Friends of Marymoor Park

February 26, 2020 Meeting Summary

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  1. Welcome and Introductions

    Norah Robinson
    , King County Parks; Greg Helland, SODA representative, FOMP President; Michael Hobbs, FOMP Secretary, webmaster; Natasha Kacoroski, Eastside Audubon (EAS); Keri Woody and Angie Heyer– Seattle Event Solutions – manage Clise Mansion; Tim (actual park user)

  2. CIP/Project/Facilities Updates:
    • Birdloop – 45 volunteers on First Saturday work party. 6 leaders, which is an increase. Working in the East Meadow February and March, and then they will avoid the meadow through the spring/summer bird breeding months. They are still working on managing thistle and European Hawthorn. Kiosk content is being revamped; these are mostly still original from 10 years ago. There are plenty of typically corporate groups hoping to do large volunteer projects. EAS is somewhat limited by their management capabilities, but they are hoping to have some big projects in 2020, including possibly moving towards making the meadow populated with more native plants. EAS has a box that could attract Western Screech-Owl, to be placed in the Community Gardens; Michael will help with scouting.
    • Community Gardens – Norah has referred a possible new bee keeper to MCGA to see if they can help put beehives back into the Pea Patch
    • MAR/C – They would like new signs to inform people of the rules and acceptable use. The signs are currently under review.
    • Maintenance Items –  Three trees are heading to the Willowmoor west lawn.  Holes are ready, waiting delivery of the trees.  Shop yard fencing is back on the agenda
    • Sound Transit –
      • Osprey nest movement is imminent.
      • In the 30% Design, ST tree replacement is shown as  limited to along the rail corridor, but contrary to last month's meeting, tree replacement in the Historic District is still a possibility
    • Cut-through Traffic - Parks has been monitoring traffic, during this season when park users are mostly not using the park after dark.  Of those vehicles leaving through the East Entrance, only 5-10% per night were park users.  Morning numbers were around 500 cars cutting through between 8:00-9:30 a.m. daily.  LWYSA seems interested in working with Parks to handle some of the traffic/parking issues surrounding their evening schedules.  After discussion, it seems that FOMP might want to write a letter to Parks and KC Council about cut-through traffic soon, since the upcoming ST transit station and Marymoor Village development are going to make this critical soon.
  3. Other:
    • Michael reported that the boardwalk was decidedly underwater during the February flood event.  The Dog Area was also significantly flooded.  An unauthorized drone video can be seen at  and it’s well worth looking at.  This is likely the biggest flood in Marymoor history.  Michael reported that the portions of the boardwalk that float during flooding managed to settle back down in relatively good shape.  However, at the very east end of the boardwalk, the concrete has shifted, and there is now a 2-inch difference in height that could be a tripping hazard.
    • Michael noted that the split-rail fence at the Viewing Mound has collapsed and the remnants should be removed.  He said that he hopes the fence will be replaced, and suggested that if it is replaced, the fence should have wire mesh stapled to the outside of the circle to hold the circle more stable.

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, March 25th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Art Barn
NOTE: The March meeting has been CANCELLED due to the COVID-19 precautions.

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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