Notes from the field: Day of Caring Wrap-up


Today’s guest plogger is Charlie Wakenshaw from our Volunteer Program Last Friday, Sept 13, was United Way Day of Caring, a day we look forward to all year because it brings members of our community together to lend support for the public lands we all share. In partnership with the United Way of King County,…

Our parks = their schools


This post is part of a series featuring grantees of the King County Parks Community Partnerships and Grants Program. Now that September has arrived, Tiny Trees kids are headed back to school.. in our parks! About 100 kids attend preschool each day in Five Mile Lake Park, Big Finn Hill Park, and Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland…

The Forest Next Door


Mike and Donna Brathovde are uniquely situated to experience King County Parks’ forest stewardship activities. Since 1976, they’ve lived next to what is now known as Ravensdale Retreat Natural Area, a 145-acre forested park near Maple Valley and Black Diamond in south King County. But we’ll get to Mike and Donna in a moment. Ravensdale…

Local food, music and fun at CHOMP!


CHOMP! returns to King County’s Marymoor Park on Saturday, Aug. 17, showcasing local food, green living workshops and activities for the whole family – and it’s FREE to attend. Music performers this year include legendary soul singer Mavis Staples, The Black Tones, Caspar Babypants, and more! Join us as we celebrate all that is fresh,…

Your summer event line-up is here!


Sun is out, school is out…now what? Don’t worry, at King County Parks, we’ve got you covered with a great summer line-up of events happening in our parks for the whole family to enjoy. So, grab your calendar and fill it up with all the fun! Big Backyard MoviesBring your low-backed chairs, blankets and snacks,…