Friends of Marymoor Park

November 18th, 2010 Meeting Summary

-- see also the October 28, 2010 meeting summary

  1. Introductions:

          Norah Gaynor (King County Parks), Jack MacKinnon (Marymoor Community Gardener's Association), Michael Hobbs (Eastside Audubon, FOMP Secretary)

2.     Dog Services Rule Proposal - Until now, professional dog walking services and "doggie daycare" services have been able to do business within Marymoor Park without a requirement of licensing or fees to Marymoor Park.  Parks has proposed new rules and regulations for these services.

Over half of the formal complaints concerning the Marymoor Off-leash Dog Area, over 50% were complaints against dog walking services; this is one of the reasons behind the new rules.

Information about the rules can be found at - see the alert near the top right of that page.  There are links to a summary and the proposed rule, etc.

From the summary: 

Permit requirements are:
• Payment of an $800 permit fee to King County Parks Division each calendar year.The annual fee will be prorated at a rate of $70 per month for remaining months in a year, for permits issued after February.
• Proof of valid insurance with endorsement, naming King County as additional insured, at coverage levels indicated in the terms and conditions provided with permit documents.
• Current Washington State Business License.
• Adherence to the “Rules of Conduct for Professional Dog Services Concession Permit Holder”, provided with permit documents.
• Thirty-two (32) documented hours of participation in Serve Our Dog Areas (S.O.D.A.) Stewardship events per year. Stewardship hours requirement will be prorated at a rate of three (3) hours per month for remaining months in a year, for permits issued after February.

Norah will be holding a public meeting about the rule, tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, December 8th, at 6:00 p.m. at the Art Barn, but she said she may have to reschedule due to an expected large attendance.  She also was entertaining the possibility of providing a two-tier fee structure, where small companies might have limited access to the park with a smaller fee..  While her goal is to have the new rule implemented by Feb. 1, 2011, she may delay that by a month to accommodate some adjustments to the rule. 

3.   East Lake Sammamish Trail Update - Sometime during the work-window of April-November 2011, the Redmond section of the trail will be paved.  In August, 2011-April 2012, the Issaquah South section will be paved.  The largest section, the Sammamish section, will go through the planning process during 2011.  Final work on the whole trail may not be completed until 2018. 

4.   CIP / Project Updates:

a.      BirdLoop:  Eastside Audubon will be planting an area at the north end of the East Meadow where some fill was removed, leaving a large bare area.  The goal will be to prevent weed infestation.

b.      Maintenance & Art Barn Renovation:  Painting continues.

c    NE Marymoor Way Paving Work: work order in for extension

d.      Topping Urban Forest Habitat Trees:  See last month's notes.  Topping work will probably be done this winter.  In the meantime, the snags are being monitored to make sure there is no immanent danger.

e.      Community Gardens Projects:  MCGA planted shrubs to block the openings in the wall of the Pet Memorial Garden, though there is still an open gap at the southern end of the wall.  They are concerned about watering the plants next summer. 

f.      Boathouse Project Update: We are hoping to have someone from Sammamish Rowing come to a FOMP meeting in early spring.

g.  Stage Seating Area:   The hardened center corridor and enhanced chair carts were a success, so there are no plans to expand the hard surface.

5.   Events: 

  • Evergreen Gala - Saturday, April 30.

  • Two tournaments scheduled for Memorial Day weekend - Triple Crown Baseball and a rugby tournament.

6.       Other:

      Community Gardens Hopelink Project:  Donations from the Community Gardens to HopeLink will probably top 5800 lbs.  Great crop of potatoes.  HopeLink will sponsor the project again next year.

 Next Meeting:  THURSDAY January 27, 2011, 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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