Exec bikes Cedar River Trail, meets with employees 

King County Executive Dow Constantine recently rode 10 miles on Cedar River Trail, a 17.4-mile paved multi-use trail that runs along Cedar River from Landsburg to Lake Washington, as part of his 100 miles in 100 days through King County Parks.  On the way back, he stopped at Cavanaugh Pond where King County staff updated him on a major floodplain project that will protect property and improve salmon habitat.  “We are very fortunate in this region to have those kinds of resources like a regional trail network, and those who came before us had… Read More

Volunteer in your community with King County 

Did you know that King County has many unique volunteer opportunities ranging from animal services to tackling climate change, and much more? Not only that, many employees can use up to three days of sick leave to give back to those causes.  Volunteering with King County is an opportunity to give back to causes right here in your community. Volunteer opportunities include planting trees as part of King County’s effort to plant 1 Million Trees by 2020 to reduce carbon pollution; volunteering with Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) or temporarily… Read More

The Water Taxi and Kitsap Fast Ferry will remain in service the week of July 22-28 

The King County Water Taxi and Kitsap Fast Ferry will remain in service the week of July 22-28. The scheduled temporary suspension of sailings on those dates has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date. The King County Water Taxi and Kitsap Fast Ferry look forward to providing service from the new facility as soon as work is completed. We apologize for the inconvenience and we will update you on changes as soon as possible.  You can also visit your Employee Transportation Program (ETP) for information about your transportation benefits as… Read More

Water Taxi and Kitsap Fast Ferries out of service July 22-28 for move to new terminal

UPDATED 7/18/2019 The Water Taxi and Kitsap Fast Ferry will remain in service the week of July 22-28 The King County Water Taxi and Kitsap Fast Ferry will remain in service the week of July 22-28. The scheduled temporary suspension of sailings on those dates has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date. The King County Water Taxi and Kitsap Fast Ferry look forward to providing service from the new facility as soon as work is completed. We apologize for the inconvenience and we will update you on changes… Read More

Be prepared for an earthquake

This morning’s magnitude 4.6 earthquake near Monroe, Wash., is a good reminder that we need to be prepared for an earthquake in our region. Our goal is to ensure the safety of our employees and continue to provide as many County services as possible in an emergency. Here are some general tips on earthquake preparedness at home and at work: Before an earthquake Predetermine safe places in your home where you could DROP, COVER, and HOLD, during an earthquake. This could include under a sturdy desk or table. At work, make sure… Read More

Exec meets with employees on visit to Steve Cox Memorial Park 

This spring and summer, King County Executive Dow Constantine is traveling 100 miles in 100 days through King County Parks, meeting many of the dedicated employees, partners, and volunteers who contribute to the region’s spectacular parks and trails.  He recently visited Steve Cox Memorial Park, a popular athletic complex located in White Center, named in honor of Sheriff Deputy Steve Cox, who was killed in the line of duty in 2006.  “Parks Coordinator Darlene Sellers led me on a tour of the historic gymnasium built in the 1930s where we offer the… Read More

Free admission: King County Employee Day at the races Sunday, July 21 

King County employees and one guest will receive free admission to Emerald Downs Racetrack Sunday, July 21 for the King County Express Stakes, which includes the Fiesta Premio Esmeralda. Employees must show their King County ID at any of the 12 gates, which will provide the employee and one guest tickets that include free admission, official program and tip sheet, and chips and soda. Children 17 and under get in free. In addition to this year’s King County Express Stakes, there will be the Mt. Rainier Stakes – the final prep race for the richest… Read More

Civics 101: King County (WA) Courts 

Because we so rarely go to court, it’s not surprising that people freely admit they don’t know the difference between Superior, District and Municipal Courts. In 6 minutes, we can change that! Take a listen. 

New passenger jet service begins at KCIA 

Crossposted from DES Express  On July 1, King County International Airport (KCIA) welcomed JetSuiteX to Seattle. The air carrier offers three flights daily to California’s Bay Area via Oakland International Airport. What makes JetSuiteX different is that it offers service similar to business class on a traditional airline at a fare that is competitive with economy class. JetSuiteX flies 30-seat Embraer ERJ-135 planes in a “2-1” arrangement, meaning every seat is on the aisle or by the window – no middle seats at all!  Read more from DES Express

New King County climate website 

The Climate Action Team has recently updated the County’s climate change website! The website highlights what climate change is, how it affects our region, how individuals and communities can act on climate, and how King County is taking action.   You can find useful information and materials on the Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP), Partnerships and Collaborations, Initiatives and Programs, and transcreated climate infographics in Spanish, Samoan, Chinese, and Arabic. We have also launched a new public input tool for the 2020 SCAP update.