Samammish is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and overlooks the pristine Lake Sammamish. Samammish offers views of the Seattle skyline and the Olympic Mountains to the West and the Cascade Mountains grandeur to the East. Community-organized events include a weekly farmers’ market, a “Concerts in the Park” series, Shakespeare in the Park, Sammamish Days and Nights Jazz Music, and an annual arts fair.
Sammamish was incorporated in August of 1999 and is currently the home to 45,000 people. The city has been busy since incorporation, building new roads, designing parks and creating other exciting community infrastructures, such as; The Sammamish Commons project which has two development sites. The “upper site” will include the city hall, parking, active recreation areas and open areas. The upper site encompasses the development of approximately 30 acres of land. The upper site will also include a youth activity area with a sport court, skate park, and climbing wall. The second is simply referenced to as the “lower site” which encompasses 20 acres. Development of the lower site will be primarily for passive use. The existing wetlands and buffers will be preserved. Structures proposed for the park include three picnic shelters, a viewing tower and a playground. The remainder of the site will be maintained in undeveloped grass land. In addition, planting includes a Northwest garden and orchard, large lawn areas and mixed grass areas that will be similar to the existing pasture grasses at the site.
The city offers plenty of recreation opportunities for it s very active community. There are several city parks to hike and explore including Beaver Lake Park, Pine Lake Park, Sammamish Park, and Ebright Creek Park. Sammamish also has two private golf courses a Sahalee Country Club and the Plateau Club.
The City of Sammamish is ranked 15th in Money Magazine’s 2011 annual ranking of the 100 best places to live in the U.S. “If you’re looking for the Pacific Northwest ideal–snow-capped mountains and scenic lakes–Sammamish might be for you. “. It was also rated Best Suburb to Raise a Family in Washington State in 2015.