KENMORE / BOTHELL
Welcome To Kenmore, Bothell
Kenmore is a city in King County, Washington, United States, along the northernmost shores of Lake Washington. A mix of bedroom community, one-time country retreat, and freshwater industrial port, prominent features include the nation’s largest seaplane-only, commercial air facility at Kenmore Air Harbor, Bastyr University, several waterside parks and marinas, and easy access to the Burke-Gilman Trail and the King County bike-trail system. Sites of local historical interest include the former St. Edward Seminary, now Saint Edward State Park; and Log Boom Park. Kenmore’s official city flower is the dahlia, the official city bird is the great blue heron, and the official city evergreen is the rhododendron. The population was 20,460 at the 2010 census.
Bothell is a city located in King and Snohomish Counties in the State of Washington. It is part of the Seattle metropolitan area. Bellevue, Bothell, Kenmore, Kirkland, Redmond, and Woodinville are suburban cities that are considered part of the “Eastside”, as they are situated on the east side of Lake Washington. Based on per capita income, one of the more reliable measures of affluence, Bothell ranks 78th of 614 areas in the state of Washington to be ranked.
Kenmore Events & Festivals: Major annual civic events include:
- The Kenmore Summer Concert Series, hosted at the former St. Edward Seminary, now Saint Edward State Park
- The annual Kenmore Art Show, a juried art exhibition sponsored by the Arts of Kenmore .
- The Kenmore Spring Egg Hunt
- Fourth of July Fireworks, a fireworks display at Log Boom Park, starting in 2006.
Bothell Events & Festivals: Major annual events throughout the year in Bothell include:
- The City of Bothell Freedom Festival, a two-day festival celebrating American Independence, including an annual Fourth of July parade and a reenactment of the Battle of Concord on the Bothell Landing Bridge.
- The Music in the Park concert series, every Friday in July and August at Bothell Landing Amphitheater.
- Greater Bothell Arts & Crafts Fair
- City of Bothell Riverfest
- The Summits of Bothell bike ride
- La Fiesta Viva!, a celebration of Latino cultural heritage, at Country Village.
- Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Carving, at Country Village.
- Tree Lighting and Santa Arrival, at Bothell Landing.
- The Bothell Farmer’s Market at Country Village.
Parks & Recreation:
Kenmore: Not all parks within city limits are operated by city government; the Burke-Gilman Trail is a King County park, and St. Edward State Park is operated by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Extant parks within city limits include:
- Burke-Gilman Trail, a King County park which, combined with the Sammamish River Trail, connects Marymoor Park just outside downtown Redmond through the downtowns of Woodinville, Bothell, Kenmore, and Lake Forest Park to Gas Works Park in Seattle and points west. Several other trails and bike routes branch off of this trail backbone;
- Inglewood Wetlands, two separate shoreline protected areas next to the mouth of the Sammamish River;
- Linwood Park, a small 3-acre (12,000 m2) park in northwest Kenmore with grass commons, playground, and picnic tables;
- Moorlands Park, a 5-acre (20,000 m2) park including baseball and basketball facilities in southeastern Kenmore;
- Rhododendron Park, formerly Kenmore Park, a 13-acre (53,000 m2) park planted with hundreds of species of rhododendron, many rare;
- Saint Edward State Park, the largest park in Kenmore at 365 acres (1.48 km2); it includes over half a mile of undeveloped Lake Washington shoreline, the historic Saint Edward Seminary and gymnasium, and the Carole Ann Wald Memorial Pool, a year-round indoor swimming facility, which has been the home practice pool for both Inglemoor High School Viking swim teams and Seattle Synchro, the Seattle Synchronized Swim Team;a playground ranked 2nd in 2009 by KING5 TV’s Best of Washington competition.
- Swamp Creek Park, along the Sammamish River, consists of city-purchased farmland currently left in an undeveloped state;
- Tracy Owen Station at Log Boom Park, Kenmore’s smaller Lake Washington park, includes 16 acres (65,000 m2) of shoreline and a large walking dock extending out into the lake;
- Wallace Swamp Creek Park, 17 acres (69,000 m2) surrounding Swamp Creek in northeast Kenmore, which features some walking trails.
