What is land acquisition?
Land acquisition is the process of procuring property through purchase, donation, conservation, etc. Between 1999 and 2021, the City has acquired 675 acres of public land.
Why is the City acquiring land?
The recent increase in private development throughout Sammamish has started conversations about acquiring more land to:
- protect habitat;
- retain tree canopy; and
- preserve the natural beauty and character of the community.
The City Council and City Administration are committed to preserving open space in Sammamish for the benefit of future generations. The City recognizes public acquisition may provide the only opportunity to preserve land under increasing development pressure. The primary goal of the land evaluation process is to guide the preservation of the City’s remaining relatively undeveloped parcels.
Land Acquisition Strategy & Implementation Program
In 2017, the City adopted a Land Acquisition Strategy & Implementation Program. There are two purposes to this program:
- The first is prioritizing acquisition efforts.
- The second is standardizing the evaluation process used by City staff to screen properties for Council consideration.
The early stages of this program involved an extensive public outreach process. The intent was to better understand specific community desires regarding new land acquisitions. The results confirmed that the community overwhelmingly supports the acquisition of land for public use.
The community’s highest priorities are for:
- new trails;
- preserving tree canopy;
- protecting streams and corridors;
- preserving wildlife habitat; and
- increasing waterfront access.
Acquisition efforts are focused on properties that will help preserve Sammamish’s natural beauty and provide greater recreational opportunities. Acquisition can support the vision of trail connectivity.
Sammamish Park Land Acquisition History
|Year Acquired||Park Name||Acreage|
|1999||East Sammamish Park||19|
|1999||Evans Pond Trail||0.5|
|1999||Northeast Sammamish Park||6|
|1999||Pine Lake Park||19|
|2000||Evans Creek Preserve||174|
|2001||Ebright Creek Park||12|
|2002||Beaver Lake Preserve||59|
|2003||Beaver Lake Park||83|
|2005||Additional Evans Creek Preserve Parcels||5|
|2007||Steve and Rosina Kipper Preserve||17|
|2008||Additional Sammamish Landing Parcels||6.3|
|2011||Big Rock Park Site A||16|
|2011||Thirty Acres Park (Soaring Eagle)||30|
|2013||Additional Evans Creek Preserve Parcels||28|
|2013||Additional Parcels Along Sahalee Way||7|
|2013||Big Rock Park Site B||20|
|2018||Additional Parcels Along Sahalee Way||11.15|
|2018||Property Along George Davis Creek||0.75|
|2018||Beaton Hill Park||9.32|
|2020||Property Along NE 6th St||13.7|
|2021||Big Rock Park South||14.87|
Suggest a site!
The City is currently accepting site nominations for staff consideration. If you think the City should consider a specific property, please give us more information using the Site Nomination Form.