Friends of Marymoor Park

November 16, 2016 Meeting Summary

-- see also the October 26, 2016  meeting summary

1. Introductions

Norah Robinson, King County Parks – Marymoor Park lead; Greg Helland, FOMP President and SODA rep; Michael Hobbs, Eastside Audubon, FOMP Secretary and webmaster; Laura Hall, Marymoor Community Gardener's Association, FOMP Board; Marceil Whitney, TOPS; Travis Roach, TOPS; Shane Berry, AEG Live; Glenn Eades, Eastside Audubon, neighbor; Ollie Oliver, neighbor, birdwatcher

2) Trailhead Access Survey

As part of its commitment to address crowded parking lots at many of its most-popular backcountry trail access points, King County Parks is launching an online survey to find out how trail users get to these recreation areas – and how access could be improved. The data gathered will help King County Parks, in partnership with King County Metro, explore new ways to access trailheads along the I-90 corridor and reduce the use of personal vehicles.

The survey can be found at and will be available until December 3.

3) CIP/Project/Facilities Updates

The 2017/18 King County Budget is in final negotiations, and is expected before Thanksgiving. Several items on the CIP/P/F are in limbo until the budget is passed.

a) Birdloop – Next phase requested for 2017-18 budget. EAS had a very successful planting in Snag Row two Saturdays ago, in the rain. Many new shrubs planted to fill in under the young trees to try and shade out blackberries.

b) Community Gardens – Full again in 2016. Very little damage – no sign of problems from concert goers. Still looking for added use of accessible plots. Bees doing well with 3-4 hives. Food Bank donations may have set a new record in 2016, despite focusing less on heavy zucchinis and other squash. Pathway work will begin soon, using funds from a grant. They will be using hogs fuel, with a weed barrier.

c) Venue Seating area flooring – Latest proposal under review

d) Dudley Carter Sculptures – Scope of work being finalized for procurement

e) TOPs Tennis Facility – Traffic study has been completed and is being analyzed. TOPs will be reaching out to elementary schools in areas with many low-income students. They have a van or two, and are working with the school district to investigate additional transportation possibilities. They have also worked with the Boys & Girls Clubs. Many, many of these students get full scholarships. Water supply issues are still to be solved.

f) Security Cameras in Park proposal – Requested in proposed 2017-18 budget.

4) Events

Cirque du Soleil – “Luzia - A Waking Dream of Mexico”. Pre-sale tickets for March 30 – April 30 available now to Cirque Club Members

5) Other

  • Bear Creek Coffee – Coming Soon to Lot D. January 1 Grand Opening. “Soft” opening sooner? Debbie Goodrich is the proprietor.
  • FOMP has received some funds from the Estate of Carol West. The final amount is still being calculated, but we should know by January. It will be less than the $50K originally noted.

Next meeting: Wednesday, January 25, 2017, in 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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