Our Community

  •  Sammamish Slough
    The Northshore community is located in the Seattle-Everett metropolitan area north and east of Lake Washington; encompasses the cities of Bothell, Kenmore and Woodinville; and is two thirds in King County and one third in Snohomish County.
    The close proximity to Lake Washington, Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains, allows for a wide range of cultural activities and professional opportunities along with boating, skiing, hiking, fishing and other recreational activities. Three universities and seven community colleges are nearby and offer continuing education opportunities.
    The citizens of Northshore have always recognized the value of good education. Since 1942, they have regularly approved levies and bond issues, which provide the district's rich educational programs and well-maintained facilities. The community supports its public schools in other ways: more than 500 businesses and individuals are involved through partnerships and more than 8,000 parent and community volunteers are currently helping in schools. The following is a capsule look at Bothell, Kenmore and Woodinville.



    In 1876, Canadian lumberman George Brackett, launched a logging operation and established a logging camp, which became Brackett's Landing. Logging would be the mainstay of the community until the early 1910s.
    In 1885, Brackett sold 80 acres to Pennsylvanian David Bothell who built a home on the site and took in boarders. The first postmaster, Gerhard Ericksen, named the town after Bothell. The Seattle, Lake Shore & Eastern Railroad, built in 1888 by Daniel Hunt Gilman and Thomas Burke, was a boon to the growth of the town of Bothell. Incorporation followed in 1909.
    In the 1990s, business development brought new jobs to the area and created a regional employment center with many jobs in technology sectors such as biotechnology and software development. The University of Washington opened its Bothell campus in 1990 and is co-located with Cascadia Community College, which opened in 2000.
    In 2006, the city began its planning for a downtown revitalization, which included the realignment of Highway SR 522, to create a fully integrated and pedestrian friendly downtown that reflects the city's heritage.
    City of Bothell
    Greater Bothell Chamber of Commerce


    Kenmore was primarily dense forest for many years while Bothell and Woodinville were being buit up. John McMasters and his wife, Annie, arrived in Puget Sound from their home in Kenmore, Canada in 1889, leased land and named the area after his old home town. In its early days, Kenmore was only  a mill, which stood east of the present Premix plant on the land beside the river.
    The most recent chapter in Kenmore's history began on May 8, 1998, when the newly incorporated city held its first City Council meeting. Kenmore's most famous business is probably the Kenmore Air Harbor, home to the largest seaplane base in the United States. Kenmore Air has called the city home for over half a century.

    Boating, jogging, tennis and picnics are just a few of the activities available at Kenmore's parks which include Tracy Owen Station Park on Lake Washington, St. Edward's State Park and several neighborhood parks. St. Edwards Park is a 300-acre woodland around the former Catholic seminaries of St. Edwards and St. Thomas. St. Thomas is now home to Bastyr University one of the world's leading academic centers for advancing knowledge in natural health sciences.

    Cutting through the city is the Burke-Gilman Trail, which runs along Lake Washington and the Sammamish Slough from Seattle north and east through Kenmore, Bothell and Woodinville. If you have a kayak, put it in the water by the Juanita bridge. See the rookery of blue herons, which have huge nests in an alder grove in an 80-acre wetland behind the Kenmore Library. Some herons are there year-round and some return in February.

    City of Kenmore



    At one time, Woodinville was heavily forested with trees so big their stumps could be used as shelters or as temporary houses. It was no wonder that loggers and their families were drawn to the pristine area. In 1871, Ira and Susan Woodin and their daughters made their way from Seattle to what was to be their home—a single cabin in the wilderness which became the first post office, school and Sunday School. In 1888, the Seattle, Lake Shore & Eastern Railroad became the main transportation and accelerated the development of the Sammamish Valley. Within a few years, an entire town built up around them and became known as Woodinville.
    Now, boutique wineries and a vibrant retail core have replaced the saw and shingle mills and farms. Woodinville is a distinguished Tree City USA (1996 to present) and has incorporated the preservation of its "northwest woodland character" into design and development guidelines.
    Today, Woodinville flourishes with retail centers, restaurants and business services. Industrial and manufacturing companies flank Woodinville's north and south corridors. Future design for our downtown areas include encouraging office/retail development north of the downtown core, transit-oriented development and a Master Plan for mixed-used development in the heart of the city.

    City of Woodinville