County adopts plan to preserve parks, open space

June 22, 2010

King County Council members last week approved the Open Space Plan, the document behind county acquisition, development, funding, management and stewardship of undeveloped land across King County.

The document helps the county to be eligible for federal and state grants, including funds from the state Recreation and Conservation Office. The council adopted the plan in a unanimous decision June 14.

The plan places emphasis on the regional role of the county in parks and open space, as well as the role the parks fill in rural areas. The plan reflects the changes the county parks division has undergone in recent years, and advances goals in the areas of equity and social justice, backcountry trails and forest management, climate change and biodiversity.

Officials last revised the plan in 2004. King County Parks and Recreation — the agency updating the plan — tends to natural areas and forests, in addition to 200 parks and 175 miles of trails, spread across 26,000 acres.

County seeks comments on plan to preserve open space

April 17, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. April 17, 2010

King County leaders want input on the future of open space.

The county continues to work on updates to the Open Space Plan, the document behind county acquisition, development, funding, management and stewardship of undeveloped land across King County. The document helps the county to be eligible for federal and state grants, like those from the state Recreation and Conservation Office.

Under rules established in the State Environmental Policy Act, the plan must be reviewed. The state OK’d the draft April 8. The county will accept comments on the environmental review until 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

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