Unincorporated Area News
December 2015


Dec. 2
King County Comprehensive Plan public meeting - Fall City

Dec. 3
North Highline UAC meeting

Dec. 7
Greater Maple Valley UAC meeting

Skyway West Hill Action Plan Steering Committee meeting

Dec. 9
West Hill Community Association meeting

Dec. 11
Fall City Community Association meeting

Low-cost spay/neuter

Dec. 15
West Hill Business Association meeting

Dec. 16
Four Creeks UAC meeting

Welcome to Community News! You can find the newsletter online with links to program details, at the UA News website. To see previous versions of the Unincorporated Area Community Newsletter visit the archives.

Engage with King County

Lots of creative community building ideas from unincorporated King County
The application period for 2016 Community Service Area (CSA) grants ended on Nov. 16. The CSA Program received 57 grant applications requesting more than $208,000 for the $60,000 in available funds, a new record of requests. Applicants will receive notice of funding in February. Thank you for showing the creativity and spirit of our unincorporated area communities.

King County Comprehensive Plan Update
The King County Comprehensive Plan (KCCP) is the guiding policy document for all land use and development regulations in unincorporated King County, and for regional services throughout the county, including transit, sewers, parks, trails and open space. Every four years the County conducts a complete review of the plan. King County released the 2016 Comprehensive Plan Public Review Draft on Nov. 6. Following the release, four community meetings were scheduled to share the draft and listen to community members comments. The last of the scheduled meetings is set for Dec. 2 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Fall City Fire Station No. 27 in Fall City.

What’s your idea for a name for King County's new research vessel?
King County wants your help to name a new research vessel that will support efforts to protect regional water quality. Tell us your idea for a name that reflects the County’s environmental mission by Nov. 30!


King County Flood Warning App
Several large storms have brought significant flooding throughout King County these past few weeks. Already this month the Cedar and Tolt rivers have reached Phase 2 flooding, the Green River reached Phase 3, and the Snoqualmie reached Phase 4. During recent flood events the King County Flood Warning app was used a record 8,232 times in one day. Have you downloaded it to your Windows, Android or iOS device?

Sandbags protect against flood damage
During flood events sandbags can be a critical part of protection your home or business against damage. Visit the Sandbag Distribution Information website to learn where free sandbag materials are available and how to use them.

What to do if the lights go out
With weather turning toward winter, be sure you know what to do to stay safe if and when you lose electricity.

Kokanee Quest
Kokanee Quest is a real-world treasure hunt for geocaches hidden around Lake Sammamish. Kokanee Quest can be done as a family or on your own and is suitable for all ages. As a participant, you'll learn about Lake Sammamish kokanee as you hike or bike in search of geocaches hidden in places that are important to kokanee. When you see the cache, you might also see some kokanee!

Fall and winter volunteer opportunities
Are you interested in volunteering with King County Parks? Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community, learn tangible skills, satisfy service learning requirements and enjoy the outdoors! Click here for the schedule of opportunities in November and early December. And, sign-up here for the Parks Volunteer E-Newsletter to stay up-to-date on future volunteer opportunities.

USA Swimming AT&T Winter National Championship
From Dec. 1- 6, the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center hosts the 2015 AT&T Winter National Championships. For event and ticket information, visit the USA Swimming website.

Five Mile Lake Playground
Construction is underway and crews are currently prepping the subbase and installing new drainage for the rubber tile safety surfacing. Crews will begin setting the equipment support posts later this week. Weather permitting, the playground will reopen in late December. The playground is being replaced as part of the King County Parks levy funded Play Area Rehabilitation Program

Larry Phillips Natural Area
King County Councilmember Larry Phillips will be retiring at the end of this year. In honor of his outstanding environmental legacy and for his three decades of public service protecting King County’s air, lands and waters, including  a steadfast commitment to parks and open space, King County has renamed the critical natural lands alongside the Cedar River at Rainbow Bend the Larry Phillips Natural Area.

E coli outbreak
E coli has been in the news lately, most recently connected to Chipotle restaurants in Washington and Oregon. Read more about the outbreak and where it now stands.

Low-cost spay/neuter on Dec. 11
Spaying or neutering your pet not only keeps them healthier, it also helps reduce the number of homeless pets in our region. The Northwest Spay/Neuter Center will be back at the King County Pet Adoption Center on Dec. 11 with low-cost spay/neuter surgeries. Learn more about the service, or make an appointment on the website.

Be prepared for the next election in February 2016. Make sure to update your signature as well as your address if you’ve moved or haven’t done so in a while. You can update both online or in person.

Community Service Area news

Bear Creek/Sammamish Area

CSA Days
Dec. 8, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  at the Woodinville Library, 17105 Avondale Rd. NE in Woodinville. Marissa Alegria, CSA Staff will be available to meet with the community. Please contact Marissa Alegria, for more information.

