September UA News

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September 2018


2019 Community Service Area (CSA) Grants process underway

The applications for the 2019 CSA grants are now available. Visit the CSA website for the application and details. Community members in unincorporated King County have benefitted from these local grants.  We’ve been able to support sports teams, local movie nights, music events and other creative community initiatives (like the block party pictured above on West Hill) across unincorporated King County. The CSA Web page has information about past grant winners. The exact amount of funding available for the 2019 grant process will be determined by King County’s 2019-20 budget process that will be completed by the County Council in November. Applications are due by Friday, Oct. 26.

King County's Local Services - what do you think?

King County is meeting with communities to talk about a proposal being considered by the County Council that would focus services for unincorporated King County in a new Department of Local Services. We want to hear from you! Take the online survey which is just the beginning of a new dialogue with unincorporated residents. Need to contact us? Just email:

New playground at Dick Thurnau Memorial Park


The playground is now open! King County Parks has installed new equipment that includes three swings, two climbing structures, musical instruments, a spinner bowl and tile safety surfacing. Go check it out yourself!

This project is funded in part by the voter-approved 2014-19 King County Parks, Trail and Open Space Replacement Levy.

Vashon/Maury Island Area News


Two VMI shoreline projects benefit shoreline habitat and fish

This month, King County will complete a project on Vashon-Maury Island that restores the natural shoreline environment and improve habitat critical for forage fish and juvenile chinook salmon. To do this, approximately 700 linear feet of shoreline bulkheads and eight residential structures will be removed. After the work wraps up, the shoreline will be replanted with trees and shrubs this winter. To learn more about this project or to sign up to receive updates, visit the Maury Island Aquatic Reserve Armoring Removal Project web page.

King County recently completed another Vashon-Maury Island project that improves estuary habitat for salmonids at Judd Creek. The work included adding 25 pieces of large wood along 300 feet of the creek and converting a neighboring landscaping pond to a riparian wetland that will fill during high tides and allow the stream to migrate. Planting the area will take place this winter.

Island Center Forest

King County is planning to improve the health of Island Center Forest by selectively thinning mature over crowded Douglas-fir trees from a 10-acre portion of Vashon Island’s largest public forestland.  King County Parks has scheduled a public presentation about the proposed forest-management action at the next Friends of Island Center Forest meeting, 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Vashon Land Trust building, 10014 SW Bank Rd.

It’s Salmon SEEson again!


Check out this map for salmon viewing locations near you this fall. Adult salmon are headed towards rivers to reach the spawning grounds. Salmon can be seen in rivers and streams all over King County this fall, ranging from Longfellow Creek in West Seattle to the Snoqualmie and Tolt rivers outside of Carnation to the Green River near Black Diamond and to Bear Creek near Redmond. Use #SalmonSEEson to share your photos on social media!

Road construction updates

Many scheduled road improvements will take place over the next few months, some are listed below, and details on all King County road construction projects can be found on the Road Services Division website.

Glendale area repair preparation

On Wednesday, Sept. 12, soil boring will take place and groundwater samples will be gathered on South 96th Street at 8th Avenue South near the Glendale area. The purpose of the work is to prepare for a South 96th Street sinkhole and drainage repair project. The work requires an intermittent lane restriction. Motorists will be directed through the work zone from about 10 a.m. to noon. For detailed location information, visit the map for this project.

Upcoming closure near North Bend

Later this month, box culvert installation is expected to begin on 428th Avenue Southeast between Southeast Reinig Road and Southeast 92nd Street near the City of North Bend. The work is expected to last six weeks. Please check our My Commute webpage for schedule updates.

Call for artists

4Culture Storefront Media Gallery

4Culture is looking for media artists to exhibit work on its Storefront Media Gallery, located in Seattle’s vibrant Pioneer Square neighborhood. This is a unique opportunity for artists to share their work with an urban audience that is on the move—commuters, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Deadline: Wednesday, Sept. 26. Guidelines and application can be found on the website.

Disasters happen. Are you ready?


