24, 2021 Meeting Summary
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Welcome and Introductions
Norah Robinson, King County Parks; Greg
Helland, SODA representative, FOMP President; Michael
Hobbs, FOMP Secretary, webmaster; Glen Eades,
Eastside Audubon, Bird Loop; Amy Dunn, AEG
Presents; Micah Truman, Marymoor R/C Flight
- Birdloop – King County, working with
Eastside Audubon, is working to convert a portion
of the East Meadow to native prairie.
Prairie lands are a declining habitat nationally,
and in Washington. This work would entail
tarp-covering an area to kill existing plants (for
at least a year), then an intensive planting and
weeding. Only a portion of the meadow would
converted in the first round, which might be
followed by additional expansion. They will
be starting with a rectangle at the NW corner of
the East Meadow, just SE of the Kiosk.
- Community Gardens
- No current apiary; MCGA is trying to find
suitable people to supply and tend a bee hive.
- Starting probably in a year, MCGA will be
requiring a deposit to guard against people
leaving their plot a weedy mess when they quit
- MAR/C – New signs have been
installed. For dealing with COVID,
masks are now required all the time for people in
the MAR/C area. Fencing and structure
repair projects are being developed.
- SODA - Original fencing from the weir
project from over 20 years ago is failing.
SODA is teaming with KC to replace this
fencing. Work will be done March 1-10, and
the river road/trail will be closed for this
work. This is limited to the northern
section of the fencing; the northern dog beach
will be close, and the river road closed from
there to the north end of the Dog Area.
- Maintenance Items – Michael has
raised the issue of the circular split-rail
fencing on the Viewing Mound. When people
lean on the fencing, the circle grows and the
slats fall out. Parks Maintenance will look
into a solution.
- Sound Transit
- Marymoor Stormwater Project -The
Alternatives Analysis effort was completed in late
2020. Two options were presented to Parks
Department and Division management including the
Constructed Treatment Wetland Alternative north of
the Cowboy Lot (Constructed Wetland) and the
Infiltrating Bioretention Channel and Rain Garden
east of the Art Barn and Maintenance Barn (Rain
Garden). The Constructed Wetland was ultimately
not selected to move forward into design due to
the high-risks associated with the alternative
(permitting and cultural resources), which may
have exceed the funding available for the
improvements. The Rain Garden alternative will
move forward into design. Additional improvements
to the main east-west drainage channel in the
vicinity of Lot K, including the replacement of
the two culvert crossings at the parking lot
entrances, will be added to the project to fully
utilize available project funding and provide
additional water quality benefit.
Parks is currently underway securing a consultant
for the design and construction management for the
Project. Completion of the 30% level design is
anticipated by the end of 2021 with construction
expected in 2024.
The Consultant will help evaluate opportunities to
optimize the project schedule which may allow the
Rain Garden to be constructed earlier due to its
relative simplicity from a permitting perspective.
- Marymoor Gateway Trail - Moving
towards 30% design.
FYI – For both of these projects we plan to check
back in with the FOMP board between 30% and 60%
Bringing a consultant on for electrical (lighting)
design, and to design the watermain extension from
the new service connection Sound Transit is
installing for Parks at the NE corner of the Park.
Construction Mid 2023
- Wetland Mitigation Project - Scheduled
for construction starting this summer (June/July
Utility work in the boathouse road is taking place
over a 1-2 week period. This work will take place
at night (9:30pm-4:30am) and access to the
boathouse will be maintained during non-work
hours. During that 1-2 week period, the
construction crew will be staging their equipment
on the south side of the boathouse parking lot.
Construction for the wetland mitigation site
itself (south of the boathouse) will not impact
use/parking for the boathouse.
- Lake Sammamish Half Marathon – March 6. 7am-8am
start from Recreation & Event Area, ELST to
- Movies – Drive-in format to
continue until COVID restrictions lifted. May do
some spring dates.
- Concerts – No definite schedule
yet. Depends on COVID guidelines
- Brewers Festival – TBD
- CHOMP! – TBD
Next meeting will be a virtual
meeting on Wednesday, March 24th, at 7:00 p.m.
Connection details will be in the forthcoming meeting
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 email@example.com,
and he will endeavor to correct them.