The King County Conservation Corps is a partnership between King County’s Solid Waste Division, Department of Local Services, and Millionair Club Charity. Under the agreement, five-person crews provide services on weekdays in the urban unincorporated areas.
In the Department of Local Services’ first year, residents and businesses told us that removing graffiti and improving public spaces in neighborhood commercial areas is important for economic development.
Since the Conservation Corps began work last autumn, work crews have done more than 84 work events in White Center and Skyway. They picked up well over a thousand pieces of garbage, including needles and biohazards, and removed graffiti—providing some much-needed love to neglected areas.
“I’ve lived in this area for over 20 years and bring my family up all the time to get ice cream. It’s such a vast difference in how clean, safe, and more inviting the street feels since the crews have been working there,” said Chad Hiner, Burien-White Center resident.
Under the pilot program, Local Services manages the project’s operations and Solid Waste serves as the primary resourcing agency. $125,000 in funding will cover the project through spring 2020, including the contract workers’ pay of $18-$20/hour.