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
What types of transit service do you want in the next 25 years?
Weigh in on Metro’s Long Range Plan at an open house or through the online survey to tell us what types of transit service Metro should be planning for the next 25 years. Our website has lots of new information about how communities in King County will grow and how different types of transit service can meet that growing demand. Metro is hosting open houses in Redmond on June 23; meetings in Seattle and Federal Way on June 25 held in conjunction with Sound Transit’s ST3 outreach.
Take the King County River Survey
How do you enjoy our local rivers? How prepared are you for flooding? What do you think about how we reduce flood risks and restore habitat? Please take a few minutes to tell us what you think!
Sign up to get Green River Trail closure alerts
Levee maintenance work will require ongoing, intermittent closures of the Green River Trail. Trail users can sign up to get weekly alerts to plan for the coming week or follow #GreenRiverTrail on Twitter.
King County seeks public input as planning of the Eastside Rail Corridor (ERC) Regional Trail begins
Planning is underway to build a regional trail within the Eastside Rail Corridor and to create a recreational and alternative commuting option for people living from Renton to Woodinville. Upcoming public meetings are scheduled for June 23 in Renton and June 25 in Bellevue. For more information, read the news release. Take the survey.
Start planning now for 2016 CSA community grants
This fall the King County Unincorporated Community Service Area program will begin soliciting ideas from organizations in unincorporated King County for up to $5,000 in funding to support local initiatives. Information listing past awardees and the criteria used for this year’s funding is available on the CSA website.
2015 Community Service Area (CSA) Town Halls end with record attendance
More than 80 people attended the last 2015 CSA Town Hall meeting in Southeast King County on June 2. The CSA meetings averaged more than 45 people per event over the nine Town Halls. Common themes included concerns about public safety and frustration with crowded county roads. Local residents expressed appreciation for the opportunities to meet with county officials in their own communities. The next Town Halls will be scheduled for spring 2016.
Fire Marshal calls for burn ban in unincorporated areas
The Phase 1 burn ban, which takes effect on June 22, applies to all outdoor burning in unincorporated King County except for small recreational fires in established fire pits at approved camp grounds or on private property with the owner's permission. For more information, visit the website.
Section of NE Woodinville-Duvall Road to close for major bridge repairs beginning June 22
The King County Road Services Division will close a section of Northeast Woodinville-Duvall Road just west of Duvall for bridge repairs beginning 9 a.m. Monday, June 22. The repairs are expected to last two weeks and will require that the road be completely closed to through-traffic between West Snoqualmie River Road Northeast and West Snoqualmie Valley Road Northeast to ensure safety.
Summer Youth Employment Program for At-Risk Youth
Enrollment is open now for a summer internship program open to teens and young adults ages 16-24 who have dropped out of high school and have limited options for employment. The program will provide paid job readiness training and placement in jobs in government, nonprofits and private businesses for about 20 hours a week for eight weeks and transition to education and employment assistance in the fall.
Summer travel emergency preparedness tips
Planning a summer road trip? Be sure to service your vehicle beforehand, and pack emergency supplies for each family member, including plenty of water and non-perishable snacks (e.g. nuts, crackers, fruit, granola bars); first aid kit, medications, and sunscreen; jumper cables, car jack, and spare tire; mobile phone charger and extra cash. Don't forget supplies for your pets! For more information and a checklist, visit MakeItThrough.org.
2015 Washington Brewer’s Festival
This unique festival features more than 400 different beers from 105 different Washington breweries. The festival runs June 19-21 at King County’s Marymoor Park, and also boasts great food, live music, a brewer’s keg toss, root beer garden, kids’ area, crafts booth, wine and cider tasting. Visit the Washington Brewer’s Festival event page for more information and to purchase advance tickets.
The Great Carnation 4th of July Celebration
Come celebrate America’s birthday with the City of Carnation for a day full of activities and fireworks. King County’s Tolt-MacDonald Park will be host to CarNation’s American Customs & Classics Car Show, live music, food and beer garden, family activities, and the fireworks show. For more information, visit the event website.
Protect your pets from fireworks noise
While fireworks are exciting for humans, they can be scary for pets. As the Fourth of July approaches, take steps to protect your dog or cat from the noise.
For helpful tips, visit the website.
Movies@Marymoor summer lineup
The 2015 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. The 2015 series is presented by Overlake Medical Clinics and kick-offs on July 8 with “The Goonies.” The movie series runs through August.
