SEATTLE (AP) -- King County Executive Dow Constantine has announced an agreement to buy a controversial gravel mine on Maury Island in the Puget Sound for $36 million and turn the site into a county park.

The agreement ends a years of dispute over the mine's expansion, which environmentalists fought over concerns about damage to critical shoreline habitat.

Glacier Northwest had planning for over a decade to mine up to 2 million tons of sand and gravel a year. It also planned to build a steel dock.

Constantine says the $15 million of the $36 million comes from the Legislature. Another $19 million is from the county and more than $2 million will be privately raised.

The county expects the park to have hiking trails, kayak access and picnic shelters.

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