Early Kenmore residents were mill workers and many others enjoyed the hunting and fishing opportunities here. Population grew after World War I, and by the end of the 20th century, Kenmore found itself in an uncomfortably tight situation between the expanding cities of Bothell and Lake Forest Park. The community already had 17,000 residents, and with more on the way a new plan for managing all of the people was needed. So, in 1998, the town incorporated and has enjoyed harmony and prosperity ever since.
Activities and Attractions
The most widely known attraction in Kenmore is Saint Edward State Park, which has a rich history all its own. Originally a Native American camping and fishing ground, the land was purchased by the Archdiocese of Seattle and a Catholic seminary school was built. Eventually, the land was sold back to the state to be used as a park. Now, there are many miles of trails, waterfront activities, and one of the coolest play structures you’ll ever see.
Other local gems include Golden Fleece Billiards, where you can knock around a few balls for fun or join in one of their many tournaments, Snapdoodle Toys, which not only sells fun things for kids but also holds arts and crafts classes, and Ikiiki Sushi.