Timber! Outdoor Music Festival
Immerse yourself in music and nature at the Timber! Outdoor Music Festival at King County’s Tolt-MacDonald Park and Campground in Carnation, July 16-18. 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 artist line-up.
Get ready for the August primary
Be sure your address, name and signature are all current on your voter registration! It's easy to check your address online. Update your address by July 6 so you'll receive a ballot for the August primary election.
Public Health - Seattle & King County announces new permanent leadership
King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced the appointment of Patty Hayes, Director of Public Health. Director Hayes appointed Dr. Jeffrey Duchin to the position of Health Officer. Learn about their roles in the Public Health Insider.
Building a home or remodeling?
Learn how Public Health’s Plumbing and Gas Piping program protects you from contaminated water, scalding, and accidents, on the webisite.
Community Service Area news
Bear Creek/Sammamish Area
Music in the Park
The Upper Bear Creek Community Council is happy to sponsor "Music in the Park" again this summer at Cottage Lake Park! The series of six free family concerts in the park will run on Thursday evenings in July and August from 7-8:30 p.m. Bring a picnic to enjoy in the park at 190th and NE Woodinville-Duvall Road in Woodinville. Visit the website for more information.
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
July 27 and Aug. 24, 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
July 15 and Aug. 19, 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
Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council meetings
July 6 and Aug. 3, 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 June 1, the Greater Maple Valley area council (GMVUAC) submitted transportation-related questions, concerns and recommendations concerning the 2016 King County Comprehensive Plan update to Executive Office staff. Key issues included the need to address the rural road usage/funding imbalance; Transportation concurrency and overdevelopment; and transportation needs based on population projections. The area council also requested any planning concerning a Cedar Hills subarea plan strictly adhere to the State’s Growth Management Act, countywide planning policies, and appropriate County Code.
Snoqualmie Valley/Northeast King County Area
Lake Alice Road closure
Lake Alice Road near Fall City will completely close for two months starting June 22 to allow crews to remove and replace a damaged culvert beneath the road. The road will close 7 a.m. Monday, June 22, just east of 339th Avenue Southeast. Drivers will follow a posted detour from the Lake Alice area to Southeast Sorenson Street and connecting streets through Snoqualmie Ridge to Snoqualmie Parkway.
Fall City Community Association meeting
July 10, 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
Green Valley/Lake Holm Association
June 24 and July 29, 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. The June meeting features guest speakers Linda Vane, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks’ forestry program and Tim Percival, Mountain View Fire and Rescue who will provide practical tips for preventing fires in and around your home. With a predicted drought this summer, and nearby Green River Gorge area designated at high risk for wildfires, our communities are especially vulnerable to fire hazards. Being firewise saves lives and property. How firewise are you? This event is free to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
Vashon/Maury Island Area
Dockton and Tramp Harbor Docks public meetings
In May, King County Parks conducted a survey to get information about how folks use the dock and fishing pier on Vashon-Maury Island. Join Parks at a community meeting and find out what they’ve learned. There will be two meetings set for June 22 and June 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. at McMurray Middle School. If you are interested in learning more about project developments, subscribe with your email address to the project email list. If you have any questions, please email Jennifer Aunan.
Field day for forest owners on Vashon, July 26
Learn about trees and plants, forest health, ecology, proper management, mushroom growing, fire protection, controlling invasive species, and more. For more information, visit the website.
West King County Area
Skyway Solutions meeting
July 1, 7 - 8:30 p.m., Skyway Water and Sewer District, 6723 S 124th St. in Seattle. Budget talk with King County Budget Director Dwight Dively. Visit the website.
Skyway Solutions - Skyway Park Walking Tour
July 11, 11 a.m. - 12 noon at Skyway Park, 71st Ave S, in Seattle
A walking tour of Skyway Park sponsored by Skyway Solutions and Alta Planning to discuss proposed improvements, hear ideas and answer questions. Open to the public.
North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting
July 2, 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
July 8, 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. For more information contact Sonja Bowden.
West Hill Community Association Quarterly meeting
July 21, 7 p.m., Skyway VFW, 7421 S. 126th Street in Seattle. Open to the public, the quarterly meeting will hear a presentation by Deputy Kurtis Andrews, West Hill Storefront Deputy on local gangs. 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
July 21, 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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