Friends of Marymoor Park

July 25, 2018 Meeting Summary

-- see also the May 23, 2018  meeting summary

1) Introductions

Norah Robinson, King County Parks – Marymoor Park lead; Greg Helland, FOMP President; Michael Hobbs, FOMP Secretary, webmaster; Amy Dunn, AEG Live; Steve Guty, MAR/C; Laura Hall, Marymoor Community Gardeners Association, FOMP Board

2) Bear Creek & Subway Concessions

Bear Creek Coffee has closed, and trailer has moved out to Leavenworth.  Subway is no longer renting the concession spot near Soccer 1-2-3-4, due to a change in ownership for the local franchise.  Parks is hoping to get a vendor for at least one of the concession spots, and may also allow some food truck services.

3) CIP/Project/Facilities Updates

a) Birdloop – Work party scheduled for Saturday, 8/4

b) Community Gardens - full with a waiting list; no particular news, though the apiary appears they will be taking this year off.  But they hope to have a hive or two in 2019.

c) Maintenance Items – The Muckleshoot tribe would like the salmon-season fencing in the Dog Area swim beaches.  So it’s likely that fencing will return, but will likely be a semi-permeable turbidity curtain.  Installation would be done by Parks.  Dates were typically mid-August to November 1.  These fences are intended to ease salmon passage past those active sites. 

d) Sound Transit

  • Tree replacement:  Norah has convened a committee to recommend locations and practices for tree planting within the park.  First two priority locations will be as close to the removed trees as possible.  The third priority location is approximately near the Climbing Rock, where it is expected the new pedestrian/bicycle entrance to Marymoor from the ST station will be.  Additional plantings will be around the mansion.  Right near the mansion, Norah is pushing for a few large specimen trees, which would reduce the number of holes necessary in the most important archeological sites.  In other areas, underground irrigation will be installed to try to increase survival.  Parks is planning for additional trees in the conifer grove, looking to species selection and irrigation designed to maximize future survival (and predicting some possible increase in warming).
  • Wetland mitigation:  Sites are being difficult to find within Marymoor.  Sound Transit may end up teaming with the Willowmoor Floodplain Restoration site on the west side of the slough.   Otherwise, they may need to go outside the park for mitigation.  Laura expressed a desire to have mitigation for loss within Marymoor to be performed within Marymoor.  But Norah pointed out that the mitigation site becomes off-limits to park users in perpetuity.  To mitigate a loss of park land due to a transit path by removing several acres of park land from public access seems inappropriate.
  • Osprey nest relocation:  FOMP continues to support placement of the new nest north of parking lot B; this seems the most likely spot.

e) New parking fee collection machines – Predicted installation, Fall 2018

f) Dudley Carter Sculptures – Contract has been made; restoration work starting next week.   Completion probably late September.   Two sculptures are still in storage; Condor and Thunderbirds.  Norah is seeking input on locations for the sculptures.

4) Other

  • Norah gave us a heads-up. Construction will be running 2020-2023 for the upgraded sewer line along WLSP. There will be closures of WLSP, of the parts of the Rowing Club parking lot, long closures of the Sammamish River Trail from Marymoor to 85th St. Sound Transit Light Rail construction will be starting at about the same time, so there will be many disruptions during that time period.
  • Laura brought up Norah’s idea of changing the timing of the left turn light from Marymoor Way to WLSP south *in the morning*, to give much lower precedence to Marymoor cut-through traffic. This would discourage the cut-through traffic by slowing them down, AND would make better traffic flow on WLSP. There was strong support for this, and Norah made a note to contact City of Redmond.
  • Michael complained about “lazy” activities by maintenance personnel – specifically driving on paths and cutting across grass rather than using the roads, and especially things like driving around gates and bollards rather than opening them.

5) Board Meeting: Selection of new Board Member!

Laura called for a brief meeting of the FOMP Board: She then moved to add Steve Guty to the Board.  This was seconded, and the Board (all three of us) voted to add Steven Guty to the FOMP board.  So now we are four.  Welcome, Steve!

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, August 22nd, 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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