Friends of Marymoor Park

July 25th, 2012 Meeting Summary

-- see also the May 23, 2012  meeting summary 

1.    Welcome and Introductions: 

Norah Gaynor King County; Michael Hobbs FOMP Secretary and Eastside Audubon; Greg Helland - FOMP President and SODA representative

2.  Tree Project

The grant did not come through, and one possible reason is that the grant application didn't make clear the relationship between the archeological work and the ability to plant trees.  FOMP went to try and find alternatives.

Norah has found a Parks employee with archeological credentials.  After discussions, they have gotten approval to have this employee perform the work (at a more reasonable hourly rate).  She will do the excavations, and she can consult with other experts if she finds something.

Archeology jobs don't just grow on trees, but in this case, trees might grow on this archeology job.

Marymoor will utilize this archeologist first on a project involving repairs on light poles and WIFI near the Clise mansion, possibly as early as next week.  For the tree project, Norah will identify some preferred sites for tree planting, with the idea of determining which of those sites is acceptable. 

Greg is hoping we could get Greg LaTourneau, a KC gov. archeologist, over for a discussion at a FOMP meeting, possibly in October.

3.  CIP/Project/Facility Updates:  Norah Gaynor

a) BirdLoop:  Overlook in progress.  Fencing next.  Benches?  Although the overlook was hydroseeded with a special native mix, comfrey and poison hemlock are coming up.  Parks is using targeted herbicide applications to try and control it. [ Michael also notified Norah of the presence of Tansy Ragwort in the SE portion of the East Meadow, and Norah said she'd have it taken care of. ]  The eagle scout would like to install 2 or 3 backless benches, perhaps one facing the model airplane field, one facing Mt. Rainier, and one facing the dog area.  Norah would like official approval from Eastside Audubon, but Michael thought benches would be good.

b) Community Gardens:  MCGA would like to remove some old pressure-treated wood and soil from old installations in the garden.  Arsenic contamination was detected near the wood.  Greg pointed out that there is a fairly high naturally occurring background level of arsenic, as well as some anthropogenic arsenic contamination from the Asarco smelter.  So if soil tests were done near the wood, arsenic found there may not actually be from the old pressure-treated wood.  Parks is willing to provide the small "heavy" equipment to do this removal, with the soil going to the dump piles.  Greg also pointed out that old pressure-treated wood can not be recycled, but must be disposed of like garbage.

c) Boathouse Project: See

Phase III: Spring 2011-Fall 2012
  • Continue work on 2011 capital campaign
  • Complete building foundation
  • Order and receive pre-engineered building
  • Erect building
  • Complete second floor of building (office space, locker rooms, meeting room, etc.)
  • Move boats!
  • Demo existing boathouse

They are currently working on erecting the building; the concrete is poured, the steel framing is up, and exterior walls are in the process of being roughed in.

d) East Lake Sammamish Trail/SRT/BGT:  Sammamish River Trail closed near Bothell Landing, August 13, 14, 15.  East Lake Sammamish Trail work has started on the Issaquah portion of the trail, with an estimated completion in Spring, 2013. 

Updates: July 23, 2012 - Excavate for and construct structural earth walls (SEW), remove rockery, install pipes, drive piles (Segment 2B).

e) North Playground Upgrades: MOMentum supplied some money for the adult fitness equipment.  Dedication ceremony last week.

Next Meeting: Wednesday August 22, 2012, 7pm Marymoor Art Barn

These notes 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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