May 24, 2017 Meeting
-- see also the
March 22, 2017 meeting summary
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;
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
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.
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
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