Norah Robinson, King County Parks Marymoor Park
lead; Michael Hobbs, FOMP Secretary, webmaster; Laura Hall, Marymoor Community Gardeners
Association, FOMP Board; Steve Guty (MAR/C);
Robin Barnes (MCGA), Kirby Cartwright (MCGA)
2) Marymoor Community Gardeners Association
MGCA would like to submit a grant proposal hoping to get
money from FOMP for more hogs fuel to level the newly
rebuilt paths. Hogs Fuel settles and compresses and needs to
be renewed often. The path reconstruction was funded by a
King County grant, but they will not be giving MCGA more
money this year. They hope that the need for adding hogs
fuel will diminish over the years.
MCGA does not have money available this year, since they
had very high water bills last year. Water is 75% of the
MCGA budget. There as a discussion about possible causes of
this. MCGA will do gardener education. Michael suggested
countdown timers on spigots, since he found a spigot just
running within the last week. Robin noted that some gardens
use keyed faucets.
The grant request would be for four truckloads (45 cubic
yards each) at the SODA-negotiated price, plus Bobcat rental
and miscellaneous. The total they are asking for is $5000.
Michael was concerned that this project is mostly for
maintenance of the garden, for the benefit of the gardeners.
[Granted, birdwatchers and bird photographers visit the
garden, as do people who just want to look at flowers etc.]
Michael suggested a surcharge to gardeners to pay for this.
Or at least a surcharge to cover 50% of the grant request.
That would amount to about $10 per plot.
Norah suggested that Parks may be able to do some of the
work or provide some equipment that could reduce the cost of
3) CIP/Project/Facilities Updates
a) Community Gardens - the apiary has not yet been
reinstalled; members of the subcommittee are out of town
b) Cultural Resources at Marymoor Norah reiterated
the need to get assessment in advance of any digging projects.
Sound Transit Norah and Dennis are evaluating where the
mitigation 400-700 trees should be planted. First priority is
to replace trees as near as possible to where the trees will be
removed. Second priority would be planting in the Historic
District. Norah mentioned that they have recently been shown
the original Olmstead Brothers plan for the Clise Mansion
plantings, and they will be using that to guide planting in that
d) Cut-through traffic In ongoing discussions of
this issue, someone brought up the previously mentioned idea of
an elongated traffic circle that would go in the area
encompassing the western two stop signs. Again, there was
support for this plan.
e) Dudley Carter Sculptures Should have vendor
chosen by next meeting. Need input on locations for Condor
and for Thunderbirds
f) Sammamish River Transition Zone (re-boot) 30%
g) TOPs Tennis Facility MCGA wanted to discuss the
TOPs Tennis Facility. Norah believes discussions are still
ongoing, as well as assessment and permitting through the
Department of Permitting and Environmental Review. MCGA is
concerned about traffic. Norah pointed out that the indoor
tennis season is mostly fall and winter, when other sports are
not at Marymoor. Laura also expressed concerns that the
targeted underserved communities are not local, and there is
very, very little in the way of public transit.
Steve Guty, from the Marymoor model airplane field club,
MAR/C, related that a local tech company tried to test an
anti-drone weapon system at Marymoor, by flying an industrial
drone, with a (real) Cesna flying overhead to monitor it. A
MAR/C member was flying the drone, and he has been expelled from
MAR/C. He had apparently told the company that it would be
okay to do the test at Marymoor.
The May meeting will be on Wednesday,
May 23rd, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Art Barn