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.
Si View Metropolitan Park District was formed in 2003 when the historic Si View Community Center and Pool faced closure by King County due to budget shortfall. As an independent, regional unit of government similar to a fire, hospital or school district, formation of the District allows local control of Si View Park, Pool and Community Center. The District covers approximately 17,300 acres or 27 square miles, including the city of North Bend and Fire District 38, in unincorporated King County. A five member Board of Commissioners govern the District. Commissioners serve six-year staggered terms and are the legislative body responsible for adopting the District budget and developing goals, policies and regulations which guide the District’s future.
Si View Metropolitan Park District strives to enhance the quality of life for residents in Snoqualmie Valley through recreation programs and parks. With a historic Community Center, indoor pool, multiuse sports fields, picnic shelter and playgrounds, Si View is the only such regional recreational facility serving as the social, cultural and educational hub in the community. The District operates an extensive array of recreation programs connecting with residents of all ages and abilities. Additionally, seasonal activities bring the community together for events such as the North Bend Farmers Market and Summer Concert Series, Festival at Mount Si, Theater in the Park, Harvest Festival and Si View Holiday Bazaar. In 2016, nearly 166,000 visitors were served through Si View programs and events! Some of the more popular activities include swim lessons, youth recreational basketball leagues, before & after school programs, and summer camps. Through partnerships and cooperative arrangements, the District actively manages, operates and schedules nearly 900 acres of parkland in the upper Snoqualmie Valley. In all, this system of parks, programs and trails supports a range of active and passive recreation experiences.
The District has earned strong community support, and continues to work hard to improve the quality of life for residents by investing in parks infrastructure. Since 2005, over $10 million has been dedicated to facility and park improvements to ensure facilities are ready to serve today’s community as well as future generations. The historic Si View Community Center has been rehabilitated, Si View Park renovated with new playgrounds, sports fields and amenities, Tollgate Farm Park developed with trails, playground and amenities, and the Tollgate Farmhouse rehabilitation initiated. These improvements have been possible through the generous support of the community at the ballot box, collaborative partnerships with neighboring agencies, successful grant proposals and fiscally responsible planning by the District. The District’s Comprehensive Plan has recently been updated, establishing a path forward for enabling and enhancing high quality, community-driven parks, trails, open spaces and recreational opportunities.
Through a collaborative partnership, the District is working with the City of North Bend to build a new community bike park at the Torguson Athletic Complex in North Bend. With tracks for all levels of riders, this project will also enhance the southwest entrance area with improved walking paths, seating areas and signage. Other future projects include interior rehabilitation work on the historic Tollgate Farmhouse, an agricultural feasibility study of Tollgate Farm, trail extension from Tollgate Park to Snoqualmie Valley Trail and improvements to the existing restroom facilities at Torguson Park.
The District is guided by community input, including surveys, feedback from patrons and public meetings. Your input is greatly valued and welcome. Please call (425) 831-1900 to contact us for more information.
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!