Norah Robinson, King County Parks – Marymoor Park
lead; Michael Hobbs, FOMP Secretary, webmaster;
Doug Hodson, King County Parks Finance Manager; Heidi
Kanmdathil, King County Parks Project
Manager; Amy Dunn,
Berry, Seattle Event Solutions;
MAR/C, FOMP Board; Laura Hall, Marymoor Community Gardeners
Association, FOMP Board; Tim McGruder, Eastside
2) Park Levy - Heidi and Doug
The existing Park Levies run 2014-2019, so it's time to
start addressing Park Levies covering 2020-2025. Heidi
showed a video of Parks accomplishments from the 2014-2019
Old Levy Highlights: Average tax per home: $56. Funded
Open Space, Parks, Zoo. Rehabilitated 13 play areas, did
lots of maintenance. Worked on, and expanded trail system.
Linked open spaces. New access points to open space. $58
million went for various city parks, and the zoo.
There is an Independent Levy Oversight Board – reports are
made to them, and they make sure money is well-spent.
Parks is now at the beginning of the out-reach phase for
the new levy or levies: 6 year tax – 2020 through 2025.
Goals: Take care of existing system Improve trail system,
Open Space acquisition, CPG / Equity Grants, Make Parks and
Rec more accessible .
Population growth, an aging park system; plus inflation,
are driving a need for more money. Acquisition costs are
also increasing with population pressures.
A Status Quo levy replacement would raise $559M. Half of
levy funds go to maintenance and operations. Regional Trails
about 1/4. Open Space ~12%. (13.10 cents/$1000)
They are proposing some Enhancement Options – looking to
add $211M, with $124M for the Land Conservation Initiative,
Infrastructure $30M, Trails $43M, Aquarium $8M, Equity
Grants $6M (4.95 cents/$1000). The Equity Grants would
go to cities with lower median incomes to help them provide
parks and sports.
Combined: $770M, 18.05 cents/$1000. Estimated median
impact $66 per home for Status Quo, $92 with enhancements.
Looking to put the Levy on the August 2019 ballot.
We raised many issues with the Levy team: Michael raised
the issue of the desperate need to rebuild the boardwalk.
Also addressed were overuse of Marymoor, and a need to cap
expectations of revenue generation; a need for other parks
to be used for revenue generation in lieu of Marymoor, and
as well as Marymoor; and the likelihood that Marymoor usage
will increase dramatically with Light Rail, and therefore
will need more maintenance.
3 & 4) Dudley Carter Sculpture Locations and Stone
The Dudley Carter sculpture restorations will be done in
September. Ones in the Memorial Garden will stay there, but
Parks need homes for two additional sculptures.
Additionally, the NorthWest Stone Sculptors Association
would like to place stone sculptures within the park. These
would be for sale. Shane asked if KC would get a cut on any
sales; Norah indicated that Parks would probably not get
revenue, but would get art in the park. NWSSA would do all
of the installations.
NWSSA proposed quite a number of sites, mostly along the
Marymoor Connector Trail. Shane expressed support for a
series of sculptures on the trail. Michael seconded the
motion. We did discuss that sculptures need to be free from
controversy; nudes would probably not be appropriate.
Michael suggested that Condor be located at the site near
the Climbing Rock where the main pedestrian entrance from
the Light Rail will be. He suggested the other Carter
sculpture pair to go on the east portion of the Connector
Trail. Both Tim and Michael were skeptical of a Birdloop
Meadow sculpture, though with careful siting it might be
5) CIP/Project/Facilities Updates
a) Birdloop – planting ~1200 plants in Snag Row
and along the fence between the East Meadow and the Dog
Sound Transit Tree Replacement – In a search for sites for
tree replacement, Norah came up with the idea of in-planting
the row of cottonwoods along the east edge of the model
airplane field and north of the MCT. Steve and Michael both
supported this. Tim asked about selection of tree species
that will be more successful given the presumed climate
changes. Norah has made inquiries in this area, but has not
heard back yet.
c) New parking fee collection machines –
Pay-by-plate may take a while, so parking will remain
pay-and-display at least for a while. The new machines will
all take plastic, and can do accounting on-line. There will
be a few new locations.
d) Sammamish River Transition Zone (re-boot) –
Test well drilling at Marymoor West parking lot - water
found much further down than anticipated.
e) Lake Hills/NW Lk Sammamish Sewer Upgrade Project –
Detour routes during construction: SRT will be closed
in 2020 for sewer upgrade. There are no good alternative
routes, but detours of some variety will be provided. Part
of this work may result in a sidewalk on the north side of
Marymoor Way east from WLSP and across the bridge, with path
connecting to the Connector Trail. Very much at a
conceptual stage now.
next meeting will be on Wednesday,
September 26th, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in CLISE MANSION