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 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 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 first community meeting was held on January 24th, 2018 to launch the master planning process for this park, discussing conceptual site plan, collect community input and answer any questions. The meeting was set up in an open house format displaying vicinity maps, proposed site plan, survey board for suggestions, and frequently asked questions. Project staff used this information in the master planning process. A second community meeting was held on Wednesday June 27th, 2018 to review the draft master plan, to collect additional input and discuss next steps. A third public meeting will be held on January 30th, 2019 for final review of the draft master plan. The plan will then move for approval and adoption by both the City of North Bend Council and Si View Metropolitan Park District Commission.
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