October 24th, 2007 Meeting Summary
-- see also the
September 26, 2007 meeting summary
Introductions - Greg Helland, Michael Hobbs, Brian Vander
Stoep (Marymoor Velodrome Association), Herb Bone, Jack MacKinnon
- New Marymoor Park Map – Frana Milan, Parks Strategic Partnership and
Enterprise Initiative Section. She is looking at leveraging Redmond’s
tourism promotions funds to produce a new park map. The last Marymoor map
was printed in 2000, and desperately needs updating. The Redmond money would
be best leveraged utilizing a partnership between King County and FOMP.
Creation of the map will take ~$10,000. Frana suggested requesting $5000.
Other revenue might be available from Redmond Town Center and/or area
Frana’s goal would be to have the map available by the start of Cirque du
Soleil in April, 2008.
Frana is also hoping to avoid advertizing on the map, utilizing instead more
She was also interested if any FOMP members would be able to do in-kind
donation of GIS or printing services.
Greg called an impromptu FOMP Board meeting, and a resolution was passed
stating that FOMP act as the non-profit partner with the King County Parks
division to pursue tourism grant dollars from the city of Redmond to support
the mapping project.
- Marymoor Velodrome Association – Harley has stepped down from his
previous position with MVA, but he is remaining in getting the new building
constructed. The building site is currently fenced off, with
soon-to-be-commenced construction to be completed (hopefully) in 2 months.
MVA is revamping its organizational structure to incorporate member teams
more fully, and is hoping to build tighter cooperation with neighboring
tracks in B.C. and Oregon.
- Marymoor Connector Trail – Herb brought the most recent plan of the
trail area near the velodrome. He compared what they’re currently proposing
with what Herb had requested. They appear to have accommodated Herb’s
recommendations at the west end of the critical area, but they have left the
alignment of the boardwalk unchanged, thus continuing to encroach on the fly
zone at the extreme eastern edge. This appears to be an attempt to keep the
boardwalk section short, which would undoubtedly save money.
Michael pointed out that flight zone stretches all the way from the park
property line to the east all the way to portions of the East Meadow, which
East Lake Washington Audubon has adopted as a bird sanctuary. He asked if
the flight zone shape could be changed to a more circular area. After all,
most fliers don’t fly all the way out to the property line trees, nor all
the way west to the East Meadow. Instead, they fly further to the south over
the uninhabited area in the direction of the lake. Herb stated that the size
and shape of the flight zone is based on a recommended practice published by
the national r/c model association, the AMA.
Herb admitted that the larger size of today’s models (up to 40% of full
size), has led the AMA to increase the size of courses for established
competitions. These kinds of competitions already no longer fit the Marymoor
field, and MAR/C no longer holds those events (i.e. the pylon races).
Even if the Flight Zone could be reshaped, the consensus was that routing
the Connector Trail to provide extra clearance was probably a good idea.
Michael will notify ELWAS of this issue of possible encroachment over the
East Meadow, and the possible safety issues that might affect the proposed
ELWAS East Meadow trail.
- Marymoor Community Gardeners Association – Jack reported on the MCGA
food bank project. MCGA donates food, especially from their food bank plots,
to the local food bank. Gardeners also contribute portions of their produce
through MCGA. In 2004, they donated 2800 lbs.; in 2005, 3075 lbs.; in 2006
3886 lbs. In 2007, having added 2 more plots, they donated an amazing 6540
lbs. FOMP grants supported the food bank plots, and helped build new bean
frames. MCGA got a donation of seed potatoes from Irish Eyes. 100 lbs of
seed potatoes produced 860 lbs of potatoes for the food bank. Many
volunteers, including several groups from outside organizations, donated
time to help with the food bank plots.
- Wash Spot dog wash facility - The construction trailer will be removed
this week. Interior work still needs to be done. Opening should be some time
in November, perhaps.
- Sammamish Rowing Club – Anne talked to Steve Isaac. They have decided to
place the boathouse immediately west of the current site, south of the
access path. All of the big trees will be saved. Steve will come to the
November meeting with plans. The new permit application is going to Redmond
- Clise Mansion Electrical Upgrade - The mansion lighting situation is
dismal. There are basically no light switches, so they have to use the
circuit breakers to turn lights on and off. New lighting will be installed,
hopefully by February. Wireless light switches will be used in some
locations where running wires wouldn’t be possible. The main lighting will
be oriented along the beams, and will light both up towards the ceiling and
down, with separate controls. Exterior lights will also be replaced – the
existing ones are an eclectic mix of very utilitarian designs. The new
exterior lighting fixtures, which are a great improvement, were approved by
the Landmarks commission.
- Quick notes:
• Wind storm damage from the blow
last week was minimal.
• Cirque du Soleil has announced they
will be coming in April/May 2008. Move in will start March 31.
The announced end
date is in late May.
• The Evergreen Hospital Foundation
Gala will be held on the recreation event pad, utilizing a tent.
It will feature a
sit-down banquet for 700 people. They are planning for March 9.
meeting, Wednesday, November 28, 2007.
These notes were made by
Michael Hobbs, and they do not constitute an official record of the
meeting. They may have inaccuracies and omissions. If anyone has any
complaints about the content of these notes, they should direct them to Michael
Hobbs at firstname.lastname@example.org, and he will endeavor to