Unincorporated Area News
August 2016


Aug. 1
Greater Maple Valley UAC meeting

Aug. 2
Primary Election Day

Skyway Solutions

Aug. 6
Cine en el Parque

Aug. 9
White Center Chamber of Commerce

Aug. 10
West Hill Community Association meeting

Aug. 12
Fall City Community Association meeting

Aug. 16
West Hill Business Association meeting

Aug. 17
Four Creeks UAC meeting

Aug. 20

Aug. 22
Community Alliance to Reach Out and Engage

Aug. 27
Fairwood 50

Aug. 31
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.


Learn what King County is working on in your community
The Community Service Areas (CSA) website includes descriptions of King County projects underway or planned for 2016 and 2017, in the seven unincorporated CSAs. Each work plan details the projects being planned and identifies the County staff contact for the project.

Lower Cedar River closed to recreational use
To protect public safety, the King County Sheriff’s Office has closed a nine-mile stretch of the Cedar River between Maple Valley and Renton to all recreational use because of numerous hazardous logjams in the river. The closure is effective immediately, and applies to all recreational use – including swimming, kayaks, rafts, pool toys and other floating devices. For more details, read the news release.

King County awards funding for historic barn preservation to nine property owners
Six barns, three milk houses, one milking parlor, and one chicken house located in King County’s eastern and southern rural areas have received 'Barn Again' grants totaling more than $235,000 through the County's Historic Preservation Program.

CHOMP! Eat Well. Live Well. King County.
King County’s local food and sustainable living festival returns to Marymoor Park near Redmond on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Celebrate all that is fresh, delicious, local and sustainable at CHOMP!, featuring cooking demonstrations, hands-on workshops, kids’ activities, live entertainment, and so much more. This FREE event will inspire, entertain and feed your appetite for fresh, local and exciting food and sustainability.

Elk Run Farm harvests first crop, more to come
King County and partners are working hard to ensure everyone in our county has access to fresh, healthy food. Learn about a former golf course in Maple Valley that now grows food for area food banks by reading the news release.

Adopt a pet at  ‘Touch a Truck’ safety and emergency preparedness fair
You can get prepared for disasters and adopt at pet at the annual "Touch-a-Truck" safety and emergency preparedness fair, July 30 at Westfield Southcenter mall in Tukwila. Regional Animal Services will have furry friends ready for their forever home, along with information on pet licensing. Learn more at the City of Tukwila website.

August primary election
The primary election includes candidates for federal, state, superior court and state supreme court offices as well as six ballot measures. Be sure to sign the return envelope, and get ballots back before the Aug. 2 election day deadline. Mail your ballot with a first-class stamp, or return, without a stamp, to one of the 29 drop-box locations or at an Accessible Voting Center. If you still need to register to vote, the in-person registration deadline is July 25.

Get to know your neighbors during National Night Out
Emergency planning includes building resilient communities. A great way to do that is by participating in your neighborhood's annual “Night Out,” a national crime prevention event, Aug. 2. It is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite communities.

Forest owners field day
Forestry specialists from around the region will provide classes, demonstrations, tours, and resources on a variety of topics throughout the day for forest owners with all sizes of properties and all skill levels. Learn about tree health and mortality, chainsaw use, weeds, wildlife, mushrooms and more on Aug. 27 in Snoqualmie. Visit the website for more information.

Section of Snoqualmie Valley Trail temporarily closed for flood-protection work
Flooding during last winter's record wet weather delayed completion of an important public-safety project along the Snoqualmie River, and now crews finishing their work to the Sinnema Quaale revetment - requiring a temporary closure to a portion of the Snoqualmie Valley Trail through Aug. 12. Sign up for project updates on the Sinnema Quaale webpage.

Countyline Levee Setback Project
One of the most-complex public-safety projects in the nine-year history of the King County Flood Control District, the Countyline Levee Setback Project, is underway along the White River, where restoring the river’s access to its historic floodplain will help reduce the risk of flooding for hundreds of people living nearby. For more information about the project visit the webpage.

New name for Cougar Mountain trailhead honors open space advocate Harvey Manning
Anti-Aircraft Peak Trailhead at King County’s Cougar Mountain Wildland Park has been renamed in honor of Harvey Manning, the longtime open space advocate and hiking guidebook author, who for years fought to preserve the foothills of eastern King County as public open space. Learn more about this story by reading the news release.

New water taxi terminal coming to Colman Dock
King County Water Taxi riders can look forward to an upgraded facility at Colman Dock in downtown Seattle for service to West Seattle and Vashon. Construction is scheduled to begin next summer as part of the upcoming Colman Dock project. Learn more about the project on the King County Water Taxi Blog.

Learn about the airport
King County International Airport, also known as Boeing Field, is one of the busiest primary non-hub airports in the nation. The airport serves small commercial passenger airlines, cargo carriers, private aircraft owners, helicopters, corporate jets, as well as military and other aircraft. Stay up to date with everything that’s happening at the airport. Follow their new Facebook page and The Centerline blog.

