Good things are worth the wait. Isn’t that the saying? In the case of Snoqualmie’s newest park in the Eagle Point neighborhood, and speaking as a former Snoqualmie Parks Board member, it is.
More than six years after the design plans were first shown to (and then approved by) the Parks Board, construction has started on Snoqualmie’s new Jeanne Hansen Community Park at 34226 SE Jacobia Street on Snoqualmie Ridge. (The housing recession slowed growth in Snoqualmie, which delayed the park.)
The park, roughly the size of Snoqualmie’s large Community Park adjacent Cascade View Elementary, was named to honor former Snoqualmie Mayor Jeanne Hansen, who served from 1988 through 1995, and was mayor during the early discussions and the decision to develop the Snoqualmie Ridge master-planned community.
The 16-acre park will feature two synthetic turf sports fields (a first at a Snoqualmie park); a tennis court; a walking track; soft-surface nature trails; two playgrounds; a picnic shelter with barbecues; a concession stand; restrooms; and parking. A third sports field may be added at a future date.
Jeanne Hansen Community Park will be one of three primary athletic complexes in Snoqualmie, along with Centennial Fields and Snoqualmie Community Park. The new park will boast sweeping views of the Snoqualmie Valley and provide much-needed practice space for growing, local athletic associations.
The City of Snoqualmie will host an official public groundbreaking ceremony on August 22, 2013, at 3:00PM. Once the park is completed next year, a formal grand opening will be held.
The housing developer of the Eagle Point neighborhood, the Pulte Group, is constructing the new park. Once completed, the City of Snoqualmie will maintain it.