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County in 10-year deal with popular dog wash at Marymoor

by Matt Rosenberg October 3rd, 2012

If you’ve been glad to give your muddy, happily exhausted canine a good sudsy hosing at Wash Spot Express in King County’s Marymoor Park in Redmond after a romp in the “Doggy Disneyland” off-leash area there, you’ll be pleased to learn the company and the county are likely to be inking a new 10-year concession agreement before the end of this year. The proposed pact and an accompanying letter of endorsement from County Executive Dow Constantine have been transmitted to the county council. The dog wash on park property is adjacent to the west parking lot and the popular 40-acre Marymoor off-leash facility. Because the partnership formed in 2007 has worked out well for the county and Bothell-based Wash Spot LLC, says the agreement, it should be extended until 2022. If expected approval is granted by the King County Council later this year, Wash Spot Express’ monthly rent under the new agreement will be $1,050 and the company will pay the county 10 percent of all monthly income above and beyond the first $8,000 earned per month.

Puyallup council likely to ban electric dog leashes

by Matt Rosenberg September 30th, 2012

Following several months of investigation, the Puyallup City Council Tuesday night is poised to give approval to an ordinance that electronic dog leashes and collars don’t meet its code requirements to keep dogs under control in public. A city staff memo to the council explains explains the backdrop. Earlier this year, as The Tacoma News Tribune reported, resident Terry Nelson asked the city for clarification after he was fined for not using a leash on his two dogs in Wildwood Park, although he was using an electronic leash. The fines of more than $500 per dog, were later dropped, and the city agreed to dig into possible code revisions. The ordinance Tuesday is a “first reading” of the proposed final policy, which with majority backing could then immediately advance to a second reading and final approval – or be held for a final vote at a following meeting, depending on the council’s inclination.

This Is Your Land: On Lummi Mountain – The Video

by Matt Rosenberg September 24th, 2012

Lummi Island is the northeastern-most of the San Juan islands in Washington State, and is reached via a small car ferry operated by Whatcom County. It’s a lovely, quiet place and public lands to visit include numerous shorelines and beaches plus several nature reserves overseen by the Lummi Island Heritage Trust. One such excursion, not to be missed, is the 1.6 mile hike – with a 1,056 foot elevation gain – on Lummi Mountain in the Baker Preserve. It goes to the scenic lookout over Rosario Strait and the San Juans. I had a chance to do that this summer. Here’s the video.

More from the Lummi island Heritage Trust on the Baker Preserve’s history.

In 2007, Lummi Island Heritage Trust, the San Juan Preservation Trust, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife succeeded in permanently protecting the 435 acre Baker Ranch on the west side of Lummi Island. This conservation partnership raised the $3.67 million necessary to complete the project with the help of Heritage Trust and Preservation Trust members, state and federal grants, and a league of private donors.

The Baker Ranch was one of the largest and most visible unprotected shoreline properties in the San Juan Islands. The Ranch includes a diverse mix of old growth and mature forest, grassy balds, wetlands, farmland, and over one mile of saltwater shoreline. Today, conservation easements limit development of the 435 acre property and ensure permanent protection of the land’s natural values. The San Juan Preservation Trust holds conservation easements on 355 acres and the Department of Fish and Wildlife holds a conservation easement on the remainder of the property.

The entrance for hikers is on Seacrest Drive on Lummi island, about one-third of a mile south of Sunrise Road. No dogs allowed on the trail.

For a meadowlands walk on Lummi Island with views of Mount Baker some sixty miles east on the mainland in the North Cascades, explore the Heritage Trust’s Curry Preserve.


Map/directions to Lummi Island Ferry; ferry schedule.

This Is Your Land: Melakwa Lake – The video,” Public Data Ferret.

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This is your land: Melakwa Lake, the video

by Matt Rosenberg September 19th, 2012

Washington State is blessed with a wide range of public lands upon which to hike and a lot of them seem to reside within the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Only 45 minutes east of Seattle off Interstate 90 at Exit 47 is the signed route to the Denny Creek campground and the Denny Creek Trailhead #1014, which after a mile-and-a-third to a popular natural water slide continues on three-plus miles further to a beautiful alpine spot called Melakwa Lake. Total distance up is 4.7 miles and the elevation gain is a vigorous but not absurdly challenging 2,300 feet. I hiked up there last Saturday, and here’s the video. More details on the hike, and directions from the Washington Trails Association. It’s one of ten they recommend within the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

Here’s my cosmic, wordless take:


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  • Washington State Parks ranks high in visits, vs. U.S. peers

    by Matt Rosenberg August 27th, 2012

    Washington State Parks ranked sixth out of 50 systems for combined day and overnight visitors, according to the 2012 Annual Information Exchange report prepared for the National Association of State Parks Directors (NASPD) by researchers at North Carolina State University. It is the most recent available; the next version will be published early next year. It shows that despite having just 120,555 acres, less than half the average for state parks systems nationwide, Washington State Parks from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011 drew 38.8 million patrons, more than any other states except California, New York, Ohio, Oregon and Illinois.

    City to expand U District park, but overpaying for property?

    by Matt Rosenberg August 5th, 2012

    Under an ordinance set for approval Monday August 6, the Seattle City Council would authorize the spending of $967,617 in 2008 city parks levy funds to expand the tiny pocket park called Christie Park in the University District. Once the city completes the acquisition of a neighboring house at 4257 9th Ave. N.E. that is currently rented to University of Washington students and demolishes the structure to double the size of the 5,000 square foot park, Seattle’s government will be poised to receive a $500,000 reimbursement via a Conservation Futures grant tentatively approved by King County, according to a city staff fiscal note on the project. But the house that the city would buy for $795,000 as part of the project, is assessed for 2012 taxes at a value of just $480,000 by King County and has an estimated market value of not more than $600,000, according to a variety of informal estimates from real estate sources.

    Woodinville to OK local wine, beer sales at city park concerts

    by Matt Rosenberg April 2nd, 2012

    Come this summer in Woodinville, it won’t just be wineries such as Chateau St. Michele reaping the fiscal harvest of concert crowds drawn by the unbeatable combination of smooth Syrah and samba, or Cabernet and cool jazz. The Woodinville City Council is set to give final approval Tuesday night to a resolution green-lighting beverage sales by local wineries and breweries at the city’s revamped summer concert series in its landmark Wilmot Gateway Park. Through it runs the Sammamish River Trail which is used by bikers, joggers and walkers and connects to the Burke-Gilman trail.