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King County Parks, located in Washington State, took top honors for their eco-friendly cargo camping containers.

When was the last time your camping experience included staying in a repurposed cargo container? King County Parks’ popular cargo container-turned-camping structure at Tolt-MacDonald Park near Carnation has been honored with the “Spotlight Award for Innovative Facility” from the Washington Recreation and Parks Association.

The camping container has been a hit with visitors to Tolt-MacDonald Park and Campground since its installation among the tall trees and near the west bank of the Snoqualmie River.

Campers have enjoyed the comfort and convenience of the container, including a double/single futon bunk and a futon cot-sized chair that converts to a bed.
Radiant heat, LED lighting, a table and bench set, and food storage are among the additional indoor features, while outside there is a deck, picnic table and fire pit.

Developed in partnership with the King County Solid Waste Division Green Tools program, the cargo camping container has been retrofitted with sustainable and recycled materials throughout the design. The work resulted in a facility that achieved the highest “Platinum” rating on the King County Sustainable Scorecard.

Published in the June 2014 Edition of American Recycler News