Irony: Jeanne Hansen Park Closed Another Month after Thousands Attend Grand Opening Celebration

As the saying goes, Good Things are Worth Waiting For….

Eight years of planning and waiting, surviving a severe housing market recession and a year of construction, but the community will have to wait another month for the City of Snoqualmie to open its newest, and one of its largest, community parks.

After hosting a Grand Opening Celebration for Jeanne Hansen Community Park on September 6th – one that drew nearly 2,000 Valley residents – the City of Snoqualmie announced Monday, September 8th, that ironically, the new large park and athletic complex most likely won’t open until October.

The setback is attributed to construction delays, with several park features still to be completed, including final paving of the parking lot. Transportation shuttle buses were utilized for the Grand Opening event this past Saturday due the large crowd expected and the parking lot not being available.

 City administration is asking residents not to go past the gates or use the park until it officially opens in October.

About Jeanne Hansen Community Park

Located on one of the highest peaks of Snoqualmie Ridge in the Eagle Pointe neighborhood, 34226 SE Jacobia Street, the new 16-acre Jeanne Hansen Community Park features the city’s first synthetic turf sports fields (two of them), one grass sports field, tennis court, two kids’ playgrounds, a soft surface nature trail, a big picnic shelter with three barbecues and a concession stand. In addition, the new park also features expansive views of Valley below.

Crowds showed up for the grand opening celebration for Jeanne Hansen Park on September 6, 2014.

Crowds showed up for the grand opening celebration for Jeanne Hansen Park on September 6, 2014. Pic: Facebook

Unfinished tennis court at Jeanne Hansen Park is one of park components still to be completed. Pic: Facebook

Unfinished tennis court at Jeanne Hansen Park is one of park components still to be completed. Pic: Facebook

 

 

 

Comments

  1. I thought there were no plans for a basketball court at this park. I believe the unfinished picture is of the tennis court. It’s really too bad they aren’t doing both!

    • Danna McCall says

      Sorry Jen, I thought I fixed that typo in the picture description. It is a tennis court which the article stated, but the pic description didn’t match. I believe they can’t fit in everything sometimes at even the big parks. Like Snoqualmie Community Park has tennis and basketball courts, but only two fields. One of the biggest demands in the Valley right now is field space for soccer, football and lacrosse practices and games – so I believe that was why this park contains three fields vs. two like the other big park. Swenson Park contains the elements not at Jeanne Hansen Park – basketball courts and large baseball field. Sometimes they just can’t fit it all in at one park so they put different elements at other parks so that they all get utilized.

  2. My wife & I walked by the park last night hoping to check it out for the first time. 🙁
    Three other items sparked my interest while in the neighborhood. On the hill to the north there’s a stop work notice from the city of Snoqualmie.
    For several months now there’s been a public notice listing along side the road within the fenced construction zone.
    And lastly I spotted a new trail that must lead to Jeanne Hanson.
    bILL

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