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I would like to thank the Federal Way Mirror for the opportunity to write to you in the 2016 edition of Explore Federal Way. This piece serves as a wonderful way to highlight all of the fantastic opportunities Federal Way offers to residents and visitors alike. We are a growing and culturally diverse community located at the cross-section of travel and commerce in Western Washington. Taking advantage of our prime Jim Ferrell City of Federal Way Mayor location and population boom, we are working hard to create exciting contact: new opportunities for families and jim.ferrell@ businesses alike – while working cityoffederalway.com to preserve our history and incorporate where we are headed in the future. We have worked to build a new and stronger sense of community and have begun the redevelopment of our downtown. We are laying the foundation for a robust town center that will create jobs and opportunity for this and future generations. Next summer, we will open a world-class Performing Arts and Event Center (PAEC) which will provide a venue for residents to stay local, take in a show or a meal, and shop downtown. The PAEC will bring in conferences and will be a superb place to hold corporate meetings, weddings, and local

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galas like those of the Federal Way Chamber or the Rotary’s annual events. As important as the PAEC is, right next door is the catalyst that launched the entire redevelopment of our downtown – Town Square Park. The impact of green space and walkability in a city center cannot be underestimated. This jewel of our community will feature a spray park, walking trail, 4-acre lawn, a future Veterans Monument, vegetated green roofs, and other environmentally friendly features that make Town Square Park unique in our region. The fun begins July 9, 2016, at noon, and I hope to see you there! With 32 parks in all, our city offers many options for local families and visitors. Celebration Park continues to impress, drawing thousands of people a year for sports tournaments. These guests fill our hotels and shop in our stores, generating millions in revenue for our city annually. Federal Way does not have a B&O (business and operations) tax, and the cost to operate a business in our town remains low for the region. We have great neighborhoods with stunning Puget Sound views, and new construction is popping up all over town. As positive as the new developments throughout our town are, our greatest asset continues to be the more than 95,000 people who call Federal Way home. Whether it is our faith community, active service clubs, students and teachers, or new homeowners looking to start their lives here, Federal Way continues to be a community where opportunity thrives.

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By Lisa Casterella For the Mirror

Dana and Lisa go for a hike at Dash Point State Park. Photo: Lisa Casterella

A densely wooded greenbelt greets visitors as they enter Dash Point State Park, located in Federal Way at 5700 SW Dash Point Rd, Federal Way. The 398-acre Washington State Park offers 3,300 feet of shoreline along Puget Sound with 140 campsites and 11 miles of trails for hiking, running and mountain biking. Hiking elevations are zero to moderate, and many unpaved sections of trails offer tranquil areas to observe wildlife. Dogs on a leash, seniors, couples and families make their way from the Day-Use parking lot to the beach with coolers, towels, shovels and sand toys. The approximate distance during low tide from the parking lot to shoreline is about a half-mile. Be prepared: even on a very warm day, the beach is much cooler thanks to strong breezes off of Puget Sound. Bathrooms, an outdoor shower, picnic tables and

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barbecue pits are all in close proximity to the parking lot along with garbage and recycling disposal. Choppy waves hit the beach at low tide to allow swimmers to dip their toes in the water or go swimming. Several hundred feet from shore, one paddle boarder seems to be working very hard to head north while barely making progress amid the white caps. Through it all, couples are beach-combing, a man and his son are scanning the area with a metal detector, kids are making sand castles, teens are listening to music and babies are sleeping. The good mood seems contagious. The dogs are well behaved, too! On the eastern side of the parking lot, hikers and runners are headed with backpacks, water bottles and ear buds into the woods. The greenery and sounds of wildlife take over as one progresses away from street noise into this place of varied vegetation and old-growth trees. One young man and his girlfriend have just run a mile from a northern neighborhood trail and are headed back. “I run anywhere from two to five or six miles on a regular basis all over these trails,” he says. There are also a number of seniors making their way back from a three-mile hike. Back on the beach, folks are throwing Frisbees. Daredevils on skim boards – small wood or fiberglass boards – are running down a small stream along the beach and attempting to catch air off a ramp that someone has brought. Headed towards the parking lot, Federal Way resident Jeff Blankenship carried what looks like giant clams or small geoducks in a netted bag. “I’m going home to look up exactly what they are,” he says. A Discover Pass is required to enter the park, but there are Discover Park Free Days (the next is Aug. 25). One-day passes are $10 or $30 per year plus fees (about $1-$5). Visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov for more information. For more information on Dash Point State Park, visit www.parks. wa.gov for a detailed map of the area.

