Natural Resources and Parks
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.
New name for Cougar Mountain trailhead honors open space advocate Harvey Manning
A trailhead at King County Parks’ Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park has been renamed to honor Harvey Manning, noted open space preservationist and prolific hiking guidebook author, whose advocacy led to the creation of King County’s largest park.
Soundgarden helps Executive launch the SoundGuardian, King County’s new environmental research vessel
Executive Constantine launched the SoundGuardian, King County’s new environmental research vessel named after the legendary Seattle band Soundgarden. Field scientists will use the vessel to monitor water quality, respond to illegal spills, and study the effects of climate change
Wastemobile coming to Snoqualmie, July 8-10, 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 makes its only stop of the year in Snoqualmie, July 8-10.
Summer utility field work to support sewer system planning in Redmond
Sewer utility field work that includes soil and groundwater testing near Idlywood Park and the Sammamish River Trail in Redmond is scheduled from June 23 through late July. The work will support planning for the King County’s Lake Hills/Lake Sammamish Sewer Upgrade Project, scheduled for construction in 2018.
Work begins on final phase of Cedar River off-channel habitat and floodplain restoration
The second and final phase of construction for the Elliott Bridge Reach Off-Channel Habitat and Floodplain Reconnection Project gets underway June 28 along the Cedar River east of Renton, with completion expected by mid-September.
Community open house June 29 to discuss Maury Island Marine Park ‘primitive’ campsite
A proposal to conduct a pilot project of a small primitive camping area at Maury Island Marine Park is the subject of a community open house on June 29, hosted by King County Parks and Vashon Watersports.
Public art master plan to be unveiled at June 16 event in Georgetown
A free event sponsored by 4Culture to present details of a public art master plan for King County wastewater infrastructure projects will take place on Thursday, June 16 from 7-9 p.m. at Oxbow in Georgetown.
Wastemobile makes a household hazardous waste collection stop in Bothell, June 24-26
Visit the Wastemobile website for details about acceptable materials and amounts, plus upcoming collection events and convenient, permanent disposal sites
King County extends ‘Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling’ application deadline
There is still time to add your business to the King County Solid Waste Division’s annual “Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling” list.
King County Green Schools Program recognizes 70 schools for conserving resources
The King County Green Schools Program, which helps schools from across the county learn resource conservation practices that can lead to cost savings, is honoring 70 schools for their sustainability efforts.
Community meeting June 20 on proposed Maury Island Natural Area restoration work
Come to a June 20 community meeting at the Vashon Public Library, when Maury Island Natural Area restoration project partners will share new details about the proposed Tacoma Smelter Plume contamination cleanup, dock removal project and other planning efforts.
Work at Enumclaw restoration site requires one-lane traffic as road shoulders are widened
Important road-safety work at a King County restoration project site on the Enumclaw Plateau will require one-way alternating traffic early this summer.
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