Friends of Marymoor Park
June 27th, 2001 Meeting Summary
|4000+ combined attendance.
|Two large private picnics will be hosted. Approximately 3000 will attend a picnic at the Velodrome Open Area, next to the climbing rock. Approximately 1000+ will attend a picnic in the Willowmoor Meadow.
Norah also introduced a possible Special Event for 2002, the Luis Palau Festival.
This would be a free family church event, with concerts and an evangelical speaker. Attendance would be 20,000-25,000 per day for a two day event. The dates would be August 17-18. The Luis Palau Festival, according to Norah, is a highly organized, church supported, event that has been hosted in several other cities. Large churches would provide busses and shuttles from their church parking lots, so there would be less of a parking impact at Marymoor than for WOMAD. Hours for the event would be 1-5 p.m.
There were LOTS of concerns raised about this proposed event. The biggest is that there is PGA parking August 19-25, 2002. This would mean that for 9 consecutive days, it would be difficult-to-impossible to park for "normal" uses of Marymoor, such as dog walking or tending to community gardens. There was also concern about another loud event. Greg Helland pointed out that the guidelines prepared by FOMP for special events calls for spacing of events so that normal usage is NOT disrupted for extended periods of time. This event with the proposed date would violate that guideline. The consensus was that the event might be OK for Marymoor if the scheduling could be changed. September 2002, or August 2003 (when there is no PGA parking) were suggested. Even if they rely heavily on bussing, 25,000 people, at 50 people per bus, is still 500 bus loads each way.
Meg McHutchinson, from The Workshop, was again on hand to answer any questions from FOMP concerning this year's show. Thank you Meg. Here's some of what she noted:
Metro shuttles from an Eastside location (or locations) is on tap for 2002, but not for this year. Metro cutbacks make this impossible. Meg is hoping for a corporate sponsor for next year.
There will be camping on fields 7-8-9. Neighbors who have concerns about off-site camping on nearby streets may be able to communicate directly with The Workshop during the festival, and they will relay to Redmond police. Nobody was sure what laws exist vis-à-vis camping on Redmond city streets.
There is a new noise ordinance (county? Seattle?) which is very detailed, and will be adhered to. Artists have been very explicitly informed of the ordinance requirements. WOMAD/TheWorkshop will be doing better, digital, monitoring of sound, hopefully assisted by computer automation.
Greg Helland announced that the FOMP board had approved $700 for a pressurized water tank and $500 for a traffic counter, but had tabled the request for $6000 for the LitterVac. All three of these proposals came from Karl Kostel. More details on them can be found under Grant Requests in the May meeting summary.
Greg Helland introduced the issue of Dog Walking Services. These services bring van-loads of dogs to the park, charging owners for the doggy outing. These services had been a source of numerous complaints during 2000. Norah reported that complaints were down significantly this year. Greg discussed the voluntary restrictions and guidelines that the services had self-imposed in order to deal with complaints. Apparently, these guidelines are doing the trick.
Jack passed on to Greg Helland a request that dog walkers be reminded that the Community Gardens parking lot is for permit holders only.
Greg Helland announced that the Sammamish Kennel Club donated $350 to FOMP. Thanks!
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