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Posted on: May 16, 2017

Rattlesnake Mountain Property Acquisition for New Park & Suggestions for Park Name

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 Mountains to Sound Greenway, Gardiner/Tennant Family, 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.


Name this Park 

It's not often that you get an opportunity to do something that may last for perpetuity. This is your chance to leave your mark by helping name this newest community park in North Bend. Entries are accepted until 5 p.m., June 1st, 2017. Suggestions for park names must not infringe on any trademarks or licensed products. Submissions should be one to three word names that are concise and distinctive from a regional standpoint. All entries must be submitted online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NameThisPark.
 
A selection committee with representatives from all project partner groups will review and select the park's new name from entries received. The new park name will be announced on June 9th, 2017. 

For further project information, please visit www.siviewpark.org/rattlesnake.html. An email list specific to New Community Park Updates has been set up for those interested in receiving periodic project updates and volunteer opportunities. You may also contact Lynn Hyde at City of North Bend, (425) 888-7646 lhyde@northbendwa.gov or Minna Rudd at Si View Metro Parks, (425) 831-1900 mrudd@siviewpark.org.

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