Natural Resources and Parks
King County Parks closes Five Mile Lake, Lake Geneva parks as visitors fail to follow COVID-19 safety rules
To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, King County Parks will close Five Mile Lake Park and Lake Geneva Park beginning Aug. 7, as these parks have experienced consistent over-crowding and pose threats to public health.
CHOMP! Summer Camp: King County’s local food celebration goes virtual August 24-28
Put on your virtual flip flops and mark your calendar for King County’s CHOMP! Summer Camp – a five-day online event running Aug. 24-28 on chomplocal.org. In celebration of a resilient local food system, each day CHOMP! will premiere video content to engage participants from home, including a look at a few of King County’s farmers, cooking demos, educational activities, performances, and much more.
Limited deer hunt set for Oct. 17 – Nov. 1 at King County’s Island Center Forest
While Island Center Forest will be open for deer hunting during an abbreviated season in October, the King County Parks-managed forestland will not be part of a recently established special August deer-hunting season on private land on Vashon-Maury Island.
King County seeks volunteers to serve on open space acquisition and protection committee
Two positions are open on the King County Conservation Futures Advisory Committee, which helps the County Executive and County Council make decisions on open space acquisition or preservation.
Heat mapping project led by King County and City of Seattle will identify areas experiencing the most harmful effects of rising temperatures
A heat mapping project co-led by King County and City of Seattle will identify which areas experiencing the most harmful effects of rising temperatures. The data collected by volunteers will inform county and city strategies to prepare the region for climate impacts.
King County announces $600,000 in grants for youth sports infrastructure and physical activity programs
From a bike park to baseball to being outdoors, the 2020 Youth and Amateur Sports Grants support projects throughout King County that promote physical activity among priority youth and improve our local communities.
King County hosts online open house and presentation about projects that utilize large wood in rivers and streams
Learn about upcoming King County projects that involve placing large wood in rivers or streams at online open house, available Aug. 3-14, and a live presentation on Aug. 5.
Solid waste customers required to wear face coverings at King County recycling and garbage transfer facilities
King County Solid Waste Division now requires customers to wear masks or face coverings when visiting one of its recycling and garbage transfer stations.
BECU Drive-in Movies at Marymoor Park to continue with 3 showings per week in August
The popular BECU Drive-in Movies at King County’s Marymoor Park will continue in August offering showings every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from August 4 - 27.
Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center remains closed, capital improvement project starting today
The Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center -- shut down since March due to the COVID-19 outbreak – will remain closed as a capital improvement project to replace the natatorium skylights begins July 14.
Dockton Park marina on Maury Island remains closed except for limited day use; Phase 1 renovations slated to commence in August
The marina at King County’s Dockton Park on Maury Island remains closed, except for limited day use on a first come, first served basis. King County Parks moves closer to constructing the first phase of dock renovations later this summer.
Enjoy the Fourth of July and recreate responsibly in King County Parks – Your Big Backyard
King County Parks urges visitors to respect the no fireworks rule and follow the seven tips to recreate responsibly when spending time in King County’s parks and on its trails this Fourth of July.
King County scientists see large scale algal bloom, known to be harmful to fish, in central Puget Sound
Scientists from King County’s Environmental Laboratory discovered a large harmful algal bloom in central Puget Sound – Heterosigma akashiwo – which is of particular concern to fish.
Blast from the past: BECU Drive-in Movies at Marymoor Park to run from July 8 – Aug. 27
Summer movie nights at King County’s Marymoor Park are a go, thanks to a popular pastime from another era – Drive In Movies – that allow movie-goers to practice safe distancing in their vehicles. King County will host the BECU Drive-in Movies at Marymoor Park summer series starting July 8 and running every Wednesday and Thursday through August 27.
King County GreenTools Program “sheroes” honored by the US Green Building Council for equity and social justice work
The US Green Building Council honors King County “Women in Green Sheroes” for advancing equity and social justice through sustainable development, green building, and community empowerment.
Decals now available at King County Solid Waste Recycling and Transfer Stations for service area customers
King County’s Solid Waste Division will now provide transfer station customers with a decal to easily show scale operators they live in or have a business within the service area. In May, King County resumed enforcing an existing policy that requires customers to show proof of residence or business in its service area, which excludes the cities of Seattle and Milton.
King County Green Schools Program recognizes 40 schools for resource conservation
Forty schools earned recognition as King County Green Schools for their 2019-20 environmental efforts, even while navigating COVID-19 closures in the spring. The King County Green Schools Program helps schools and school districts engage students and employees in learning about and practicing resource conservation. To date, 320 K-12 schools across King County have benefited from the program.
Gas system improvement work at King County’s Houghton Closed Landfill in Kirkland begins June 10
King County’s Solid Waste Division will begin a gas system improvement project at the Houghton Closed Landfill in Kirkland on June 10. Trail users north of the Taylor Ball Fields should use caution when approaching the work area, and to keep pets leashed for their safety.
King County to get the poop on swim beach water quality and help protect swimmers’ health all summer long
The King County Swimming Beach Monitoring Program is underway to test for poop and toxic algae in the water at the most popular lake beaches countywide. Free alerts are available to help residents keep their families and pets safe. Sign up at kingcounty.gov/SwimBeach.
On ‘Secure Your Load Day,’ King County reminds motorists how to improve road safety
Saturday, June 6, is “Secure Your Load Day,” and the King County Solid Waste Division encourages everyone to properly secure their loads to keep roadways safe, avoid fees and prevent litter.
King County crew quickly contains sewer pipe leak at Lake Hills Blvd. and 156th Ave SE in Bellevue
King County Wastewater Treatment Division quickly contained a sewer line leak at Lake Hills Boulevard and 156th Avenue SE in Bellevue today.
Local industrial facilities recognized for 2019 environmental compliance
King County’s Industrial Waste Program recognized 59 local industrial facilities for their commitment to business practices that support the local economy while protecting regional water quality.
Stay safe near waterbodies! Officials warn that warm weather, icy cold water is a recipe for serious danger
With sunshine and warm temperatures expected Friday and through the weekend, King County officials are reminding everyone to use caution around waterbodies that remain extremely cold this time of year, including rivers, lakes, and Puget Sound. Adding to the concern is the possibility of rescues that may add to the strain on emergency services at this time.
King County Parks to re-open parks and trails on May 8: ‘Recreate Responsibly!’
King County Parks is announcing it will re-open its parks and trails on May 8 with some restrictions, and urges visitors to “Recreate Responsibly!” Active use and high touch facilities such as restrooms, play areas, sports courts, and picnic shelters will remain closed, and organized events and programs will remain suspended.
Solid waste self-haul customers required to verify residence in King County’s service area
To protect public health while maintaining essential services as defined by Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, the King County Solid Waste Division will require all self-haul customers to verify residence or business within King County’s 37-city and unincorporated service area, which excludes the cities of Seattle and Milton.
For questions about DNRP news releases, please contact Logan Harris, Communications Manager, Department of Natural Resources and Parks.