Norah Gaynor, Herb Bone, Jack McKinnon, Christina Merten, Greg Helland,
Michael Hobbs, and a team from the Marymoor Connector Trail team: K.K.
Soi, Glenn Takagi, Robert Foxworthy, and
a woman whose name I didn't catch.
2) Marymoor Connector Trail
The Trails Team
considered many possible routings, including using the road, running the
trail along the west and south edges of the historic district, or using
the existing trail. Finally, they chose three routes to pursue further:
Northern, Central, and Southern.
Due to projected
problems with permitting, due to wetlands issues, the Northern route was
quickly dropped from consideration. This alignment would have run along
the southern edge of SR-520. Just east of the turf fields is a
mitigation wetland that would have to be crossed on this alignment, and
that was the major impediment to this route, although wetlands in the
northwest corner of Marymoor would also be difficult to get permission
The two remaining
routes share endpoints: to the west, the new bridge over the Sammamish
River north of the main park entrance; to the east, a trail easement
next to the self-storage company just east of the park, to the east of
the model airplane field.
Routings, from East
to West: For both routings, the trail would connect to the East Lake
Sammamish Trail immediately south of the self-storage facility on the
5300 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway, running on an easement across
that property, and would enter the park due east of the driveway to the
new maintenance facility. An elevated trail section would be necessary
to traverse some wetlands just inside the park boundary. The trail would
pass between the model airplane field and the new maintenance facility,
and then would hug the south edge of Marymoor Way to a point about 250
feet west of the model airplane field parking lot.
At that location, the trial would cross Marymoor Way and would
follow the north edge of the road. The trail would cut north along
the drive that leads due north from Marymoor Way towards the
Climbing Rock. At the end of the drive, the trail would turn 90
degrees to the west, crossing the access to the Velodrome parking
lot and the access to the Event Pad. It would continue to the west,
generally following the north side of Marymoor Way, crossing the two
accesses to parking lot K (the lot for the turf fields and tennis
courts. About 750 feet east of the main entrance bridge, the trail
would swing away from Marymoor Way to the north to connect to the
recently constructed pedestrian bridge over the river and its
connection to the Sammamish River Trail.
routing: From that spot 250 feet west of the model airplane
parking lot, the trail would ease south, cutting through what are
now the dirt/compost piles east of the Interpretive Lot. The trail
would cross the access roads to that lot and would hug the south
edge of the Natural Growth Protection Area (a.k.a. Snag Row) as it
passes the Interpretive Lot, the northern section of the Dog Area,
the Pet Memorial Gardens, and the Community Gardens (Pea Patch). The
trail would then cross Pea Patch Road before turning north and
running along the western and northern edges of the historic
district and crossing the entrance to the Mansion area parking lots.
At the existing crosswalk, about 750 feet east of the main entrance
bridge, the trail would cross Marymoor Way and would run north to
connect to the recently constructed pedestrian bridge over the river
and its connection to the Sammamish River Trail.
The trail would generally have a 25-27 foot wide corridor, with a paved
trail of 12 feet. The remainder of the corridor would consist of unpaved
path surfaces (for jogging and possibly equestrian use) and safety
zones. In some places, in order to deal with grade issues, retaining
walls and fill would be needed.
Issues and Concerns:
Some of these were raised by the design team, others by FOMP
aerial photos to show the overfly area of the model airplane
field. A disabled airplane crashing into a trail user would be
very bad. To avoid the overfly area and safety zone, Herb
asserted that the trail would have to be routed on the north
side of the new maintenance facility. The trails folks proposed
simply hugging the south side of the maintenance facility
tightly, and swinging the trail towards the north edge of the
park to the east of the maintenance facility.
raised the general concern that this trail is viewed as
enhancing the park by providing new recreational opportunities.
However, if poorly sited or designed, it might do so at the
expense of existing park usages.
would have one road crossing (Marymoor Way) and four parking-lot
Major events at
the Event Pad would conflict with trail use, as parking for
those events is in Lot B, with additional parking near the
Bellevue ball fields area. Event attendees would have to cross
the trail from Lot B; they might be able to skirt the trail from
the overflow parking, but car traffic would have to cross the
trail to get to/from the overflow parking area.
