July News Update and Upcoming Events

dave upthegrove - king county council district 5

July News Update and Upcoming Events

Open Space Equity in South King County

6.17 Press Conference

The King County Council, along with the Executive, announced legislation that will accelerate funding for land conservation across the county. I am proud to sponsor this legislation, which will protect 65,000 acres of vital urban greenspace, forests and habitat. 

More significantly, it will increase equitable access to open greenspaces in communities that need it most—mainly in South King County. Urban greenspaces are vital to kids’ and families’ health and wellbeing, and I am incredibly excited about more open spaces throughout the region.

Celebrating Pride Month

Pride Proclamation

June provided many opportunities to celebrate LGBTQ progress, pride and community. At the King County Council, Councilmember Joe McDermott and I presented a proclamation declaring June 2019 as Pride Month in King County.

I was also honored to attend a vigil at the United Christian Church in Renton, where community members expressed solidarity with the LGBTQ community after an act of vandalism against the church's Pride Month display. In the wake of prejudice, I remain committed to a vision of inclusion and diversity for South King County. 

What Happened in June?

Asian Counseling and Referral Services Visit

I recently toured the Asian Counseling and Referral Service's Kent office to learn about how ACRS serves South King County’s API communities with multilingual, community-based l programs.   

Meals on Wheels



I also spent time with the nonprofit Sound Generation’s Burien Meals on Wheels program, delivering meals in Burien with community volunteers.  


Highline Heritage Museum

One of the most rewarding occasions I attended this month was the opening of the new Highline Heritage Museum in Burien. The museum will be a focal point in South King County and will house the stories of South King County residents, new and old.

Upcoming Events in District 5

Visit my website for a list of opportunities to connect with resources and enjoy all that South King County has to offer in July. You can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on news from my office and the County.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any comments or concerns, I always appreciate hearing from you.



King County Councilmember
District 5