Congratulations to The Miller Hull Partnership for receiving honorable mention at Seattle’s AIA award ceremony for their fabulous design of the Bethaday Community Learning Space in Lakewood Park. The 24,000 SF building received LEED Silver rating for its green design, and the jury noted its bold color and energy, innovative use of recycled material, and unique public-private partnership and setting in the park. The building houses the Technology Access Foundation, a regional and national leader in STEM education for our youth. Great work Miller Hull and TAF!
On Wednesday, Oct 30, King County Parks was delighted to attend the City of Auburn’s ribbon cutting celebration of Lea Hill Park, a 7-acre park near Green River Community College.
The King County Youth Sports Facilities Grant program (YSFG) provided a $60,000 matching grant to Auburn for the construction of the “freesport” field, a small walled synthetic turf area ideal for 3-on-3 or 4-on-4 games of soccer. The field can also be adapted for sports like basketball, volleyball, football, field hockey, badminton, pickleball, and no doubt countless other games the local kids will come up with in order to chase each other around the field!
The land for the park was acquired as part of a land exchange with Green River Community College, which will build a trades center on the site of a former Auburn city park. The new park also offers a skate spot, walking pathways, a wooden picnic shelter reminiscent of a barn, an amphitheater, a baseball field, half basketball court and a play area with a tractor and climbing toys. Congrats to the City of Auburn on their lovely new park!
Because it’s fun to wear your Halloween costume for as many extra days as possible before and after the actual holiday itself; King County Parks brings you a couple ‘frightfully fun’ Halloween events for the whole family to enjoy.
Haunted Pool & Tunnel
Friday, October 25, 6 – 7:30 p.m. pool swim & 8 – 9:30 p.m. pool swim
*Haunted tunnel is open during same hours as open pool swim
Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center
(650 SW Campus Drive, Federal Way)
$5 to participate in open swim, includes entry to tunnel
The annual haunted open swim features a coin dive, costume contest, pool toys, canoe rides and the 1m spring board.
For more information, please call the WKCAC at 206-477-4444.
Family Halloween Carnival
Saturday, October 26, 2 – 5:00 p.m.
Steve Cox Memorial Park, White Center Community Center
(1321 SW 102nd , 98146)
Doors open at 2:00 p.m. and admission is FREE
Local teens have planned nearly thirty different woodland themed crafts and games for local children ages 10 and under. Tickets for each activity are sold for .25 each or 5/$1.00. In addition to the games, the carnival also features a costume contest and a free performance by Juggler Alex Zerbe at 3:30 p.m.
This year’s carnival is once again sponsored by the teens and staff of the White Center Teen Program. The WCTP offers free recreational, educational and social enrichment programming to over 800 culturally diverse participants ages 12-19 each year. The program operates five days a week, forty-eight weeks a year and provides structured recreational classes and programs, homework assistance, educational and computer resources, leadership training, volunteer opportunities, special events, field trips, and drop-in activities. The Annual Halloween Carnival is traditionally one of the teens’ favorite volunteer events. Program staff estimate at least fifty teens will volunteer this upcoming Saturday.
For additional Information, please contact Darlene Sellers, Recreation Coordinator at 206-296-2952.
Take note! From October 12 -31, Island Center Forest will be open to deer hunting for a limited season, and no other access will be permitted on 200 acres of the park.
While hunting will be allowed on the former state lands that now make up Island Center Forest, hunting will NOT be permitted on the adjacent 40-acre Gateway and 81-acre Natural Area properties, which will be open to all other allowable uses. Hunters are required to purchase a modern firearm hunting license.
In response to public input and in close collaboration with the Friends of Island Center Forest, King County initiated a limited hunt at Island Center Forest in 2011, when more than 60 hunters registered and eight deer were harvested. In 2012, when the county established a five-year pilot project for limited hunts, 40 hunters registered at the trailheads and four deer were harvested.
Vashon Island’s largest public open space, Island Center Forest and Natural Area has nine miles of trails that are shared by hikers, mountain bikers, runners and equestrians. Island Center Forest was formerly owned by Washington state and is the only public land on Vashon Island where deer hunting has historically been allowed. King County Parks does not allow hunting on any other parklands.
The deer hunting season at ICF ends on October 31, with all permitted uses resuming on November 1.
Read more about the deer hunt in our press release. See the backcountry trails map for Island Center Forest or visit one of the many other parks on Vashon and Maury Islands, like Dockton or Maury Island Marine Park!
Trail alert: Burke-Gilman – King County Parks is making safety upgrades along the Burke-Gilman Trail at two driveway crossings in the vicinity of 91st Avenue Northeast in Kenmore.
Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 22, trail users and motorists could experience intermittent delays of up to five minutes while crews install trail alert bars, signage, striping and access control at the intersections. Flaggers will be in place to route trail users and motorists around the construction work