Senior property tax exemption
Do you know a senior citizen over the age of 61 who makes less than $40,000 per year? They might qualify for a senior property tax exemption. Eligible seniors could see much needed property tax relief. Call the King County Assessor’s Office at 206-296-3920.

Restaurant grading system
Public Health is developing an evidence based restaurant grading system to inform patrons how restaurants perform on food safety. Learn about an important step in the process: inspector training.

Community Service Area news

Bear Creek/Sammamish Area

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 in July. 

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.

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
July 25 & Aug.22, 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 playground at Ravensdale Park closed on April 4 for rehabilitation and it is estimated to reopen in 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
Aug. 1 & Sept. 12, 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 its third and final set of comments on the Executive’s proposed update, focusing on economic and environmental issues, to the King County Council’s TrEE Committee. These include: support for a County Economic Development Director; concerns about development in coal-mine hazard areas; and opposition to siting of urban or largely urban-serving facilities in unincorporated or rural areas.

Snoqualmie Valley/Northeast King County Area

King County Parks Play Area Rehabilitation Program update
The playground at Tolt MacDonald Park will closed for rehabilitation beginning at the end of July after the Timber 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.

Snoqualmie Valley Community Network resources
The Snoqualmie Valley Community Network has compiled two valuable resources for local residents. The Quick Resource Guide provides contact information for a number of social service agencies in the community, and the
and the SnoValley Volunteer Match offers volunteer opportunities across the valley.

Fall City Community Association meeting
Aug. 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

Culvert construction
Earlier today, crews began culvert replacement work on 284th Avenue Southeast at Veazie-Cumberland Road Southeast between Southeast 392nd Street and Southeast 416th Street near Enumclaw. The road will be closed during construction. Crews expect to finish on Aug. 19. Visit the website for more information.

Green Valley/Lake Holm Association
July 27 & Aug. 31, 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

Maury Island Natural Area soil clean-up update
In response to public input, King County is reducing the scope of the Interim Action cleanup in 2016 and will continue to research trail cleanup alternatives. The King County State Environmental Policy Act notice and public comment period is July 21 to Aug.4, and the Washington Department of Ecology public comment period is July 18 to Aug. 16. Visit the website for more information and to sign up for project updates.

Six new kayak accessible campsites at Maury Island Marine Park
Featuring beautiful views of Puget Sound and Mount Rainier, six primitive no-fire campsites located near the beach at King County’s Maury Island Marine Park are now available for rent through a pilot partnership between King County Parks and Vashon Watersports. More information on the Parks blog.

Vashon twilight forest tour July 27
We will tour a forested property on Maury Island and look at the results of thinning an “escaped” Christmas tree plantation and a young red alder stand, and underplanting for wildlife, edibles, and aesthetics. We’ll also talk about a cost share program that helped with planting on this site. Visit the website for more information and to RSVP.

CSA Vashon Days
Aug. 2, 1 - 5 p.m. at the Vashon Community Service Center, 10011 SW Bank Rd. on Vashon. Bong Sto. Domingo, CSA staff, will be at the center to assist islanders with resources and information. 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 Huevos,” in Spanish with English subtitles.

Fairwood 50 celebration
Fairwood is turning 50! Join the celebration on Aug. 27 at Petrovitsky Park. This fun, family friendly event sponsored by UW Medicine features a 5K, concert in the park by the R Street Band, a First Responders Show and Tell and a movie in the park. Visit the website for more information.

Pasado's Spay Station comes to Fairwood neighborhood
Regional Animal Services of King County is teaming with Pasado's Safe Haven to offer low-cost spay/neuter services to income-qualified pet owners. The next clinic will be held at Fairwood Shopping Center near Renton on July 22. Dogs are $35, and cats are $10. Other services are available at the time of surgery for a nominal cost. Visit Pasado's website or call 360-793-9393 ext. 4 to make an appointment.

New Skyway sidewalks and bicycle lanes
The Missing Sidewalks in Skyway project is 99 percent complete. Sidewalks and bicycle lanes have been constructed on the west side of Renton Avenue South between 68th and 74th Avenue South and between 75th Avenue South and South 126th Street. A sidewalk was also added on the west side of 78th Avenue South between Renton Avenue South and South 126th Street.

King County Parks Play Area Rehabilitation Program update
The playground at Tolt MacDonald Park will closed for rehabilitation beginning at the end of July after the Timber 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.

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council meeting
Sept. 1, 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
Aug. 2, 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 Quarterly meeting
July 19, 7-9 p.m. at the Skyway VFW, 7421 S 126th St., in Seattle. Quarterly meeting of residents of West Hill.  Guest speakers will be Skyway Fire District 20 Fire Chief Joe Clow;  Seth Oakes of the Dept. of Justice and Adult Detention; and Ted Thomas of Roman Casino.  Open to the public. For more information contact Sonja Bowden.

West Hill Community Association Board meeting
Aug. 10, 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 & Aug. 16, 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 Cynthia Lamothe.

White Center Chamber of Commerce meetng
Aug. 9, 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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