King County task force to examine future funding for parks

June 27, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 10 a.m. June 27, 2012

King County Executive Dow Constantine appointed 20 business and community leaders Tuesday to devise future funding plans for King County Parks before the levies supporting the parks system expire next year.

In 2007, voters overwhelmingly approved a pair of six-year levies to support county-run parks and trails. The measures expire Dec. 31, 2013.

Constantine asked the King County Parks Levy Task Force to recommend a funding plan for 2014 and beyond. The group is expected to submit a plan by late September.

“Parks, trails and open space are part of what make King County a great place to live,” Constantine said in a statement. “I have asked the task force to map a course that keeps our parks open and continues to build the system for future generations.”

The county park system includes the 3,115-acre Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, Grand Ridge Park and Duthie Hill Park in the Issaquah area.

Countywide, the system includes 200 parks, 175 miles of trails and 26,000 acres of open space.

The task force members include:

  • Shiv Batra, Tetra Tech
  • David Burger, Stewardship Partners
  • Julie Colehour, Colehour Cohen
  • Karen Daubert, Washington Trails Association
  • Gene Duvernoy, Forterra
  • Hillary Franz, Futurewise
  • Terry Higashiyama, City of Renton
  • Roger Hoesterey, The Trust for Public Land
  • Al Isaac, Des Moines Legacy Foundation
  • Terry Lavender, King County Conservation Futures Citizen Advisory Committee
  • Joey Martinez, Burien Planning Commission
  • Gordon McHenry, Jr., Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust
  • Louise Miller, former state legislator and King County Council member
  • Mathew Pruitt, Finn Hill Parks and Recreation District
  • Charles Ruthford, Cascade Bicycle Club
  • Chukundi Salisbury, Seattle Parks and Recreation Department
  • Sili Savusa, White Center Community Development Association
  • Kathy Surace-Smith, Lockleven Consulting, PLLC
  • Jim Todd, SeaTac resident
  • Justin Vanderpol, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and Parks Levy Citizen Oversight Board
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