Mountain Unicyclists at Duthie Hill Park

August 11, 2015

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Celebrate National Trails Day by volunteering for events June 6

June 5, 2015

NEW — 2 p.m. June 5, 2015

On Saturday, June 6, King County Parks is teaming up with the American Hiking Society to celebrate the region’s diverse trails on National Trails Day.

King County Parks is asking the community to volunteer at the following locations:

  • Soaring Eagle Park (Sammamish) – Parks & Trails Ambassador table
  • Squak Mountain Park Open House (Issaquah) – KC Parks table & three volunteer events
  • Cougar Mountain Regional Wildlife Park (Issaquah) – Parks & Trails Ambassador table
  • Duthie Hill Park (east of Issaquah) Evergreen Bike Fest

Sign up or learn more by emailing Laurie Clinton, volunteer program manager, at

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Annual Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival is June 6

June 5, 2015

NEW — 10 a.m. June 5, 2015

The public is invited to celebrate the sixth annual Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival at Duthie Hill Park on June 6.

The festival features fun challenges and activities for adults and children, bike demonstrations, and more than 40 vendor and sponsor booths. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free to attend.

Attendees are invited to try out bikes, join skill clinics, enjoy guided rides and take part in a pump track challenge. The activities cost $10 for Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance members and $20 for nonmembers.

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Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day is Saturday at Duthie Hill Park

October 3, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 3, 2014

Bring young bike riders up to age 16 to Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 4.

The event at Duthie Hill Park is free and open to all ages. It includes guided trail riding, an obstacle course for little ones, an exciting jump show from local and pro riders, a free barbecue and tons of prizes.

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day celebrates the life of Jack Doub, an avid teenage mountain biker from North Carolina who had a true passion for the sport from an early age to the when he passed away in 2002.

Learn more or register here. Get directions to, and more information about, Duthie Hill Park here.


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New lot at Duthie Hill Park to be completed in October

July 1, 2014

King County Parks will build a new 74-vehicle parking lot at Duthie Hill Park that will serve as the park’s main trailhead and greatly expand parking for the increasingly popular mountain bike park.

The work will begin early this month and should be completed by October.

The parking lot, at the corner of Southeast Duthie Hill Road and Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road, will include two spaces for truck-trailer combinations, a drop-off zone (handy for large events), plus portable restrooms. Construction won’t require any closures at the park or disruptions to trail users.

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Duthie Hill Park hosts Mountain Bike Festival

June 3, 2014

Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance’s all-day Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 7 at Duthie Hill Park.

The event features more than 40 vendor and sponsor booths, bikes available to test ride from all the top brands, jump jam demonstrations, mini skills clinics, events for kids, food and beverages concessions, raffles and more. Families are encouraged to attend.

The festival is free and open to the public. For $10 (Evergreen members) or $20 (nonmembers) festival-goers can demo bikes all day, join skills clinics, enjoy guided rides and take part in the pump track challenge and baby fatty obstacle race.

In 2013, approximately 1,800 people attended the festival, which celebrates the sport of mountain biking and offers new enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy one of the best mountain biking experiences around. The festival is also a fundraiser for the nonprofit Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance to support its work — protecting, building and maintaining trails statewide.

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Former pro mountain bikers coaching at clinic

July 2, 2013

The Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance will host a skills clinic from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 13-14 at Duthie Hill Park.

Former professional mountain bike racers Kat Sweet, of Sweetlines, and Simon Lawton, of Fluidride, will join Evergreen’s certified instructors to lead the clinic.

The clinic, open to ages 14 and older, is designed for mountain bikers of all skill levels. Participants will spend the weekend learning and practicing skills and putting them to use on the park’s trails. The clinic will take place regardless of weather conditions.

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County seeks proposals for youth sports facilities

February 7, 2013

NEW — 8 a.m. Feb. 7, 2013

Local youth sports organizations can apply for King County grants to build or upgrade recreation facilities.

The county Youth Sports Facilities Grants Program provides matching grant funds from $5,000 to $75,000. Past grant recipients include playgrounds and athletic fields, including the Issaquah Little League’s Dodd Fields near Issaquah Valley Elementary School.

Other local grant recipients in the Issaquah area include city-run Central Park in the Issaquah Highlands and county-run Duthie Hill Park in Sammamish.

Overall, officials awarded $12 million through the program in the past 20 years.

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Explore outdoors in King County Parks Fitness Challenge

February 6, 2013

NEW — 6 p.m. Feb. 6, 2013

Parkgoers can participate in challenges, enjoy the outdoors and burn some calories as King County Parks rolls out a fitness program at Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park and other sites.

Countywide, organizers designed 30 challenge locations countywide for the King County Parks Fitness Challenge.

The challenge — initially created through a partnership with Group Health’s Fitness Network for county employees — is available to the public.

“The public can also enjoy the parks fitness challenge as a great way to exercise while enjoying some of the 26,000 acres of parks, 175 miles of regional trails and 180 miles of backcountry trails that we proudly maintain,” King County Parks Director Kevin Brown said in a statement.

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Parks task force recommends 2013 property tax measure

December 10, 2012

NEW — 8 a.m. Dec. 10, 2012

King County voters could decide next year on dollars to complete the East Lake Sammamish Trail, add a Cougar Mountain trailhead in Issaquah, and continue funding parks and trails countywide.

Late last month, King County Parks Levy Task Force members unanimously recommended continuing a pair of six-year levies to support county-run parks, trails and open space. Voters overwhelmingly approved the most recent pair of park levies in 2007.

The voter-approved levies fund the bulk of park operations, but the property tax measures expire in December 2013. In June, King County Executive Constantine convened the task force to explore options future funding.

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