Residents receive grants for mapping, National Night Out

November 20, 2012

By Staff

Dow Constantine

Issaquah-area residents received more than $3,700 in King County grants to host a National Night Out event and map rural areas between Issaquah and Renton, leaders announced Nov. 14.

Officials awarded $60,000 in grants for disaster preparedness, neighborhood cleanup, tourism promotion and other activities in unincorporated communities countywide. Overall, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced 24 Community Engagement Grants.

The grants amount to less than $5,000 apiece, and each community must match at least 25 percent of total project cost. Officials said the grants offer residents in unincorporated areas a chance to participate more in community activities.

The county awarded a $1,254.50 grant to residents in the Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain area to produce a National Night Out program, plus a $2,500 grant to create maps and conduct spatial analysis for community planning.

Under the most recent plan for unincorporated communities, Four Creeks/Tiger Mountain is the rural area bordered by Issaquah and Interstate 90 on the north and Renton to the west.

In July, Constantine proposed a plan to divide the county’s unincorporated areas into seven community service areas.

The proposal combined Tiger Mountain and the area encompassed by the existing Four Creeks Unincorporated Area.

The most recent census data identified 16,500 residents in the Four Creeks Unincorporated Area. The existing area encompasses Maple Hills, May Valley, Mirrormont and other communities in a 38-square-mile stretch between Issaquah and Renton.

In the past, the Four Creeks Unincorporated Area Council leaders hosted a National Night Out event in the Maple Hills community south of Issaquah.

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