Trail Alert: Sammamish River Trail (we promise we are done for the day)

Straight from the fingers of the KC Media [Picture a smoke enveloped room, filled with the sounds of typewriters and lots of horn-rimmed glasses, but with none of that].

Electronic trip counter coming to Sammamish River Trail part of statewide mobility study

Transportation planners will soon have new data available to them with the installation of a new automated trip counter that is being installed this week along a stretch of King County Parks’ popular Sammamish River Trail.

The Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is installing an automated trip counter on the trail, just north of Northeast 85th Street in Redmond.

Workers are scheduled to install the counter during the morning of Tuesday, June 23. From approximately 9 a.m. to noon, trail width will be restricted during while workers put the counter equipment in place.

Trail users are asked to use caution while going through the short work zone while crews set up the counter. Trail use should not be impacted by the electronic counter once it is installed.

The counters are able to track hour-by-hour usage, and they can differentiate between bicyclists and pedestrians on the trail. This represents a vast improvement to the current method of estimating trail usage on King County trails, which is based on two-hour manual counts taken yearly.

WSDOT has coordinated with other jurisdictions to install several of these counters in strategic locations across Washington state, including two in Bellevue, to gain a better understanding of non-motorized activity. King County trail planners will have access to the data collected by the Sammamish River Trail counter.

King County Parks’ Regional Trail System extends for 175 miles throughout the county and is used by thousands of people daily for commuting, recreation and other uses.

Trail Alert: Preston-Snoqualmie Trail

Lake Alice Road SE culvert replacement project is scheduled to begin on Jun 22, 2015 at 7:00 am and be completed on Aug 28, 2015 at 3:00 pm. The work will require a full closure of the road. A detour route through the Snoqualmie Ridge community will be opened for public use during this construction. To report any concerns about this or any county road, please call 206-296-8100.

For more information, please visit the project page.

Marymoor Park Concerts: The Seattle Symphony Performing the Movie Music of John Williams -Ticket Giveaway

Get cultured whilst sitting in the grass in your sandals, with socks, and fav nerd shirt…FO’ FREE! We are giving away two pairs of tickets to this Wednesday’s concert, The Seattle Symphony Performing the Movie Music of John Williams. Simply tweet @iheartkcparks which John Williams’ track would work as a theme for your favorite King County park, and why. We will then enter you in a drawing for a pair of tickets. Easier than shooting womp rats.

[Please, for the love of all that is holy, make sure it is a KING COUNTY PARK]

* Boring disclaimer info for ticket giveaways

Drawing will be done this Tues at noon. Winners will be notified via a private message on Twitter no later than 5:00 PM PST this Tues 6/23.

Entrants must tweet their response to the above question. No King County Parks employees or their families are eligible. One entry per person. Any entries using offensive language, racism or discrimination will be removed and excluded from the contest at our discretion. By tweeting, entrants agree to give King County permission to use their quote and/or name for promotional purposes (example: your quote and first name on our website). Ticket give-away winners will pick up their tickets at the Concert  Box Office at Marymoor Park. Parking and concessions not included. Entrants must agree to all of the above terms to be eligible.

Ebb & Flow mural

Wayne Tunnel Mural Receives National Recognition!

Wayne Tunnel’s “Ebb & Flow” mural, by artist Kristen Ramirez has been recognized by the Americans for the Arts! If you frequent the Burke-Gilman through Bothell, we’re sure you’ve rolled through and jangled that bike bell as instructed, whilst marveling at the transformation of what was once just a stark white tunnel [insert sad emoticon]. A partnership between your favorite park system (that’s us), 4Culture and the amazing talents of Kristen made for a great public piece. As far as we’re concerned all tunnels should be this awesome. Mad props to Kristen.

If you have not had the pleasure of riding through, GET ON YOUR BIKES AND RIDE!!! Just make sure you are well hydrated or the experience could turn out like this: