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; Sofia
Taylor, Redmond resident, dark park user; Michael
Welch - Redmond Association of the Spoken Word;
Glenn Eades, Eastside Audubon
- Prairie Creation Project – A small area
in the NW corner of East Meadow is tarped to
prepare for prairie restoration. Winter
2022, plant installation. Will be tended 3-5
years. Mostly planting native prairie
grasses and flowers. There will be a poster
to explain the project to park visitors.
This is an experimental project to figure out the
feasibility of bringing native prairie plants into
an existing prairie dominated by non-native
- Community Gardens – There
has been some serious vandalism in the last 2
months. In both Feb. and March, someone tore
apart trellises and fences, etc. MCGA is
looking at some security measures, including
possibly cameras and motion-sensor lights.
Short-term, they’re discussion hiring security for
- SODA – river road fencing is
complete. Heron fence back up.
- Sound Transit –
- cell tower project cancelled. This tower
will presumably be erected somewhere else, but
not in Marymoor.
- Tree replacement in the Historic Area:
improvements to the conifer grove on east side
of mansion. Planting in 2023 or
later. Plan has been approved by
landmarks, but a new strategy will have to be
resubmitted to them. They are currently
proposing to make some berms on which the trees
would be planted. This planting and the
berms are also intended to prevent any possible
car attack on pedestrians waiting along a new
path that will go through the trees to act as
the pedestrian entrance to the concert
venue. Trees will be conifers and some
deciduous trees. Trees lost in the area
have mostly been Douglas firs and maples.
Timing – strong requests to expedite this to
2022, since the trees are already being removed.
- Sewer project – delayed until at least
2022. New path along the north side of
Marymoor Way to connect West Lake Samm Parkway to
the Connector Trail. There would be a ramp
up to the bridge deck edge, to avoid the large
step. As planned so far, there would be no
real changes to the narrow pathway across the
bridge itself. Glenn again pointed out the
rather absurd current plan for bicycles and
pedestrians to detour three miles through
Marymoor, crossing SR-520, and back through
Redmond, to get from Marymoor Way to Leary
Way. Something will need to be done along
West Lake Sammamish Parkway. Glenn also
called for a plan for pedestrian access to, and
throughout, the park.
- New fencing on Ball Field 1
– Design has been developed for
review. The problem is that foul balls from
Field 1 easily reach the playground to the ESE.
They are looking to raise the fencing along the
first base line from 9 feet to 20 feet, and to
erect a net over the batting area at about a 28
- Movies start April 20th, Tu, We, Th
evenings. They are presenting these as
drive-in format. At some point during the
summer, if COVID requirements allow, they will
probably revert to grass lawn movies as in previous
years. Sofia asked if the movies are money
makers for the Park. Norah says it has never been a
big revenue generator for the county. Parks
does get some money, but traffic management is a
large expense. These are considered a
family-friendly community amenity hosted at the
- Concerts hoping to have some season, but still
unclear. Waiting on new guidelines that may
come from the state/county on April 15.
- Brewer’s Festival and CHOMP! are still TBD
- Carnival proposed for October, with rides, fair
food, bands, etc. This would go on the Event
Pad. Nobody had any substantive concerns.
- There was a large illegal party near the stage that
was broken up by police.
- Michael asked about the
informally constructed short-cut road that has been
put in connecting the maintenance barn to the Pea
Patch road. He expressed concern over the
number of new gravel roadways developed in the park
without review, and asked if this one were really
necessary as it parallels Marymoor Way with only
about 50 yards between them. Norah suggested
that during large events at the park, this would
allow Parks vehicles to travel through the park
while the main roadways are full.
Next meeting TBA
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