Drop it like it’s hot! First issue of ‘Out of the Box’ e-zine is hot off the press!

Out of the Box logo

We are excited to kick off our first issue of a new, seasonal nature e-zine for the whole family to enjoy! The “Out of the Box” e-zine is designed to inspire kids and parents alike to:

1. Explore nature through discovery
2. Get outside & play
3. Dig into your curiosity
4. Live a fun & healthy life
5. Take care of ‘your big backyard’

Plus, there will always be a bonus coloring sheet on the back page. Pssst! Watch for future coloring contents and prizes – you heard it here first.

The learning materials included are seasonal in nature (pun intended), written to engage young readers and relevant to parents looking to find family-friendly activities offered by some of our awesome partners (REI and Movies @ Marymoor, for example).

We are also excited to formally introduce our King County Parks guru, Douglas E. Skwerrel. He’ll be bringing the extra quirkiness to our e-zine pages and answering questions from our littlest readers in future issues.

Meet Douglas E. Skwerrel

So go ahead, check it out and let us know what you think! Your feedback is extremely valuable to the growth and direction of this e-zine. You are invited to share your ideas for future content and if you know any outdoors related, rock-star blogging dads or moms that might be interested in contributing guest articles, please drop us a note at outofthebox@kingcounty.gov.

Walk the East Lake Samm Trail with KC Parks

The current East Lake Sammamish Trail (South Sammamish Segment)

The current East Lake Sammamish Trail (South Sammamish Segment)

Join us on the trail! King County Parks is holding a series of informational meetings along the East Lake Sammamish Trail that focus on design and planning for the next portion of the trail slated for development, the South Sammamish Segment A, which goes from SE 33rd St southward to SE 43rd Way.

We’re in the design phase for this segment and preliminary trail alignment plans can be found here (9.2 MB pdf). Meet us on the trail – look for the King County Parks tent! – where we’ll have our design team on hand to explain the plans, answer questions, and listen to your feedback. Depending on the trail section and people’s interest, we may also walk along the trail to view different spots that illustrate design elements.

Trail Meetings

Monday, July 14 – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Section: 4299 East Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE to 4265 East Lake Sammamish Shore Lane SE
Meet-up: on the trail near the driveway south of Peregrine Point Way SE

Monday, July 21 – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Section: 4209 East Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE to 4261 East Lake Sammamish Shore Lane SE
Meet-up: on the trail near the driveway at 212th Way SE

Thursday, July 24 – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Section: 4013 East Lake Sammamish Shore Lane SE to 206th Ave SE
Meet-up: on the trail near the driveway at 206th Ave SE

Monday, July 28 – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Section: 3803 East Lake Sammamish Shore Lane SE to 4011 East Lake Sammamish Shore Lane SE
Meet-up: on the trail near the driveway at SE 39th St

Tuesday, Aug 5 – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Section: 3315 East Lake Sammamish Pkway SE to 3731 Sammamish shore Lane SE
Meet-up: on the trail at SE 33rd St

Trail neighbors are encouraged to attend the meeting closest to their homes. Are you a trail neighbor, but can’t make the meeting? Please contact us to set up an alternative time that works for you. Call the project hotline at 1-888-668-4886 or send an email to ELST@kingcounty.gov.

Keep up with construction activities and sign up for the ELST email alerts on the website at www.kingcounty.gov/eastlakesammamishtrail.