Friends of Marymoor Park
May 24th, 2000 Meeting Summary
reported that the Park has ordered a temporary sign for the Community Garden. It should be up in less than two weeks. The sign will be thin brushed aluminum, supported by 4"x4" posts.
Norah also passed out the music schedule for the Heritage Festival.
with Friends of the East Lake Sammamish Trail spoke about the proposed trail along the east shore of Lake Sammamish which would use the old railroad grade. Currently, there is a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) out for review for interim use of the trail. Ms. Quesinberry pointed out that if interim use is not approved, the trail will not be open for public use for 5-10 years! The EIS evaluates three proposals - a trail following all 11 miles of the roadbed, a trail mostly following the roadbed but with a 1.6 mile bypass which would follow roads, and the third alternative is to do nothing. More information on the EIS is available on the King County website. There will be a public hearing on June 20. The board of Friends of Marymoor Park will discuss whether FOMP should take a position regarding the EIS. Your input is welcomed.
Michael Hobbs raised the issue of dog walking services bringing large numbers (i.e. 20) to the park nominally under the control of a single person. Greg Helland brought a letter from Jim Trockel of SODA describing the discussions they have held with these services to make them self-regulating. Norah and Karl from KC Parks related that the park has been receiving many complaints regarding some of these services. People have complained that their dogs have been attacked by the "packs", and that these large groups of dogs can overwhelm swim areas driving other people away. Concerns were also raised about the dogs entering fenced-off areas, and about the sanitary issues. After discussion, it was decided these concerns would be presented to SODA in a final effort to preserve self-regulation.
Mark Fishbain reiterated his request for some field to be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Currently, all fields are reservable, and mostly are reserved by leagues. Mark represents a loose group who play pick-up soccer once or twice a week, and often have trouble finding a place to play. This issue will be considered further at a later time.
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