Federal Way

Federal Way

Federal Way

Federal Way

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About Federal Way, Washington

Originally a logging settlement, the area was first called "Federal Way" in 1929, when Federal Way School District #210 was created. The name derived from Federal Highway U.S. 99 (now State Route 99 or Pacific Highway South), which ran from Everett and Seattle to Tacoma.  Federal Way High School opened in 1930, and the local Chamber of Commerce adopted the name in the early 1950s.  The city was incorporated on February 28, 1990.

Federal Way is home to Weyerhaeuser, the largest private owner of softwood timberland in the world. Weyerhaeuser has opened much of its land to the public, including two botanical gardens: the Rhododendron Species Foundation and Botanical Garden, and the Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection. Federal Way is also home to the US office headquarters of World Vision.

Other attractions in the city include the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, which features an Olympic size swimming pool and had been used for the 1990 Goodwill Games, and Celebration Park, with sports fields and wooded trails. The city has also developed many lake front and neighborhood parks and playgrounds.

Wild Waves Theme Park, the largest amusement park in the region, is known as Wild Waves and Enchanted Village. It is located on the south side of the city and is the Seattle area's only permanent amusement park. Six Flags purchased Wild Waves in December 2000. However after low sales, Six Flags sold the park in April 2007 to Parc Management LLC of Jacksonville, Florida for $31.75 million.

Federal Way is locally identified by its 1990s semi-urban development, characterized by landscaped off-street multi-structure apartment complexes and shopping centers. The Commons at Federal Way (previously SeaTac Mall), the city's only indoor shopping center, is located on S 320th St. and Pacific Hwy South (State Route 99) near the city's main Interstate 5 exit. Preview Homes for Sale in Federal Way Today!

Trilliums at Dash Point State Park

Major city and state parks:

  • Steel Lake Park – located on S 312th St just east of Pacific Hwy S; large lakefront area with picnic areas, playground, and boat launch.
  • Celebration Park – on 11th Ave S just south of S 324th St; with sports fields and wooded trails, and Independence Day fireworks.
  • Dash Point State Park – on SW Dast Point Rd at the west end of town; the city's only developed waterfront park, with hiking trails and campground.
  • Five Mile Lake – on Military Rd S and S 364th St in the unincorporated area on the east side of town.
  • West Hylebos Wetlands Park – at S 348th St and 4th Ave S, hiking trails through wetlands.
  • The BPA Trail extending from the entrance to Celebration Park west to approximately 18th Ave SW, then south to the Pierce County border. The trail is paved and lies under the Bonneville Power Administration transmission line.

Welcome to Federal Way, Washington

Location

47°18′46″N 122°20′21″W
Approximately

Population

Approximately 89307 (2010 Census)

Housing costs

Apartment rental cost (median): 1700 monthly
Home rental cost (median): 1800 monthly
Home purchase price (median): 300000

Helpful Contact Information

Public Safety

Law Enforcement

Federal Way Police Department
(253) 835-6700
http://www.cityoffederalway.com/index.aspx?NID=161

Hospital

St. Frances Hospital
(253) 248-4591
http://www.fhshealth.org/St-Francis-Hospital/

Utilities

Water Service

Lakehaven Utility District
(253) 941-1516
http://www.lakehaven.org

Electricity Service

Puget Sound Energy
(888) 225-5773
http://www.pse.com

Natural Gas Service

Puget Sound Energy
(888) 225-5773
http://www.pse.com

Waste and Recycling Service

Waste Management
(800) 592-9995
http://www.wm.com