Thank you all for attending the #WhyILoveKenmore Summer Festival on 8/26. See what happened, and what's in store:

 

The grand opening of Kenmore's new Town Square and Hangar was a hit! Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Kenmore on Saturday, August 26, to visit the new space and enjoy a community celebration that featured food vendors, musical guests, family-friendly activities, a beer garden, and many local vendors. This event was a great collaborative effort and would not have been successful without community participation. The City would like to thank the Kenmore community for their continued support in downtown Kenmore's redevelopment.

Mayor David Baker made opening remarks and talked about the history of Kenmore, the process of developing the Town Square and Hangar, and what’s in store for downtown Kenmore's future. He invited several guest speakers, including Councilmembers, former Mayor Deborah Chase, Senator David Frockt, King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski, and honored guests. 

The event highlighted great community spirit as people interacted with local businesses, painted rocks to hide around Kenmore, showed off their new Kenmore swag, and contributed to the "love wall" by sharing why they love Kenmore. To view video highlights from the celebration, click on the image above.

About Downtown Kenmore

The Town Square was designed by Hewitt Architects and the Hangar was designed by Graham Baba Architects. Both the Town Square and Hangar serve as a new community living room in the heart of downtown Kenmore. Together, the Town Square and Hangar serve as an indoor-outdoor space for the community to enjoy. This summer the Town Square hosted several musical performances and the Movies @ the Square series. The Hangar itself features two rooms -- the common area "Otter" with seating, a double-sided fireplace, a projector, and kids craft table, and a smaller multi-purpose room "Beaver" that features tables, chairs, and a TV. Both spaces will be available to reserve this October. But most of the time, these rooms will be available for the public to just “hang out.” Retail tenant Diva Espresso completes the Hangar by providing coffee, baked goods, sandwiches, smoothies, and other beverages including beer and wine.

In 2003, the City’s Downtown Task Force adopted a plan to redevelop downtown Kenmore. The grand opening of the Town Square and Hangar signifies the completion of one of many milestones, including the recently opened apartment complexes, LINQ Lofts + Flats and Spencer 68 Apartments + Lofts. 

Fronting 68th Avenue, the first floor of the LINQ will include medical offices, including Evergreen Health System’s 7-day-a-week urgent care facility.

In the near future, there are plans to construct a sit-down restaurant with office space on the west side of Town Square and a mixed-use building with commercial and residential space on the north side of Town Square. The developer began the permitting process for the restaurant and is expected to complete construction by summer or fall 2018. To view upcoming development plans and renderings, visit.

Additional projects such as the sidewalk installations along NE 181st Street and the Tolt Trail improvements enhance walkability in downtown Kenmore. Along with the new Hangar and Town Square, and the two apartment complexes, downtown Kenmore is is emerging as a walkable destination. See Kenmore’s downtown featured in the Seattle Times article on September 12, 2017.

Taking advantage of the warm weather, hundreds of families came out to enjoy the water feature, interact with the fire truck and excavator, play in the bounce house, draw sidewalk art, and more.

The Greater Bothell Chamber of Commerce sponsored the beer garden that included local brewers from Brew Row, 192 Brewing Company, 9 Yards Brewing, and Cairn Brewing.  

Diva Espresso shared coffee and baked good samples during the celebration. Diva Espresso's regular hours are 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Monday - Saturday and 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Musical guests Gaby Borromeo (Kenmore native, 'The Voice' contestant), Alison Banchero (Bothell native, student), and Marina and the Dreamboats (Seattle band, pictured above) performed a variety of songs from pop to funk. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To view more photos from the event, visit our new Flickr account

Last updated: Tue, 09/19/2017 - 1:57pm