Friends of Marymoor Park

July 26th, 2006 Meeting Summary

-- see also the June 28, 2006 meeting summary

Attendees: Greg Helland, Jack MacKinnon, Christina Merten, Norah Gaynor, Melanie

1)    Welcome and introductions - Greg Helland

2)    Capital Projects Update - Norah

  • All-weather soccer fields. The contractor expects to meet the 8/21 completion schedule. Norah hopes to start use of the fields by 9/15. The fields are largely booked already. The price for use has increased for both youth and adult, consistent with City of Redmond fee
  • .
  • New Utility Shop. Waiting for final wiring to be completed. Plan to start moving in on 8/1.
  • Reflexology Path. The assembly is completed. Parks Division is waiting for explanation signs before opening the facility.
  • Birdloop. Work is on-going, but progressing.
  • Sammamish River Trail – East to West Connection. No news to report. King Co. will probably start seriously looking at options this fall.

    The topic of the East/West connection raised a question regarding the King Co. budget process and the priority list developed by FOMP. Specifically, one of the items on the list involved re-paving the access road through the park. FOMP suggested adding striping for a bike lane, which would hopefully have the added benefit of slowing traffic. Norah indicated that this option was one of the capital improvement projects identified as a priority by FOMP.

    On the topic of the budget process, another priority item, a tree replacement program, was discussed. Norah reminded the group that the forestry conference was scheduled at Marymoor for September 29th. The group will plant a limited number of trees (planting technique demonstration), remove selected problem trees (to be identified by Terry Brady with Michael’s input) and “remodel” some of the snags to provide for better structure.

    Greg commented that the forestry conference seems to present an excellent opportunity to initiate a tree replacement planning program for Marymoor. Additional research will be performed regarding the expected attendees to determine if possible contacts could be made to support the effort.

3)    Event Updates. No notable changes from the list offered in June. The Marymoor Community Garden Association (MCGA) will host a booth and sell water as a fund raising effort.

4)    Other. The food bank plots planted and maintained by the MCGA have generated 402 pounds of fresh produce for the food bank, an increase of 200 pounds when compared to the same period last year. The MCGA is compiling the costs expended for the facility improvements, and will provide an itemized summary to FOMP for reimbursement under the grant awarded by FOMP.

Next meeting, Wednesday, August 23rd.

These notes were made by Michael Hobbs, and they 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, and he will endeavor to correct them.


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