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
Southeast King County area residents Community Service Area (CSA) town hall/open house
The final 2015 CSA town hall/open house in unincorporated King County is scheduled for Tuesday, June 2 from 7-9 p.m. at the Newaukum Grange Hall, 38402 180th Ave SE, Auburn. The town hall/open house brings together the local County Councilmember and representatives from the Executive, Sheriff, and numerous other County officials to meet with local residents and discuss issues affecting their community. For more information please visit the CSA website.
Want to play a role in developing customized transit options in southeast King County?
Come to a meeting on May 28 in Maple Valley to help Metro Transit identify services that are cost effective and offer improved choices for riders. More details at Metro’s Alternative Services Program website.
Cougar/Squak Corridor community meeting
Join King County Parks at a community meeting and help generate ideas for uses and amenities for the newly acquired Cougar/Squak Corridor. The meeting will include a short presentation from King County Parks employees followed by an opportunity for community input. The meeting is set for May 27, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Issaquah Middle School Commons, 400 2nd Ave. SE in Issaquah.
Green River project public meeting
Come to a public meeting in Kent to learn more about design alternatives for the Lower Russell Road Levee Setback project in Kent. The project goal is to provide increased flood protection, relocate and improve Van Doren’s Landing Park and the Green River Trail, and create shallow water and floodplain habitat along the Green River. The June 8 meeting is set for 5-7:30 p.m. at the Kent Commons Community Center.
Annual meetings on projects using large wood in rivers
Residents interested in flood risk reduction, habitat restoration, or river recreation and safety are encouraged to attend either of two meetings set for June 9 and hosted by King County to learn about river projects that utilize large wood to restore habitat and reduce flood risks. Both meetings will cover the same topics, and will be at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center – the first from 3-5 p.m., and the second from 6-8 p.m. Projects on the Snoqualmie, Cedar and Green rivers will be presented along with several small creek and stream projects.
Cedar River recreation workshop
Please join representatives from King County’s Cedar River Corridor Plan Advisory Committee on from June 15 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at Renton Technical College to share your vision for safe and fun recreation on the Cedar River in support of the Corridor Plan, a long-range strategy for reducing flood risks and improving salmon habitat. Anyone who enjoys river recreation – from boating and bird watching to trail users and picnickers – are encouraged to attend.
What are your favorite things about the Cedar River?
Join the conversation on the Cedar River Corridor and plans to reduce flood risks and restore salmon habitat. Take our online survey.
King County Budget initiatives support unincorporated King County residents and communities
Excerpts from the 2015/2016 Biennial Budget (PDF) describes a series of initiatives supporting unincorporated King County residents in the 2015-2016 County budget. Initiatives include increases in the Sheriff’s budget, support for local parks and new resources to help update strategic plans for communities in unincorporated King County.
King County Comprehensive Plan (KCCP) update
The 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. The kick-off for the 2016 four-year update of the KCCP begins with the development and transmittal of the Scope of Work, which was adopted by the Council on May 11. Subsequent review and action on the plan by the Council is expected in the Fall of 2016. Learn more on the website.
Get outside and volunteer with King County Parks
Time for weeding, mulching, and more weeding. The lush canopy of native trees with the equally lovely low growing shrubs in our parks could really use some more help! Check out the calendar of outdoor projects in our parks and natural areas and volunteer with King County Parks today.
Last chance to register for the Big Backyard 5K at Marymoor Park
King County Parks’ sixth-annual Big Backyard 5K presented by Group Health is just around the corner on Sunday, May 31 at King County’s Marymoor Park. There is still time to register for this fun family and dog friendly walk/run race that benefits King County Parks. Register today online.
Snoqualmie Valley Trail section closure
The Sinnema Quaale Upper Revetment of the Snoqualmie River will be reconstructed this summer, requiring a stretch of the Snoqualmie Valley Trail to be temporarily closed from approximately June 1- Oct. 31. The closure will extend from approximately 1½ miles south of Northeast 124th Street to two miles north of the Stillwater Natural Area. Trail users are encouraged to take advantage of other portions of King County Parks’ 175-mile regional trail system.
Cougar/Squak Corridor Park grand opening celebration
Join King County Parks on Saturday, June 6 for a celebration of National Trails Day, at the grand opening of Cougar/Squak Corridor Park. Festivities begin at 9:30 a.m., and include an open house, plus a guided tour of a new hiking trail. Read more about the event on the press release.
Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival
Join King County Parks and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance for the sixth-annual mountain bike festival at King County’s Duthie Hill Park in Issaquah on Saturday, June 6. Bike demos, a beer garden, raffles, food, friends, music and good times for everyone. Entry to the event is free and open to the public and a festival clearing pass ($10/Evergreen members or $20/non-members) will get you access to all day bike demos, skills clinics, guided rides and event races. Come out and see what the festival is all about, and learn more on the website.
