August 2019 Unincorporated Area Newsletter

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August 2019

Soldiers saluting

New King County initiative will connect veterans, service members, and families to support services

On July 30, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced a $7.5 million initiative that will connect more veterans and service members to a network of support services.

Specially trained, community-based Pathfinders and Navigators will reach out to veterans, service members, and their families throughout King County, focusing on those who face the greatest barriers—including veterans who are women, transgender, Native American, and people of color, as well as those experiencing homelessness. In addition to services, Pathfinders and Navigators will connect veterans experiencing isolation to supportive communities.

“Our mission will not be complete until we connect all veterans, service members, and their families to the services they need to thrive,” Constantine said.

The funding comes from the expanded King County Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy, which voters approved in 2017.

Read the news release

Take the Best Start for Kids Health Survey

Best Start for Kids

Help us make sure all voices are represented in the Best Starts for Kids Health Survey.

Best Starts for Kids is now in its fourth year and things are changing in our communities. The Best Starts for Kids Health Survey questions are designed to help Best Starts for Kids better understand those changes.

Parenting is hard work, and learning about your experiences as a parent regarding your child’s health, family strengths, and community supports will help Best Starts for Kids build on strengths and meet needs for families across King County.

Take the survey. (about 20-30 minutes)

How would you like to interact with King County?

Your opinion matters

King County wants to better leverage technological advances to provide our residents with the services they want in the way that works best for them.

Please take a few minutes to complete a brief questionnaire about how you would like to use technology to interact with King County. Feel free to share the questionnaire with others in your network—it's available in several languages:

The survey will be open through Sunday, Aug. 11.

King County Local Services

Local Services days expand to six communities

King County is now offering regular customer service hours in six communities. Come in and let us know how we can help you!

Customer service

Bear Creek/Sammamish

Tuesday, Aug. 6, 27, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Woodinville Library
17105 Avondale Road NE, Woodinville
-Local Services: Marissa Alegria

Greater Maple Valley

Wednesday, Aug. 7, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Fairwood Library
17009 140th Avenue SE, Renton
-Local Services: Marissa Alegria

North Highline

Thursday, Aug. 1, 15, 22, 29, 1-5 p.m.*
White Center Community Center (Log Cabin)
1321 SW 102nd St, Seattle
-Local Services: Bong Santo Domingo

Southeast King County

Thursday, Aug. 1, 22, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Black Diamond Library
24707 Roberts Drive, Black Diamond
-Local Services: Marissa Alegria


Tuesday, Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.*
Vashon Rural Services Center
10011 SW Bank Road, Vashon
-Local Services: Bong Santo Domingo
-Permits: TBD

West Hill

Monday, Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.*
West Hill (Skyway) Sheriff's Office Storefront
12629 Renton Avenue S, Renton
-Local Services: Bong Santo Domingo

*earlier or later times may be possible with an appointment

King County Road Services

Green River Road SE closure delayed

Green River Road closure map

The six week closure of Green River Road SE, previously scheduled to begin on Monday, Aug. 5, has been delayed. The closure is now tentatively scheduled to begin on Monday, Aug. 12, but may need to be further postponed due to a delay in acquiring materials needed for construction. King County will send a Road Alert email once the closure date is finalized.

Green River Road SE will be closed just south of S. 277th Street near Kent and Auburn for installation of a newer, bigger culvert to help preserve the roadway and improve fish passage.

During construction, residents will still be able to access the Auburn Golf Course, Mary Olson Farm and the South 277th Corridor Trail.


Visit the My Commute web page to view the project map.

Night road work

NE Novelty Hill Road guardrail improvements

In August, King County Road Services will make improvements to three sections of guardrail on NE Novelty Hill Road near Redmond.

  • For about 500 feet east of NE Redmond Road
  • For about 300 feet east of 218th Avenue NE
  • For about 3200 feet east of 243rd Avenue NE

This work will begin the week of Aug. 19 and will take about a week. Work will be done at night, between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., in order to finish the project as quickly as possible, reduce its impact on traffic, and improve safety for the work crews.

King County will take steps to minimize noise, but neighboring residents may notice additional noise from the work.

