This Saturday, Nov. 7 is the last Grand Ridge Mining History Hike of the year. During this three-mile adventure, you will walk in the foot-steps (literally) of the coal miners who worked in the Issaquah mine. Learn about the grueling days they endured right in your backyard. Issaquah History Museum’s Doug Bristol will lead you from downtown Issaquah through a historically significant section of Grand Ridge Park to the mine site. Click here for more information.
This Saturday, we have FOUR volunteer events happening in King County Parks and we want to see you there! Volunteers are an integral part of our parks system as they help maintain out stream corridors and urban forests by planting native trees and shrubs to improve the area’s wildlife and water quality. It’s a fun way to get involved in the outdoors and to benefit your local community spaces. The volunteer events are located across King County so they are easily accessible no matter where you live. Families, children and groups are all welcome to participate. We hope to see you there!
– Natural Lands Volunteer Coordinator: 206-477-6112 or via email
– Parks Volunteer Coordinator: 206-491-3269 or via email
– Parks Volunteer Manager: 206-477-6113 or via email
Events are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Nov. 7 – Chinook Bend Natural Area (along the Snoqualmie River, near Carnation) – Contact *Tina Miller
- Nov. 7 – Renton Park (Renton) – Contact **Lina Rose
- Nov. 7 – Fall City Park (along the Snoqualmie River, with the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe) – Contact ***Laurie Clinton
- Nov. 7 – Marymoor Park Birdloop Trail (Redmond, with the Eastside Audubon Society) – Contact ***Laurie Clinton
On October 14, an REI work party began the process of creating new mountain bike trails in the Black Diamond Open Space with our partner Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance. These trails will be a new hub in South King County for fat tire enthusiasts and home to the Washington Student Cycling League, a non-profit organization that seeks to provide inclusive cycling opportunities for middle and high school students. We are looking forward to the completion of the trails in late Spring 2016. Many thanks to REI, Evergreen, and the passionate support from the local trails builders!
Check out a video of the the trail builders in action:
Earlier this month, Executive Dow Constantine announced that the King County Youth Sports Facilities Grant (YSFG) program would match grants totaling $837,880. Since the program’s inception in 1993, King County has awarded $14 million in grants. YSFG seeks to create community and public partnerships that develop, renovate and repair sports facilities to serve our youth. Congrats to the 14 recipients below!
- Auburn Parks – Brannan Park Freegame Court – $75,000
- Auburn School District – Lea Hill Elementary Playground – $35,347
- Bothell Parks – Doug Allen Sports Field Renovation – $13,250
- Cascade Bicycle Club – Lakewood Park Traffic Garden – $75,000
- Covington Parks – Gerry Crick Skate Park- $30,000
- Des Moines Parks – Parkside Park Sports Court/ Fitness Equipment – $25,000
- Issaquah Parks – Tibbetts Valley Park Skate Park – $75,000
- Seattle Parks – Lake City Skate Park – $75,000
- Seattle Public Schools – Viewlands Playground Improvement – $75,000
- Seattle Public Schools – Broadview Playground Improvement – $74,283
- Skykomish – Skykomish Pump Track and Park – $75,000
- Skyway Solutions – Skyway Park Ballfield – $75,000
- Vashon Island School District – Vashon High School Indoor Batting Cage – $75,000
- Vashon Rowing Club – Row House – $60,000
We can’t wait to see the finished projects! Here are some photos of completed YSFG projects from previous years:
A celebration of a new community gathering place for el Centro de la Raza which was funded in part by YSFG in 2011.
Students swarm the YSFG funded playground at Les Gove Park in 2010 in Auburn.
Are you interested in applying for next year’s grants? Head on over to the webpage for more information. Click here for the full news release.
Beginning Oct. 26, King County Parks will set up temporary detours around segments of the Burke-Gilman Trail in Lake Forest Park while crews begin removing 40 hazardous Lombardy Poplar trees.
The hazardous trees are located along the Burke-Gilman Trail between Ballinger Way Northeast and Northeast 165th Street in Lake Forest Park.
The temporary closure will take place mid-day Monday through Friday and last for two work weeks. The trail is expected to be open in the evenings, with closings lasting from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There are two trail segments that will be affected. To minimize impacts to adjoining neighborhoods, only one trail section will be closed at a time.
One detour will start at Northeast 165th Street and route trail users along Beach Drive Northeast before rejoining the trail at Northeast 170th Street. The other detour will start at Brentwood Place Northeast and route trail users along Northeast 171st Street before rejoining trail at Northeast 170th Street.
Click here for the full news release.