Cottage Lake Park playground
Equipment installation is underway at the Cottage Lake Park playground. Once the equipment is assembled, the rubber tile safety surfacing will be installed. Weather permitting, the playground will reopen the first or second week of December. This playground is being replaced as part of the King County Parks levy funded Play Area Rehabilitation Program.

Upper Bear Creek Community Council
For more information visit the Upper Bear Creek Community Council website.

Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain Area

Community Alliance to Reach Out and Engage
Nov. 23, 6:30 - 8 p.m., at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church at 12819 160th Ave. SE, in Renton. No meeting in December. For more information, visit the website.

Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council meetings
Dec. 16, 7 - 9 p.m., at Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 78 at 20720 SE May Valley Rd. in Issaquah. Visit the Four Creeks UAC website for the latest information.

Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River Area

Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council meetings
Dec. 7 & Jan. 4, 7 - 9:30 p.m., at the Fire Station, 231st St and SR-169 in Maple Valley. Check the Greater Maple Valley UAC website for details.

This item submitted by the GMVUAC.

Citizens Survey, election and newsletter
With the aid of a 2015 CSA Grant, the GMVUAC mailed its Biannual Citizens' Survey to all 11,000 registered voters in the unincorporated area of the Tahoma School District. The survey can be completed and submitted online. Results are used inform the GMVUAC of citizen concerns and to better direct communications with County and other government officials. Also included is a ballot to elect GMVUAC members, a map of its four community areas and a newsletter.

Snoqualmie Valley/Northeast King County Area

Fall City Community Association meeting
Dec. 11, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., at the Fall City Fire Station, 4301 334th Place Southeast in Fall City. Monthly board meeting, open to the public. For more information visit the Fall City Community Association website or contact Ashley Glennon. Learn about the Fall City Community Unity Partnership.

Southeast King County Area

Green Valley/Lake Holm Association
Jan. 27, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., at the Black Diamond Library, 24707 Roberts Drive in Black Diamond.There will be no meeting in December. All residents living within the boundaries of our Community Service Area are welcome to attend and participate in discussions regarding safety resources, mutual concerns, and ideas for enhancing our communities. For more information, or to subscribe to our mailing list, email the Green Valley/Lake Holm Association. Visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Vashon/Maury Island Area

Metro alternative services survey is open
Have some ideas for creating more travel options on Vashon Island? Take our survey and help Metro Transit understand what’s working and what’s not working with island transportation today, and learn about some new transit alternatives.

CSA Vashon Days
Dec. 21, 1 - 7 p.m. at the Vashon Community Service Center, 10011 SW Bank Rd. on Vashon. Bong Sto. Domingo, CSA staff, will be available to discuss issues, provide resources and technical assistance, with community members and organizations. Please email Bong Sto. Domingo or call 206-774-4522, for more information.

West King County Area

Lakewood Park renamed to Dick Thurnau Memorial Park
On Nov.7, the White Center community celebrated the legacy of the late Dick Thurnau, a beloved community member, by renaming Lakewood Park in his honor. King County Councilmember Joe McDermott, King County Parks Director Kevin Brown, community leaders and members of the community came together to celebrate his legacy. Mr. Thurnau’s family unveiled the new Dick Thurnau Memorial Park signs. For photos of the event click here.

Alajawan’s Hands Thanksgiving Dinner
Nov. 26, from noon - 4 p.m. at the Skyway VFW, 7421 S 126th St., Seattle. Free event and open to the public. For more information, call 425-208-6236.

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting
Dec. 3, 7 - 9 p.m. at the North Highline Fire District Training Center, 1243 SW 112th Street in Seattle. Monthly meeting of the all volunteer community council. Open to the public. Check the North Highline UAC website for details, or email Barbara Dobkin.

Skyway West Hill Action Plan Steering Committee meetings
Dec. 7, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Skyway Water and Sewer District, 6723 S. 124th St. in Seattle. Monthly meetings of the Skyway/West Hill SWAP steering committee to discuss on how to implement the SWAP plan in the West Hill community. Open to the public. For more information, email Andra Kranzler, call 206-706-6400 ext. 2 or visit the website.

West Hill Community Association meeting
Dec. 9, 7-9 p.m. at the Skyway Fire District 20, 12424 76th Ave. So. in Seattle. Monthly board meeting of the all-volunteer association. Open to the public. Check the West Hill Community Association website or Facebook for details, or email Sonja Bowden.

West Hill Business Association
Dec. 15, 9-11 a.m., Skyway VFW, 7421 So. 126th St. in Seattle. Monthly meeting of business and community members. Open to the public. For more information, contact Chuck Vitiritti at 206-772-9982.

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