Friends of Marymoor Park

March 27, 2019 Meeting Summary

-- see also the January 23, 2019  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); Laura Hall, Marymoor Community Gardeners Association, FOMP Board; Steve Guty, MAR/C, FOMP Board; Collin Peterson AEG Live; Katy Frasier,  City of Redmond; Shane Berry, Seattle Event Solutions; Amy Dunn, AEG Live;

  2. CIP/Project/Facilities Updates:
    • Birdloop – EAS preparing a Stewardship Plan. Natasha in cooperation with Parks and the BirdLoop team is developing a long-term plan with a goal of trying to make at least the main Bird Loop ADA accessible. Beyond ADA accessibilty, other plan goals include finding solutions for human-caused erosion and overuse along the slough. Laura recommended having sighs/interpretation about the work EAS is doing. Greg suggested that EAS work with Parks on identifying ADA issues.
    • Community Gardens – water is on, gardeners are gardening.  All gardeners must be actively gardening by May 1; some are already harvesting vegetables grown in cloches.  Laura brought up the problem of non-gardeners parking in the garden.  Norah suggested using orange cones in all the parking slots.  Garden members could be educated to move the cones and park, replacing the cones when they leave.  Natasha suggested plantings, Michael suggested a fence, between the parking lot and Pea Patch Rd., to make the Pea Patch seem more exclusive.
    • Maintenance Items – Arborist has done an evaluation of trees damaged by the snow.  Some trees may be recommended for trimming or removal.  Some of the removal cases may be able to be left as trimmed snags for habitat.
    • Sound Transit – Some mitigation trees are going in around the mansion, others around the rest of the park; most of the mitigation will be south of the Rowing Club.  Some groves will be planted  NE of the concert area, and that may change the access to the concert venue.  Planting will be in 2020 and 2021.  Some trees will be planted in clusters along the north edge of the park, west of the Velodrome.  Greg noted that some of the trees along Marymoor Way were heavily damaged or destroyed, and should be considered for replacement.  Norah mentioned that there may be a traffic circle being installed, and replanting may be delayed because of that.

      The Osprey Nest relocation is being reconsidered.  They may decide to put the platform in the wetland north of 7-8-9 instead of the location north of Lot B (Cowboy Lot), due to perceived activity levels in that parking lot.  Michael believes things like vibrations in the parking lot would NOT be a problem for the Ospreys.  The wetland north of 7-8-9 would probably also work, though it is closer to the potential 2nd nest at the Bellevue ballfield area.
    • Cut-through Traffic – Cut-through traffic – Norah is trying to gain actual numbers of cut-through cars.  Recent tallies have been 1500-1800 cars on weekday evenings!   The gamut of possible solutions were discussed again.  Colin suggested closing the park through road during the morning commute.
    • Willowmoor Floodplain Restoration Project – They are close to making the proposal to the “Flood Control District”, which is the King County Council.  Things have been complicated, since anything that is done could affect seasonal lake levels, which will require full ESA analysis for salmon.  Current plan is to develop the 30% design, and pass it around to all of the stakeholders.
    • Cottage ADA Entrance  –  Construction as soon as permits ready - Spring?
    • Sewer project – SRT will be closed for an extensive period of time.  In mitigation, they are proposing to to put a sidewalk on the north side of the entrance bridge, extending into the roadway on the bridge itself.
    • 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.

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, April 24th, 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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