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15 reasons Kenmore is a great place to live, work and play | Guest editorial
The following is an editorial submitted by the city of Kenmore:
In celebration of Kenmore’s 15th anniversary since incorporation, here is a list of 15 reasons Kenmore is a great place to live, work and play.
Kenmore is the best-kept secret in the Puget Sound
1. There are established neighborhoods with homes of varied types including new and Mid-Century Modern houses that have maintained their value in Kenmore through various market cycles.
2. Low crime rate
3. Top education opportunities with the award winning Northshore School District and internationally recognized natural health arts and sciences institute Bastyr University.
4. The beauty and accessibility of Lake Washington is a prized community asset.
You can swiftly get to everywhere from Kenmore
5. SR 522 is a toll-free route to and from Seattle and Bellevue
6. Interstates are nearby
7. The 18-mile paved Burke-Gilman Trail connects Kenmore to Seattle and Bothell.
8. Kenmore Air offers service to the San Juan Islands and Canada
You can spread your wings in Kenmore
9. Enjoy the abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities including the bird watching at the unique Heron rookery, kayaking, boating, miles of trails and parks.
10. Variety of activities throughout the year including concerts in the park, fireworks show, and informational programs.
11. Opportunities to get involved in active community organizations or volunteer with the city.
The Future is Bright
12. Kenmore’s financial vital signs are strong.
13. The city is working to advance the community’s connection to the waterfront through the addition of new public floats and ramps at two our waterfront parks, partnership with the State on a major upgrade to the boat launch, and water sport concessionaires.
14. The city recently signed purchase and sale agreements for the upper and lower parcels of the Kenmore Village property. The new construction is expected to bring at least $25 million in new investment to the downtown area and will include retail, office, high density residential, and a signature public gathering space.
15. The city has significantly stepped up its economic development efforts and programs with the opening of a pilot business incubator, supporting the start of a business association, organizing business open houses and seminars, and developing strategic marketing and messaging.