Minna Rudd,Chair,Position 7 Term expires December 31, 2023
The commission is an advisory body providing guidance and direction in meeting the parks, recreational, and beautification needs of the City.
Please Walk On the Grass
Updated in 2015, the Parks and Open Space Element is an element of the North Bend Comprehensive Plan intended to be the City’s guide for acquiring, developing and maintaining parks, recreation facilities, trails, wildlife habitat, and open-space lands. In addition, this plan maintains the city’s eligibility for state and federal funds to be administered by the Washington Interagency for Outdoor Recreation.
North Bend has an incredible park, recreation, and open space system which is complimented by a wide array of outdoor resources and opportunities provided by county, state and federal agencies. In fact, more than 628 acres or about 21% of the land inside the city limits and Urban Growth Boundary are in public ownership as parks or public facilities. Large acquisitions include the purchase of 840 acres at the historic Tollgate Farm and neighboring Meadowbrook Farm by the City of North Bend, City of Snoqualmie, and King County.
Meadowbrook Farm contains 453 acres of natural open space fields, as well as an Interpretive Center located just off Boalch Avenue. The building is designed to echo a Native American longhouse. It is used for classes, retreats, meetings, and events such as weddings.
Immediately next door to Meadowbrook Farm is the equally historic Tollgate Farm. This 410-acre site contains pasture land, public trails, park and picnic facilities, managed by the Si View Metropolitan Park District.
Pre-historic human use and occupation of the prairie known now as Meadowbrook and Tollgate Farms is believed to have begun 6,000 to 2,500 years ago, evolving into occupation by the Snoqualmie Tribe in the Snoqualmie River drainage basin. Small winter settlements, generally located along the river, served as relatively permanent bases from which hunting, gathering, and fishing trips were conducted. Both the Meadowbrook Farm and Tollgate Farm contain significant pre-historic and historic archeological sites.
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If you have any questions or would like more details, please contact Mike McCarty at (425) 888-7649.