Friends of Marymoor Park
September 25th, 2002 Meeting Summary
NAPCOR - 23 plastic container recycling bins are now at Marymoor. Alexandra, who has coordinated this project, wants to get park users educated about this project. Educational materials were handed out for dissemination to member groups. Please notify Greg Helland of educational efforts.
EVERGREEN CLASSIC - 420 horses, thousands of spectators, good footing for the horses. The horse jumping charity event was a great success. BUT, in negotiations for 2003, King County raised the fee from around $24,000 to about $100,000 in an attempt to cover actual costs. Therefore, the Classic will not be returning to Marymoor Park next year, and they are actively looking for a new location. The basis for the increase was apparently a better accounting of both market value, expenses (i.e. water), and increased maintenance for rehabilitation. The County can "no longer afford to subsidize" even non-profit charity events.
SUMMER CONCERT SERIES - David Latrell, Lakeside Management, the original (1st 12 years) producer of the Zoo concert series, and most recently the producer of the Ste. Michelle Winery concerts, is hoping to bring a concert series to Marymoor for 2003 and beyond. He is looking at doing 10-15 concerts a year, with attendance capped at around 5,000. The acts will be those which will attract the baby-boomer target audience. He is not expecting sound to be a big issue, because the acts would not be "that type" and they will be using newer, smaller speakers.
Points raised in discussion included:
PARKING FEES - The FOMP board met the week of September 16th, and following discussion, voted to draft a letter to Bob Burns recommending a $1/visit parking fee but with a $25-35 annual pass. Bobbi Wallace argued for a higher annual pass fee to deter through-park commuters.
GOLF DRIVING RANGE - At the same board meeting, concerns were raised about adding a facility strictly for the purposes of generating revenue. There was also a question of scale raised - the golf facility will be very large and will block views within the park. In comparison, a small operation like a cafe would generate revenue but would not consume so much of the park.
SOCCER FIELDS - Fields that would be displaced by the Golf Driving Range would need to be replaced within Marymoor. Grants and financing are available to Lake Washington Youth Soccer Association, who might take over management of the Marymoor soccer facilities, and who would replace the current all-weather fields with Field Turf. LWYSA would schedule all soccer fields, but would have to allow grandfathered use by other leagues. LWYSA is interested in market-based rates (best times cost more).
POSSIBLE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT - Bobbi Wallace enumerated certain "assets that could be developed", prefacing it by saying that Marymoor West, the Interpretive Area, and the Historical Area are "sacred areas".
In discussion, a plea for open spaces (i.e. don't develop everything), and target recreational uses not available elsewhere. It was also proposed to have a FOMP retreat to formulate policy.
URBAN FORESTRY GRANT - A grant of $25,000 may be available for replacing aging Black Cottonwood trees in 3 cottonwood rows (SE of bridge, N of Community Gardens, NE of climbing rock). FOMP will need to apply soon for the grant.
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