July 23, 2013
There is still time to complete your GeoTour of King County’s beautiful parks, trails
Oct. 6 deadline to complete GeoTour and claim your King County Parks geocoin
Discover a King County park or trail you’ve never explored before – and earn a beautiful commemorative geocoin, too – by taking King County Parks’ GeoTour this summer.
The tour began in 2012 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the County’s first use of Conservation Futures funds to purchase land threatened by development. All 20 sites on the GeoTour are part of King County Parks, thanks to Conservation Futures.
Numerous GeoTour participants have provided feedback to King County about their experiences:
• "If you haven't done this tour you should!,” wrote one participant who was getting their passport stamp from the Spring Lake – Lake Desire geocache near Maple Valley. “It has been great fun, and we have seen so many great places that we would never have gone. I would encourage each and every one of you to 'get out and tour.' "
• "What a great area to rest, enjoy the beauty of nature, and just think,” wrote another geocacher who was exploring the Snoqualmie Valley Trail near the Tokul Creek trestle.
The King County Parks GeoTour is the perfect summertime activity for individuals, families and groups. Participation is easy. Go to the website,
http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/stewardship/conservation-futures/cft-geotour.aspx, to find the passport, which includes instructions and space for 20 stamps that can be found in geocache boxes hidden at the 20 different locations.
Participants have until Oct. 6 to find all 20 geocaches and collect the 20 stamps to claim their commemorative geocoin.
For more than 30 years, government and non-profit groups across King County have used the Conservation Futures Tax to protect from development 111,000 acres of land, forests, shorelines, greenways and trails, including irreplaceable gems such as Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, plus urban parks, greenbelts, and agricultural land. Learn more about the program at http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/stewardship/conservation-futures.aspx.
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Celebrating its 75th Anniversary, King County Parks - Your Big Backyard - offers more than 200 parks and 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, 180 miles of backcountry trails 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 http://www.kingcounty.gov/parks/.