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,…

Dockton Park: Dock Closure


Attention boaters! We’re sad to say that as of March 2019, the marina at Dockton Park on Maury Island is (mostly) closed until further notice. In order to protect public safety, King County Parks closed the floating piers, including the breakwater and finger piers, for all use. A small area of the main dock structure…

Big Backyard 5K 2019 in photos


Ok. We did it. 10th annual Big Backyard 5K presented by Kaiser Permanente. We even added a 10k and commemorative medals to celebrate this milestone year. And this is 10 years, in a row, of thanking you all for your support! 10 years of raising funds to support the maintenance and operations of your King…