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King County Parks commemorates 25 years of serving White Center youth with teen program
King County Parks’ White Center Teen Program, which operates at the White Center Community Center in Steve Cox Memorial Park, reached its 25th anniversary in 2016, with this milestone year culminating in the program’s Aztecs U19 boys’ soccer team winning their fall league championship.


Public invited to discuss long-term stewardship of three open space areas near Black Diamond
Help King County Parks develop stewardship recommendations for three King County open spaces in the Black Diamond area by attending a Feb. 8 public meeting in Ravensdale.


1.3-mile-long East Lake Sammamish Trail segment closed for construction starting Dec. 19
Safety and accessibility upgrades are coming to a 1.3-mile-long stretch of the East Lake Sammamish Trail in Sammamish, as construction crews convert one of the last remaining portions of the old interim trail into a final master planned trail with a paved surface and other improvements.


Reminder: Solid waste fee increase Jan. 1 helps King County update facilities, add recycling
New solid waste disposal fees will take effect beginning Jan. 1, to help King County update portions of its 50-year-old solid waste system and increase recycling options. With the new fee in place, a typical curbside customer will likely see an increase of about 77 cents per month in the garbage bill from their hauler.


Water quality victory in Quartermaster Harbor
Parts of Quartermaster Harbor are reopened to shellfish harvesting, thanks to improvements in water quality. The harvest had been closed for decades because of contamination, primarily due to faulty or failing septic systems.


‘Don’t Drip and Drive’ offering free workshops to help motorists inspect, detect vehicle leaks
Free auto leaks inspection workshops are hosted by Don’t Drip and Drive and local community colleges to help you learn how to maintain your vehicle and keep our environment clean.


Natural Resources and Parks is the first King County department to be carbon neutral, achieving Executive's goal a year early
The Department of Natural Resources and Parks is King County’s first agency to achieve an ambitious goal set by Executive Constantine to make its operations and purchases carbon neutral.