Friends of Marymoor Park

October 26, 2016 Meeting Summary

-- see also the September 28, 2016  meeting summary

Thanks to Greg Helland for these notes!

1. Introductions

Norah Robinson, King County Parks – Marymoor Park lead; Greg Helland, FOMP President and SODA rep; Chick Hodge, TOPS;  Marceil Whitney, TOPS; Travis Roach, TOPS; Shane Berry, AEG Live; Glenn Eades, Eastside Audubon, neighbor; Ollie Oliver, neighbor, birdwatcher

2. TOPS Update

Parking study results expected in about a week. Potable water remains an issue that needs to be resolved, including water for fire suppression.

Summary of Junior Program for 2016 provided (served over 1800 unique youth during the year). Listed programs and consistency with KC equity and Social Justice Initiative. Country contributes land, preliminary studies and funding for preliminary design. TOPS funds the construction.

Email comments from Laura Hall reiterate MCGA position on the proposed facility, as stated in the July 27, 2016 meeting minutes. Comments from FOMP participants at the table are that the organization and its’ mission are commendable. The objection remains against a large building in the last remaining open area in the active recreation area of Marymoor.

3. Cameras in Park

Proposal Norah has submitted a request for a series of security camera within the park. The most frequent issue is the car prowls. Multiple reports are issued to the police each week. The pattern is consistent. Surveillance cameras have proven to be a deterrent, although it doesn’t eliminate the incidents. For some areas, poles would have to be installed to support the camera. Plan to include the cottage, maintenance yard and mansion. Still researching whether there is a monitoring or data management center in KC that could be used to centrally manage the surveillance data.

4. Project/Facility Updates

  • Birdloop – replanting work party scheduled for Nov 5. Ollie reports “a few” trees are leaning over the boardwalk, and need to be trimmed. Cub scouts are planning to assist replanting.
  • Noxious weeks – Dave Sizemore gave kudos to Eastside Audubon for the effort to control noxious weeks.
  • Venue seating proposal under review by various entities.
  • Dudley Carter Sculptures – Capital Improvements group developing scope for procurement process.

5. Events

Cirque du Soleil still TBA, but sign up on web site to get notice.

6. Other

  • Bear Creek Coffee – coming to D lot near the Wash Spot. Cultural resources, utilities, etc. all addressed. Expected to be operating in early Nov.
  • South Marymoor Subarea rezone (business park east of Marymoor) – community meeting Nov. 1 at Redmond City Hall. 8-10 AM.
  • Tree removal last week: Parks arborist reviewed trees of concern identified by maintenance staff. Arborist recommended removing 16 poplars (mostly along Marymoor Way) and 2 vine maples. Contractor became available, so took opportunity to have the marked trees removed. Don’t plan to directly replace poplars at the removal locations because extensive 2009 plantings are filling in the areas, but other areas are targeted for the replacements.

Next Meeting: October 26, 2016, 7:00 p.m. 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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