Northwest NEWS

August 16, 1999

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Preston community celebrates as Vision becomes reality

   King County Executive Ron Sims joined with the residents of Preston last week to celebrate several dreamed-of projects that together comprise the Preston Vision that, when complete, will create a regional gateway to the Snoqualmie Valley.

   Fearing the impacts of encroaching growth, the citizens of this small rural timber town banded together to develop a plan for their future. They created a partnership with King County to articulate a future vision that emphasizes the critical role this city plays in linking the past, present and future of King County.

   "Preston is in a unique location," said Sims. "It sits at the gateway to the Snoqualmie Valley and on the edge of urban/suburban growth. The community realized growth posed a threat to the character of the community and its rural lifestyle. Together, we mapped out a vision to retain the historical, natural, and cultural resources to benefit not only people who lived there, but all of us in King County."

   The "vision" is to protect the natural beauty of the area while enhancing it with new educational and interpretive facilities, keeping Preston the livable, small-scale community it is, added Doug McClelland, Preston Community Club president.

   Sims said nearly $6 million has been invested over the last three years to make the Preston Vision a reality.

   Included in the Preston Vision are projects that tie together five physically distinct areas in and around Preston that, when complete, will ensure active recreation, cultural heritage, education, and permanent open spaces. The projects are:

   Planning will begin with a meeting on September 13 at 7 p.m. at the Preston Community Center.