Dahlgren Family Park in North Bend opens June 28

The park will bring North Bend its first public pickleball court.

Dahlgren Family Park, a 4.7-acre park at 44000 SE North Bend Way, will open June 28.

The park, across the Snoqualmie Valley Trail from Tanner Landing Park, offers a volleyball pit, play structures, picnic benches, trail access and mountain views. It is the latest addition to a list of nine city-owned parks.

A June 21 city press release noted that contractors are completing pickleball courts, lawn areas and a canoe play structure “beautifully painted with Tribal imagery by Snoqualmie Tribal Artist Bethany Fackrell.”

Rebecca Deming, the city’s community and economic development director, wrote that the canoe painting should be completed within the week. The pickleball court is expected to open toward the end of July once the concrete has cured and the stripes have been painted. It will remain fenced off until it is ready for play.

According to the city, the ribbon-cutting celebration is scheduled for noon on June 28 and represents a years-long partnership between the city and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), funded in part by Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) grant funding administered by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office.

“Dahlgren Family Park is unique in a few ways,” North Bend Mary Miller wrote. “It brings North Bend its first public pickleball court, adds new trail connections, and it further connects pedestrian access from the east side of town to the west, something our residents have expressed a need for.”

While the property — owned by the Dahlgren Family since 1950 — was initially zoned for manufacturing and industrial uses, the city and the property owner worked together and created the Tanner Landing Master Plan in 2010. This plan “allowed for residential use and created the requirement for a city-owned park on the Dahlgren property,” according to a September 2023 North Bend press release.

“City contribution to the project, $1,491,068, was paid out of park impact fee revenue,” Deming wrote. “Grant funding is a bit complicated as it involved a $634,460 WWRP grant that was acquired by the Department of Natural Resources that provided funding to the park as well as improvement to the adjacent Tanner Landing Park… and also some direct funds from DNR that went to the Dahlgren Family Park.”

According to Chapter 17.36 of the North Bend City Code, the park impact fee imposes fees on developers to partially fund public facilities to accommodate growth.

Park improvements at the adjacent Tanner Landing Park include a new vehicle entry, a kayaking and rafting access area to the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River, additional parking, a boat launch and a picnic area.

Photo by Mallory Kruml/Valley Record

Photo by Mallory Kruml/Valley Record

Photo by Mallory Kruml/Valley Record

Photo by Mallory Kruml/Valley Record