Unincorporated Area Community News
Welcome to Community News, King County government's monthly newsletter for unincorporated area residents. You can find the newsletter online with links to program details, at www.kingcounty.gov/UnincorporatedAreaNews. To see previous versions of the Unincorporated Area Community Newsletter visit the archives.
Engage with King County
Share thoughts on Historic Preservation Program plans by July 14
King County Historic Preservation Program (HPP) preserves the county’s significant historic and archaeological resources including, barns and bridges, and more are documented, evaluated, landmarked and protected for future generations. Public comments on the draft of the new HPP Strategic Plan and funding recommendations – which will shape the County’s preservation programs and services over the next seven years –are invited and will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 14. The draft plan is available online.
Danville-Georgetown Open Space meeting
King County Parks will convene a second meeting to talk about trail planning for the Danville-Georgetown Open Space near Maple Valley. The meeting is set July 23 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Wilderness Lodge at Lake Wilderness Park.
Reddington Levee project kicks off busy Flood Control District construction season
Crews have begun moving earth on the $8 million Reddington Levee Setback project in the city of Auburn – the largest in-river flood protection project since the creation of the King County Flood Control District in 2007.
A high priority for the Flood District and King County Water and Land Resources Division, the project will enhance flood protection for hundreds of Auburn residents and hundreds of millions of dollars of residential and commercial properties.
County Executive proposes strengthening “farm-to-city connection” with Seattle
As many as 25,000 acres of King County’s farms and forests would be protected from development under an innovative proposal to transfer rural development rights into Seattle’s Downtown and South Lake Union for increased urban density.
Learn more about King County’s Transfer of Development Rights Program on the website.
Watch your mailbox!
Ballots for the Aug. 6 Primary Election will be mailed on July 17. Contact the Elections Department if you haven’t received your ballot in the mail by July 24. For ballot drop-off locations, election results and more from your phone or other mobile device, check out “Elections on-the-go.”
New Community Service Center opens in Issaquah
A new King County Community Service Center (CSC) opened July 10 at the Issaquah District Court building, 5415 220th Ave. SE in Issaquah. The new center, which replaces the old Sammamish location, will be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Services handled at CSCs include property tax payments, marriage license applications and certificates, certified copies of recorded documents, pet license purchases and renewals, U.S. passport applications, and information about King County services and programs.
'Movies@Marymoor' summer lineup
The 2013 summer lineup at the popular First Tech Federal Credit Union “Movies@Marymoor” outdoor cinema series is sure to draw families, film buffs and outdoor enthusiasts to King County’s Marymoor Park during the long summer evenings this July and August. The 2013 series is presented by Overlake Medical Clinics and kicked off on July 10.
GoGreen Night at the 'Movies@Marymoor'
Join King County staff for an incredible night under the stars at Marymoor Park on Wednesday, July 24. Over a dozen exhibitors will be on-site to share information about King County programs and services designed to help you reduce, reuse and recycle more. This is a great family event at one of King County's most beautiful parks. Pre-movie seating for the Movies@Marymoor is $5 starting at 7:00 p.m. and includes live acts and movie trivia. Tasty food trucks will be available on-site. The Incredibles begins at dusk.
King County Parks 75th Anniversary: Volunteer Work and Party Day
Celebrating 75 years of your big backyard, King County Parks invites you to join the festivities for a ‘work and party’ day at Tolt-MacDonald Park in Carnation on July 20. The morning work party will tend to some habitat restoration and trail work followed by an afternoon field day filled with family-friendly games, contests, prizes and special 75th anniversary treats. To volunteer, contact Laurie Clinton, Volunteer Program Manager, at 206-296-4452 or firstname.lastname@example.org. No registration is necessary for the afternoon field day.
Cast and Dig – 4th Annual Fly Fish and Habitat Restoration
Friends of the Cedar River Watershed is hosting Cast and Dig – 4th Annual Habitat Restoration and Fly Fishing event at King County Park’s Cavanaugh Pond Natural Area on July 13 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Volunteer restoration work will include removing invasive blackberry and weed suppression fabric followed by a BBQ, educational presentations and fly fishing lessons. For more information visit the website or sign-up by contacting: email@example.com.
