Winter Weather Safety


With winter weather kicking up in the Puget Sound region, King County Parks urges all trail visitors to practice safety when venturing out on any of our trails, both our paved regional trails and backcountry trails. Windy days can bring falling tree branches and other debris that can block a trail. When walking or hiking,…

Your Big Backyard is Getting Bigger


King County Parks had a busy year making good on the levy promise to bring 2,700 acres into the King County system by 2020. By the time 2019 rolls around, Parks will be on the lookout for a mere 500 more acres to reach the goal. As an added bonus, scooping up lands happens to…

Nature getting in the way of your parks?


Wind. Pfff. KC Parks staff ain’t skeered. Crews have been at windfall for days. We have trees down from Vashon to Enumclaw. Sammamish River Trail to Pinnacle Peak. We on it. Should you happen across any issues, we have not already addressed, please hit us up on SeeClickFix. It geolocates the location. You can post…

Happy #OptOutside


#OptOutside While #optoutside started as a way to change behaviors on Black Friday, it’s bigger than one single day. It’s a choice you  make every day. You’ve heard it before: being outside is good for you. Good for your health. Good for your attitude. Spend some time taking care of yourself . . . instead…

Forest Stewardship 101


While your own yard might benefit from a simple raking, King County’s forests require a little bit more attention. Why not let nature take its course? Many of the 26,000 acres of forestland owned by King County Parks used to be timber plantations and weren’t managed to be forest habitat. These forests tend to be…