County hosts protected lands inventory changes meeting Oct. 13

September 22, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 22, 2015

The Issaquah community is invited to a meeting to learn about a proposed King County Charter Open Space Amendment update to add 4,000 acres of county-owned property to its “High Conservation Value Property Inventory.”

The meeting is from 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Service Center Library Facility, 960 Newport Way N.W.

The acreage that would be added in the proposed update is already owned by King County Parks; no new land would be purchased as a result of the proposed action.

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Help shape future look of King County’s new 730-acre Cougar/Squak Corridor Park

June 14, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 14, 2015

Learn about Cougar/Squak Corridor Park, hear draft recommendations for park uses and amenities, and share your ideas about the park’s future at a June 17 public meeting, sponsored by King County Parks.

Set from 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Eagle Room at Issaquah City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way, the meeting will include information from King County Parks Division representatives about the 730-acre park and draft recommendations about uses, according to a county news release. At a community meeting in May, participants generated ideas for uses and amenities in the park, and the draft recommendations reflect that input.

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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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Public invited to discuss uses for King County’s Cougar/Squak Corridor Park

May 25, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 25, 2015

Come to a May 27 public meeting to learn about King County’s Cougar/Squak Corridor Park, and share ideas for future uses and amenities in the park.

The meeting is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Issaquah Middle School commons, 400 Second Ave. S.E. King County Parks Division employees will provide information about the 730-acre park and gather ideas from the community about uses and amenities at the park, which was recently expanded by more than 200 acres.

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Tent City 4 camps outside Issaquah while awaiting word on next home

March 17, 2015

After being turned down for a permit to take their encampment to county-owned property in Issaquah, Tent City 4 set up camp March 14 on state-owned property off Interstate 90’s exit 20.

In a press release dated March 13, a spokesperson for King County said the original site south of Issaquah was not a suitable location for Tent City 4, a camp of about 40 homeless men and women, for several reasons.

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Parking lot, trail access for Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park open

January 20, 2015

The popular Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park now has more parking and better access, according to a King County Parks partnership project news release.

Work has been completed on the new 74-space parking lot at the corner of Southeast Duthie Hill Road and Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road that will serve as the main access point for the mountain bike park. The lot opened Jan. 17, and will be open daily from dawn to dusk, unless otherwise posted.

The lot includes spaces for two truck-and-trailer combinations, a drop-off zone and restrooms. A new, quarter-mile connector trail has also been built that links the new lot to park’s southern entrance on Southeast Issaquah-Fall City Road. The trail provides park users with a safe, dedicated path. Read more

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Third Cougar Mountain Trail Run is July 12

July 8, 2014

The third of five events in the Cougar Mountain Trail Run series is July 12.

Runners can choose to participate in a 10- or 20-mile course, or a 5K, that loops through some of Cougar Mountain’s 36 miles of trails.

Co-produced by Northwest Trail Runs and the Seattle Running Club, the race benefits King County Parks, with more than $126,000 raised since its inception.

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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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Second Cougar Mountain run is Saturday

June 10, 2014

The second Cougar Mountain Trail Run is at 9 a.m. June 14.

This second event in the series features 8- and 13-mile options in the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, through lush forest, fern-lined single-track, over hills and along marshes.

The series has raised more than $126,000 for King County Parks and contributed many hundreds of hours of trail work. The Seattle Running Club and Northwest Trail Runs is working to make this 12th annual event bigger and better.

The series runs the second Saturday of each month through the summer. The next races are July 12 and Aug. 9.

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