Welcome to Kenmore

Nestled along the northern shores of Lake Washington, Kenmore is a small city that people love in part for its central location in the region. Whether you need to head toward Seattle or Bellevue for work, both are just to the south of Kenmore, and the many commuting options in the city (including seaplanes!) ensure you have a variety of choice to suit your own personal style.

Kenmore is home to a myriad of things to do, whether you need to enjoy some indoor activities with the family in the winter time, or want to get outside for some adventures in the sunshine when summer rolls around. Downtown Kenmore is brimming with up-and-coming amenities and attractions, and new developments (like the Lakepointe Development) offer even more opportunity for dining, shopping, housing, and more.

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Kenmore Highlights

Population

24,000

7 Parks

Restaurants

30

0 Museums

4 Bars and Nightlife

7 Schools

7 Things to Do

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Schools

Northshore School District
The Northshore School District is committed to providing a world-class education for all Northshore students. Known statewide and nationally for academic excellence, Northshore serves more than 20,000 students in Kenmore, Bothell, Woodinville and areas of unincorporated King and Snohomish counties.

The residents of Kenmore attend the following schools:

 

Neighborhoods

 

Kenmore has several distinct neighborhoods. These include:

 
  • Arrowhead, in southern Kenmore, on the west (or lake) side, saw its first house built in 1888. This was a small summer cabin; the oldest house still standing dates from 1929.

 

  • Inglewood, in southern Kenmore, was first platted in 1953, with large-scale suburban development appearing by 1962.

 

  • Lower Moorlands, in eastern Kenmore, saw its first house in 1904. The significant development occurring in this area after World War I included the 1927 landmark Charles and Elvera Thomsen House.

 

  • Upper Moorlands, also in eastern Kenmore, saw initial building in 1938-1939 but stayed quite rural due to the lack of a good water system until suburban development arrived in the mid-1950s.

 

  • Central (or downtown) Kenmore hugs Bothell Way and formed the original core of the city. Today it is Kenmore's commercial and industrial core.

 

 
  • Northlake Terrace, an early residential neighborhood just north of town, is now a mix of commercial and residential development. Much of the eastern portion of this area is to be redeveloped as part of the new Downtown Plan.

 

  • Linwood Heights, in northwest Kenmore, was first founded as part of the "Back to the Land" movement during the Great Depression. Then derisively referred to as Voucherville, it has long since been redeveloped and is now largely suburban housing. Portions were annexed by Lake Forest Parkin 1995, predating Kenmore's formal incorporation.

 

  • Kenlake Vista, in northern Kenmore, is post-war residential suburban housing.

 

  • Uplake Terrace, in northwestern Kenmore, was one of the few areas of Kenmore with no residents at all before World War II. Its development started in 1953.

 

  • Kenmore Terrace

 

  • Northshore Summit.

Parks and Trails

The City of Kenmore is dedicated to promoting healthy living and providing opportunities for children and adults to stay healthy. Kenmore is recognized as a "Playful City USA" community by national nonprofit KaBOOM! The City is one of only a couple hundred communities across the U.S. to earn this designation. Escape outdoors to explore Kenmore's city, county, and state parks and trails. 
 

Jack V. Crawford Skate Court

18120 68th Ave NE (behind City Hall)
Kenmore, WA 98028
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The Jack V. Crawford skate court opened in October 2015. This new approximately 5,200 square foot skate park design is the result of great feedback and collaboration with residents and the skateboarding community.

 

Linwood Park

5601 NE 193rd Street
Kenmore, WA 98028
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This small neighborhood park, approximately 1.4 acres, is located in the northwestern portion of the city. The park has a playground, open lawn area for active play, and picnic tables.

 

Moorlands Park

15221 84th Ave NE
Kenmore, WA 98028
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Moorlands Park offers visitors over four acres of manicured open lawn and an athletic field. This park, tucked away in a neighborhood and located next to Moorlands Elementary, offers walking paths, picnic shelter, tables, children's play area and a restroom.  Overflow parking is available beginning in 2019 during non-school hours at Moorlands Elementary off 84th Avenue NE. The upgraded ballfield is available for reservation through the City of Kenmore beginning in 2019. Staff continues to work closely with the Northshore School District, elementary staff, and families to fully specify park rules, public park usage during school hours, and restroom access.

 

Northshore Summit Park

6200 NE 193rd Street
Kenmore, WA 98028
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This 3.6 acre neighborhood park contains walking trails, open lawn areas for informal play, two children's play areas, picnic tables, picnic benches, sitting boulders, general landscaping and wetlands and wooded areas. This park was dedicated on May 17, 2014.

 

Rhododendron Park

6910 NE 170th Street
Kenmore, WA 98028
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Centrally located within the heart of Kenmore, this park features one of the largest public collections of hybrid rhododendrons in the Northwest. In addition to beautiful rhododendrons, the 13-acre park features play areas, basketball court, picnic shelter, pedestrian paths, large green space, floating dock on the Sammamish River for launching kayaks and other hand-carry boats and restroom facilities. The picnic shelter is available for rentals through the Kenmore Senior Center by calling 425-489-0707.

 

Squire's Landing

7353 NE 175th Street
Kenmore, WA 98028
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This waterfront park features 150 lineal feet of shoreline access to the Sammamish River and Swamp Creek and a new public boarding float in addition to 40 acres of undeveloped open space. The Kenmore Waterfront Activities Center @ Squire's Landing offers youth and adult canoe, kayak and dragon boat programs. Squire's Landing name is intended to honor Watson Squire, an early Kenmore developer who had visions for a local waterfront park in the early 1900s.

 

Log Boom Park (Tracy Owen Station)

17415 61st Ave NE
Kenmore, WA 98028
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This 3.9-acre park provides access to over 1200 lineal feet of shoreline on Kenmore's Lake Washington waterfront. The public dock is a fantastic place to watch the sea planes land, toss out a line for fishing or simply enjoy the sunset. Other features include the Kenmore History Path, playground area, picnic tables, access to the Burke-Gilman Trail, daytime moorage, and restroom facility. The park was renamed Tracy Owen Station after the late King County Councilmember, Tracy Owen. During the summer, enjoy the water by renting kayaks and stand up paddleboards from WhatsSup.

 

Wallace Swamp Creek Park

19851 73rd Ave NE
Kenmore, WA 98028
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A passive open space of approximately 25-acres located adjacent to the west and north side of Kenmore Elementary School. This open space extends east and west across Swamp Creek between 68th Ave. NE & 73rd Ave. NE. The open space is minimally developed. A bridge crosses Swamp Creek allowing for salmon spawning views, access to stream and walking or riding trails.

*Information provided by city of Kenmore 

 

 

Origins

Founded in 1901, Kenmore's name comes third-hand from the Scottish village of Kenmore, via town founder home town of Kenmore, Ontario. McMasters and his wife Annie arrived in Puget Sound circa 1889 from Canada, intending to establish themselves in the shingle-making trade. They opened a shingle mill on the northern shore of Lake Washington on land leased from Watson C. Squire. By 1903, Kenmore had established a school system and post office, but it did not formally incorporate as a city until August 31, 1998.

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