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; Laura Hall,
FOMP Secretary, Marymoor Community Gardens
Association; Glenn Eades, Eastside Audubon
- Eastside Audubon Birdloop – Work parties
have been very small – just 4-5 people to keep
things going. Waiting to hear from
Volunteer Coodinator Lena for how big a work party
can be hosted starting in July. King
County Parks is currently scheduling events (with
social distancing) for up to 50 people. The
next EAS work group will be in August, and maybe
things will be back to normal by then. There
are lots of eager volunteers waiting.
- Community Gardens – Security
lights are going to be installed soon, pending
archeological review. These will be
solar-powered motion-sensing lights. Hopefully
this will discourage the miscreants who have
caused some vandalism recently. Laura
reported that problems with non-gardeners parking
in the garden lot has decreased. MCGA is
looking for new apiarists to establish a bee hive
at the park. They are contemplating trying
to install a solar powered cold box to keep
vegetables in for the Food Bank. They may
ask for grant money for this in the future.
They have a HUGE waiting list for plots.
- SODA – Off Leash Area – Lots of regular
maintenance items are going on, using a smaller
selection of volunteers than usual.
- MAR/C Model Airplane Field
– They are seeking to replace a
temporary canvas shelter that houses their
charging stations with a bigger, more significant
permanent shelter. This appears to be pretty
much a straight replacement in terms of size and
general appearance to the canopy structure that is
currently in place. FOMP members had a
little bit of concern regarding a slippery slope
leading to more buildings south of Marymoor Way.
- Sound Transit –Archeological finds may
push some of the replacement trees to other parts
of Marymoor, instead of the bulk being within the
Historic District. There may also be some
raised berms/beds to allow for tree planting
without digging holes in the existing soil.
Tree replacement has been approved; changes will
be minor and will not require additional
review. King County Parks is in charge of
the project to build the pedestrian entry to the
park from the Light Rail station. Sound
Transit is contributing funds.
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 foot height.
- Marymoor Park Master Plan Update – There
is a move from the new head of King County Parks
to update the 1995 Marymoor Park Master
Plan. The plan, being 26 years old, is
realistically due for a review. Major
projects are currently on hold awaiting the master
plan update, though there may be some wiggle
room. However, upgrades to the Concert
Stage, possible installation of lights around Lot
B (the “Cowboy Lot”) and the McNair Activity
Field, and plans for pedestrian pathways on the
south side of Marymoor Way are currently in this
limbo. A complete plan would probably
involve hiring an outside consultant, and 6-24
months to complete.
Next meeting Wednesday, July 28th,
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