Jeanne Hansen Park may have been plagued by opening delays in 2014-2015 – including a grand opening celebration held six months before it officially opened – but once the fences came down, it has been heavily used by both neighbors and sporting leagues.
And it seems its design has also been noticed – at a state level.
This week the City of Snoqualmie announced that the Washington Recreation & Parks Association recognized Jeanne Hansen Community Park with a Spotlight Award in the Outdoor Spaces category.
City of Snoqualmie Parks Crew Chief Larry White described the park as a story of successful collaboration. He said, “Without the combined efforts of a variety of stakeholders, the park would not have been completed as we see it today.”
The City of Snoqualmie and PulteGroup collaborated to install two synthetic soccer fields instead of the original plans for two turf soccer fields. Then a financial contribution of $168,000 by the Snoqualmie Valley Youth Soccer Association allowed for a third grass field, rather than a natural field that would be largely unusable.
The multi-use park is one of three athletic complexes in Snoqualmie, along with Centennial Fields and Snoqualmie Community Park. Jeanne Hansen Park totals 16 acres and features two synthetic turf fields, one grass field, a picnic shelter, a tennis court, two playgrounds, a running track, soft-surface nature trails, a concession stand, and restrooms.
It was completed in the spring of 2015 and is named in honor of former Snoqualmie Mayor Jeanne Hansen, who was instrumental in making the development of the Snoqualmie Ridge master-planned community possible.
The park sits at a high point of Snoqualmie Ridge has spectacular views of Mount Rainier to the south with the Cascade Mountains to the east.