Thanks to a strong partnership between the City of North Bend, Si View Metropolitan Park District, King County and the Trust for Public Land, 31.86 acres of Rattlesnake Mountain will be preserved in perpetuity providing conservation, recreation and education for all to enjoy.
This beautiful piece of Rattlesnake Mountain is located south of Interstate 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.
The partnership formed in an effort to purchase the property and preserve this healthy ecosystem, provide enhanced recreational opportunities and strengthen the preservation along the Mountains to Sound Greenway of Interstate 90.
The park will provide the citizens of North Bend and surrounding area a low impact community park containing trails, a King County trailhead, conserved areas, and environmental education opportunities.
The site was slated for development of a large scale housing development that would have included single family homes and multifamily homes and the associated infrastructure. The acquisition of this parcel will ensure contiguous public ownership connecting the community of North Bend with Rattlesnake Mountain.
The success of this acquisition is equally attributed to the property owners who came with a vision of preservation and enhancement for the site. The Gardiner/Tennant family in partnership with Heartland LLC owned the property. The Gardiner/Tennant family has been a resident of North Bend since the mid-1800s and owners of the specific property since 1883. The vision of Gardiner/Tennant family and Heartland LLC contributed to making this acquisition a reality.
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 pledged to donate volunteer hours for construction and maintenance to the project to help build multi-use trails designed to accommodate mountain bikes. Bike trails developed on the site will be in keeping with the Conservation Futures funding source conditions that allow only low-impact, passive recreation.
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