Sims calls for more park transfers

SNOQUALMIE VALLEY - A large swath of the Three Forks Natural Area could be transferred to Snoqualmie by the end of this year under a proposal from King County Executive Ron Sims - the latest in a string of plans to reduce the number of parks and recreation facilities the county operates.

The Three Forks Natural Area was identified in Sims' proposal, released Thursday, July 18, as one of 21 parks and recreation facilities located in incorporated areas whose ownership should be transferred to their respective cities.

"The county will continue working with cities to transfer facilities within city boundaries and potential annexation areas. Local, in-city facilities not transferred will be mothballed beginning Jan. 1, 2003," Sims' proposal states.

Transferring 164 acres of the 418-acre Three Forks Natural Area would be in addition to recent efforts to have North Bend assume ownership of the Si View Community Center and pool.

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