Timber! Outdoor Music Festival
Music, camping and more music! Immerse yourself in music and nature at the new Timber! Outdoor Music Festival coming to King County Parks’ Tolt-MacDonald Park and Campground in Carnation on July 26 and 27. The weekend festival will feature a packed schedule of talented artists, a variety of camping accommodations and a slew of outdoor activities for all ages. Visit the website to get your tickets, check out the schedule and preview the fresh artist line-up.
King County Sheriff orders temporary closure of portion of the Cedar River
King County Sherriff John Urquhart has ordered a temporary closure of a two-mile stretch of the Cedar River from Cedar Grove Road SE to SE Jones Road (River Mile 11.45 to River Mile 9.5). The closure is between the reaches known as Rainbow Bend and Belmondo between Maple Valley and Renton. Hazardous conditions that threaten the safety of recreational users prompted the closure, in effect until further notice.
For more information about known river hazards in King County, river safety tips, lifejacket discount coupons and drowning prevention information visit the website.
Cedar River Trail closure
Work to curb erosion from the Cedar River that threatens a state highway and major fiber optics cable requires a closure of a portion of King County’s Cedar River Trail in Maple Valley. Beginning Monday, July 8, a half-mile-long portion of the Cedar River Trail will be closed to all users from the trail’s intersection at 16916 Renton-Maple Valley Rd. S.E., to the trail’s intersection at 201st Place Southeast. The trail will reopen in late September.
Summer construction at King County Parks
We’re at work so you can play! Check out the King County Parks blog for more information on the various construction projects planned for the summer.
West Snoqualmie Valley Road Northeast closure
West Snoqualmie Valley Road Northeast between NE 100th Street and Novelty Hill Road near Carnation is closed for repairs. Work should be completed by the second week of August.
Lake Alice Road SE culvert replacement project postponed
The Lake Alice Road SE culvert replacement project, originally scheduled for construction this summer, has been postponed until summer 2014. The shift in project schedule is due to delays in securing the necessary property rights to construct the project. For updated project information, visit the website.
Discount dogs at Regional Animal Services
With the weather heating up, it's starting to feel like the dog days of summer. To celebrate, Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) is lowering the adoption fee on adult dogs to just $50. During the ASPCA/Rachael Ray $100K Challenge Summer of Love, the adoption fee is waived on adult cats.
All dogs and cats adopted from RASKC are spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and have received a veterinary health exam. Visit the website to see all of our available pets!
Children and Family Justice Center project moving forward
King County continues to move forward on the new Children and Family Justice Center, to be built in Seattle's First Hill neighborhood. Another public meeting on the project is planned this fall in south King County, with an opportunity for residents to talk to project representatives and provide feedback. To learn more about the new Justice Center, read the latest project news, or be added to the project email list, please visit the website.
July 17, 7 p.m., at the May Valley Alliance Church, 16431 SE Renton-Issaquah Rd. in Renton
Greater Maple Valley
Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council
(This item submitted by the GMVUAC)
Bi-annual elections brought in several new members to fill open positions in all four of our community areas: Rhys Sterling, Lorraine Blacklock, and Craig Duckering in Hobart; Todd Mitchell in Francis; Sue Neuner, Charles Meis and Anne Meis in River Heights; and Craig Duckering and Rhys Sterling, who were seated in Ravensdale, to fill two of its three open positions. Also, re-elected in the following community areas were: Warren Iverson in Hobart; Steve Heister and Peter Rimbos in Francis; and Susan Harvey in Ravensdale. The area council welcomes our new members and expresses its thanks to all unincorporated area citizens who participated in the Bi-Annual Election.
Aug. 5, 7 p.m., at the Fire Station, 231st St and SR-169 in Maple Valley
Upper Bear Creek
Music in the Park
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.
Vashon Community Service Center closed July 16
The Vashon Community Service Center will be closed on Tuesday, July 16. Regular hours will resume on July 23.
Evening Forest Tour on Vashon
WSU Extension and King County are hosting an evening “twilight tour” of the forest around Vashon Island High School and McMurray Middle School at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday July 17th. See examples of how thinning diseased trees can improve forest health and aesthetics while providing locally-produced wood. The tour concludes with a potluck dessert.
July 15, 7 p.m., McMurray Middle School, Multi-purpose room, 9329 Southwest Cemetery Road, Vashon
July 15, 7 p.m., Skyway VFW, 7421 S 126th St., Seattle
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