Northwest NEWS

December 21, 1998

Local News

Money from trees will go back to parks

by Woodinville Weekly staff

   KINGSGATE--A grove of tall trees in Kingsgate that had become hazardous will be cut down, but proceeds from their sale will benefit local parks.

   Last week, Seattle City Light crews began removing about four dozen of the 90-foot tall trees at King County's East Norway Hill Park. City Light considered them a potential line-downing hazard.

   But instead of being left to rot, or cut up for firewood, the timber will be sold to a salvage operation. The King County Parks Department will use money from the sale to improve Kingsgate area parks.

   Parks Spokesman Al Dams estimated the county would get several thousand dollars for the logs. City Light will also give the county vouchers for an equal number of replacement trees.

   "This is a great example of how to make the best of a safety and reliability improvement," said County Council Chair Louise Miller. "Seattle City Light protects their power lines and the electricity that flows to the area, the King County Park System gets replacement trees, and local parks are improved for the benefit of the Kingsgate community."

   Specific park improvements will be determined after the timber fee is negotiated, but could include benches, interpretive signage, or play equipment. In addition to East Norway Hill Park which borders NE 124th St., Woodmoor Elementary, and the Tolt River Pipeline, there are a handful of other parks in the area. At 26 acres, East Norway is mainly open space and trails.