Dow Constantine: Renewing our commitment to King County's parks, trails and open space

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Dow Constantine
King County Executive
Dow Constantine is the King County Executive. The King County Council has approved placing the King County Parks Levy on the August ballot. 

The levy is for a six-year term and is a renewal of an existing levy. See previous article for levy impact in north King county.

No matter how much we grow and change around here, some things stay the same. Our love of parks, forests, and streams. Our belief that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy them. Our values that guide us to support investments that make us a stronger, healthier, and happier community.

That's why voters have approved the King County Parks Levy three times since 2003. The current levy -- which expires at the end of the year -- supports 200 parks, 175 miles of regional trails, and 28,000 acres of open space.

I recently announced my plan to renew the Parks Levy so that we can make these special places accessible to more people in our rapidly growing region.

For about $2 more per month for the owner of a home valued at $500,000, we will:
  • Expand and connect our regional trails
  • Purchase new equipment for play areas
  • Replace aging ballfields
  • Improve popular trails such as the East Lake Sammamish Trail and finish others, including the Lake to Sound Trail in South King County
  • Provide more parking and restrooms at trailheads
  • Repair trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding
  • Improve access to parks, green space, and recreation
  • Help Seattle Aquarium construct its new Ocean Pavilion
  • Help Woodland Park Zoo expand its conservation and environmental education program for underserved youth.

All of these projects will contribute to the quality of life we enjoy, but this is more than a collection of investments. It reflects the values of our region, a place where we protect and restore our forests and rivers. A place that fights for clean air and water. A place that is at the forefront of the effort to confront climate change.

This is our generation's opportunity to protect and expand the places we enjoy today so future generations may do the same. This is our moment.

Thank you, as always, for the opportunity to serve.


Dow Constantine
King County Executive


Jim Hutter April 28, 2019 at 3:27 AM  

Once again our great leadership asks for more money for everything but the basic necessity facing our region. CLEAN WATER FOR OUR CREEKS, STREAMS, and LAKES from roads, highways and parking lots.
Our leaders need to quit kicking the can down the road for another generation.

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