Unicorporated Area Community News

July 6, 2017

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The sun is out and it’s a perfect time to enjoy a King County Park

With plenty of activities planned throughout the summer, now is the time to bring your chairs, blankets, snacks and enjoy a relaxed evening in a park.

King County Parks is hosting four outdoor Big Backyard Movie Nights throughout the summer at these unincorporated area locations:

Saturday, July 8: Ravensdale Park

Saturday, July 29: Coalfield Park

Saturday, August 5: Cine en el Parque, Steve Cox Memorial Park

Tuesday, Aug. 22: Tolt-MacDonald Park

Saturday, Aug. 26: Petrovitsky Park

In Bear Creek, Music in the Park at Cottage Lake Park runs July 13 through Aug. 3. Visit upperbearcreek.com for the list of performers.

And while you’re enjoying our parks, if you see something that needs to be fixed, we want to know about it. We’ve made it easy for you to report issues you find at any of the County’s 200 parks and 175 miles of regional trails. We hope this new tool will improve communication and response times. Download and use the SeeClickFix mobile app on your iPhone and Android devices.

Get ready for a fun — and safe — summer on the water

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Warm air temperatures don't translate to warm water temperatures, and even the strongest swimmers can become incapacitated from cold-water shock. Wear a lifejacket. King County, Public Health — Seattle & King County, and the King County Sheriff's Office encourage kayakers, boaters, rafters and swimmers to use caution while enjoying the open water.

For safety information related to boating, swimming, rivers and pools, as well as discounts and information on lifejackets, go to kingcounty.gov/watersafety.


Summer events for everyone in King County

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King County Fair July 13-17

What do circus performers, racing pigs and pirates have in common? You can find them all at the King County Fair, July 13-17 at the Enumclaw Expo Center. There’s music and entertainment throughout the fairgrounds, as well as local 4-H participants exhibiting their livestock, art and plants in hundreds of categories. The fair opens daily at 10 a.m. and admission can be purchased at the gate as well as at local Safeway stores at a special presale rate. For more information visit the King County Fair website.

White Center Jubilee Days July 19-23

White Center Jubilee Days kicks off on Wednesday, July 19 with a Fireworks show and carnival at Steve Cox Memorial Park and runs through Saturday, July 23. There are lots of activities for the whole family including a car show, street fair, fireworks, pinewood derby and parade. For more information visit the Jubilee Days festival website.

Vashon Island Strawberry Festival celebrates summer, art, music and community July 21-23

The 108th annual Vashon Island Strawberry Festival starts the evening of Friday, July 21, with the Strawberry Festival Grand Parade on Saturday at 11 a.m. and runs through Sunday. Further details can be found on the Vashon Chamber website.


Community News

Snoqualmie Valley/Northeast King County Area News

Tolt River Bridge Update

King County closed Tolt Hill Bridge 1834A near Carnation on June 16. Detours are in place for motorists.

On June 22, nearly 150 people attended a Tolt Hill Bridge community open house. Attendees asked questions and shared feedback with the King County Department of Transportation Director, Roads Director, and the County Road Engineer, along with bridge and traffic engineers.

If you were unable to attend the meeting, we encourage you to receive updates by clicking the red “Stay Connected” button on the webpage. Through the Road Alert service, we will send out updates on the closure, repairs and future community open houses.

Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River Area News

Reserve Silica Mine

The June meeting of the Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council (GMVUAC) on the subject of Reserve Silica mine reclamation/rehabilitation included various guests from the State of Washington, King County and site owners. Geologists from consulting firms hired by the owners reviewed current work to detect and contain contaminants, including arsenic and lead, at several locations on the site. For more information visit the GMVUAC web site or the Department of Ecology website for the project.

Vashon/Maury Island Area News

Next Steps for Vashon Community Plan

The Executive’s recommended Vashon-Maury Island Community Service Area plan will be shared with the Metropolitan King County Council this month. A web page to monitor the Council’s adoption process will can be found here. To add your email to receive notifications of upcoming public meetings and hearings you can send an e-mail to CouncilCompPlan@kingcounty.gov and request to be added to the Vashon-Maury Island CSA Plan list.


Upcoming Community Meetings

Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council meeting

Monday, July 10, 7 - 9 p.m.
Maple Valley Fire Station
231st St and SR-169
Maple Valley, WA
Guest speakers include the State Department of Ecology and King County DPER to discuss the status of the Landsburg Mine clean-up. Check the Greater Maple Valley UAC website for details

Fall City Community Association

Friday, July 14, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Fall City Fire Station
4301 334th Pl. SE
Fall City, WA
Monthly board meeting, open to the public. For more information visit the Fall City Community Association website.

Skyway Solutions board meeting

Monday, July 10, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
13470 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA
A community based organization whose mission is to promote community-building, equitable development and neighborhood revitalization. Open to the public.

West Hill Community Association Board meeting

Wednesday, July 12, 7-9 p.m.
Skyway Fire District 20
12424 76th Ave. S
Seattle, WA
Monthly board meeting open to the public. Stay in the loop about local issues, events and news from this all-volunteer nonprofit. For more information visit the West Hill Community website or email.

West Hill Business Association meeting

Tuesday, July 18, 9 a.m.
Skyway VFW
7421 S 126th St.
Seattle, WA
Monthly meeting of the business community of West Hill, open to the public.

Green Valley/Lake Holm Association Meeting

Wednesday, July 26, 6:30 p.m.
Fire District 44 Station 95
32316 148th Ave. SE
Auburn, WA
For more information visit their Facebook or Twitter page or email.

Community Alliance to Reach Out and Engage

Monday, July 24, 2017 6:30-8 p.m.
Lord of Life Lutheran Church
12819 160th Ave SE
Renton, WA
Visit website at for the latest information and to confirm meetings.