July 26, 2017 Meeting
-- see also the
June 28, 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;
Lee Anne Hughes, Event Coordinator for CHOMP!;
Phil O’Sullivan with CHOMP; Markus Kunz,
Executive Director of Teatro ZinZanni; Marciel Whitney
and Travis Roach, TOPSs Tennis Facility; Jeff
Hagen, Sports Program Administrator at City of Redmond;
Debbie, rower and neighbor
2) Teatro ZinZanni
The dinner circus theater company is very excited to be
at Marymoor for an interim six-month run at Marymoor Park.
They will use a historic Belgian Spiegeltent on the
Recreation and Event Area pad. They will have a few
smaller tents as well, and a couple of modular buildings to
house things like the kitchen. Capacity of the dinner
Spiegeltent is 285 people; it is very much smaller than the
Cirque du Soleil or Cavalia tents, and their footprint at
Marymoor will be significantly smaller than at their old
location on Mercer St. in Seattle, since offices, costume
shop, etc., will not be located on-site as they were in
Seattle. They expect 40-70 cars per performance, with
performances typically running Wednesdays-Sundays, 7-10pm,
plus a very few noon matinees.
Markus is working with Norah on low-impact signage,
focusing on clarity in directing people to the site.
Michael asked about the lighting around the tent, citing
issues with Cirque du Soleil, where they had the tent
BRIGHTLY LIT all night. Markus assured us that TZ will not
be lighting the tent for promotional purposes. He will be
mindful of our concerns when establishing the necessary
safety and security lighting.
Time is short to prepare for their October 19th
opening, so Norah may email out some plans to the FOMP
board for review as they are developed. Their run is
scheduled to end April 30, 2018.
CHOMP! is back for their 3rd year at Marymoor, with
Dinner in the Park on Friday, August 18th at 6
p.m., and the CHOMP! Eat Well Live Well Fair on Saturday,
August 19th, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dinner in the Park features a five-course dinner
prepared by local celebrity chefs using locally grown and
sourced foods - a Farm-to-Table meal.
The cost of $75 per ticket includes beer, wine, and
cider. Musical entertainment will be provided by
Delvon Lamarr and David McGraw, members of the Delvon Lamarr
Organ Trio. Proceeds will support the
International Rescue Committee of Seattle/SeaTac New Roots
Program that helps to establish local gardens in
neighborhoods of newly settled refugees.
Dinner will be held in a large tent just south of Clise
Mansion, with a capacity of ~200 diners. Parking will
be in the Clise Mansion lot.
CHOMP! Eat Well Live Well Fair will have a variety
of program areas placed around the west and south sides of
Clise Mansion: Farmer Village will have a
farmer's market, plus a variety of activities and
information. Community Kitchen will feature cooking
demonstrations, and will have a $14 Community Plate meal
available, prepared by chefs from several local restaurants.
There will also be beer, wine, cider, food trucks, and more.
Earth School, presented by the Wilderness Awareness
School will, will have classes and information about
everything from natural soaps to natural herbs to mushrooms,
and more. The Upcycle Bazaar features the work
of local makers, converting the old into the new as an
alternative to recycling or trashing. Some of this
will be participatory build-your-own stuff! And
Tiny Home Town will demonstrate ultra small dwellings
that allow "living off the grid", as well as ways to make
your own apartment or home more sustainable, plus a chance
to get advice from experts.
There will be music from Caspar Babypants, Mikey
Mike the Rad Scientist, Honcho Poncho, Delvon Lamarr Organ
Trio, and Ozomatil, plus a Garden Hot Sauce Competition
and the Backyard Chicken Pageant (yes, bring your
chicken to the park to face the judges)
Admission is free, parking is $5, but there will be a
free accessible shuttle from Overlake Transit Center.
Parking will be in Lot D with overflow to the concert
parking area; entrance will be from Lot D, though shuttle
passengers will enter from the north Clise entrance.
They are hoping for 3000-5000 attendees Saturday.
Laura asked if there could be some linkage between CHOMP!
and the Marymoor Community Gardeners. Laura had lots of
ideas, and will get together with CHOMP! staff to
4) CIP/Project/Facilities Updates
a) Birdloop – Dennis has rented equipment and is
arranging the crew to rip out the short section of path that is
so very bad. This will happen late July or early August.
