Friends of Marymoor Park

April 24, 2019 Meeting Summary

-- see also the March 27, 2019  meeting summary

  1. Welcome and Introductions. Attendees: Norah Robinson, King County Parks; Michael Hobbs, FOMP Secretary, webmaster; Amy Dunn, AEG Presents; Glenn Eades, Eastside Audubon, neighbor; Marty Boggs – City of Redmond Teen Center; Samantha, also with the Teen Center

  2. CIP/Project/Facilities Updates:
    • Birdloop – Currently working away from the East Meadow now, to protect nesting species. Plenty of other other sites for work. EAS got a Green Globe Award from King County for community groups and individuals who are active positively in an environmental context.
    • Community Gardens – Two ten-yard soil trucks got got stuck in the garden on the south track of the garden. It took a large tow truck to get them out. Ruts are still there; luckily that was south of the irrigation lines. Will be fixed in the next week or so. As a note, there are two porta-potties in their fenced enclosure at the Pea Patch, serviced twice a week.
    • Maintenance Items –
      • Dennis Burgart has left KC Parks to move out of state, so there is a vacancy for the head of Marymoor maintenance.  For the meantime, David Hennings will be the Acting Parks District Maintenance Coordinator. Also, Don Harig has been the Parks District Maintenance Coordinator, but he is in the process of retiring. The new manager is Nick Halverson.
      • Tree removal – The snow damaged many trees. Many have had to be trimmed (sometimes significantly), and some had to be removed. The “lightning tree” between the mansion and the stage, was turned into a shortened snag. A few trees may still be removed or trimmed, but most of the post-snow tree removal has been completed.
      • Velodrome repairs – some cracks are currently being fixed. Track is closed intermittently, with a target date for reopening of May 3.
    • Sound Transit –
      • Wetland mitigation – ST has submitted a proposal for their wetland mitigation. They would The plan calls for removal of 85 trees, which Michael felt was very unreasonable. Norah will try to set up a meeting between the ST and the Board to discuss the the proposal.
      • Osprey relocation – The nest relocation will proceed as previously described, despite possibly requiring permits every time Parks wants to grade the adjacent parking lot.
    • Cut-through Traffic – Christy Cormier is working on getting a set of car counters to count cars at ALL of the entry/exit road, as well as all of the parking lot entrances. There will also be speed tracking with feedback to drivers in an attempt to get drivers to slow down. On a related subject, Michael suggested an all-way stop at the intersection of Marymoor Way, NE 65th St., and 176 Ave NE, at the east exit of the park. People speed through there into and out of the park, and right-of-way is confusing. This could also discourage cut-through traffic.
    • Willowmoor Floodplain Restoration Project – There will be a meeting of the Stakeholders Advisory Committee on May 16th, where stakeholders will be able to comment on the proposed alternatives.
    • Cottage ADA Entrance  –  Construction starts June 23rd. During construction, all access to the office will be via the rear ramp.
    • Synthetic Turf Replacement  –  Fields 1 & 2 (Soccer 5 and 6) June 3-August 15.  The turf needs to be replaced about every 10 years.  This time, Cricket and Unified Lacrosse lines will be included.

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