Friends of Marymoor Park

October 23, 2013 Meeting Summary

-- see also the August 28, 2013  meeting summary 


1) Introductions -  Norah Robinson, King County Parks; Greg Helland, FOMP President and SODA representative; Herb Bone, Marymoor R/C Club, FOMP Board; Michael Hobbs, Eastside Audubon, FOMP Secretary; Jack MacKinnon, Marymoor Community Gardener's Association

2) Willowmoor Floodplain Restoration Project - The meeting that was scheduled for October 23 was postponed until November 13.  A report from the September meeting can be viewed here: images/Willowmoor SAC Meeting Report 09252013.pdf

3) ADA Parking Spot Revisions - In response to concerns from citizens, and in anticipation of new ADA rules coming into effect at the end of the year, Parks is planning several improvements to the gravel parking lots in the park. They have the funds and opportunity to complete this project as soon as mid-November. 

In each area, the objective is to: increase number of spaces if needed, repair and repaint existing surfaces, install or improve signage, improve walkways in front of spaces, add transition into activity area, add ‘truncated dome’ strips at transition to activity areas.

  • South Lot (Lot D)
    • Move vendor to east side of pay station entrance.
      • Run power to accommodate vendor.
      • Level areas and extend from existing asphalt to the east, to create new vendor area on east side of entrance.
      • Install drywell to accept runoff from new asphalt and reduce puddling in that area.
    • Utilizing existing asphalt west of the pay station, add one space, reseal and repaint spaces.
      • Move curb stops as needed to allow adequate walkway in front of ADA spaces.
  • Interpretive Lot (Lot G)
    • Eliminate the two spaces now located at the southwest corner, along the south fence; because they ‘back’ into the ADA space along the west fence.
    • Run power to that area, designate it as a vendor space.
    • Utilize current vendor space as additional ADA space.
    • Run asphalt from the ‘old’ vendor space to the east, incorporating pay station and entry to dog area, adding two new spaces east of entry.
    • Install drywells to accept runoff and reduce puddling at center entrance.
    • Add asphalt on either side of ‘Soccer’ spaces on north side of lot to create total of five spaces there.
  • R/C Parking Lot
    • Improve existing spaces, add ‘truncated dome’ strips at transition to activity area.
  • Lot B (Cowboy)
    • Install 12 new spaces, with two entry points to activity field.
  • Pea Patch
    • Install one space with gradual slope to garden.

4) CIP Project/Facility Updates:

  • Birdloop – Norah would still like to use curb stops as parking guides in the southeast part of the Interpretive Lot, but there are currently no available curb stops. Parks is on a tight budget until 2014.
  • Garden Loosestrife Control Project - Norah is almost finished with a final report on this project.  Signs should arrive Monday. Norah will work with Eastside Audubon to determine placement.
  • Marymoor Community Gardens - Fall Garden cleanup was in early October. In 2013, 8083 lbs. of freshly harvested organic produce was delivered to HopeLink! Jane Bois is new President. Laura Hall will be the new MCGA FOMP Representative, starting in 2014.
  • Parking-machine Pullout Proposal – Greg and the group came out with a new suggestion during discussions: The drive-thru causes traffic problems that will only be partly resolvable through reconfiguration. The biggest problems appear to be on Saturdays, when soccer parking peaks. The new idea is to replace the two existing machines on the drive-up with one ADA-accessible machine, and to close the drive-thru at peak usage times (which already done whenever traffic backs up onto the main road). Additional machines could then be placed in the various parking lots. This would be a lot cheaper than a total redesign of the pullout.
  • Climbing Rock Playground - Turns out there is no funding for new tot lot, as the funds available are only for maintenance/refurbishment, and not for new facilities.  But Parks will be moving forward with adding two adult exercise stations.
  • Sewer Pump Replacement - The main sewer pump for the park, located ENE of the main entrance bridge, will need to be replaced, as it is ancient, and repair parts are impossible to acquire.  There have been some recent temporary failures, which point to the critical nature of this problem. Planning is ongoing, but replacement will likely be after winter.  During the actual replacement, there may be a short period of time when water and restrooms will not be available in the park.  Porta-potties and water trucks would probably be substituted as needed.

5) URGENT APPEAL for Board Members - The Friends of Marymoor Park will be down to just two board members, Greg and Michael, by early 2014, when Herb will be stepping down.  We need some new volunteers to come forward to sustain this organization.  Parks has made a big commitment to FOMP, and the various park users and user groups need to do their part.  Board Members are expected to attend as many FOMP meetings as possible (there are only eleven a year).  Occasionally, there will be a Board Meeting separate from the monthly FOMP meeting, but those are few and far between (typically less than 1 per year).  Board Members may also be called upon to help apply for and/or administer grants for projects within Marymoor Park.

Next Meeting: November 20, 2013, 7:00 pm at the Art Barn
Note that the November meeting comes one week early, due to Thanksgiving, and there will be meeting in December

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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