Friends of Marymoor Park

January 22, 2014 Meeting Summary

-- see also the November 20, 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; Glenn Eades, Eastside Audubon; Jack MacKinnon, Marymoor Community Gardener's Association; Laura Hall, Marymoor Community Gardener's Association; Katie Oakley.

2) CIP Project/Facility Updates:

  • BirdLoop – Norah talked with Jim Rettig about temporary irrigation for new plantings.  He has found some possibly surplus above-ground irrigation supplies at Brightwater.  Norah will try to get the Parks irrigation manager up to Bridgewater soon to see if it actually is surplus and if it could be transferred (within King County gov.) to Parks.  Further investigation will be necessary to determine the feasibility of connecting piping up to the water supply.  The Viewing Mound would be a main target of the irrigation.  MCGA might also be interested in some of the irrigation equipment, although there’s some concern about residual reclaimed water traces.

    Repairs to the asphalt trail, which forms part of the eastern portion of the Bird Loop / Interpretive Trail, are scheduled for 2014.  Michael noted that the condition of the asphalt has taken a severe turn for the worse this winter.  While previously there was extensive cracking, there are now several holes larger than a dinner plate.

    Poison Hemlock remains a problem around the Viewing Mound.  The Parks noxious weed people came around a couple of weeks ago and sprayed the hemlock, and they will continue to swing by the park and check to see if more applications are necessarily.  Norah commented that the team has been trying to work selectively around the few surviving plantings.  Glenn feels that a more scorched-earth policy would be better, since unless the Poison Hemlock can be completely eradicated, it will return quickly.

  • Garden Loosestrife Control Project – The work for 2013 has been completed, with a report submitted.  Generally, spraying earlier in the season seems to have been more successful than spraying later in the growing cycle.  The 2013 project was funded with a non-renewed grant.  The Parks noxious weed people will continue to try and control the loosestrife, and will look to additional measures if they cannot make headway using periodic treatments.
  • Marymoor Community Gardens – An Eagle Scout candidate has a plan to construct four different styles of ADA-accessible plots.  MCGA is converting some of the half-plots at the west end (front) of the gardens to be ADA-accessible.  At least one would be a horseshoe-shaped plot that would be reachable from a person in a wheelchair or walker in the center of the horseshoe.  Others would be raised beds, with varying heights of beds

    Laura also noted that park visitors seem to be using the Pet Memorial Garden for non-memorial uses.  She and Jack described children running on top of the stone wall, kids trying to catch frogs in the pond, etc.  She suggested more strongly-worded signs, as well as repairing the damage to existing signs.  MCGA has tried to “police” the area, since it’s adjacent to the Garden, but that can become uncomfortable for all parties.  The biggest concern is safety.   Norah expressed reluctance to police behavior that is generally park-appropriate, though safety issues are something to be investigated.   The triangular sign board will be repaired, but Norah was cool to the idea of harsher signs.
  • Interpretive Lot (Lot G) Improvements – Some drainage work has been done along the dog area fencing in both Lots D and G, and more will be done near the birding kiosk at Lot G.  
  • ADA Parking Lot Work  –  starting January 21, NW Asphalt and Parks began making ADA parking improvements in multiple parking lots around Marymoor park.  Parking Lots include:  R/C lot, Lot B, Community Garden and both off-leash area parking lots (Lot D and G).  The crews are making every effort to keep the lots open in some way, to allow use of the adjacent spaces; however, there may be intermittent closures to allow safe and efficient use of large equipment.  The project will take 5-7 days.  One off-leash area parking lot will always remain open.
  • Lighting Projects – lighting out by Subway, connecting to Fields 1-2, and between there and Fields 3-4 completed.  That was partially funded by risk management.  MacNair Field lighting on hold due to archeological investigations.

  • Park Drainage – Bear Creek overflow to soccer fields – valve installed in early January
  • Sammamish River Transition Zone – Next meeting February 12
  • Clise Mansion – Facelift in progress, with new restroom fixtures and paint.  Window repairs and kitchen remodel are awaiting funding.
  • Climbing Rock Playground – Two adult exercise stations pending.  Equipment is on-site, but playground specialist has other projects.
  • Sewer Pump Replacement – In progress:  new pumps and control system, will be completed by ~2/10

3) 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: January 22, 2014, 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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