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On December 7, the Tollgate Farmstead Project in North Bend received the 2023 King County Executive’s John D. Spellman Award for Exemplary Achievement in Historic Preservation in the Restoration category. This award commends the efforts to revitalize the Tollgate Farm site for use by local agricultural producers and the community by restoring the historic house and rebuilding the barn.
The John D. Spellman Awards recognize achievements in historic preservation. The awards are presented once a year by the King County Executive. Spellman was the first King County Executive and 18th governor of Washington State. He established the County’s Historic Preservation Program in 1980.
Mayor Elect Mary Miller helped open the awards ceremony with words of welcome. King County Historic Preservation, Si View Metropolitan Parks District, North Bend councilmembers, and city staff were present, as were elected officials throughout King County, the SnoValley Chamber of Commerce, current and former Landmarks commissioners, the Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum, and more.
Tollgate Park improvement projects have been supported by the community through capital bond measures and grant programs such as the Washington State Heritage Capital Projects Grant and King County 4 Culture Saving Landmarks Grant that have funded to rehabilitation of the farmhouse for use as a community space. The park is also consistent with the City of North Bend’s updated Parks Element of our Comprehensive Plan.
It is a result of collaborative partnership with Si View Metropolitan Park District, which maintains and programs facilities and amenities on city properties such as this 410-acre historic farm. Learn more about the Tollgate Farmstead Project by visiting www.siviewpark.org/tollgate.phtml.