Friends of Marymoor Park

February 22, 2017 Meeting Summary

-- see also the January 25, 2017  meeting summary

1) Introductions

Norah Robinson, King County Parks – Marymoor Park lead; TJ Davis, King County Parks - CIP; Greg Helland, FOMP President and SODA rep; Laura Hall, Marymoor Community Gardener's Association, FOMP Board; Marceil Whitney, TOPS; Travis Roach, TOPS; Shane Berry, AEG Live; Glenn Eades, Eastside Audubon, neighbor

2) TOPS Tennis Facility

KC Parks is working with consultant to further the traffic solutions that came out of the traffic study for the tennis facility. Emphasis on solutions for high traffic events that impact the park. Tennis facility contribution was considered negligible.

Parks is satisfied with overall facility proposal and planning to move the project forward for council consideration, possibly in May. Still working on the components of the agreement between KC and TOPs. If council approves, detailed design would be authorized.

Currently identified physical impacts to Marymoor include wetlands near facility entrance and wetlands near tennis courts. Will need to identify mitigation options, probably within the park. Other potential impacts have not been identified as significant, at this point anyway.

FOMP representatives reiterated the previously stated positions: the organization (TOPS) and its mission are wonderful. The objection is related to the proposed installation of a large building in one of the last available open areas within Marymoor. Greg emphasized to TJ Davis that FOMP was interested in information on physical impacts to the park, and expected the information from the consultant’s preliminary work to be shared.

3) Proposed Fence Line Changes at the Concert Venue (see diagram)

AEG Live wants to increase number of food trucks (8 to 12) to reduce lines. Also envision food and beverage center where attendees can gather and mingle. Proposal presented to push fence in northwest corner about 60 feet north and probably 100+ feet east/west. Revised footprint maintains separation from playground and tree line (fire marshall requirements). Eliminates food trucks that were stationed in the southeast corner; moves everything to northwest corner. No objections were raised to the proposal.

4) CIP/Project/Facilities Updates

a) Birdloop  – Planning for part 2 of the path repair (the crumbling pavement south of the East Meadow), but will likely need to wait for ground to dry a bit before equipment can access the area.

b) Community Gardens – Garden path reconstruction work still underway, and will take another 3-4 weeks due to wet ground. Other miscellaneous maintenance tasks underway, as conditions and time allows. Still have a number of folks on the wait list.  Laura is no longer VP.  Excited about opportunity to partner with concert group. Jack had another back surgery, but is recovering; he doesn’t plan to give up gardening. Final report for 2016: 6301 pounds of food donated to Hopelink. The quantity for 2016 was severely impacted by potato and tomato blight. Note that AEG Live plans to have a donation bin for the food bank at the concerts.

c) Dudley Carter Sculptures – Moving ahead (slowly) with restoration project. Sculptures will be brought to Marymoor from other facilities within the KC Park district.

d) Maintenance Items – need to remove trees from mitigation area, north of soccer fields and event pad, that have grown into the fence. Will replace within mitigation area. One cottonwood from historic area identified for removal because the roots are uplifting the asphalt path. Replacement plan uncertain, but noted that within historic area, can replant with ornamentals consistent with the palate. Grading planned to prep for Cirque, as well as other prep work. Two of the park maintenance crew transferred to other districts – replacement staff expected within the month.

Turf installed on soccer fields 1-4 in 2006 now at the end of its life (typically plan for 10 year life for artificial turf). Planned replacement is scheduled for mid-June start, assuming procurement process is finished. Two months allowed for project to ensure proper weather conditions.

5) Other

Eastside Audubon have had introductory conversations about replacement overlook on Lake Sammamish. The intent is to address bank erosion caused by park visitors accessing the river. KC has solicited preliminary information from contractor to evaluate permit issues.

Next meeting: Wednesday, March 22, 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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