A vaccine is now available to prevent a type of cancer that kills 250,000 people worldwide each year. It’s called the HPV vaccine, for Human Papilloma Virus, the type of virus that causes some types of cervical cancer. The vaccine is recommended for boys and girls. Learn more by visiting the website.
Aimed at low-income, first-time mothers, Nurse Family Partnership is an evidence-based program that pairs public health nurses with women expecting their first baby. The program’s goals include decreased infant mortality, child abuse and neglect prevention, improved school readiness, and a beneficial change in the mother’s life course. For more information, visit the website.
Fair housing workshop
Join us for a free workshop on Reasonable Accommodations and Modifications for Residents with Disabilities, on Tuesday, June 16, 1-3 p.m., in the Chinook Building (rooms 121/123), 401 Fifth Ave., Seattle. Sponsored by King County and the Fair Housing Partners of Washington. Pre-registration is required. For more information, visit the website.
King County Assessor Lloyd Hara and the Department of Assessments recently launched LocalScape, a new dynamic property data portal designed to unleash the power of community data and redefine civic engagement.
Property valuation notices
The King County Assessor’s Office will start mailing out 2015 property valuation notices starting in June thru October. For more information, please visit the King County Assessor’s new website or contact us at 206-296-7300.
Community Service Area news
Bear Creek/Sammamish Area
Music in the Park
After a brief hiatus, Upper Bear Creek Community Council is happy to sponsor "Music in the Park" again this summer at Cottage Lake Park! Join us for a series of six free family concerts in the park Thursday evenings in July and August from 7-8:30 p.m. You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the park at 190th and NE Woodinville-Duvall Road in Woodinville. Visit the website for more information.
The Upper Bear Creek Community Council is seeking local musical talent to perform at the 2015 Music in the Park. If you play upbeat, happy music appropriate for all ages, and wish to participate in our community's traditions, please email Raven J. Demers.
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
June 22 and July 27, 6:30 - 8 p.m., at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church at 12819 160th Ave. SE, in Renton. For more information, visit the website.
Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council meetings
June 17 and July 15, 7 - 9 p.m., at the Fire Station 78, 20720 SE May Valley Rd., in Issaquah. Visit the Four Creeks UAC website for the latest information and to confirm meetings.
Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River Area
Don’t trash your hazardous waste!
You can dispose of fluorescent lights, oil-based paint and more, for free. Pack it carefully and take it to the Wastemobile in Covington on June 12 - 14, at the Fred Meyer.
Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council meetings
June 1 and July 6, 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.
2016 King County Comprehensive Plan Update
On May 5, the area council submitted growth management related questions, concerns and recommendations to Executive Office staff. Key issues addressed
included: RA-2.5 zoning impacts; siting of urban-serving facilities in the rural area; mapping of Transfer of Development Rights sending and receiving sites; and annexation bonded debt. The area council will submit its transportation-related items in June and environment and economic development items later in the summer.
Snoqualmie Valley/Northeast King County Area
Fall City Community Association meeting
June 12, 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.
Southeast King County Area
Wastemobile household hazardous waste collection in Enumclaw
Visit the Wastemobile when it comes to Enumclaw , June 5-7, to safely dispose of household hazardous waste at no cost.
Green Valley/Lake Holm Association
May 27 and June 24, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., at the Black Diamond Library, 24707 Roberts Drive in Black Diamond. Visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Vashon/Maury Island Area
CSA Vashon Days
June 15, 1 - 4 p.m. at the Vashon Community Service Center, 10011 SW Bank Rd. on Vashon. Bong Sto. Domingo, CSA staff, will be at the Vashon Community Center, every third Monday of the month discuss issues, provide resources and technical assistance, with community members and organizations.
What’s up, dock? King County Parks wants your thoughts about Vashon public docks
King County Parks wants to understand how the swimming/moorage dock at Dockton Park and the fishing pier at Tramp Harbor are used. Take an eight- to 10-minute online survey and be sure to share the link widely. The survey closes on June 5. There will be two community meetings on Vashon-Maury Island at McMurray Middle School, June 22 and 23, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Use your email address to subscribe to the project email list to receive more project information.
West King County Area
North Highline Stakeholders meeting
May 28, 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the White Center Sheriff Storefront, 9609 16th Ave SW in Seattle. A community meeting facilitated by King County CSA Program staff, Bong Sto. Domingo to discuss current issues in the community. The meeting is open to the public. For more information email Bong StoDomingo.
North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting
June 4, 7 - 9 p.m., North Highline Fire District, 1243 SW 112th in Seattle. Monthly meeting of the all-volunteer community council, where general issues of concerns are discussed and deliberated. The meeting is open to the public. Check the North Highline UAC website for details, or email Barbara Dobkin.
West Hill Community Association Board meeting
June 10, 7 p.m., Skyway VFW, 7421 S. 126th Street in Seattle. Monthly meeting of the all-volunteer community association, where community wide issues are discussed and deliberated. The meeting is open to the public. Check the West Hill Community Association website or Facebook for details, or email Sonja Bowden.
West Hill Business Association
June 16, 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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