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During the August 21, 2018 City
Council meeting, Councilmembers unanimously authorized Mayor Ken Hearing to
take all necessary action to purchase land at Cascade Golf Course at 14319 436th
Avenue SE off exit 32. The City has been in discussions with Si View
Metropolitan Park District about future recreational uses with the collective
goal of preserving 28 acres for open space and protecting the land from future
If the $2.4 million transaction
closes, City of North Bend and Si View Metropolitan Parks will enter into an agreement
and the City would likely sell the majority of this property to Si View to
operate a park.
“Consistent with our citizen’s
wishes to preserve existing open space, the City’s goal with this acquisition
is to preserve this beautiful amenity to be enjoyed by both North Bend and King
County residents,” Mayor Hearing said.
On June 5, 2018, City Council authorized the Mayor to
conduct a feasibility study and commence negotiations to acquire a portion of the
golf course. Mayor brought this opportunity to the Council’s attention because
he became aware that this property was being marketed to developers for both
single-family development and also to be converted to a sea of asphalt for an RV
park with over 300 spaces. An adjacent open space is likely going to be lost as
the Kusak Tree Farm adjacent to the Cascade property is in the permitting
process with King County for the land to be developed into a single-family
"The Cascade property has an enormous amount of
potential to meet the needs of a very active and growing community for a long
time,” Travis Stombaugh, Executive Director of Si View Metro Parks, said. “The future park is located in an area
identified as a local park desert in the District’s Comprehensive Plan and
re-programming the property as a public park will greatly improve access to
open spaces for residents of the District."
Based upon Si View Park District’s recent survey responses,
residents are interested in seeing more trails for connectiveity and more
preservation of open space. There may also be opportunities for a bike and
walking trail and riverfront access for rafting and kayaking. However, before
any decisions are made, public input and comment will be sought.
North Bend resident and local real estate agent, Elizabeth
Davis said during the council meeting on August 21st, “I’ve known
about this property being for sale for a long time. I was a partner with one of
the agents that had it listed. They wanted to put a lot of houses on the
property and use the water as a well. I really would rather have it be open
space. Thank you.”
Additionally, as a result of ongoing monitoring and review of water supplies in the Upper Snoqualmie Watershed, the City discovered that the water on the property may benefit City utility customers by providing mitigation water for Centennial Well withdrawals. Although Centennial Well provides ample water supply for North Bend residents, this additional water source would be used to help replenish water into the Snoqualmie River when the river level falls below a certain level. Although studies are ongoing, the hope is that the acquisition of this water right may result in cost savings to the City’s water utility customers.
“Anytime we can protect open space from developers while creating recreational opportunities for all to enjoy it is a win for our community,” Mayor Hearing said. “Gaining an additional water right is a bonus.”
The transaction is still subject to appraisal and plans for
the property need to be finalized. The closing date is November 29th.