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First community-vote funded investment will expand Cemetery Pond Open Space area in East Renton
The Cemetery Pond Open Space area in East Renton has received $50,000 as part of King County’s participatory budgeting process. This is the first of dozens of projects that voters chose earlier this year as part of the budgeting and will be used for acquiring critical green infrastructure.


Amid high temperatures and dry conditions, King County Fire Marshal issues Stage 2 burn ban prohibiting outdoor recreational fires
King County Fire Marshal Chris Ricketts has issued a Stage 2 burn ban for unincorporated King County, prohibiting all outdoor recreational fires. Outdoor cooking and heating appliances are restricted to approved manufactured gas and charcoal units only.


Forty-five projects selected for initial King County participatory budgeting awards
During King County’s first Participatory Budgeting vote, community members cast more than 2,600 ballots and chose 45 projects that King County will fund in East Federal Way, East Renton, Fairwood, Skyway, and White Center.


Communities to decide which projects will receive public funding during Aug. 2-10 voting period
In a first for King County, residents of five urban unincorporated areas can vote on which proposed community projects should receive public funding Aug. 2-10. Residents can cast their votes online or in person at one of several community events.


High temperatures and dry conditions prompt Fire Marshal to issue Stage 1 fire safety burn ban starting Friday, July 29
King County Fire Marshal Chris Ricketts has issued a Stage 1 fire safety burn ban for the unincorporated areas of King County starting Friday. The ban will remain in effect until further notice.


King County Roads crews clear litter along Green River Road area, work with partners to provide help for people experiencing homelessness
King County Roads crews partnered with King County Regional Homelessness Authority and Sheriff’s Office to help offer resources to individuals experiencing homelessness and cleared nearly 52,000 pounds of trash from the Green River Road area on Wednesday.


‘Don’t Blow It, Cut The Fuse’: Reminder that setting off fireworks is prohibited in unincorporated King County
This is the first July 4th holiday that fireworks are banned in unincorporated King County. With the focus on educating communities about the changes, Local Services encourages residents to attend a public display or find other ways to celebrate.


‘Don’t Blow It, Cut The Fuse’: For the first time, the use and/or sale of consumer fireworks is prohibited in unincorporated King County
With fireworks now banned in unincorporated King County, Local Services is focusing on educating residents about the new rules, starting with a community summer safety event in Skyway.


The People’s Budget – Your Voice, Your Choice: Residents can learn about proposed community projects at pair of virtual meetings May 23-24
King County is holding a pair of meetings on the dozens of project ideas it received via its Participatory Budgeting process. The meetings will help prepare residents for the larger “Community Vote” scheduled for June, when they will vote on which projects receive funding.


King County Local Services awards 2022 Community Engagement Grants
Forty-five volunteer-led community events and projects will be supported in unincorporated King County communities with Community Engagement Grants of up to $4,000.


King County accepting public comment on proposed fireworks enforcement rules through April 10
Local Services is accepting public input on a proposed ordinance that establishes a complaint-based process for warnings and citations for fireworks violators. This is the first year that consumer fireworks are banned in unincorporated King County.


“The People’s Budget - Your Voice, Your Choice”: Public can now submit ideas for how to spend public funds in urban unincorporated areas
King County is asking people who live, work, play, go to school, or worship in its five urban unincorporated communities to decide how to spend $10 million in county funds in those communities. Residents can learn more and submit ideas at through March 5, 2022.