A) Subway Sub would like to set up a concession in the building
that will replace the tennis court restroom. This deal is not final, and the
agreement is a package deal with the Parks service including other
restaurant(s) in other facilities. [actually, the deal may be finalized for
another Parks venue, so the deals may not be linked].
It would not be a full Subway, but would be a satellite store (i.e. bread
would not be baked on site).
The restroom construction is scheduled for this fall, completed by
December. The restaurant would come in a few months later (hopefully by
There would be one sign (unlit) on the building and probably a sandwich
board sign on the entrance street. There would be a few tables outside for
customers (and others).
The concessionaire stand is about 800 sq. ft. Hours of operation are yet
to be determined. Annual revenue to KC Parks is hoped to be around $20K.
Current plan is to replace the velodrome restroom with the same new
design as for the tennis restrooms, so there will be a concession stand
B) USA China Road to Beijing Event. 2005 series of Olympic-type
events between USA and China (with a few other countries). Possibly track
cycling could be added to these games, and the GHC Velodrome might be used.
Also, archery and softball would also be at Marymoor. Economic, culture
and/or business or entertainment events associated with the games could also
be hosted at Marymoor. This would be held in 5-12 June, 2005. These events
would attract thousands of people. Some facility-enhancement might result
(paid for by the Games)
C) Tree Replacement. A tree backstage of the concert venue died
because the stage and paving encroached to fully around the tree. It was an
elm, almost 100 years old. Norah wants to replace the tree, and wants input
on tree species and location. The arborist suggested European Beech. Perhaps
two trees flanking the drive, rather than one in the middle of the drive.
Resources for replacement might come from the same Urban Reforestation
program that we worked with on the cottonwood snag grant.
D) RV Parking has opened in the east end of Lot B (the Cowboy
lot). 10 spaces have been designated, and honor pay box has been installed,
rules have been posted (as modified as per the previous FOMP comments).
There hasn’t been much interest yet, despite the newspaper article that
appeared. Norah has already received a few complaints that the price is too
E) Proposed Tennis Facility – Tennis Outreach Program (TOP) would
like to enter into an ADOP to improve and expand the tennis facility from 4
courts to 6, and eventually to cover the courts. Parks is supportive of the
concept. Norah passed around conceptual plans of the covered facility. The
tennis court fees would increase with this proposal. The covered facility
would include some locker room space. Parks would like the court hardware to
be removable so that the domed structure could be used as a large covered
area for exhibition space.
Greg Helland expressed concerns that the white dome construction would be
out of place that near the mansion, and asked if a wood building could be
built instead. He also raised concerns that spring/summer usage would
require more parking. Norah indicated that Parks feels more parking would be
required, and that Lot A (the grassy area on the left as you enter the park
[east of the river] could be partially paved and developed as a parking lot.
Concern was expressed around the table that the additional paved parking
would change the experience of driving in to Marymoor (esthetic issues), and
with the loss of open, unscheduled mowed grass areas.
Concerns were also raised about revenue vs. impact (for a large impact
like this facility, large revenues would be a requirement). Visual impacts
would be large (a similar facility in Snoqualmie got the nickname “The Big
TOP is still in the very preliminary stages (i.e. they don’t have the
money). They’ve expressed interest in expanding the current courts rather
than building an all-new facility, due to costs.
F) SODA Agreement – SODA met with Parks for the second time, to
negotiate an agreement. SODA would like a long-term agreement to provide
assurance that the dog area would continue indefinitely. A final proposed
agreement should be wrapped up by the end of September. Approval by KC
Council would be required because of the extra-long agreement requested by
SODA. There is little expected opposition.
Jack, from the Community Gardens, brought up the issue of the fencing
separating the Gardens from the SODA area. The current split-rail fence is
not sufficiently tall. The Gardeners would like a taller (i.e. 6’) fence.
Other suggestions were made to look into putting in a hedge (paid for with
grant money from Urban Reforestration?), or to make a trellis-like extension
to the fence to be planted with clematis or wisteria.
G) Fee Increases 2005 – only increase would be for Youth Field Use
from $6 to $7 per hour.
H) Ruff House Concession – This is a proposed concession to
provide dog washing facilities. They would use a portable office trailer,
located on the west edge of the south lot, where water, electric, and sewer
hookups are possible.
Concern was voiced about the esthetics of such a portable building, and
whether there are other options than the typical white construction building
Greg raised the question of constraining the dogs using fencing and/or
pathway development, since the location of the facility would be technically
outside of the off-leash dog area.
The August meeting was cancelled. Robert Foxworthy’s status is uncertain. So
the state of the Development Criteria is somewhat uncertain.
New set of Dog Area signs are forthcoming to replace the (small) billboard
style signs that are fading away.
The Pet Memorial Garden will have a public meeting in September.