Friends of Marymoor Park

January 23, 2019 Meeting Summary

-- see also the November 28, 2018  meeting summary

  1. Welcome and Introductions. Attendees: Norah Robinson, King County Parks; Greg Helland, FOMP President; Michael Hobbs, FOMP Secretary, webmaster; Natasha Kacoroski, Eastside Audubon (EAS); Sofia Taylor, regular park visitor

  2. CIP/Project/Facilities Updates:
    • Birdloop – 1200 native plants planted in 2018.  EAS is developing a vegetation management plan, including investigating success with regard to bird use of planted area.  Focus for 2019 also includes maintenance of the planted areas.  EAS is also intending to survey the Willowmoor area, both before and after the project is implemented.  Greg recommended that EAS might effectively extend the previously produced Tree Plan to include shrubs, etc., that EAS is looking to plant.  Michael suggested that the Washington Native Plant Society might be able to assist EAS in developing such a plan.  A FOMP grant might be available for this.

      EAS is also very concerned about erosion along the east edge of the slough south of the Dog Area.  One or two approved accesses leading to platforms/docks/fishing platforms along the slough would be very, very useful in mitigating the erosion.
    • Sound Transit – ST is required to replant more trees than they will be cutting down along the right-of-way.  Replanting cannot just be a little south of the existing trees; near the velodrome there just isn’t room to replace them close by.  (Suggestions were made to plant some shrubs, or even some trellises just south of the ST right-of-way).  Norah has been working with ST on a planting plan.  In the Historic District, Norah is looking to get larger trees and an irrigation system to enhance survivorship.  Norah is also pushing for clumps of trees (conifers near ball fields to reduce maintenance), rather than a curtain of trees.
    • Cut-through Traffic – Working with Roads to get traffic counters to try and get a real handle on the traffic situation, hour-by-hour, day-by-day.  Enforcement of the existing rule about no-thru-traffic is also part of the current mitigation effort.
    • Dudley Carter Sculpture Restoration – Signs purchased - waiting for installation
    • Willowmoor Floodplain Restoration Project – Stakeholder meeting February 26th, 4-6 p.m., location TBD.
    • Cottage ADA Entrance  –  Construction as soon as permits ready - Spring?
    • Synthetic Turf Replacement  –  Fields 1 & 2 (Soccer 5 and 6) June 15-August 15.  The turf needs to be replaced about every 10 years.  This time, Cricket and Unified Lacrosse lines will be included.  Dates were chosen for best weather conditions.
  3. Other:

    Sofia came to push for a destination amenity in the park like a sit-down tea/coffee place, possibly in Clise Mansion. She even through out the idea of a Friends of Clise Manison. The summer concert schedule makes this problematic, since the mansion and all of the historic district is off-limits on concert days. Norah mentioned that the new contracts with AEG and SES, are now committed to making Clise more available for non-concert uses.  There was general support for having Clise Mansion be more open to the public.

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Art Barn

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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