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January 2019

2019 Youth and Amateur Sports Grants open

boys playing soccer

Applications are now being accepted (through Jan. 31). for King County Parks' Youth and Amateur Sports Grants. The grants support fit and healthy communities by investing in programs and capital improvements that reduce barriers to accessing physical activity.

King County has awarded more than $15 million in grants since the program began in 1993, creating over 350 new or renovated youth sports facilities and programs.

See the Parks website for more information on the program and how to apply.

How to recycle your Christmas tree in King County

art: Christmas tree recycling symbol

It's easy to recycle your Christmas tree, no matter where you live in King County. People with residential garbage and recycling collection services can simply place their trees out with their regular yard waste.

Self-haulers have a number of options available, including visiting a King County Solid Waste facility, a private company, or even a charity fundraiser.

Learn more

Road news and upcoming closures

Drilling work to restrict lanes on two bridges

Drilling operations will require daily lane restrictions from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the following two bridges. Traffic will be directed through the work zones during these hours, and drivers should be prepared for delays.

Ames Lake Trestle Bridge/NE Ames Lake Road (near Carnation) – Jan. 8-14
Restricted area: West Snoqualmie Valley Road NE to NE 52nd Street
Scheduled to finish: 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14
View a map on the My Commute web page

S 277th Street Bridge (near Kent and Auburn) – Jan. 15-17
Restricted area: 55th Avenue S to West Valley Highway N
Scheduled to finish: Thursday, Jan. 17
View a map on the My Commute web page

Seattle viaduct closure is just days away

If your commute takes you on Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct, you’ll need to make other plans. The viaduct is scheduled to close on Friday evening, Jan. 11, and the new tunnel replacing it won't open until about three weeks later.

King County Metro Transit’s website offers details on several travel options.

Your Big Backyard is getting bigger

Little lake forest

King County Parks had a busy year making good on its levy promise to bring 2,700 acres into the King County system by 2020. In 2019, they're on the lookout for a mere 500 more acres to reach that goal. Check out their blog to learn about three new properties that will be added to the system near Enumclaw (pictured above), near May Valley, and on Vashon Island.

Conservation Futures tax levy funds available

Applications for King County Conservation Futures tax levy funds are due by March 6. The county expects to award more than $40 million in funding to projects in late 2019. Conservation futures dollars can fund the purchase of open space lands such as natural areas, urban green spaces, passive parks, regional trails, farms, and forests. Project sites can be used for low-impact passive recreational activities, including hiking, walking, open play, riding bikes or horses on dispersed trails, picnicking, and gardening. This year there is a new opportunity for a match waiver for projects in the most underserved areas of the county. Learn more

Free disaster skills training

Are you ready?

When disaster strikes, many services we rely on could be overwhelmed. Critical infrastructure, including transportation, utility, and communication systems, may be damaged. So we all need to be prepared to be self-sufficient for days or weeks at a time. This free workshop is open to the public and covers local hazards, utility control, water storage and purification, emergency sanitation, and creating emergency plans. Note: the class is free but registration is required.

Thursday, Jan. 24, 6:30-8 p.m.
Pacific City Hall Council Chambers
100 3rd Avenue SE
Register for this class

Thursday, Jan. 31, 6:30-8 p.m.
King County Library Meeting Room
4804 Tolt Avenue
Register for this class

Upcoming community meetings

Community Alliance to Reach Out and Engage

Monday, Jan. 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Lord of Life Lutheran Church
12819 160th Avenue SE

See website for the latest information and to confirm meetings.

Enumclaw Plateau Community Association
(formerly Friends of Bass Lake)

Saturday, Jan. 19, 9-11 a.m.
Sportsman’s Club/Flint Tip Archers
2047 Roosevelt E

See Facebook page for more info.

Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council

Tuesday, Jan. 8, 7-9 p.m.
Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 78
20720 SE May Valley Road

Visit the website for the latest information and to confirm meeting dates and locations.

Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council

Monday, Jan. 7, 7-9:30 p.m.
Maple Valley Fire Station
Southeast corner of SE 231st Street and SR-169 intersection

Visit the website for the latest information and to confirm meetings.

Green Valley/Lake Holm Association Meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fire District 44, Station 95
32316 148th Avenue SE

Visit the association on Facebook or Twitter or send email for more information.

Skyway Solutions Community Development Association

Monday, Jan. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
13470 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S

Open to the public. Skyway Solutions is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in unincorporated Skyway. For more info call 206-706-6400.

Upper Bear Creek Community Council

Thursday, Jan. 17, 7:30-9 p.m.
Woodinville Library
17105 Avondale Road NE

At the Jan. 17 meeting: Presentation on the proposed King County Adult Beverage Ordinance. Serena Glover, Managing Director of Friends of Sammamish Valley, will discuss the proposed ordinance and how it will change zoning in the Sammamish Valley without going through the GMA process. The negative impacts on farmland, groundwater, and traffic will be discussed, along with opportunities for the community to have input on what happens next. If you want to help preserve the Valley's rural lifestyle and farmland, be sure to attend. For more information visit www.gofosv.org.

Visit the website or Facebook page for the latest information and to confirm meetings.

West Hill Community Association Board Meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 7-9 p.m.
Skyway Water & Sewer
6723 S 124th Street

Board meetings are open to the public and often feature guest speakers as well as community reports and information from a variety of local organizations. For more information, visit the website or send email to contact@mywesthill.org.