Unincorporated Area News
July 2016


July 5
Skyway Solutions

July 7
North Highline UAC meeting

July 8
Fall City Community Association meeting

July 11
Greater Maple Valley UAC meeting

July 12
White Center Chamber of Commerce

July 13
West Hill Community Association meeting

July 14-16

July 19
West Hill Business Association meeting

July 20
Four Creeks UAC meeting

July 25
Community Alliance to Reach Out and Engage

July 27
Green Valley/Lake Holm Association 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

Learn about proposed fees for septic systems
An annual fee is proposed to be charged to the approximately 85,000 On-Site Sewage Systems, also known as septic systems, owners in King County to cover the cost of services. Proposed annual fees range from $23-$37. For details on proposed program services, cost and fee options, or to provide comments, please visit the website or attend a briefing:

  • June 20 on Vashon Island at McMurray Middle School;
  • June 21 at Maple Valley Tahoma Jr. High School Library;
  • June 22 at Woodinville Public Library;
  • June 28 at Fall City Fire District No. 27.

All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. Public comment is welcome at the meetings, or via the online form. For more information, please email Robin Hill or call 206-477-4374.

Provide Input on King County’s Draft Mental Illness and Drug Dependency (MIDD) II Service Improvement Plan
On Friday, King County released the Draft MIDD II Service Improvement Plan. The Draft Service Improvement Plan is road map to implement services and programs funded by MIDD II, should the existing MIDD sales tax, 1/10 of 1 percent, be extended by the King County Council. Public comment on this draft plan is open now until June 30 at 5 p.m. Visit the website to view the documents and provide your comments or email Kelli Carroll.


Residents attend CSA Town Halls in record numbers
The Community Service Areas (CSA) Program recently completed nine town hall and open houses in unincorporated King County. Nearly 500 residents across King County met with their local County Councilmember and representatives from the Executive’s Office, Sheriff Department, Assessor’s Office and other County departments to discuss issues of concern, including public safety, the impact of marijuana facilities in their communities and numerous others of local interest.

King County reminds Cedar River users of hazards Several new logjams have formed along a portion of the Cedar River between Renton and Maple Valley, and King County safety officials are urging river users to avoid the area until safer conditions are present.

Northeast Ames Lake Road closure
Beginning today, June 20, a portion of NE Ames Lake Road, west of 264th Avenue NE near Sammamish, will close for drainage repair. The closure is scheduled to run through Friday, July 1. Visit the website for details.

ALERT King County – Register for emergency alerts
The recent Cascadia Rising earthquake drill revealed how important staying informed is during a crisis. If you haven't registered for King County Emergency Management's new regional public information and notification system – ALERT King County – do so now. This service is free and allows you to receive important emergency messages by telephone, text, and email.

First Tech Movies at Marymoor Park
Beginning July 6, sit back and relax while watching some of your favorite flicks at King County’s Marymoor Park. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and a picnic or visit one of the food trucks at the 12th annual First Tech Movies at Marymoor Park. Eight movies will be shown throughout July and August and for only $5 per entry, you don’t want to miss these magical evenings. Visit the event website for more information and for the full schedule.

Timber! Outdoor Music Festival 
Timber! Outdoor Music Festival will take place July 14-16, at King County’s Tolt-MacDonald Park in Carnation. The 2-day and 3-night festival offers a variety of activities including mountain biking, swimming, stargazing, kayaking, hiking, paddle boarding, and yoga. Many artists including Telekinesis, Langhorne Slim & the Law, Deep Sea Diver, Chastity Belt, and the Moondogies will be performing. For more information, like the event on Facebook and buy your tickets here.

Are you registered to vote?
The next election is Aug. 2. Get registered by mail or online no later than July 4. Follow the new King County Elections blog or Elections Facebook to stay updated.

Community Service Area news

Bear Creek/Sammamish Area

Cottage Lake Pool to open, June 20
Upgrades are complete at King County Parks’ Cottage Lake Pool and the YMCA is scheduled to open the pool to the general public on June 20. View the Northshore YMCA’s summer pool schedule.

Music in the Park
Are you ready for summer?  Join us at this year's Music in the Park concert series, sponsored by the Upper Bear Creek Community Council. Concerts take place at Cottage Lake Park, 18831 NE Woodinville Duvall Rd. in Woodinville, on Thursday evenings, starting July 7. 

Bassett Pond volunteer opportunity
Join us on July 30 to make Bassett Pond a healthier, more accessible natural area! Families, individuals and groups are welcome. For more information and to sign up, please email King County Parks Volunteer Program Coordinator Lina Rose, or call 206-491-5014.

July 12, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.  at the Woodinville Library, 17105 Avondale Rd. NE in Woodinville. Marissa Alegria, CSA program representative, will be available to meet with the community. Please contact Marissa Alegria, for more information.

Upper Bear Creek Community Council
For more information about the community council, visit the Upper Bear Creek Community Council website or the the Upper Bear Creek Facebook page.

Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain Area

Community Alliance to Reach Out and Engage
June 27 & July 25, 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 20 & Aug. 17, 7 - 9 p.m., at Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 78, 20720 SE May Valley Rd. in Issaquah. Visit the Four Creeks UAC website for the latest information.

Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River Area

King County Parks Play Area Rehabilitation Program update
The Ravensdale Park playground equipment arrived and is being assembled, and rubber tile safety surfacing will be installed. The playground is tentatively scheduled to re-open in mid-to-late July. These renovations are part of the King County Parks levy funded Play Area Rehabilitation Program. Follow the Parks Plog for construction updates.

Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council meetings
July 11 & Aug. 1, 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.

These items submitted by the GMVUAC.

King County Comprehensive Plan update
The GMVUAC submitted to the King County Council’s TrEE Committee Growth Management-related comments on the Executive’s proposed update of the Comprehensive Plan. These included comments regarding siting of urban or largely urban-serving facilities in the rural area; support for flexibility for drilling private wells; opposition to a range of marijuana growing operations in rural area residential neighborhoods, and opposition to the Reserve Silica Demonstration Project. More information is available on the website.

Marijuana Moratorium
The GMVUAC submitted to the King County Council’s TrEE Committee a letter detailing potential issues expressed by the public related to permitting Marijuana production operations and processing facilities in the rural area. The letter offered potential solutions once the County’s four month moratorium expires in late August. The letter is available on the GMVUAC website.

Snoqualmie Valley/Northeast King County Area

King County Parks Play Area Rehabilitation Program update
The playground at Tolt-MacDonald Park will be closed for rehabilitation starting in mid-July following the Timber! Outdoor Music Festival and is expected to remain closed through September. These renovations are part of the King County Parks levy funded Play Area Rehabilitation Program. Follow the Parks Plog for construction updates.

Tokul Trestle on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail open!
A three-mile-long stretch of the Snoqualmie Valley Trail has been closed since September for major repairs to the historic Tokul Creek Trestle. King County Parks is happy to announce that the bridge is open. Thank you for your patience during this time of construction and we look forward to seeing you out on the trail!

Fall City Community Association meeting
July 8, 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

Five-Mile Lake Park sport courts upgrade complete
The Five-Mile Park sport courts project was completed earlier this month and is open to public. The completed project features two resurfaced tennis courts including two pickle ball courts, one junior tennis court, and a full-sized basketball court.

Green Valley/Lake Holm Association
June 29 & July 27, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., at the Black Diamond Library, 24707 Roberts Drive in Black Diamond. 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

Community meeting tonight on proposed Maury Island Natural Area restoration work
Come to a community meeting on June 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Vashon Public Library, when Maury Island Natural Area restoration project partners will share new details about the proposed Tacoma Smelter Plume contamination cleanup, dock removal project and other planning efforts. For more information, read the news release.

Vashon-Maury Island CSA Plan
Planning and discussions about the island’s 20-year community plan are ongoing, primarily through the 15-member Community Advisory Group that was formed in March. There are several upcoming opportunities for public comment on land use, natural resource, transportation, community health, and similar topics to be covered in the plan.

June 28, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Vashon Community Service Center, 10011 SW Bank Rd. Brad Clark, Subarea Planner, will be available to discuss issues and provide resources to interested community members and organizations. Please email Brad Clark or call 206-477-2449, to arrange a time.

June 28, 6:30 p.m. at the Vashon Maury Island Land Trust, 10014 SW Bank Rd. The Community Advisory Group will hold its monthly meeting at with an opportunity for public comments.

July 16 & 17 – Visit the CSA Plan booth at the Vashon Island Strawberry Festival. Stop by the to look at maps, take a short community survey, and check-out draft policies and actions being considered for the plan.

Maury Island Marine Park open house
King County Parks is hosting an informational open house about Vashon Watersports’ proposal to pilot six primitive campsites near the beach that can be accessed from the water. The meeting will be held, June 29 from 7 to 8 p.m. at McMurray Middle School. For more information, read the news release.

CSA Vashon Days
June 20, 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 206-351-8071, for more information.

West King County Area

Cine en el Parque – Movie at the Park
Join us at Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center on Aug. 6 for "Cine en el Parque," a free outdoor movie. We will be showing the box office hit, Un Gallo con Muchos Huevo,s in Spanish with English subtitles.

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting
July 7, 7 - 9 p.m. at the North Highline Fire District Training Center, 1243 SW 112th Street in Seattle. This all-volunteer community group hosts a monthly meeting to discuss local issues, including land use, public safety and human services issues. Open to the public. Check the North Highline UAC website for details, or email Barbara Dobkin.

Skyway Solutions
July 5, 5:30 - 8 p.m. at 13470 Martin Luther King Jr Way S. Skyway Solutions holds it monthly board meeting on the first Tuesday of each month.

West Hill Community Association Board meeting
July 13, 7-9 p.m. at the Skyway Fire District 20, 12417 76th Ave. So. in Seattle. This all-volunteer, community group, hosts a monthly meeting to discuss local issues, including land use, public safety and human services issues. Open to the public. Check the West Hill Community Association website or Facebook for details. For more information contact Bill Bowden or Sonja Bowden.

West Hill Business Association meeting
July 19, 9 a.m., Skyway VFW, 7421 S 126th St., in Seattle. A monthly meeting of the business community of West Hill. Open to the public. For more information contact Chuck Vitiritti at 206-818-9478.

White Center Chamber of Commerce meetng
July 12, 6 - 8 p.m., Sky’s Barbershop, 9650 16th Ave. SW, in Seattle. The White Center Chamber of Commerce promotes businesses and community organizations in White Center. Open to the public. For more information email Bobby Beeman or call 206-444-0844.

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