City of Federal Way
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 1950’s. The city was incorporated on February 28th, 1990.
About Federal Way, Washington
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 1990’s semi-urban development, characterized by landscaped off-street multi-structure apartment complexes and shopping centers. The Commons at Federal Way (previously Sea-Tac 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.
Major City and State Parks:
- Steel Lake Park – Located at 2410 S 312th St, Federal Way, WA 98003. Park provides a large lakefront area with picnic areas, playground and boat launch.
- Celebration Park – Located at 1095 S 324th St, Federal Way, WA 98003. Park highlighted with sports fields and wooded trails, along with a spectacular Independence Day fireworks every 4th of July.
- The BPA Trail – Extends from the entrance to Celebration Park West to approximately 18th Ave SW, then South to the Pierce County border. This paved trail lies under the Bonneville Power Admin transmission line.
- Dash Point State Park – Located at 5700 SW Dash Point Road, Federal Way, WA 98023. Federal Way’s only developed waterfront park that includes a network of hiking trails and campgrounds.
- Five Mile Lake – Located at 36429 44th Ave S, Auburn, WA 98001. In the unincorporated area on the east side of town families can enjoy the Five Mile Lake Park Playground or take part in some fishing.
- West Hylebos Wetlands Park – Located at 411 S 348th St, Federal Way, WA 98003. The park is mainly composed of wetlands and forest spanning over 120 acres. Families can explore this wild life refuge and conservation on many nature hiking trails provided.
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