On Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023, the King County Council approved a Parks Capital and Open Space Grant of $800,000 for the development of East Hill North Community Park and an Open Space – River Corridors Grant of $200,000 to the city of Kent for habitat restoration at Boeing Rock Park. 

For the East Hill North Community Park Development project, the City of Kent will create a community park with open space, restrooms, shelters, and a community gathering area to expand and improve recreation opportunities for underserved areas of Kent and surrounding communities.

At Boeing Rock Park, the city will conduct a feasibility study, planning, and outreach for Boeing Rock Park to restore salmon habitat, reduce flood risk, and enhance recreation.

“It’s a rare and exciting opportunity to build a new community park from scratch,” said King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove. “I’m thrilled that King County was able to partner with the city of Kent on this project and I can’t wait for the neighborhood to experience these facilities.”

The Parks Capital and Open Space Grants and the Open Space – River Corridors Grants are competitive grant programs are part of the voter-approved 2020-2025 Parks Levy and seeks to assist eligible entities with open space acquisition, active recreation, passive recreation, and local trails.

In August 2019, King County residents overwhelmingly supported the ballot a proposition authorizing a six-year property tax levy estimated to raise $810 million to support parks and open space throughout the County.

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