Natural Resources and Parks
Wastemobile visits Covington, Sept. 9-11, for household hazardous waste collection event
King County residents can safely and conveniently dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile comes to Covington, Sept. 9-11.
Contractors: Learn new King County construction and demolition recycling rules at free workshops
New rules are in place for recycling construction and demolition materials in King County, and the King County Solid Waste Division is sponsoring a series of educational workshops to help the construction industry understand the new policies.
Forterra, King County, Seattle Foundation join forces to conserve rural park land
Anonymous donor bequeaths $392,000 to Seattle Foundation to secure parks lands for open space, passive recreation and wildlife habitat in King County.
Last call for entries for CHOMP! gardening competition, chance to win $100 PCC gift card
The second-annual CHOMP!, a celebration local food, farming and sustainable-living, is Saturday, Aug. 20 at King County’s Marymoor Park. Organizers are announcing the final call for entries in contests for hottest homemade hot sauce, best backyard chickens and wackiest homegrown produce.
Cutting commercial food waste is goal of new King County grant program
The King County Solid Waste Division has awarded grants to two businesses and one city that are trying new ways of reducing food waste.
Wastemobile travels to Carnation, Aug. 19-21, for household hazardous waste collection event
The Wastemobile - a roaming household hazardous waste collection service - travels to Carnation, Aug. 19-21, and King County residents can safely dispose of numerous household hazardous waste items at no cost.
National Farmers Market Week comes at peak of King County’s local produce season
With National Farmers Market Week coming Aug. 7-13, King County Executive Dow Constantine encourages everyone to visit any of the 41 farmers markets across the county, where the freshest and healthiest fruits, vegetables and other locally grown and made food are available.
King County to conduct in-water geotechnical work in Lake Washington’s East Channel
Boaters will see a barge, equipment and support crews on the north side of the I-90 Bridge for two or three days beginning Aug. 8, 2016, as King County’s North Mercer Island/Enatai Sewer Upgrade Project carries out geotechnical borings and underwater assessment in Lake Washington’s East Channel.
King County honors 112 businesses as ‘Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling’
The King County Solid Waste Division is honoring 112 businesses and organizations that have reduced waste and increased recycling by naming them to the 10th-annual “Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling” list.
Ravensdale Park play area opens as King County Parks completes upgrades
Just in time for midsummer fun, King County Parks has completed a major overhaul of the Ravensdale Park play area, which is once again open. The work is part of King County Parks' annual playground equipment inspection and maintenance program.
Wastemobile travels to Sammamish, Aug. 12-14, for household hazardous waste collection event
King County residents can safely and conveniently dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile comes to Sammamish, Aug. 12-14.
CHOMP!, King County’s celebration of local food and sustainability returns, Aug. 20
Celebrate all that is fresh, delicious, local and sustainable at CHOMP!, Aug. 20 at King County’s Marymoor Park near Redmond. Bring your wacky produce, homemade hot sauce and amazing backyard chickens to win great prizes.
Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center closes Aug. 1 for improvements and repairs
The Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way will close from Aug. 1 to Sept. 5 while repairs, maintenance and upgrades are made to ensure the facility remains one of the nation’s premiere aquatic centers.
King County awards funding for historic barn preservation to nine property owners
Six barns, three milk houses, one milking parlor, and one chicken house located in King County’s eastern and southern rural areas have received 'Barn Again' grants totaling more than $235,000 through the County's Historic Preservation Program.
Lower Cedar River closed to recreational use until several logjams are evaluated for safety
To protect public safety, the King County Sheriff’s Office has closed a nine-mile stretch of the Cedar River between Maple Valley and Renton to recreational use until numerous dangerous logjams in this portion of the river can be evaluated and possibly altered for safety.
Wastemobile returns to Bothell, July 29-31, for household hazardous waste collection event
King County residents can safely and conveniently dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile comes to Bothell, July 29-31.
See a great movie, learn about King County programs, at GoGreen Night, July 13 at Marymoor Park
King County GoGreen Night is Wednesday, July 13 at the Movies@Marymoor screening of 'Jurassic World,' - a fun way to learn more about the County's departments and programs, and to watch a great movie with friends and family in beautiful Marymoor Park.
Watch tunnel boring machine removal July 12 as part of King County wastewater project
A remote-controlled microtunnel boring machine has completed two tunnels underneath the Lake Washington Ship Canal as part of a King County project to protect public health and the environment. Watch Tuesday afternoon as the 26-foot-long, 7-foot-wide machine is hoisted from its exit pit in Fremont.
Landowners: Time to control toxic tansy ragwort and keep horses, cattle safe
Toxic tansy ragwort is blooming in fields and pastures across King County, and the County’s noxious weed program can help landowners control this invasive weed that poses a serious health threat to horses, cattle sheep, and other animals.
‘Project Waterway: Fashion to Splash In’ offers look at new lifejacket styles, July 15
School is out, and summer vacations are in full swing – including trips to the beach, Puget Sound, or other open-water destinations. See the latest styles in comfortable and functional lifejackets at either of two lifejacket fashion shows, July 15 in Renton and Carnation.
King County Parks offers primitive camping at beautiful Maury Island Marine Park
Featuring beautiful views of Puget Sound and Mount Rainier, six primitive campsites located near the beach at King County’s Maury Island Marine Park are now available for rent through a pilot partnership between King County Parks and Vashon Watersports.
Concerts, movies, trail runs and more await this summer in King County Parks
From live music, to movies, trail runs and more, there is a seemingly endless variety of great family activities available this summer in King County Parks.
Section of Snoqualmie Valley Trail to temporarily close for flood-protection work
Flooding during last winter's record wet weather delayed completion of an important public-safety project along the Snoqualmie River, and now crews are preparing to finish their work to the Sinnema Quaale revetment - which means a temporary closure to a portion of the Snoqualmie Valley Trail.
Wastemobile coming to Redmond, July 15-17, for household hazardous waste collection event
Redmond-area residents can take advantage of safe and convenient household hazardous waste disposal when the Wastemobile comes to town, July 15-17.
Important Flood District public-safety project gets underway along White River near Pacific
The Countyline Levee Setback Project – one of the most-complex public-safety projects in the nine-year history of the King County Flood Control District – is underway along the White River, where restoring the river’s access to its historic floodplain will help reduce the risk of flooding for hundreds of people living nearby.
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