Project area map
Road construction sign


Use King County Road Alerts to keep up with summer road construction

The best way to keep up with county road construction projects in your neighborhood or along your commute is by signing up for Road Alerts.

You’ll get updates on all county road construction sent directly to your phone or email inbox.


JoAnn Kosai-Eng is King County’s new Road Engineer

JoAnn Kosai-Eng

JoAnn Kosai-Eng has been named as the King County Road Services’ new County Road Engineer.

A longtime Roads team member, Kosai-Eng brings 27 years of engineering knowledge and experience to the position. She started as an engineering intern whose main task was rating pavement conditions. After joining King County full time, she served in the Road Maintenance Design Unit and as the Supervising Engineer of the Maintenance Data Collection Unit.

She spent the past seven years as the Assistant Maintenance Manager for Roads, including a one-year stint as the County Traffic Engineer. Areas she currently oversees include the Environmental Unit, Maintenance Budget and Finance Unit, Right of Way Use Coordination, Maintenance Administrative Support staff, and Facility Engineering.



Brater named County Engineer of the Year

Rick Brater with award

Road Services Division Director Rick Brater has been named the Washington State County Road Administration Board’s County Engineer of the Year.

He received the award at the Board’s summer conference in June.

Nominated by King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert, Brater was recognized as a strong manager and leader who is responsible for a regional transportation system of 1,500 miles of roads and 182 bridges, and a staff of 400 people, including six maintenance divisions.

Brater, whom the Metropolitan King County Council appointed Director of Local Services’ Road Services Division in March and who has been with King County more than 17 years, was recognized in several areas, including engineering expertise, management skills, public relations, and community activities.

Learn more on the Local Services Blog


Public Health - Seattle & King County

Stay safe in the heat

On hot days, many more people have serious health emergencies, such as heart attacks, stroke, kidney failure, or heat stroke. If you are over 65 or have a health condition like heart disease or diabetes, talk to your healthcare provider to see if your condition or medications make you more sensitive to heat.

Learn more

King County Parks

Reminder: 5th annual CHOMP! is Aug. 17

CHOMP! farmers market

King County’s FREE, local food and sustainable living festival returns to Marymoor Park near Redmond on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Celebrate all that's fresh, delicious, local, and sustainable at CHOMP!, featuring hands-on workshops, zucchini races, a farmers market, an upcycle bazaar, and so much more, including live music from Mavis Staples, Caspar Babypants and The Black Tones.

Follow the event on Facebook to stay up-to-date on CHOMP! news.


Alpine Baldy mountain bike trail

New Alpine Baldy mountain bike trail opens

On Saturday, July 23rd, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, in partnership with King County Parks, the US Forest Service, and the Town of Skykomish, held the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Alpine Baldy mountain bike trail—a road-to-trail conversion that involved decommissioning an old Forest Service road to improve the environment while making the trail.

Participants enjoyed beautiful weather and hot dogs at the Town’s bike park pump track before heading up the mountain to the Jennifer Dunn Trailhead for the ceremony.

The new trail is about 7 miles long and serves both hikers and mountain bikes. It rises more than 3,000 feet, and will help relieve pressure on other hiking trails in the area. It's the first trail to open to the public for mountain biking near Highway 2 between Everett and Lake Wenatchee.


¡Cine en el parque regresa a White Center!

Cine en el parque poster

Te invitamos a ti y a tu familia a ver la película el 10 de Agosto en Dick Thurnau Park y a disfrutar de las múltiples y divertidas actividades que tendremos para ti este año.

Este año regresamos con la película animada Spider-Man- Into The Spider-Verse. Además de la película tendremos música, entretenimiento e información sobre los servicios que ofrecemos en el Condado de King. Solo falta usted, su familia y amigos. Los esperamos para esta alegre velada en familia. Por favor no olvide traer sillas y frazadas, el evento comienza a las 6:30 PM y la película al anochecer.

Le película es presentada por el Condado de King y White Center Community Development Association.
Es totalmente gratis - Trae frazadas, sillas, familia y amigos.

