October 24, 2018 Meeting
-- see also the
September 26, 2018 meeting summary
Welcome and Introductions. Attendees:
Greg Helland, FOMP President; Norah Robinson, King County Parks;
AEG; Shane Berry, Seattle Event Solutions; Michael Hobbs, FOMP Secretary, webmaster; Laura Hall, Marymoor Community Gardeners
Association, FOMP Board; Glenn Eades, Eastside
- Birdloop – November, and especially December
work parties will be planting something like 600 new
plants, many to be planted in Snag Row.
- Community Garden – major close-the-garden
work party coming, though some gardeners continue
through the winter. Final numbers for HopeLink donations
are not yet final. Laura hopes the apiary will return in
- Sound Transit
- Wetland mitigation – probably will occur
in the southern portion of Marymoor West.
- Osprey relocation – removal of old and
placement of new will be synchronized to prevent
another pair of osprey from grabbing the new nest.
Will happen in fall of 2019. ST will delineate
wetlands there and in the triangle wetland, with the
latter being a fall-back location if the spot north
of Lot B (gravel lot) proves unworkable.
- Commuter parking – Began talking about how to
preclude commuter parking within Marymoor. As of
now, with a $100 annual parking pass, someone could
simply buy the pass and park in the Park every day. They
could fill every parking spot at Marymoor. Norah
suggested a time limit – say 3 hours max, at least in
some lots. She also brought up the idea of certain lots
being reserved for certain users – i.e. only model
airplane people in the model airplane lot (or parts of
that lot) - already being done with the Community
Norah also brought up the issue of parking revenue for
events like Cirque du Soliel; presumably those parking
revenues will drop as people take Light Rail to the
Event Pad events.
- Cut-through traffic – Support seems to be
growing within FOMP for closing Marymoor Way in the
middle of the park. Greg suggested that the
closure only be a weekday closure; the park road could
open weekends, when the park is busiest and commuter
traffic at its lowest ebb.
The original gate in the middle of the park has been
removed. Michael offered the idea of using a railroad
crossing-type gate, with Public Safety vehicles
triggering opening the same way they trigger green
lights, and park maintenance could have some kind of
push-button access (like a garage door opener). Norah
suggested closing the East entrance to Marymoor; from
the East entrance, visitors would still be able to park
in the Bellevue lot right at the entrance. There
is also an easy turn-around there.
Especially Greg and Laura are very eager to block the
road very soon – Greg suggested March 1, or even January
1. It was noted that political issues may argue
for delaying closure for a year; Norah suggested going
through a very open process to minimize the number of
ruffled feathers. There would still be time to act prior
to the Sound Transit Light Rail and most of the
development in Marymoor Village. Norah also mentioned
that there are increased enforcement efforts could be
implemented; evening cars could be denied exit at the
east end without a parking ticket already in hand.
Police can occasionally do a few hours of random
drive-through enforcement. Signage is part of this too.
It has been done in the past, and it works for as long
as the expensive enforcement actions continue.
- Dudley Carter Sculptures – "Thunderbirds"
turns out to be rather one-sided, not suitable for 360
degree viewing. It will be installed near the Marymoor
Connector Trail near the cricket field. The restoration
work for all sculptures are complete, bases are being
constructed and installed.
- Willowmoor Floodplain Restoration Project – A
Shareholder Advisory Committee workshop was held 10/4.
Project is continuing under the Flood Control program.
After presentation to the Advisory Committee, there was
an additional presentation to the public. The preferred
alternative that they are pursuing further would be to
carve a river channel between the current slough and
West Lake Sammamish. The existing flood channel (“active
transition zone”) might be expanded to the west, with
riparian vegetation moved to the East edge, to allow a
clear flood channel of sufficient size. There is still
consideration of a seasonally adjustable weir to govern
water levels entering the flood channel. Tribal input is
going to be a bit of a wildcard, since they are not part
of the Advisory Committee.
During the public discussion portion of the 10/4 meeting, the focuses were on
what people’s desires were for west of the slough, for the
east side of the transition zone, and what desires were for motorcraft vis-à-vis the weir and transition zone. People on
the west side requested much better pedestrian access; they
aren’t all comfortable walking the path that is well below
grade next to WLSP, but those that do walk that trail, they
would like much better pedestrian access to Marymoor. People
walking from the south get to Marymoor Way, and find no good
way across the road entrance into the park, nor any
sidewalks/paths once you cross the bridge. People don’t
continue north to cross the pedestrian bridge north of
Marymoor Way (which doesn’t get them to the parts of
Marymoor they’d like to visit in any case.). A new
pedestrian bridge across the river somewhere south of
Marymoor Way was requested by some people.
On the question of the east edge of the slough, there was
disapproval of the appearance of the mowed Transition Zone.
People would support moving the riparian vegetation to the
east edge. One main justification for keeping willows along
the main channel through the transition zone is to shade the
water to keep it cooler. It’s possible that most/all of the
summer water would go down the new channel
- Sewer upgrade – The Sammamish River Trail
will have a 1 year closure during sewer construction.
Detours will be effect, but there is no good detour from
Marymoor Way to Leary Way.
Events Update The last Cirque show
was scheduled for Sunday, November 4th, with a lengthy
load-out period to follow.
next meeting will be on Wednesday,
November 24th, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
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.