Friends of Marymoor Park

May 24, 2017 Meeting Summary

-- see also the March 22, 2017  meeting summary

1) Introductions

Norah Robinson, King County Parks – Marymoor Park lead; Michael Hobbs, FOMP Secretary, Webmaster; Shane Berry, AEG Live; Travis Roach, TOPS; Glenn Eades, Eastside Audubon, neighbor; Laura Hall, Marymoor Community Gardener's Association, FOMP Board; Marceil Whitney, TOPS tennis; Travis Roach, TOPS tennis;

2) New Event – Fall 2017

Proposal moving forward for a “Little Top” event, about 1/4 of the space of Cirque du Soleil, on the Event Pad. Move-in would be September, with shows from mid-October to April. Capacity 285 people, 1 show per evening, 5 evenings a week (no shows Monday, Tuesday). Occasional matinee. Dinner show, open to all ages, in an antique tent. This could be approved before the next FOMP meeting.

Michael raised the issue of lighting. The current Cirque show has hugely bright lights, and he requested that lighting be moderated, and shielded from shining far beyond the Event Pad.

3) CIP/Project/Facilities Updates

a) Bird Loop: Lake lookout proposal under review as CPG.  Glenn raised the question about the Snag Row, and whether Audubon should work on the section of Snag Row north of the Community Gardens; consensus was that it was not necessary.  No news on asphalt removal, which troubled Michael.  The asphalt project has been stalled a long time, and gravel patches are not lasting well.

b) Community Gardens: Garden is full up.  There have been issues with final phase of the path rework; there may be a need for additional grant money.    People continue to park in the the Garden parking lot who are not gardeners.  MCGA would like a more clear sign; Norah suggested perhaps a Gardeners Only sign at EACH of the spaces.

c) TOPS tennis facility: TOPS held an open house at Clise Mansion on May 2nd, but the presentation was short on information and provided no way for public comments or questions from the audience.  At the June FOMP meeting, there will be more information about the proposed Agreement between TOPs and Parks.  TOPs proposed that there may be room for some gardens around the building, including possibly a vegetable garden for HopeLink.

d: Maintenance Items: Lot B widening at the entrance to Lot B from Pea Patch Rd. done.  Decayed logs will be replaced with curb-stops in Lot B.  Michael warned that removing the logs may lead to people driving donuts on the soccer fields.  Asphalt repairs in Lot K will be done during field closure (see below).

e: Turf replacement: Soccer fields 1-4 are having their artificial terf replaced, June 15-August 15. 

f: Taiwan Friendship Garden: A landscape architect is working on a proposal for a site slightly to the northwest of the “new” maintenance building along the northeast edge of the park.  Laura did raise the question of whether this would be provocative due to the political issues between The People’s Republic and Taiwan.  That would probably be undesirable.

5) Other

Light Rail – archeological investigation and geotech drilling is due to start in June, although Norah raised questions about whether June-August might not be exactly the wrong season, due to disruptions of bird nesting.  Specifically of concern is the osprey nest.  Michael also raised concern about the wetland that sits between Soccer Fields 1-4 and the cricket field and Event Pad.  The rest of the right of way is probably less of a concern.  Glenn – rail probably ground level past Marymoor.

Next meeting, June 28, 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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