We told you about this partnership last month – between the City of North Bend, Si View Metropolitan Park District, King County and the Trust for Public Land – that is allowing for nearly 32 acres of Rattlesnake Mountain to be preserved as a park for conservation, recreation and education.
Things are moving forward and Si View Parks now has a website page dedicated to the new, future park.
This piece of Rattlesnake Mountain is located south of I-90 at Exit 31 in North Bend, and contains high quality environmental features including mature forests, wetlands, creeks, steep topography and glacial erratic rock features.
According to Si View, the land was slated to become a large-scale housing development, including single family and multifamily homes and associated infrastructure. The acreage becoming a park is [in part] attributed to the longtime property owners, the Gardiner/Tennant family, who have been North Bend residents since the mid-1800s and owned the property since 1883.
The family owned the land with Heartland, LLC and together they brought a vision of preservation and enhancement for the site, helping make the acquisition a reality.
Si View says the acquisition of this land parcel will ensure contiguous public ownership connecting the community of North Bend with Rattlesnake Mountain. The partnership will preserve the healthy ecosystem, provide enhanced recreational opportunities and strengthen the preservation along the Mountains to Sound Greenway of I-90.
The low impact community park will contain trails, a King County trailhead, conserved areas, and environmental education opportunities.
The Mountains to Sound Greenway, Washington Department of Natural Resources, and Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance (EMBA) have been critical partners in supporting the project. EMBA has also pledged to donate volunteer hours to construct and maintain multi-use trails designed to accommodate mountain bikes.
Note: Bike trails developed on the site will be in keeping with the Conservation Futures grant funding source conditions that allow for only low-impact, passive recreation.
Time to “Name This Park”
Si View is asking residents to help name North Bend’s newest park – a chance to leave your mark for years to come.
Entries are accepted until 5PM, June 1st, 2017. Suggestions for park names must not infringe on any trademarks or licensed products. Submissions should be one to three word names that are concise and distinctive from a regional standpoint.
All entries must be submitted online. A selection committee with representatives from all project partner groups will review and select the park’s new name from entries received. That new park name will be announced on June 9th, 2017.
Submit your park name HERE.