The mission of the Si View Metropolitan Park District is to work in partnership with the Community to preserve historic Si View Park and provide opportunities to enhance the quality of life through the facilitation of recreation programs and parks in the Snoqualmie Valley.
When King County closed ten parks and pools in 2002 due to budget constraints, Si View Community Center was one of them. The community clearly did not want to see the facility go unused, and quickly took action. On February 4, 2003 the residents of the City of North Bend and the surrounding unincorporated areas had the opportunity to re-open Si View by forming a Metropolitan Park District. The election results were overwhelming! 72% voted in favor of forming the park district and assuming ownership of Si View Park. The Si View Metropolitan Park District Commissioners signed an Interlocal Agreement with King County transferring ownership of the Si View Community Center and Pool to the Park District on May 21, 2003, and a new era began for Si View Park, as the community center finally belongs to. . . our community!
2013 marked the end of the first decade as an independent locally governed park district, with many reasons to celebrate. From the beginning, the district has been guided by community input through studies and surveys. Careful thought has been put in planning and building a long term vision. Program offerings have exploded through the roof, now including over 300 activities per year. Participation numbers have consistently increased each year, and more than tripled in the last five years. A six year comprehensive plan nears completion, and a community needs assessment has been completed to help us update the master plan. Si View Park has been renovated, the exterior restored, and the community center interior is about to get a major remodel in 2015. We have also partnered with city of North Bend to develop and maintain a new community park at Tollgate Farm.
2013 marked a significant milestone for the historic Si View Community Center. The facility celebrated its 75th year as it was built in 1938, during the Great Depression. President Roosevelt approved Works Progress Administration funding for construction labor and King County funded the construction materials for the community center, swimming pool, tennis court and other recreational facilities to be built in North Bend, at Si View Park.
Then, as now, the center served as the heart of the community. Funded by King County Parks and Recreation department and operated by Si View Recreation Board, early activities included a variety of programs for all ages from swimming, sports leagues and tournaments, adult dance and craft classes to community wide fundraising and special events. Some of the most popular activities (based on The Valley Record news archives) have included men’s basketball leagues, badminton, youth basketball, tennis tournaments, floor hockey, and “Slimnastics” water fitness classes for women.
As the community grew and programs expanded, the facility’s interior saw remodeling projects from time to time in order to better serve the community needs. In 1984 Si View Community Center was designated as a King County Landmark for its significance as a WPA era construction project preserving the center for generations to come. The recent roofing and siding of Si View Community Center showcases the facility’s historic value bringing it back to its early glory days with products that replicate the original look but meet today’s stringent building standards.
Despite of growth in Valley population and facility user groups, Si View has faced several funding related service cuts and even facility closures over the years. Each time however, it is evident that Si View Park was, as it is today, at the heart of the community, as the community has rallied support to keep the center’s doors open in these situations including 1961, 1975, 2002, and as recently as 2011.
We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with the Community to preserve historic Si View Park and provide opportunities to enhance the quality of life through the facilitation of recreation programs and parks in the Snoqualmie Valley for generations to come!