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King County’s innovative camping container in place at Tolt-MacDonald Park, ready for guests

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King County Parks is putting the finishing touches on a new, comfortable and ecologically sound camping structure that was created from a used cargo container, and now sits alongside the Snoqualmie River at Tolt-MacDonald Park.

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King County Parks is putting the finishing touches on a new, comfortable and ecologically sound camping structure that was created from a used cargo container and now sits alongside the Snoqualmie River at Tolt-MacDonald Park.

Come see the completely refurbished structure on Thursday, Aug. 23, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, in the park, at Northeast 40th St., Carnation. King County Parks staff will be joined by architect Joel Egan of HyBrid Architecture to discuss the many ecologically sound and innovative aspects of the cargo container camping structure.

Now available for overnight reservations, the 24-foot-long camping container sits nestled between tall trees and near the footbridge connecting the east and west portions of the park, which is at the confluence of the Tolt and Snoqualmie rivers.

The camping container features an adaptable floor plan with full-sized bunk bed, plus a table and multi-purpose cabinet made from deconstructed kitchens and reclaimed materials that can be moved outside for more floor space inside. Other reclaimed materials include old soccer goals that were converted into a green wall and an old door that is now the kitchen table.

King County Parks staff adapted Egan’s award-winning schematic designs. “Re-Tain” is the result of King County Parks’ Little Footprint/Big Forest design contest in 2011 that drew numerous entrants from area architecture firms and sustainability supporters.

King County Parks is committed to innovation, sustainability and prosperity, and is upping the ante with this new, ecologically sustainable camping container that offers parks visitors a unique overnight experience.

Visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/recreation/parks/rentals/camping.aspx, or call 206-205-5434, to make reservations. Cost for an overnight stay is $50.

The “Little Footprint, Big Forest” competition was a collaboration between King County Parks and the King County Solid Waste Division’s GreenTools Program. The contest’s goal is to demonstrate King County’s commitment to innovation in green building, sustainability and prosperity, while offering a unique opportunity to enjoy nature in an ecologically sustainable way.

The GreenTools Program is designed to help all King County stakeholders green their built environment while addressing critical environmental issues, such as global warming, critical habitat restoration and solid waste reduction. Learn more at
http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/greenbuilding/green-tools-program.asp.

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