November 20, 2013 Meeting
-- see also the
October 23, 2013 meeting summary
1) Introductions - Norah Robinson, King County Parks; Greg Helland, FOMP President and SODA
representative; Herb Bone,
Marymoor R/C Club, FOMP Board; Michael Hobbs, Eastside Audubon, FOMP Secretary;
Jack MacKinnon, Marymoor Community Gardener's Association; Laura Hall, Marymoor
Community Gardener's Association; Ollie Oliver, neighbors and Eastside Audubon.
2) CIP Project/Facility Updates:
- Community Gardens - Laura Hall will be replacing Jack as the
MCGA representative to FOMP. She has been a board member with MCGA for
the last four years, and has done tasks such as coordinating the parking
pass sales as well as several other projects.. Jane Boyce will be the
new President. Michelle Raymond is VP. They will now have nine board
members (up from seven), to provide more voices to reflect the views of
the increased number (150) of gardeners. One project they are
considering is 1-2 ADA accessible garden beds.. Improved water supply is
also a top priority. 2013 was the best year for HopeLink donations of
~8200lbs.. Laura mentioned that there is a very large pothole in the
Community Garden parking lot that needs to be addressed before spring.
- Lot G and maintenance area - Gates and fencing to control
access to the maintenance, bin, and compost area have been installed.
Curb stops to reconfigure parking still on hold.
- BirdLoop - Norah has gotten approval for asphalt repair of
the Interpretive Trail in 2014. Glenn also asked for suggestions for
plants to get established on the slopes of the Viewing Mound, adjacent
to Lot G, that will not impede views but will discourage blackberries.
- Garden Loosestrife Control Project - Educational signs are
ready. Norah hopes to have them installed somewhere along the
boardwalk.. Michael suggested one be placed at the bend at the SE corner
of the boardwalk, and the second perhaps near the west end of the
- Boathouse project – SRA is actively involved in fundraising
that will allow completion of the building. They are able to keep the
boats in the new building now, but do not have occupancy permit yet, so
they cannot use the building for anything other than boat storage etc.
- Lighting Projects – Pedestrian lighting between the Subway
restrooms and the soccer complex is scheduled to be completed in 2013.
- Park Drainage – Bear Creek overflow – WSDOT has approved a
valve. What will probably happen is that the culvert will be extended
from the freeway into the park, so that the valve will be accessible to
Parks maintenance from within the park. Installation is scheduled for
- Sammamish River Transition Zone - Hopefully there will be a
project website available to the public within a few weeks.
- Sewer Pump Replacement - October planning – now likely after
winter. They will have to go through a full non-emergency process for
.5) URGENT APPEAL for Board Members - The Friends of Marymoor Park
will be down to just two board members, Greg and Michael, by early 2014,
when Herb will be stepping down. We need some new volunteers to come
forward to sustain this organization. Parks has made a big commitment
to FOMP, and the various park users and user groups need to do their part.
Board Members are expected to attend as many FOMP meetings as possible
(there are only eleven a year). Occasionally, there will be a Board
Meeting separate from the monthly FOMP meeting, but those are few and far
between (typically less than 1 per year). Board Members may also be
called upon to help apply for and/or administer grants for projects within
Next Meeting: January 22, 2014,
7:00 pm at the Art Barn
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meeting. They may have inaccuracies and omissions. If anyone has
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