September is National Preparedness Month – a reminder to take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and play.  It’s important to have a family and workplace communications plan and evacuation route established. You are also urged to store food, water, first aid, and other essential survival supplies in your home and vehicle. Additionally, take time to learn lifesaving skills – such as CPR and first aid – and how and when to shut of water and gas lines to your home or business. Finally, check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face (such as flood, earthquakes or freezing temperatures). When disaster strikes, first responders may not be able to reach you. That’s why it’s critical you prepare in advance and build relationships with your neighbors so you can support each other until help arrives. Learn more and get checklists on the King County Emergency Management website or the Make it Through website.

Washington State University red alder management workshop

Washington State University Extension forestry is holding a workshop on red alder management Saturday, Sept. 29 in Kent.  Participants will learn about alder ecology and silviculture as well as how to harvest and sell alder. For more information visit the website

Greater Maple Valley/Cedar River Area News

John Henry Coal Mine reopening

The Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council (GMVUAC) convened a Special Event on Aug. 6 to discuss the reopening of the John Henry surface coal mine outside of Black Diamond. An article summarizing the discussion, including an extensive Q&A period, can be found on the website.

Community Councils comment on proposed King County Comprehensive Plan

On Aug. 14 the Rural Area Unincorporated Area Councils (UACs) and Associations met with King County Comprehensive Plan (KCCP) Manager Ivan Miller to discuss both the Executive and Council proposed changes to the KCCP major update cycles and Subarea Planning schedule.. The Rural Area UACs and Associations submitted comments to the County Council’s Planning, Rural Services, and Environment Committee for consideration. More information is available on the Maple Valley Council website.

Upcoming Community Meetings

Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council (GMVUAC)

Monday, September 10, 7-9:30 p.m.
Maple Valley Fire Station
Southeast corner of Southeast 231st St. and SR-169 intersection
Maple Valley
Hirst Decision: Special Event—Discussion on the follow up to State legislation passed earlier this year on potential limits to water well withdrawals
Visit the website for the latest information and to confirm meetings.

Green Valley/Lake Holm Association Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fire District 44, Station 95
32316 148th Ave. SE 

Green Valley Lake Holm Association will be holding their annual Community Event on
Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m.
Wine & Roses Country Estate
17444 SE Lake Moneysmith Rd.
King County Department of Transportation Director and Local Services Initiative Lead, Harold Taniguchi, will be in attendance as well as representatives of King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks and King County Sheriff’s office.

Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 7-9 p.m.
Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 78
20720 SE May Valley Rd.
Visit the website at for the latest information and to confirm meeting.

Community Alliance to Reach Out and Engage

Monday, Sept. 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Lord of Life Lutheran Church
12819 160th Ave. SE
Visit the website at for the latest information and to confirm meetings.

Upper Bear Creek Community Council

No meeting scheduled for September.
Visit the website or Facebook page for the latest information and to confirm meetings.

West Hill Community Association Board Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 7-9 p.m.
King County Fire District 20
12424 76th Ave S.
WHCA monthly board meetings are open to the public, and often feature guest speakers in addition to community reports and information from a variety of local organizations. Email for more information.

West Hill Community Coffee Hour

Saturday, Sept. 8, 10-11:30 a.m.
Skyway Library
12601 76th Ave S.
Sponsored by the West Hill Community Association, this one-hour community coffee hour is held every 2nd Saturday of the month.  Meet the members of the West Hill Community Association, neighbors and friends.  Open to the public.  For more information contact

Skyway Solutions

Monday, Sept. 10, 6-8:30 p.m.
13470 MLK Jr Way S
Visit the website at for the latest information and to confirm meeting or call 206-706-6400.

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council

Thursday, Sept. 6, 7-9 p.m.
1243 SW 112th St.
Open to the public. Monthly meeting of all-volunteer neighborhood based community organization.  For agenda information visit the website. For more information contact Barbara Dobkin

Fall City Community Association (FCCA)

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 7-8:30 p.m. 
Fall City Fire Department
4301 334th Pl SE
Fall City, WA
For more information visit the website.