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.

Colorful addition coming to the Burke-Gilman Trail in July

Artist's rendering of the Wayne Tunnel mural

Artist’s rendering of the Wayne Tunnel mural

4Culture and King County Parks have commissioned Seattle-based artist Kristen Ramirez to create a colorful mural along the Burke-Gilman Trail in the Wayne Tunnel, a 250-foot-long passageway under 96th Avenue Northeast in Bothell. The artist will be on site daily from July 7 – July 18, painting the mural with the help of volunteers from 10 am to 2 pm.

Want to get your painting on? We’re looking for volunteers! Click here to see available dates.

The mural was inspired by Ramirez’s research about the trail’s history and through conversations and surveys of area residents and trail users. It is part of a series of improvements to the tunnel that will improve safety and enhance the trail experience.

The trail will remain open during installation. We’ll be on site managing traffic, which will be reduced to one side of the trail through the tunnel. Cyclists will be asked to dismount to pass through the tunnel.

4Culture, King County’s public arts organization, advances community through through public art and heritage and cultural preservation, deepening our connections to the places where we live and work. This project is funded through King County’s 1% for Art program, which is managed by 4Culture. King County adopted the 1% for Art legislation in 1973 to commission public art that visually enhances County property and creates a sense of ownership and community. Funding for public artwork comes from capital construction budgets and cannot be used for other county programs or services like maintenance or operations.

For more information about the project, read the Wayne Mural_FAQ.

 

Great galloping geldings, it’s a Cavalia ticket give-away!

    Cavalia's "Odysseo" coming soon to Marymoor Park

Cavalia’s “Odysseo” coming soon to Marymoor Park

We’ve got tickets yes we do, we’ve got tickets, how ’bout you? No?

Well then, you better enter our Cavalia ticket give-away, so you can win one of three pairs of tickets to opening night on Wednesday, February 19!

Here’s how it works

Between now and Feb 10 at midnight, sign up for the King County Parks e-newsletter by clicking here or on the link from our homepage, enter your email, and voilá! Your name will be entered into the drawing. Existing e-newsletter subscribers will automatically be entered.

If you’re a lucky winner, you will receive two tickets to Cavalia’s Odysseo performance on opening night, Wednesday, Feb 19 at 8 pm at Marymoor Park. Your tickets will be at will-call on the day of the show.

It’s THAT easy.

Except for the fine print: King County Parks employees are not eligible. Limit 1 entry per person. Must be subscribed to the e-newsletter by midnight on Mon, Feb 10. Drawing will be held on Tues, Feb 11. Winners will be notified through email and must confirm a name for the will call list. Identification will be required to pick up the tickets. Tickets are good ONLY for the Feb 19 show and can not be exchanged.

2013: These are a few of our favorite things…

(l to r) The Seattle Foundation's Norm Rice, LNWM President and CEO Robert Moser, King County Executive Dow Constantine, and DNRP Director Christie True

In April, we kicked off our 75th Anniversary celebrations with an outdoor-themed cake and a few friends, like The Seattle Foundation’s Norm Rice, LNWM President and CEO Robert Moser, King County Executive Dow Constantine, and DNRP Director Christie True.

Whew, 2013 was a big year for us here at King County Parks. We turned 75, got some serious love from King County voters, and rocked out at shows at Marymoor and Tolt.

Here are our 5 favorite stories from this past year.

See the year in photos over at our Flickr site.

We hope you’ll join us for even more fun in 2014. Happy holidays to you and yours!