Natural Resources and Parks
Transfer station customers required to prove they live or work in King County’s service area starting June 16
Beginning June 16, King County Solid Waste Division will require self-haul customers visiting its transfer stations to verify they live or do business within King County’s 37-city and unincorporated service area, which excludes the cities of Seattle and Milton.
Tickets on sale June 10 for June 30 – July 29 BECU Drive-in Movies at Marymoor Park
Tickets for the BECU drive-in movies at King County’s Marymoor Park go on sale June 10 for movie nights from June 30 through July 29. Tickets will be available at MoviesatMarymoor.com.
On ‘Secure Your Load Day’ King County reminds motorists to improve road safety by tying down materials
Sunday, June 6, is “Secure Your Load Day,” and the King County Solid Waste Division encourages everyone to properly secure materials in their vehicles to keep roadways safe, avoid fees and prevent litter.
Safety upgrades coming soon as work gets underway on final segment of old interim East Lake Sammamish Trail
Safety and accessibility upgrades are coming to a 1.7-mile-long stretch of the East Lake Sammamish Trail in Sammamish, as construction crews convert the last remaining segment of the old interim trail into a final master planned trail with a wide paved surface and other improvements.
Use caution around cold rivers, lakes, and Puget Sound as warmer weather arrives this Memorial Day weekend
Sunny and warmer weather is expected to bring residents to area rivers, lakes, and Puget Sound this long Memorial Day weekend, and King County officials urge everyone to be safe and aware of cold-water temperatures.
Safer wet cleaning program piloted in King County to reduce exposure to dangerous chemical going statewide this month
Since 2018, King County’s Hazardous Waste Management Program has helped local businesses switch to an environmentally safer dry-cleaning method that reduces exposure to the dangerous chemical perchloroethylene (PERC). The County program has ended, now that a statewide program is in place to help dry cleaners around the state eliminate the use of PERC.
Temporary road closure on Southeast Reinig Road for construction
Southeast Reinig Road will be temporarily closed June 15-Oct. 12 when construction takes place to repair a damaged revetment on the right bank of the Snoqualmie River.
Wastemobile offers safe and convenient hazardous waste disposal in Bothell, May 14-16
King County residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner, and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile continues its 2021 season with a stop in Bothell, May 14-16.
Beaches at Golden Gardens and Discovery Park reopen after water testing confirms safe conditions
Beaches at Golden Gardens and Discovery Park were reopened to the public on Saturday, May 1 after water quality testing showed safe results. The beaches were closed out of an abundance of caution on April 29 following a sewer overflow caused by a power loss after equipment malfunctioned. Consecutive days of testing confirmed that the water is safe.
New parking area, weed control, native vegetation planting part of historic pollution cleanup plan at Maury Island Natural Area
By continuing historic pollution cleanup at the Maury Island Natural Area, King County Parks is protecting public health while improving public access and habitat quality at the largest natural shoreline and public beach access site in central Puget Sound.
Brief wastewater bypass occurs during routine equipment testing at West Point Treatment
Normal wastewater treatment operations were swiftly restored at West Point Treatment Plant on Thursday afternoon, April 29, after routine testing caused an isolated power outage and the emergency bypass gate to open for approximately 20 minutes. The plant is back online and operating normally.
Wastemobile offers safe and convenient hazardous waste disposal in Kirkland, May 7-9
King County residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner, and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile continues its 2021 season with a stop in Kirkland, May 7-9.
King County Earth Day 2021 celebration goes digital, including Green Globe Awards program led by Executive Constantine
Executive Dow Constantine highlights King County’s Earth Week 2021 celebration by announcing the winners of the King County Green Globe Awards – the County’s highest environmental awards – in a special video presentation debuting on Earth Day, April 22. Look for Earth-friendly tips, quizzes, and more throughout the week from the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks.
Wastemobile hazardous waste collection coming to on Vashon, April 23-25
King County residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner, and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile continues its 2021 season with a stop on Vashon-Maury Island, April 23-25.
Our generation’s commitment to healthy, resilient forests: Executive Constantine announces 30-Year Forest Plan
Executive Dow Constantine announced a comprehensive plan to help ensure that King County forests continue to provide multiple benefits – storing carbon, improving salmon habitat, lowering temperatures in urban areas, and more – for generations to come.
New toolkit will help King County cities develop customized climate strategies, mobilizing effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions regionwide
Recently approved by the County Council, the new Climate Action Toolkit is available at no cost to all 39 cities. It is designed to be a flexible guide for cities in all stages of climate planning to help them developed customized climate strategies.
Wastemobile hazardous waste collection in Bothell, April 9-11
King County residents can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner, and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile continues its 2021 season with a stop in Bothell, April 9-11.
BECU Drive-in Movies returns to Marymoor Park on April 20
Drive-in movies are returning to King County’s Marymoor Park on April 20, when the BECU Drive-in Movies at Marymoor series opens for its second season of drive-ins and 17th season of outdoor film events. The movies will run every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday through June 24.
Wastemobile continues hazardous waste collection season in King County with visit to Kirkland area, April 2-4
Residents of Bothell, Redmond, Woodinville, and surrounding areas can safely dispose of old car batteries, oil, paint thinner, and many other household hazardous items at no cost when the Wastemobile continues its 2021 season with a stop in Kirkland, April 2-4.
King County Parks offering spacious seasonal plots for rent in community garden at North Green River Park in Kent
Spring is nearly here, and now is the time to plan for a spring and summer full of flowers and vegetables by renting a plot in a King County Parks community garden.
King County Parks seeks public input ahead of Dockton Park play area work; Dockton Forest trails virtual meeting March 9
Share your opinions about desired features for a new play area at Dockton Park by participating in an online survey from King County Parks, and learn more about significant improvements coming to the mountain bike trails system at Dockton Forest by attending a March 9 virtual meeting.
Kirkland’s Marina Beach Park reopened after water testing confirms safe conditions
Kirkland’s Marina Beach Park was reopened to the public on Saturday, Feb. 27 after water quality testing showed safe results. The beach was closed out of an abundance of caution on Feb. 25 following a sewer overflow caused by a power outage. Consecutive days of testing confirmed that the water is safe.
Power outage causes overflow into Lake Washington from King County’s Kirkland pump station
King County Wastewater Treatment Division’s Kirkland pump station experienced a power outage that caused a brief overflow into Lake Washington. The pump station’s power has been restored and is currently operating properly.
King County Flood Warning Center closed as river flows stabilize; workers will continue to monitor conditions
The King County Flood Warning Center closed at 3:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23, after opening at midday on Feb. 22 to monitor minor river flooding following a widespread rainstorm. County employees will continue to monitor weather forecasts and stream conditions.
King County Flood Warning Center: Minor flooding possible on White River as heavy rainfall continues to push stream flows higher
Minor flooding is possible in low-lying areas along the White River, according to the King County Flood Warning Center, which issued a Phase 2 flood alert for the river early in the evening of Monday, Feb. 22. Similar flood alerts are in place for the Snoqualmie and Tolt rivers following prolonged heavy rainfall throughout the day.
For questions about DNRP news releases, please contact Logan Harris, Communications Manager, Department of Natural Resources and Parks.