The City of Kenmore, Washington is located at the northern tip of beautiful Lake Washington in King County. Kenmore features spectacular local and state parks, a regional 18-mile paved trail, beautiful neighborhoods, award-winning businesses, and a highly-recognized school district. In 2009, Kenmore was ranked #1 by Seattle Magazine for "Best Metropolitan Neighborhoods to Live" and named by Family Circle Magazine as "One of the 10 Best Towns for Families."
The City is excited to launch its new website this weekend. The website may be temporarily down during the transition. We look forward to receiving your feedback. If you have any questions, contact Leslie Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are excited to host internationally recognized author and community engagement expert Peter Kageyama on Tuesday, April 7 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at City Hall.
Peter Kageyama is the author of For the Love of Cities and Love Where You Live. Peter is an expert in community and economic development and advises cities and communities both nationally and internationally. Most of us know what to do and who to call when we see a pothole in the road, but many of us don't know where to begin or how to ask for things like beauty, good design, art, creating a sense of place, and bringing people together.
During the workshop, Peter will lead us through discussions and activities aimed at harnessing what we love about Kenmore into tangible action and results that will produce more citizen engagement, ownership, and emotional attachment with our city. Peter will teach us about Love Notes, Co-Creators, Garden Hose Solutions, Civic Experiments, Where's the Fun?, and other principles and tools to use in our journey to a more emotionally engaging, interesting, and fun Kenmore.
Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Peter will also be meeting with the City Council on the prior evening, April 6 at 7 p.m., also open to the public.
Planning to attend? Click here to register online so we have a general idea of attendance. Please feel free to join us even if you do not RSVP. Download the flyer.
The Greater Bothell Chamber of Commerce hosted the inaugural City of Kenmore State of the City address on February 25. City Manager Rob Karlinsey discussed a few of the City's key initiatives including multi-modal safety, downtown resurgence, business and jobs development, creating fun, and connecting to the water. Watch the address here
The City conducted a public opinion survey on the Comprehensive Plan Vision Statement in January/February 2015. The Planning Commission is reviewing these survey results as they draft an amended Vision Statement for presentation at a public hearing tentatively scheduled for April. Click here to view a summary of the results.
Make your voice heard on affordable housing funding and programs by joining the ARCH Citizen Advisory Board (CAB). The CAB consists of 12-15 community residents and housing professionals that work with ARCH staff to evaluate local housing funding proposals and increase awareness of housing issues on the Eastside. Board members contribute their understanding of housing and community issues, as well as certain specialized perspectives including real estate, housing development, planning, finance, assisting persons with low income or special needs, faith community, racial diversity, architecture and residents of affordable housing. The CAB also strives to be representative of the Eastside communities that make up ARCH. For details, visit http://www.archhousing.org/.
The City is partnering with the Kenmore Waterfront Activities Center at Squire's Landing Park to provide recreational paddling programs for the public. The City's newly-acquired park property on the calm Sammamish River make it an ideal location for all paddlers, especially youth and beginners. Competitive programs are also available. Paddling classes and programs for adults are also available. To learn more and to sign up for classes and sessions, go to http://kenmorewac.org/competetive-canoe-and-kayak/.
City Council and Planning Commission regular meetings will be available for live online streaming through the City's website starting Monday, January 26. The public can also access past meeting videos alongside a meeting index with embedded links that allow viewers to jump to topics of interest. Meetings were previously available through recorded audio only. The availability of streaming allows the public to have easy access to the content of meetings as they are happening. Read more
If you live or work in the City of Kenmore you can file a nuisance odor complaint by contacting the City directly at 425-398-8900. The City recently entered into an interlocal agreement with the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) for cooperative odor complaint investigations. This program is a temporary six-month trial arrangement between the City and the PSCAA. The PSCAA will also continue to take complaints during this time. Read more
The City Council unanimously approved a purchase and sale agreement at their Nov. 3 meeting that could result in the sale of the Kenmore Village commercial property to MainStreet Property Group LLC. Read more
The City is excited to incorporate a public square or "Town Green" in the heart of downtown Kenmore. This public gathering space will help create our own sense of place and downtown identity. The Town Green is planned to be constructed on the north side of NE 181st Street, near the northwest corner of NE 181st Street and 68th Avenue NE. Find out more
The Kenmore City Council invites you to have Coffee with Council on the 1st Monday at 7:30 a.m. and the 3rd Saturday at 8:00 a.m. of each month at Espresso Works, 6734 NE 181st Street. Citizens are encouraged to attend these informal sessions to ask questions, discuss issues and offer suggestions on any topic of interest.