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Posted on: November 16, 2017

City of North Bend and Si View Metro Parks Announce New Park Name: Tennant Trailhead Park

The City of North Bend and Si View Metro Parks each passed a resolution to name the newly acquired 32 acres at the foothills of Rattlesnake Ridge. The name, Tennant Trailhead Park, was chosen to honor the Tennant / Gardiner family who are early North Bend residents.

The families have been residents 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.

Brick and Jane Vinnedge-Tennant were very involved in the community. They were early members of the Snoqualmie Valley Riding Club. Jane was involved with Camp Fire Girls, and the North Bend Auxiliary of Children’s Orthopedic Hospital, currently named Seattle Children’s Hospital. The local branch of this group was renamed the Jane Tennant Guild in her honor and memory. They were also involved with the Mt Si Golf Course. Jane was instrumental in the formation of the Snoqualmie Valley Youth Activity Center.

Brick began a dental practice in 1926 in Meadowbrook. He moved his practice to North Bend in 1945 where he saw patients until his death in 1961.

Their daughter, Vicki Tennant Bettes, remembers, “People even traveled from Issaquah to Meadowbrook for appointments. When times were tough for some patients payments were varied: a fish, homemade cinnamon rolls, and even a truck load of chicken manure for the lawn and garden.”

Thanks to a strong partnership between the City of North Bend, Si View Metropolitan Park District, King County and the Trust for Public Land, the land will be preserved for recreation and education for all to enjoy.

The Mountains to Sound Greenway and Washington Department of Natural Resources have been critical partners in supporting the project. Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance pledged to donate volunteer hours for construction and maintenance to the project to help build multi-use trails designed to accommodate mountain bikes.

A selection committee with representatives from all project partner groups reviewed and selected the park's new name from entries received from the public.

North Bend City Council approved the new name during the November 7 council meeting and the Si View Metropolitan Parks Commission approved the name at their November 15 meeting.

About Tennant Trailhead Park

Tennant Trailhead Park will serve as a gathering place for both North Bend residents and visitors to enjoy. The nearly 32-acre park will provide a low impact community park containing on-site trails, a trailhead connecting to adjacent public lands, and environmental conservation and education. The park is home to mature forests, wetlands, creeks, steep topography and glacial erratic rock features.

A public open house will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on January 24 at the North Bend Train Depot to discuss programming for the park and trailhead. For additional information, please contact Lynn Hyde, lhyde@northbendwa.gov or call 425-888-7646.
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