Evans Creek Preserve Project

Parking and Preserve Access

Watch a video tour of the new amenity and see the ribbon cutting.

Lower Evans Creek Preserve Parking Lot and Trailhead

4001 224th Ave NE
Redmond, WA 98053
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Directions: From Sahalee Way NE take a right on Hwy 202 (Redmond-Fall City Road). Go approximately 2 miles and take a right on 224th Ave NE/NE 34th Street. Go 500' and Evans Creek Preserve will be on your right.

Upper Evans Creek Preserve Parking Lot and Trailhead

3650 Sahalee Way NE
Sammamish, WA 98075
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Directions: The Sahalee parking lot and trailhead is located across the street from NE Sammamish Park, north of the Sahalee Way NE and NE 36th Street intersection.

*The safest pedestrian route to the Sahalee parking lot coming from the west is to cross at NE 37th Way (traffic stop) and continue south to the parking lot staying within the shoulder

Park Hours:

Dawn until Dusk


Park Amenities:

2.6 miles of hiking trails (easy - difficult)
Park Restrooms
Wildlife Viewing Areas
Picnic Areas


Taking the kiddo's to ECP? Be sure to bring along the Evans Creek Preserve Educational Flyer

Project Updates

Join the Washington Trails Association in April and help build trails out at Evans Creek Preserve. For more information and to register, please visit the WTA website at www.wta.org.

Project Overview

Opening in the fall of 2011, Evans Creek Preserve (ECP) is located in unincorporated King County on the city of Sammamish’s northern border. This undeveloped open space includes a segment of Evans Creek, large areas of wetlands, steep slopes, and open meadow areas. A diverse collection of wildlife calls ECP home, including deer, black bears, hawks, songbirds, and beavers.


The first phase of construction was completed in September 2011 and includes a 10-stall parking lot, tool shed for volunteer work parties, informational kiosks, park restrooms and over 2 miles of trails. A majority of the trails were built in partnership with the Washington Trail Association, a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve, enhance and promote hiking opportunities in Washington State through collaboration, education, advocacy and volunteer trail maintenance. In addition, members of the community, corporations, nonprofits, church and school groups volunteered and helped build the first phase of ECP. Get more information regarding phase I construction.

Starting in January 2013, park planning staff started working on phase II design which includes adding approximately 2 miles trails on the southern slopes of the Preserve. Construction of the new trails started in May 2014 and will be completed by the end of 2015. The parking lot and trailhead opened at end of August 2014 with parking stalls added, a new park kiosk, site furnishing, park entry signs and landscaping.

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Goals and Benefits:

1. Protect, enhance and restore sensitive areas.
2. Protect soil stability onsite, surface waters from pollution and water quality of Evans Creek.
3. Plan for appropriate public access including recreational and educational opportunities.


1. Project SEPA
2. HPA
3. Construction NPDES
4. King County Clear and Grade
5. King County Building Permit
6. King County Department of Health
7. King County Demolition Permit


$850,000 in the City's 2011/2012 CIP Fund for Phase I design and construction.
$250,000 in the City's 2013/2014 CIP Fund for Phase II design and construction.
$25,000 in the City's 2015/2016 CIP Fund for Phase II trail construction.

Project Timeline

Master Plan to Phased Construction

Public Meetings June - September 2007
Park Commission Updates June 2007 - December 2008
City Council Updates June 2007 - December 2008
Master Plan Adoption September 2009
Phase I Construction Documents Fall 2010
Phase I Permitting Winter 2010/2011
Phase I Bid Spring 2011
Phase I Construction Summer 2011
Park Opening Fall 2011
On-Going Volunteer Work Parties and Partnerships January - December 2012
Phase II Design and Construction Documents January - December 2013
Phase II Permitting January - February 2014
Phase II Bid (parking lot improvements) April 2014
Phase II Construction April/May 2014 - August 2014
Sahalee Parking Lot and Trail Connection Opening August 1, 2014

Developing a Long Term Strategy for Evans Creek Preserve


The Parks & Recreation Department conducted a series of public meetings June through October, 2007. At the meetings, citizens were encouraged to share their thoughts, ideas, questions and concerns regarding the project and the long-term plans for the site.

In 2007, an online survey regarding the project was conducted. The survey ran from May 24 through June 13, 2007.Results were shared at the June 6, 2007 public meeting.

Public Meetings
June 6, 2007
July 18, 2007
September 5, 2007


Giving Back to Trails and Your Community!


Trail Building Work Parties at Evans Creek Preserve

Washington Trails Association is back and will be building more trails at Evans Creek Preserve starting March 31st. For more information and to sign up please visit the WTA website at www.wta.org. No experience necessary! Expect to learn how to build and maintain trails, have fun and help complete new trails at the Preserve.

To learn more about all the quirks and perks of trail work visit the WTA's list of Frequently Asked Questions and browse through their Trail Work Guide.

Staff Contact

Kellye Hilde, Project Manager, (425) 295-0582