguments for upgrading
Marymoor Way to a public thoroughfare, but the
negative effects on the park would be huge; and the
costs currently are being borne by Parks for road
February meeting will be on Wednesday,
February 28th, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Art Barn
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 email@example.com,
and he will endeavor to correct them.