Friends of Marymoor Park

February 24th, 2011 Meeting Summary

-- see also the January 27, 2011 meeting summary

these notes are woefully late and...
these notes are more incomplete and sketchy than usual. 
My apologies       - Michael

  1. Introductions:

    Norah Gaynor (King County Parks), Christina Merten (Marymoor Community Gardener's Association), Michael Hobbs (Eastside Audubon, FOMP Secretary, Greg Helland (FOMP President, SODA), Barbara Dickson (neighbor), Ella Elman (EarthCorps).  (this list might not be 100% correct)

  2. Tree Inventory and Plan:

    EarthCorps inventoried the Active Zone, the Historic District, and the Passive Zone (minus the aspen grove, snag row, mitigation ponds east of turf fields, and Bellefields areas).  They found 3903 trees.

    Overstory story trees  == greater than 5 inches. Smaller are "regenerating trees", though many or most were planted.

    EarthCorps will get a draft report to board before the March meeting, and are plannign to hold a public meeting in mid-April.  The draft plan will be available on the EarthCorps website, with links from KC and FOMP.  Norah will check Clise availability for the public meeting. 

    Greg needs to look at FOMP matching hour requirements.

  3. CIP/Project Updates:

    1. BirdLoop:  New signs along Marymoor Way should be up by March 15

    2. Maintenance & Art Barn Renovations: Trim painting will continue when weather permits

    3. NE Marymoor Way Paving Work: Work order in for extension of centerlines east.  Work should be scheduled soon.

    4. Community Gardens:  A new multi-year agreement has been reached between King County and the Marymoor Community Gardeners Association.

    5. Boathouse Project:  A tentative construction schedule can be found at
      A planned wetland restoration work party, scheduled for Feb. 26th, ended up being postponed due to freezing weather.

    6. Interpretive Lot (Lot D) Improvement Ideas:  Parks is planning to move the dump and store operations, currently occuring just east of Lot D, over to near the new maintenance buildings in the northeast corner of the park.  Norah discussed the short-term plans for the existing Lot D site.  Norah wants the area fenced off, probably with split-rail fencing, to keep cars out of the area.  Michael suggested that a dirt pile located just to the south of the site be used as source material to cover the mud that dominates things currently.  He suggested building a small raised viewing platform to give views over the East Meadow and to Mt. Rainier.  This idea had broad support, as the view is the best in the park.

4.       Other:

Norah is working with an inventor to test a live-trap for moles that uses and electronic signal when the trap is activated.  She plans to have any trapped moles relocated across the river to the meadow near 51st St. in Marymoor West.  Areas where trapping might occur would include grass soccer fields, the concert venue, and the mansion west lawn.

 Next Meeting:  Thursday March 24, 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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