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Big Rock Park

Entrance to pastureBig Rock Park opened to the public in October 2011. It represents the first phase of a large land donation from Mary Pigott, to the City of Sammamish. This donation will ultimately result in over 51 acres of new park land. The new park boasts many exciting features including trails, extensive wetlands, ponds, mature evergreen and deciduous trees and a massive boulder. While you're at the park you may catch a glimpse of the abundant wildlife; ducks, woodpeckers, owls, frogs, blue herons and beaver.
The City is embarking on a Master Plan process for this park and invites you to be a part. There will be a series of public meetings where you are invited to help shape what this great park land becomes. See the Public Involvement page of this site for the latest meeting dates.


Site A is the portion of the park that was opened to the public in October 2011. It fronts SE 8th Street and is a total of 15.9 acres. This property includes a 3,460 sf house, wetlands, pastures and over a mile of wooded trails. This parcel was donated in 2011 with an extensive trail system already in place. A large volunteer work party prepared the site for the opening by clearing brush back off the trails, surfacing the trails, installing privacy plantings and repairing fences and boardwalk. City Staff installed a new kiosk and pedestrian gate for access. Currently, parking is available for park users along SE 8th Street.


Site B will be transferred to the City over the next five years. This parcel totals 20.41 acres of variable terrain. Site B adjoins Site A at the south east property corner and contains a series of wetlands and ponds, wooded trails and pasture land. It is fully fenced and also has a residence and several out buildings.

Site C is currently a private residence and is planned to be donated in the future; however, the timeline is currently unknown.

Site Address: 21805 SE 8th Street Sammamish, WA 98075


B Bridge
Park Commission Meeting  January 4th 2012  6:30 pm City Hall Council Chambers

 Hopes, Dreams and Fears
City Council Meeting  January 10th 2012  6:30 pm City Hall Council Chambers  Hopes, Dreams and Fears
Public Meeting #1  January 11th 2012  6:30 pm City Hall Council Chambers  Hopes, Dreams and Fears
Public Meeting #2 April 25th 2012,   6:30 pm City Hall Council Chambers

 Site Alternatives
Park Commission Meeting    May 9th, 2012
June 6th, 2012
6:30pm City Hall Council Chambers Site Alternatives
City Council Meeting  June 12th, 2012  6:30pm City Hall Council Chambers  Site Alternatives
Public Meeting #3 July 11, 2012  6:30 pm City Hall Council Chambers

Pubic Safety, Site Access, Parking and Building Uses
 Public Meeting #4 September 19, 2012  6:30 pm City Hall Council Chambers Preferred Alternative
Park Commission Meeting October 3, 2012  6:30 pm City Hall Council Chambers

 Preferred Alternative
City Council Meeting November 13, 2012
February 19, 2013
 6:30pm City Hall Council Chambers

 Preferred Alternative
SEPA Review March - May 2013  
Master Plan Adoption TBD    
Construction Documents TBD    
Permitting TBD    
Bid TBD    
Construction TBD    

The Parks & Recreation Department is conducting a series of public meetings January through August, 2012.   At these meetings, citizens are encouraged to share their thoughts, ideas, questions and concerns regarding this project and the long-term plans for the site.

To give your input on what you would like to see at Big Rock Park please complete the Big Rock Park survey.


Please see the Timeline tab for the full meeting schedule.

Public Meetings:

Public Meeting #1 - Hopes, Dreams and Fears
January 11, 2012  


Public Meeting # 2:  Design Alternatives
April 25, 2012
3 Design Alternatives

Public Meeting #3: Public Safety, Site Access, Parking and Buildings Uses
July 11, 2012

Public Meeting #4: Preferred Alternative
Preferred Alternative
September 19, 2012

Smith Elementary School Presentation
On June 1st, Parks and Recreation Staff and Parks Commissioner Pauline Cantor presented to the 4th grade classes at Samantha Smith Elementary School. 119 students worked in groups of 10-12 to contribute their ideas and vision for Big Rock Park.


Discovery Elementary School Presentation
Parks and Recreation Staff along with Parks Commissioner Pauline Cantor met with the 4th classes at Discovery Elementary School to hear their ideas for Big Rock Park.  After meeting in groups of 10-12, students presented their ideas and vision for our new park.


The public is also welcome and encouraged to attend Park Commission and City Council meetings when the Master Plan is being discussed

Park Commission Meetings:

January 4, 2012
May 9th, 2012
June 6th, 2012 
October 3, 2012

City Council Meetings:

January 10, 2012
June 12th, 2012 
November 13, 2012
February 19, 2013
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Rear-Freed House
Reard-Freed House with new siding and roof

The Reard-Freed House is a historic farmhouse owned by the City of Sammamish.

The house was recently moved to its new location at 1516 - 220th Ave SE in Sammamish, and renovation of the exterior will begin soon. The renovation will be done by the Sammamish Heritage Society.

For more information about the Reard-Freed House, visit the Sammamish Heritage Society’s website.

Staff Contact

Kellye Hilde, Project Manager, (425) 295-0582