Overlook construction will allow access to Evans Creek Preserve
June 5, 2014
New: June 5, 11:14 a.m.
It’s one of the biggest parks run by Sammamish, but it’s not actually in the city, and there’s no way to get to it from within city limits.
In July, that will all change as the Sahalee Way overlook gives people access to Evans Creek Preserve.
The area near the intersection of Sahalee Way Northeast and Northeast 36th Street was previously owned by the King County Roads Services Division. It was considered a scenic overlook, with a pair of benches. The benches looked straight at a row of trees, but mountains were visible in the winter when the foliage had gone. The county transferred the roughly 26-acre area to the city, and now the city is constructing an access point to Evans Creek Preserve, the 175-acre natural area just outside the northern boundary of the city and south of state Route 202.
When work is completed – the city expects it to open in July – the area will still have a couple of benches, but it will also have 15 parking spots, an informational kiosk, entry signs and gates.
The city has budgeted $200,000 for the project.
The Washington Trails Association also led an effort to build a trail connecting the overlook to the existing trail system in the preserve. The new trail will add about one mile to the existing 2.5-mile trail system.
The trail will open when construction on the overlook is complete.