One of King County’s newest cities, Kenmore was incorporated in 1998. It crowns the north shore of Lake Washington with easy access to Seattle, Bellevue and Everett. Residents and visitors alike appreciate Kenmore’s prime location, family friendly neighborhoods, outdoor recreational opportunities, the investments in Kenmore’s downtown and traffic projects, and the entrepreneurial spirit of Kenmore’s business community.
Kenmore businesses range from 70 year old family company (still located where it begins), to startups mentored in the Kenmore Business Incubator Program, to home based sole proprietorships. Local businesses benefit from a supportive City Hall with business friendly policies, including a streamlined permitting process, no B&O tax, and capacity for commercial and residential development.
Kenmore is investing in safety improvements on the City’s transportation corridors, including more than $80 million in infrastructure investment and beautification along SR 522, which is improving traffic flow and pedestrian safety. Likewise, ongoing economic development strategies are promoting a robust and active downtown. Recent investments include a new City Hall, a new library, and Kenmore Village, a 9.6 acre multiuse development that will bring downtown living and retailers to the city center.
Kenmore is home to abundant outdoor spaces and parks, including the 300+ acre St Edward State Park with hiking and mountain bike trails and play fields. Kenmore also has a burgeoning craft beer community, a historic golf course and numerous water activities along 7.8 miles of shoreline. The Burke Gilman Trail extends 18 miles, linking Kenmore not only to Seattle, but also the Sammamish River Trail and Marymoor Park in Redmond. No wonder Kenmore has received the Playful City USA designation for the last six years in a row!
Kenmore has safe neighborhoods, incredible parks, cultural activities, an exceptional public school system, access to higher education, central location, and great regional connections by highway, transit, seaplane, bike trail or boat. But most importantly, there is a spirit of enthusiasm throughout the community for the positive change and development happening in Kenmore