Kenmore: While in large part now a bedroom community for workers commuting to nearby Seattle, Bothell, and Redmond, Kenmore retains a significant independent economic core centered around durable goods (construction materials, concrete, asphalt) and special trade contracting (construction, heavy construction, and highways).
Kenmore also hosts one of the last industrial ports on Lake Washington, at the mouth of the Sammamish River. Larger local businesses near the port include Rinker Materials‘s Kenmore plant, Kenmore Ready-Mix (cements and asphalts, a division of Glacier Northwest), Pacific Topsoils (topsoils and landscape construction materials), Michael Homchick Stoneworks (stone fabrication and installation), Plywood Supply (lumber, plywood, and millwork, wholesale, retail, and company headquarters), and several others. As home to the James G. Murphy Company, one of the ten largest commercial/industrial auction houses in the United States, the city is also an auction center.
Significant non-durable-goods businesses include the headquarters of Kenmore Air, a large private seaplane-based airline; Alaska General Seafoods‘s company headquarters and processing plant; Bastyr University, a school of naturopathic medicine.
Bothell: was until recently predominantly a bedroom community with most of its residents working outside of the city. Starting in the 1990s, several businesses opened offices in Bothell, creating a regional employment center providing about 20,000 jobs. Many of these businesses are located in the Canyon Park and North Creek business districts.
Biotechnology is a key industry, with OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals, Seattle Genetics, CMC Icos Alder Biopharmaceuticals, MDRNA, Blue Heron Biotechnology, Amgen, Iverson Genetic Diagnostics, and Elitech (formerly Epoch Biosciences and Nanogen) all opening in Bothell. Medical device manufacturers are also located in Bothell, including Philips Medical Systems and Lockheed Martin Aculight.
Computer technology, data, and telecommunications are well represented, and include companies such as AT&T, AVST, Kinesis, Leviton Voice & Data, Systems Interface, SonoSite (owned by Fujifilm), T-Mobile, Panasonic Avionics Corporation, Parity Corporation, Vertafore, Allocent, Teltone, and Google. Microsoft had a Canyon Park campus in the early 2000s.
Engineering firms, including electrical engineering, environmental engineering, and civil engineering, are well represented. Examples include SNC-Lavalin, RH2 Engineering, North Creek Analytical, ECS Engineering, Emulex, and Path Engineers. Bothell also has companies working on new or improved energy technologies, including Neah Power Systems.
The US Army has a Reserve facility in the northwest part of the city. The Seattle Times moved its main production facility to the North Creek business district in Bothell in 2001, and national magazine publisher Scotsman guide Media also is headquartered in the city. Defunct retailer Pacific Linen was once based in Bothell until 1996.
Kenmore is part of the Northshore School District, and the local high school is Inglemoor High School. The nonprofit group Saint Edward Environmental Learning Center provides quarterly environmental education classes to the public in conjunction with Washington State Parks and Saint Edward State Park. They also operate the ALEAFA Model Public High School. The Kenmore Library Association, a volunteer group affiliated with the local library, plans and sponsors library programming.
Kenmore is home to Bastyr University, a leading private school of naturopathic medicine founded in 1978 and accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The city is also situated between the University of Washington‘s main Seattle campus and UW Bothell and Cascadia College, both in nearby Bothell, Washington. Paved bike trails and express bus service connect the city to all three schools. The city also has a bus connection directly to Shoreline Community College, and much of the town is within walking distance of SCC’s Center for Business and Continuing Education located in Lake Forest Park, Washington.
Bothell is home to Cascadia College and the University of Washington, Bothell. The two institutions share the same campus, which opened in the year 2000. In 2014 the University of Washington Bothell was ranked #37 in the nation among all colleges and universities by Money Magazine and was ranked 6th in the Nation by Washington Monthly in their “Best Bang for the Buck” rankings of colleges and universities. After becoming accredited in 2006 Cascadia College was named the second best community college in the nation, behind Atlanta Technical College.
Schools for Bothell students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade are part of the Northshore School District while private schools include Heritage Christian Academy serving kindergarten through 9th grades. Schools in Northshore School district include Fernwood Elementary, Crystal Springs Elementary, Canyon Creek Elementary,Shelton View Elementary, Westhill Elementary, Frank Love Elementary, Maywood Hills Elementary, Canyon Park Junior High School, Skyview Junior High School, Bothell High School, and Secondary Academy for Success.
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