Friends of Marymoor Park

November 18th, 2009 Meeting Summary

-- see also the October 28, 2009 meeting summary

  1. Introductions - Anne Lipe (King County Parks), Michael Hobbs (Eastside Audubon, FOMP Secretary), Barbara Dickson (neighbor), Herb Bone (MAR/C, FOMP Board), Greg Helland (FOMP President, SODA), Christina Merten (Marymoor Community Gardener's Association, FOMP Board)

  2. Status Reports - Anne put together a great "HIGHLIGHT REEL" <<<Click to view   of some of the recent accomplishments at Marymoor.

    Other updates:

    1. OLA Salmon Fencing - removed today from dog swim areas
    2. Velodrome Cracks Need Repair - South turn is still settling and need patching.  Have 2 bids and 3rd is pending.
    3. Electrical work - (See previous summaries).  Done.  Moved 6 parking machines and converted 4 from solar to AC.  Added lights to those, and a security light at the entrance to soccer fields 1-4
    4. Picnic Shelters - roof repairs north shelter half done.  South shelter partly done.  Weather has slowed it down.
    5. Concert Area Electrical Upgrades - being investigated.  The electrical board for the food area is a "temporary" one, with above-ground wiring.  It also is at/over capacity.  Possible upgrade to a permanent board of higher capacity with buried cables.  The permanent board would be less obtrusive than the current one, but digging for cables could require archeological review.
    6. SRA Boathouse - Permitting ongoing, but they expect to break ground May 1.
    7. Garden Loosestrife Control Project - Frana Milan and Norah have applied for a WA State Dept. of Ecology 3-yr matching grant for control along  the river and lakeshore.  Grants will be awarded mid-January.  Loosestrife control is state mandated, as Garden Loosestrife is a noxious weed.


  3. Tree Inventory and Plan - See previous summaries.  If FOMP wants to proceed with this plan, around $8,000-10,000 new money will need to be found.  Christina is still trying to complete the final work to have FOMP approved for the state employees donation system.  Michael asked about adding a "Donate" page to the website, and there was agreement that that could proceed as soon as Christina checks FOMP's state charitable organizational paper work.

    Greg reiterated that the small donations that could come in from these and similar ideas would not be likely to amount to much.  Grant(s) will be needed.  He will ask EarthCorps if they have ideas.   Any other grant sources will need to be considered.  Brainstorms???

    Unfortunately, the money is needed for the inventory and planning process - these are not terribly "glamorous" items, but they are necessary.  It should be much, much easier to get funding/volunteers for the annual plantings that will be guided by the inventory and tree plan.  FOMP does have cash that could be used to match a grant.  Greg was concerned that some grants require matching volunteer hours, not just dollars.  Michael suggested that maybe some knowledgeable volunteers could work with EarthCorps on the inventory, easing grant applications.

 Next Meeting: 

Wednesday January 27, 2010, 7:00 9:00pm. Marymoor Art Barn.  

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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