Friends of Marymoor Park

May 23, 2018 Meeting Summary

-- see also the April 25, 2018  meeting summary

1) Introductions

Norah Robinson, King County Parks – Marymoor Park lead; Michael Hobbs, FOMP Secretary, webmaster; Laura Hall, Marymoor Community Gardeners Association, FOMP Board; Glenn Eades, Eastside Audubon, neighbor; Shane Berry – now with Seattle Event Solutions (alcohol vendor that serves at the concerts and other events at Marymoor); Amy Dunn, AEG Live, replacing Shane as Assistant General Manager

2) CIP/Project/Facilities Updates

a) Birdloop – Mulching snag row in preparation for planting in fall.  Glenn mentioned they are happy that the rugby people have improved their storage box along snag row.  They are also pleased with their new gator, which Parks helped them acquire.  Michael requested that EAS install a Barn Owl nest box in one in the conifer next to their sheds in the East Meadow.

b) Community Gardens -

  • Happy with cleanup of Snag Row.
  • New apiary space reserved, but they are waiting on getting a new colony. The old site, at the NW corner of the Pet Memorial Garden, was too shady. They will move the bees to the SE corner of the garden.
  • Currently, they are trying to control invasive buttercups in the garden, and would like Parks to mow the buttercups in the Pet Memorial Gardens.
  • Quite excited by the idea of trying to make a sub-organization to run the Hope Link plots as  a 501(c)3.

c) Maintenance Items

  • New split rail is going up along north edge of Snag Row along the south edge of Fields 7-8-9
  • The Rugby storage box should be fixed by 6/6, or will be removed
  • Playground almost done; worrying about how to get grass grown around the site

d) Cultural Resources at Marymoor – Norah reiterated the need to get assessment in advance of any digging projects.

e) Sound Transit – FOMP was previously allowed to vote for wall patterns for the concrete walls associated with the Light Rail project.  Unfortunately, FOMP’s favorite pattern turns out not to be available.  Likely options are now the pattern used on SR-520, or a pattern used in Redmond.

f) Cut-through traffic

  • We had a discussion, with general support for being pretty tough on cut-through traffic. Norah explained again her notion of “Visitor Validation”, where not only do you need to pay $1 or have a pass, but that you would also need to get a validation ticket from a machine that one would have to walk to.
  • Norah also has the idea of asking Redmond to change the morning light timing to give more preference to WLSP traffic over those wanting to turn left out of the park. This would have the dual effect of improving through traffic on WLSP while delaying those trying to use Marymoor Way for illegal cut-through commuting.

g) New parking fee collection machines  –  Spring Summer 2018

h) Dudley Carter Sculptures – Should have vendor chosen by next meeting.  Need input on locations for Condor and for Thunderbirds

There will be NO JUNE MEETING.  Our July meeting will be on Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in CLISE MANSION

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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