There are more
wetland buffer infringements on the Central Route than the
would have two road crossings (Marymoor Way and Pea Patch Rd.)
and three parking-lot access crossings.
Parking lot G
(the Interpretive Lot) would have to be widened, and maybe
lengthened to the west, in order to provide the same number of
parking spaces. Both of these would infringe on the Dog Area.
section of the Pet Memorial Garden would have to be rebuilt to
accommodate the trail.
would “eat into” the Pea Patch, and Jack and Christine pointed
out that the Pea Patch is not something that can easily be
“moved” 10 feet south. There are irrigation systems involved.
There is no room to grow to the south except by taking space
from the Dog Area. To keep plot sizes constant, paths would need
to be converted into plot space and plot space converted into
paths, which is not easy to do because of the effort needed to
enrich soils for planting.
The Dog Area is
not the best place for a trail, as dogs and bicycles are not a
safe combination. There would need to be tall fencing to prevent
dogs from attacking bicycles.
cause significant trail conflict, as the trail would run between
the parking area and the event area. Temporary fencing might be
needed to prevent people from wandering across the trail en
route to/from the concert. Traffic control would be necessary to
manage the flood of people crossing the trail at the designated
spots. A path would need to be maintained between Fields 12-16
and the Community Gardens. Policing would be necessary to
prevent trail users from stopping to listen to concerts for
It was strongly
asserted by FOMP members that most of the traffic within the
park heads to the Dog Area parking lot and the Interpretive Lot
(lots B and G). Thus, the crossing of Pea Patch Rd. and the
throat to the Interpretive Lot would be more contested than the
crossings to the Velodrome Lot and the Tennis Court Lot (lot K).
Also, as most traffic comes in through the west entrance, having
the trail cross Marymoor Way just east of the entrance bridge
would be much worse than crossing that road near the model
Greg argued to combine the trail with a rebuild of the road into
a single project. Marymoor Way needs some major maintenance. He
asserted that most of the users of the trail would be bicycles,
and they could be accommodated by adding bike lanes to the road.
Possibly, bicycles could be directed to these bike lanes, while
pedestrians were directed to a new, pedestrian-only trail routed
separately. The trail team presented several arguments against
The Central Route would bring visitors within close proximity of
restrooms and concessions. It would increase the visibility of
the velodrome to bicycle riders, who might be interested in
events there. It would provide a commuting route to sports
fields, the velodrome, and the climbing rock (whereas few people
would be likely to try bicycling to the park with their dogs to
use the Dog Area).
Arguments ran fairly strongly in favor of Central Route.
However, meeting attendees strongly represented user groups located
in areas effected by the Southern Route. It would be great to hear
comments and concerns from user groups that use the parts of the
park affected by the Central Route. All park users and park user
groups are requested to send route preference notes and comments to
May FOMP meeting will be an official Marymoor Connector Trail Public
Meeting at Clise Mansion.
3) Parks Task Force Update
Michael reported that the King County
Parks Futures Task Force had recommended to levies to the King
County Executive. One would be a 7 cent levy, with 5.3 cents
going to maintenance and 1.7 cents covering projected shortfalls in
CIP money (capital funds), The second levy would be for 5
cents, and would be for trails and open-space acquisition and
development, and would include 1 cent for the Woodland Park Zoo.
Executive Ron Simms modified this
proposal before sending it to KC Council. He asked for two
5-cent levies, with the idea that the CIP shortfall could be covered
some other way.
The Parks and Open Space committee of
the KC Council has apparently again adjusted the proposal.
However, regardless of what appears on the August ballot, it appears
that there is strong council support for restoring parks maintenance
levels to pre-2002 standards or higher.
4) Project Updates
- Baseball field should be open in the
next few days
- Dog Wash will begin preliminary work
- The Marymoor Community Gardeners
Association will be probably be submitting a grant request to FOMP
5) Event Recap
- Concert Series was announced
4/15 – see the concert website,
meeting, May 23, 2007.