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King County, Washington

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June 2, 2011

Celebrate National Trails Day with King County Parks – Your Big Backyard

Work parties help restore habitat, rebuild trails and improve public lands

Cougar MountainJune 4 is National Trails Day, and it’s the perfect opportunity to join King County Parks at one of several trail work parties that are designed to help keep the County’s 175 miles of regional trails and 180 miles of backcountry trails safe, clean and open.

“Participating in a work party is a great way to help maintain trails that provide access to the 26,000 acres of parks and open space that we manage on behalf of the citizens of King County,” said Kevin Brown, King County Parks Director.

Sponsored by the American Hiking Society, National Trails Day inspires the public and trail enthusiasts to visit their favorite trail – or seek out a new trail.

Every year, King County Parks hosts more than 100 volunteer trail work events on projects that complement work done by King County Parks’ full-time backcountry trails crew. The full-time crew works on various trail construction projects across the county, thanks to funding from the voter-approved 2007 King County Parks levy.

King County Parks-hosted volunteer events in commemoration of National Trails Day include:
Cougar Mountain – 36 miles of trails, and a National Trails Day event for families
Saturday, June 4, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Cougar Mountain Regional Wildlife Park
Description: Here is a wonderful chance for families to appreciate King County Parks’ most-popular hiking destination.
Sign up: or call 206-625-1367

Taylor Mountain Forest – King County Parks’ most-popular equestrian trail network
Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Taylor Mountain Forest
Description: Visit this remote trail network in the Cascade Foothills.
Contact: Tina Miller at 206-296-2990 or

Marymoor Park - Birdloop Trail Restoration Project
Saturday, June 4, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Marymoor Park
Description: Work with Eastside Audubon to help maintain an existing habitat restoration project along the popular birdwatching trail. Young plants need your help with weeding, mulching and watering to make sure they are growing healthy.
Contact: Laurie Clinton at 206-296-4452 or

Preston-Snoqualmie Trail – Help save trees from encroaching ivy
Saturday, June 4, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Preston-Snoqualmie Trail
Description: Work with Preston residents on removing ivy along this great regional trail.
Contact: Rachel Maranto at 206-849-4406 or

O'Grady Trail Project  - Green River Natural Area trail construction
Sunday, June 5, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: O'Grady Park, Green River Natural Area
Description: Join King County Parks in some serious trail building work along the beautiful Green River, east of Auburn.
Contact: Tina Miller for directions and more info at 206-296-2990 or

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King County Parks - Your Big Backyard - offers more than 26,000 acres of parks and natural lands, including such regional treasures as Marymoor Park and Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, 175 miles of regional trails, plus pools and a world-class aquatic center. By cultivating strong relationships with non-profit, corporate and community partners, King County Parks enhances park amenities while reducing costs. Learn more at

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