Friends of Marymoor Park

April 25, 2013 Meeting Summary

-- see also the March 27, 2013  meeting summary 


1) Introductions: Herb Bone, Marymoor R/C Club, FOMP Board;  Norah Robinson, King County Parks; Jack McKinnon, Marymoor Community Gardens;  Michael Hobbs, Eastside Audubon, FOMP Secretary

2) Clise Mansion Management: Currently, and for the foreseeable future, King County Parks is managing the Clise Mansion.  Parks had neared an agreement with Seattle Event Solutions / Local 360 for Clise Management, but that deal was restructured, in part because there are some moderately involved renovations needed for the mansion.  SES holds the liquor permit for the Clise Mansion, the concert venue, and the Recreation and Events Area, and is the preferred caterer for Clise Mansion events.  The catering deal is non-exclusive, but SES / Local 360 is the first choice, and the renter will get a rental discount since SES does more of the setup and cleanup, reducing the burden on Parks personnel.

King County Parks is reviewing the fee structure for Mansion rentals, to make sure that Parks will profit.  Clise Mansion takes a lot of garden maintenance to keep it looking sharp.

The renovations including floor refinishing and kitchen upgrades.  Norah is hoping to get this work done soon, but there are already events scheduled for May, and there are funding issues and time constraints.

Booking for Clise is currently on hold, waiting for the concert schedule, and fee schedule revisions.
3) Climbing Rock Playground:  Parks has capital money available, and this playground seems a good place to expand.  Thought is to target the 6-12 age group, and Norah is lobbying for more action-oriented features such as small zip-lines, climbing rocks, etc.  As with the new playground addition near the turf soccer fields / Subway, there will also be some adult exercise equipment as well.  The new construction would go just east of the existing playground.  Initial design and permits will probably be done by an architect, but Parks can handle most of the construction.  Hopefully, this work could start sometime this summer. 

4) CIP Project/Facility Updates:

  • Birdloop – fencing has been delayed, but hopefully they will be able to get going on it soon.  Eventually, there will be split-rail fencing all along the east edge of that parking lot and entry drive, with room for nose-in parking along it, which will hopefully help structure parking.  Herbicide control of Poison Hemlock has begun. On the viewing mound, Eastside Audubon is organizing a manual removal operation using some trained people, etc., for May 4th on the mound itself.  Scotts Broom removal, via mowing, has begun between the viewing mound and the model airplane field.
  • Garden Loosestrife Control Project – Parks will continue work in 2013.  Spray work will be in June, two months earlier than previous attempts.  They will wait until the plants are about 3 feet tall above the water, and then spray them.  They’ll be trying a combination of two chemicals.  Spraying will be targeted – they spray individual plants, not broadcast spraying an area.  This is still experimental, but there is hope, based on previous experience, that this year’s work will be more successful than previous.
  • Community Gardens – May 4th, MCGA is doing their big annual work party, that includes developing the Food Bank plots.   MCGA has been awarded a CPG grant which will fund new plumbing and the path reconstruction.  MCGA is planning to do a trial path rebuild to see if their new design will be successful.  Parks is working on a better design for the plumbing and standpipes, including ADA accessible spigots.
  • East Lake Samm Trail – Issaquah section – New estimated completion date:  June, 2013
  • Lot G – Norah brainstormed on the idea of putting a restroom somewhere in the Lot G area.  Sewage is an issue, but a new line could be run from somewhere around Lot G to the velodrome restroom area.  Norah was suggesting a location in the triangle of grass east of the access road to Lot G and north of the compost piles.  Michael floated the idea of putting it within Snag Row towards the east end of the road.

4) Events: - Warning for August 10 – Two BIG 5K’s in the morning, and a concert that afternoon and night.

Next Meeting: May 22, 2013, 7:00 pm at the 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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