Parks Specialist Anthony Haapasaari awarded Polish Armed Forces Medal

Anthony Haapasaari is a Parks Specialist with King County Parks’ South Trails Crew, and he recently received the Polish Armed Forces Medal during a visit to Seattle by Major General Cezary Wiśniewski, Defence Attaché at the Embassy of the Polish Republic in Washington D.C. “Receiving this award was a very humbling experience,” said Haapasaari. “It recognizes the work I have been doing at public events and military ceremonies here in Seattle and Vancouver, Canada to commemorate and increase awareness and appreciation of the heroic – yet little known – contributions of the… Read More

Kudos! to Parks and Metro for Trailhead Direct recognitions in Seattle Magazine

Seattle Magazine ran a great Northwest Travel and Outdoors feature story covering Parks’ and Metro’s Trailhead Direct program. With the support of sponsors REI Co-op and Clif Bar, and many partners throughout the region, Trailhead Direct eases vehicle congestion, reduces safety hazards and expands access to hiking destinations along I-90. Seattle Magazine’s piece provides a great overview, a little bit of history, a few impressive KPIs, and news that the program is gaining the attention of other municipalities. Kudos, Parks and Metro!

Employees recognized for service by Executive, Council

Congratulations to all of the employees who were recognized at Monday’s Service Awards ceremony in County Council chambers:  

Parks employee competes in 2018 Special Olympics USA Games

Rama ‘RJT’ Tall has been a King County employee since 1990 as a Parks Specialist with the Department of Natural Resources and Parks. He is also one of the employee athletes who represented the State of Washington during the Seattle- and King County-hosted 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. Like Metro’s Jonathan Leckband, featured in Employee News leading up to the games, RJT competed on the soccer field. He and his manager, Parks District Maintenance Coordinator Gary Brown, shared some of RJT’s story before the games began. “I’ve been playing soccer since 1987,”… Read More

King County #RiseWithUs highlights

Dear Athletes, Coaches, Family Members, Volunteers, Games Partners, Supporters of the Games, and Greater Seattle Community: Thank you! The 2018 USA Games said, ‘Rise with Us’ and you did – with open hearts and minds. You were magnificent hosts. Chairman Tim Shriver, Special Olympics International Over the first week of this month, we hosted approximately 4,000 athletes and coaches, 15,000 volunteers and 70,000 spectators for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. We at King County also were the athletes, the coaches, the volunteers, and the spectators – and more! Rama ‘RJT’ Tall… Read More

Kudos! to Public Health’s Dr. Matt Golden

Public Health HIV/STD Program Director Matt Golden, M.D., M.P.H. received the annual Nettie Award from Beyond AIDS for leading the first successful North American campaign to reach the UNAIDS goal of 90-90-90 by 2020. Dr. Golden is the first in the United States to be granted the award! Read more on our 90-90-90 accomplishment on Public Health Insider. Thank you, Public Health! Kudos, Dr. Golden!

Kudos! to Metro driver Michael Mackay

Zachary Cohn @ZacharyCohn gave props on Twitter Friday to one of our many great Metro drivers, after being impressed with how Michael Mackay avoided a potential accident: Props to @kcmetrobus driver of e line bus 6202 today at 1150. someone pulled out in front of him on Aurora. He slammed on the brakes, leaned on the horn, expertly avoided an accident, then calmly reached for the radio to apologize for the inconvenience and ensure riders were ok. Thank you, Zachary Cohn, and Kudos, Michael!

King County: #RiseWithUs

Welcome 2018 Special Olympics USA Games! Let me win. But, if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.  – Special Olympics Athlete Oath During the July 1-6 Seattle- and King County-hosted games, more than 4,000 athletes and coaches representing each state and the District of Columbia will compete in 14 team and individual sports “in the best sports facilities in the greater Seattle region including the University of Washington, Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University, King County Parks’ Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, Willows Run Golf Club, Celebration Park, Angle… Read More

Kudos! to EcoConsumer for offering Repair Events – inclusively

EcoConsumer joined forces with Univision Seattle to get the word out to everyone about our great King County Repair Events! EcoConsumer’s creativity and media outreach continue to impress and serve the residents of King County well. Thank You, Paula Lamas and Univision Seattle! Kudos, EcoConsumer!

Kudos! to Deputy Joshua Lanich, King County Sheriff’s Office, for restoring faith in humanity!

Donna Wright sent a great, public Thank You tweet to Deputy Lanich of the King County Sheriff’s Office for his assistance Friday in helping an incapacitated driver who had driven the wrong way onto a freeway ramp. “…such an inspiring example of what a public servant should be … you restored my faith in humanity. Thank you for your professionalism and your service!” Thank you, Donna! Kudos, Deputy Lanich!