Friends of Marymoor Park
January 26th, 2005 Meeting Summary
1. Special Events
Neighbors raised issues about traffic, noise, dust, etc. associated with ALL of these events (individually and cumulatively). This will be something that FOMP focuses on.
2. Chinook Book Fundraising - Community Garden group entered into an agreement with FOMP and Chinook Books for fundraising, and sold 40 books, making over $300.
3. Starbuck's Grant - Offering a neighborhood parks grant program ($1,000,000 total). Previously, FOMP has realized several thousand $$$ from Starbuck's over the last few years. Organizations can apply for and receive grants for a large variety of projects. March 25th deadline. See http://www.starbucks.com/aboutus/grantsparks.asp and contact Greg Helland to coordinate.
4. Pet Garden - A pet memorial garden would be installed at the east end of the Community Garden area. Large demand exists from the hundreds of off-leash dog area users whose dogs loved Marymoor. FOMP & KC Parks grant has been applied for - $24,000 to cover development of the garden - with a Urban Reforestation Grant program (county/state/federal)
5. East Lake Audubon Society ADOP Presentation - Tim McGruder - ELWAS is working with KC Parks on an ADOP agreement to adopt the East Meadow, Interpretive Trail, and the slough trail to form a Marymoor Park Birding Loop. ELWAS is interested in this loop because of the high number of bird species seen along the loop (~180 species), the rich diversity of habitats along the loop, and the general interest level among the birding community. Marymoor has recently been featured in two guides to birdfinding in Washington.
ELWAS would like to install interpretive signs, extend the boardwalk approximately 100-150 feet to cover the section of trail that is frequently under water in winter. ELWAS would also like to upgrade the boardwalk to barrier-free accessibility for wheelchairs (ADA compliant). Additionally, ELWAS would like to expand the lake viewing platform to about 200 sq. ft. with one or more benches. An informational kiosk in or near the Interpretive Lot and another in the South Lot and a series of directional signs to guide walkers around the loop would also be part of the proposal. Additional protections for the East Meadow would also be included, with changes of status, new fencing, and work to remove non-native plants and replace them with natives.
Greg asked about prioritizing these tasks, since this is a lot of work. Tim replied that some of these items may fall outside of the realm of an ADOP and may be handled through CIP or other channels. The above-mentioned Starbuck's grant is something that should be looked into. Starbuck's also has employee work-group parties that might be available for deveg-reveg projects in the East Meadow. Jobs for the Environment was also mentioned (or other similar orgs) as possible resources for "heavy lifting". The boardwalk improvements and lake platform work, if started soon, may be able to leverage the recent environmental reviews done for the recent platform reconstruction.
Bobbi suggested that ELWAS may want to find a corporate sponsor who would be recognized on some of the signs in exchange for a yearly contribution to the upkeep of the birding loop.
6. Capital Projects
7. Other business
The next meeting will be February 23, 2005.
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