Dick Thurnau Park
11050 10th Avenue SW, Seattle

6:30 p.m. (La película empieza a las 8:30 – cuando comience a oscurecer.)

¡Te esperamos!


“Cine en el Parque” is a free outdoor movie at Dick Thurnau Park in White Center. Movies are projected onto a 40-foot-tall inflatable movie screen (bigger than most indoor theaters) that turns the park into a spectacular outdoor cinema under the stars. The movie is free, so grab a blanket, a lawn chair, family, friends, neighbors, or co-workers and join the fun. There will be games, music, prizes, snack booths and much more. Come down early, stake your ground and have some fun. This event is sponsored by King County and the White Center Community Development Association. See you at the movies!


Movie night at Petrovitsky Park

Catch Night at the Museum on Aug. 24 at Petrovitsky Park

Bring your low-backed chairs, blankets, and snacks and enjoy a relaxed evening watching a free movie at the park. Invite friends, teammates, and family—there's plenty of room! The movie will be projected onto a 40-foot-tall inflatable screen. The movie will begin after sunset (8:15 p.m.). RSVP on Facebook

Skyway news

Skyway Festival set for Sunday, Aug. 18 at Skyway Park

Skyway Festival poster

The Skyway Community Festival is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 18 from noon to 5 p.m. at Skyway Park, 1243 SW 112th Street in White Center.

This free, family-friendly event will be open to the public and will include music, entertainment, recreational activities, children's activities, a community resource fair, food vendors, and much more.

For info, contact Skyway Solutions:


Health & Safety Fair coming Aug. 24

Fire safety demonstration (2018)

This free, annual event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Skyway Fire Station, 12424 76th Avenue S, Seattle. Free backpacks and school supplies (from the Alajawan Brown Foundation) and bike helmets (from Children's Hospital) will be given to children. There will also be representatives from other community organizations, and activities and demonstrations to help you and your family live a safer life. Learn more on the website, email Sharon Greer, or call 206-772-1430.


4Culture Open grant

4Culture offers grants

4Culture is looking for Unincorporated King County applicants for Open 4Culture grants. If you have never applied for a grant from 4Culture before, and are interested in getting financial support for a project with arts, heritage, or preservation at its core – this is for you!

Contact or call 206-263-1603.

Upcoming community meetings

Community Alliance to Reach Out and Engage

Monday, Aug. 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Lord of Life Lutheran Church
12819 160th Avenue SE, Renton

See website for the latest information and to confirm meetings.

Enumclaw Plateau Community Association

Check the website for the latest meeting information.

Fall City Community Association

Tuesday, Aug. 6, 7-8:30 p.m. (sometimes to 9 p.m.)
Fall City Fire Department
4301 334th Place SE, Fall City

The Fall City Community Association promotes building of community, proactively communicates on local issues, and takes action on selected issues that affect the Fall City community. Open to the public. For more information, email Ashley Glennon

Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council

Tuesday, Aug. 13, 7-9 p.m.
Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 78
20720 SE May Valley Road, Issaquah

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

Greater Maple Valley Unincorporated Area Council

Monthly meeting
Monday, Aug. 5, 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, Aug. 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fire District 44, Station 95
32316 148th Avenue SE, Auburn

Regular meeting agenda items include committee updates on transportation, environmental, and safety issues. Visit the association on Facebook or Twitter or send email for more information.

North Highline Unincorporated Area Council

No meeting scheduled for August.

Meetings are open to the public. Monthly meeting of all-volunteer neighborhood-based community organization. For more information, email Liz Giba.

Skyway Solutions Community Development Association

Monday, Aug. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
13470 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S, Seattle

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

No meeting scheduled for August.

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

West Hill Community Association Board Meeting

Wednesday, Aug. 14, 7-9 p.m.
King County Fire District 20
12424 76th Avenue S

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

White Center Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Open House

Monday, Aug. 19, 6-7:30 p.m.
White Center Food Bank
10829 8th Avenue SW, Seattle

Open to the public. For info: 

Contact King County Local Services

Unincorporated Area Community News is published monthly by the King County Department of Local Services. Please direct questions or comments to Anna Clemenger, or 206-477-3839.

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