Still time to get outside and enjoy summer activities in King County

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July 27, 2017


CHOMP! Eat Well. Live Well.

King County’s local food and sustainable living festival returns to Marymoor Park near Redmond on Saturday, Aug. 19 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, a farmers market, and so much more, including live music from Ozomatli, Caspar Babypants and the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio to name a few. This FREE event will inspire, entertain and feed your appetite for fresh, local and exciting food and sustainability. Follow the event on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all the CHOMP! news.

Coalfield play area gets a makeover


The play area at Coalfield Park is now complete and ready for folks to enjoy! The old play equipment was replaced and rubber tile safety surfacing was also installed. This project is funded in part by the voter-approved 2014-19 King County Parks, Trail and Open Space Replacement Levy.

And why not make a day of it and stay for a special showing of “Fantastic Mr. Fox” at the Big Backyard Movie Night on Saturday, July 29. The movie will be projected onto a 40-foot tall inflatable movie screen, so invite your friends, teammates and family - we’ve got space! Seating opens at 7 p.m., movie starts at dusk (around 9 p.m.)

Like King County Parks on Facebook for information on other upcoming Big Backyard Movies.

Music and arts in King County Parks


Pianos in the Parks returns to Steve Cox Memorial Park

Our local parks are here for everyone – providing us all with green spaces to relax, exercise and connect with our communities. Add in some great free music and arts programming and you get: Pianos in the Parks! This is a public art and event series that uses the power of music to get us out to discover parks, connect with people, and have fun. Check out the piano at King County’s Steve Cox Memorial Park on July 29 and look for more piano locations via the website.

Music at Cottage Lake Park

Music in the Park at Cottage Lake Park begins Thursday, July 13 through Aug. 3.  Visit their website for the list of performers.

Tickets on sale for Teatro ZinZanni at Marymoor Park

Teatro ZinZanni has found a new home this fall at our own Marymoor Park near Redmond. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Aug. 1 for a limited run starting this October. For more information or to purchase tickets visit the Teatro ZinZanni website.

And some friendly summertime info…

Don’t let a distracted driving ticket ruin your day

New rules for the use of handheld devices like cell phones went into effect on July 23. Read the Public Health Insider to learn just what is legal and what is banned under the new law.

Know before you go, summer road alerts

We’re keeping track of road and bridge work this summer, so you can focus on chasing summer fun. Closures and restrictions are in effect in multiple unincorporated areas including NE Union Hill Road near Redmond, South Peasley Canyon Way South near Auburn, NE Ames Lake Road, and the Baring Bridge near Skykomish. For more information click on the links, or visit the King County MyCommute website to see all road alerts.

Summer fire safety tips

Whether you are roasting marshmallows over a campfire or grilling dinner in the backyard, it’s important to follow fire safety guidelines to protect your family and surroundings:

  • Clean your grill after each use. This will remove grease that can start a fire.
  • Maintain a 3-foot safe zone around your grill. This will keep kids and pets safe.
  • Keep an eye on your grill, fire pit, or patio torches. Don’t walk away from them when they are lit.
  • Never allow your campfire to burn down on its own. Extinguish campfires by soaking burned wood with water. Then stir and mix water with the ashes and sand until the fire is completely out.

Raw oyster warning

In the last few weeks there has been a spike in illness associated with consumption of raw oysters, and as the summer heats up, we anticipate more. Visit Public Health’s blog to learn what’s making people sick and how to avoid getting ill eating our favorite bi-valves.

Call for applications for arts and culture grants

4Culture, King County’s cultural funding agency, is seeking applicants from unincorporated King County to apply for a Community 4Culture grant – providing operational support awards up to $25,000 for organizations and $10,000 for individuals. The program’s goal is to better fund an arts and cultural community that reflects King County’s diverse population.

For more information please contact Heidi Jackson at, 206-263-1616 or visit  their website.

National Night Out events on Tuesday, Aug. 1

Four Creeks/Tiger Mtn. Area

5-7 p.m.
Maple Hills Maintenance Company
15256 204th Ave. SE
Renton, WA  98059
Visit website for more information

West King County – Fairwood Community

5-8 p.m.
Sponsored by Woodside Homeowners Association at Petrovitsky Park
16400 SE Petrovitsky Rd.
Renton, WA  98058

Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River Area News

Green to Cedar Rivers Trail Community Meeting

King County Parks will present the preferred alternative and preliminary design for the north segment of the Green to Cedar Rivers Trail. Join Parks staff and the design team for an open house and trail walk on Tuesday, Aug. 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Lake Wilderness Lodge.

Open house: 5:30 - 6 p.m.
Presentation: 6 - 6:30 p.m.
Trail Walk: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Upcoming Community Meetings

Green Valley/Lake Holm Association Meeting

Wednesday, Aug. 30, 6:30 p.m.
Fire District 44, Station 95
32316 148th Ave. SE
Auburn, WA
Visit their Facebook or Twitter  accounts for more information.

Greater Maple Valley Area Council Meeting

Monday, Aug. 7, 7-9:30 p.m.
Monday, Sept.  11, 7-9:30 p.m.
Maple Valley Fire Station
231st St and SR-169
Maple Valley, WA

Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council

Tuesday, Aug. 8, 7-9 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 7-9 p.m.
Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 78
20720 SE May Valley Rd
Issaquah, WA
Visit the website for the latest information and to confirm meeting dates and locations.

Community Alliance to Reach Out and Engage

Monday, Aug 28, 6:30-8 p.m.
Lord of Life Lutheran Church
12819 160th Ave. SE
Visit website for the latest information and to confirm meeting dates and locations.

Skyway Solutions board meeting

Monday, Aug. 14, 6-7:30 p.m.
13470 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Visit website for the latest information and to confirm meeting dates and locations.

West Hill Community Association Board meeting

Wednesday. Aug. 9, 7-9 p.m.
Skyway Fire District 20
12424 76th Ave. S.
Email Michael Majeed for more information.

West Hill Business Association meeting

Tuesday, Aug. 15, 9 a.m.
Skyway VFW
7421 S 126th St.
Email Cynthia Lamothe for more information.