EAS still planning to plant many plants in Snag Row. Laura and
Glenn are planning to get together to discuss pruning/clearing
the area of Snag Row along the north edge of the Community
Gardens. Michael mentioned that a bobcat was seen
early in the morning of July 3, on the birdloop path near the
b) Community Garden – completely full with a wait
list. Their apiary suffered from vandalism, as well as ingrowth
of blackberries into the apiary. MCGA would like to move the
bees to either the SW corner of the Memorial Garden, or the SE
corner of the Garden. Another possibility would be near the
composting area at the SW corner of the Garden. The SW Garden
corner is their preference. They’d like to move during the next
few weeks, so Norah would like any concerns to be raised
c) TOPs Tennis Facility – TOPs is working on a
proposed partnership agreement with KC Parks. The
tentative proposal would effectively be aimed to be
revenue-neutral for the county. Over the 40 years of the
proposed agreement, TOPs would be responsible for all
operational expenses of the building, and while Parks would
provide maintenance of areas near the building (i.e. mowing,
gardening, parking lot maintenance, etc.), TOPs would pay an
annual fee aimed to cover those expenses. Additionally,
TOPs and Parks would split the maintenance costs of the outdoor
courts. While TOPs would not be paying Parks for the lease
of the land, they would be providing the public good of an
affordable tennis facility with public (non-membership) court
rentals, and especially a facility that offers affordable youth
programs for ages 3-18, with financial assistance for families
with demonstrated need.
In terms of outreach to underprivileged, – see TOPs website:
5-10% of the kids get subsidies. But they are also low fees and
no membership dues, so it is relatively affordable to everyone.
Laura asked if FOMP could see their application for financial
aid. Laura also suggested translating it to Russian, Somali, and
Spanish. TOPs is also budgeting for transportation to open up
opportunities for kids who can’t get to Marymoor by themselves.
Glenn asked if existing outdoor players will be annoyed by
the new management of the outdoor courts. Consensus was that
tennis players will probably be happy to have access to indoor
court rentals which would make up for partial loss of outdoor
court availability. Except from 4-6 pm, TOPs is proposing to
have two of the four outdoor courts still open to the public at
Jeff Hagen (City of Redmond) gave great praise to TOPs for
their long-standing work in Redmond. Laura reiterated that the
concerns of FOMP are based simply about whether this is the best
use of the last available spot in the park. Michael reiterated
that the fact that this is a large building in the Park (that
is, loss of open space; a building can be placed on any land,
and does not need to be in a park) is our
Debbie expressed strong support for the project. She is
involved with SRA, and she’s excited that there may be another
sports facility in the park that would have a similar
relationship with the park as SRA has.
d) Maintenance items
- Asphalt repairs in Lot K. Trees and vegetation have been
removed. Pavement damaged by tree roots will be cut out and
replaced. The trees will not be replaced with the same kind
of trees, but Norah would like some kinds of plantings to go
in. She’s asking for suggestions, but notes that the absence
of trees has been very nice since the trees blocked the
lighting in the parking lot.
The culvert and drainage system will be reevaluated after
maintenance is competed. The culvert, as is, may be
sufficient once proper function is restored. If not, then
the main culvert will need to be replaced.
- Noxious Weeds – Purple Loosestrife was sprayed last
week, as is required. Laura asked what chemicals were
used, and Norah said she'd investigate.
e) Synthetic turf replacement – On soccer 1-4,
original turf from 2006 is being replaced. Project on schedule,
due to be complete by August 15.
f) Parking machines will need to be replaced, as
current ones are falling apart, and parts are having to be
fabricated. New machines will need to be compatible with bank
that is contracted with King County. This will have to go out to
bid. Need is desperate, but Procurement processes are
g) Cultural resources – Test plots were done along the
north edge of the Off-leash area between Lot G and the Pet
Garden. No archeological artifacts were found. So, EAS can
proceed with plantings in Snag Row. Glenn mentioned that the
archeologist not only wanted to know where plantings would go,
but what plants. This raised the question of whether there are
more favored and less favored plants? Getting a list of
undesirable and/or desirable plants would be better than having
to have a proposed plant list approved. Norah will try to get
the archeologist to attend the September FOMP meeting.
Meanwhile, protocols are being developed, and Norah will run
those past the FOMP board by email.
h) Sammamish Rowing Association – proposal for and
Eagle Scout project to build shelter for kids waiting to be
picked up. Norah's preference would be for it to be near the
street where it can be seen.
i) ST3 Link Light Rail - Construction could start in
late 2019. No details are yet available about things like
construction access, or even a definitive ruling on whether the
line will run elevated or on ground level through the park.
- Jeff Hagen reported that the City of Redmond must return the
Old Redmond Schoolhouse community center building to the school
district for use as a preschool. The city has leased
the Washington Vocational Tech School building immediately NW of
the east entrance to Marymoor Park as a partial replacement.
It has about half of the space of the existing community center,
but should be able to accommodate many of Community Center
Laura requested that the question of cut-through
traffic on Marymoor Way be prioritized for attention. Going
forward, the problem is
going to go from really bad (today) to outrageous, with the ST-3
Light Rail station coming in. Michael pointed out that
even the new Community Center announced by Jeff will probably
result in people driving through the park to access the building
(which is NOT in the park). It may become necessary to
block the road, though this is a policy decision that will have
to come from high up in King County. Laura very much wants
to ensure that the park is not sacrificed to through-traffic.
This would be a major safety risk, and would also substantially
degrade the park experience.
Next meeting, August 23, 2017, in
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