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Federal Way Farmers Market emphasizes community first Up to 30 farmers will be at market during peak season By Andrew Fickes For the Mirror

If you’re looking to grab a quick lunch or some fresh fruits and vegetables to bring home, try the Federal Way Farmers Market from 9 am-3 pm each Saturday from May through October. The market is located in the Commons Mall Sears parking lot. Rose Ehl and her daughter, Karla Kolibab, have presented the open-air bazaar since 2004, helping it grow more and more in size and community reach. “This is our 13th year for the market,” said Kolibab, the market manager. In 2003, Ehl decided to formally launch a nonprofit to support a local farmers market as part of her culminating project in the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce’s Advancing Leadership

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For the first time this year, the Federal Way Farmers Market is a Fresh Bucks participant, a program that matches dollar-for-dollar up to $10 on a family’s EBT card to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. Photo: Andrew Fickes

class. She enlisted the help of her daughter, who moved from Ohio, and in its first year the market started strong with 30 vendors, including several regional farmers. Today, the market supports 70 vendors from week to week, including up to 30 farmers in peak season during August and September. “Peak season is when we get peaches, corn and fresh apples,” Ehl said. “With the warmer weather this year, strawberries and Bing cherries were two weeks early.” Farmers come from the Puyallup Valley, the Kent area, and Yakima, Quincy, Wenatchee and Sunnyside in eastern ...see Market, PAGE 7

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Washington, to name a few. And for the first time, the Federal Way Farmers Market, along with other South King County markets, will be part of the Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment’s Fresh Bucks program, which helps lowincome families from foodinsecure homes have better access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Those families on state food assistance with $2 or more on their Electronic Benefits Transfer card can visit the information booth at the Federal Way Farmers Market to swipe their card for Fresh Bucks. The market will provide a dollar-fordollar match up to $10 per EBT card per market day to purchase veggie starts, fruit, herbs and vegetables. Ehl said the goal of the market is to help the community. “What we wanted to do was become a community market, as well as a farmers market,” she said. “Every time someone asks, ‘Can we have something in your

market?’ we will help them out. It helps to bring them exposure and helps the community.” One favorite special event is pet day, which had its opening day on May 28 and will occur again June 25, July 16, Aug. 20, Sept. 17, and Oct. 1, with the October pet day featuring a 1-mile Bark for Life Pet Parade around the mall that benefits the American Cancer Society. “Pet day

consists of vendors like Mud Bay who bring in a pet adoption agency and animals for adoption,” Ehl said. Another special event each year that draws crowds is Community Resource Day, which falls on July 30 this year. Organizations represented will include service clubs, shelters, food banks, nonprofits and churches. WIC, the special supplemental nutrition program, will also be there distributing WIC checks for use at the market. “The lines here are huge,” Ehl said. “The people turn around with their WIC checks.” The market season will close on Oct. 29. For vendor applications and more information, visit federalwayfarmersmarket. com.

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Get all ‘Decked-Out’ and see the “Decked-Out: From Scroll to Skateboard exhibit at the Pacific Bonsai Museum By Carly Calabrese For the Mirror

The Pacific Bonsai Museum in Federal Way is a must-see for those who have never been. The museum, located at 2515 S. 336th Street, displays 60 of the 150 bonsai trees that comprise its collection, making the Pacific Bonsai Museum the most geographically

diverse collection in the United States. With a deep commitment to free access for all, the Museum welcomes 30,000 visitors a year from nearly every state and more than 30 foreign countries. Pacific Bonsai Museum’s mission is to “Connect people to nature through the living art of bonsai.” It's open Tuesdays through Sundays from

10 am-4 pm year-round and 10 am-7 pm from March to September on the third Thursdays of the month, closing only for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The museum's “Decked-Out: From Scroll to Skateboard” exhibit began this year on April 30 and will run ...see Bonsai, PAGE 9

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through Oct. 2, pairing the arts of bonsai and skate decks in a tokonoma presentation. “Tokonoma” is a small Japanese interior alcove, similar to a mantel of a fireplace, and is a room’s focal point where cherished art and objects are displayed. It generally consists of a bonsai, a hanging scroll and a small accent plant or art object, with the scroll anchoring the display both visually and thematically. The “Decked-Out” exhibit’s goal is to reinterpret the traditional hanging scroll used in bonsai displays with modern skate deck art. “Decked-Out: From Scroll to Skateboard” features 16 tokonomastyle displays, each with a custom skate deck painted by a talented Pacific Northwest urban muralists. Artists were paired with a bonsai to create a work that combines traditional motifs and modern graffiti styles, establishing as a new interpretation of bonsai display. It's the first time “Decked-Out”

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will be featured at the museum. “Everyone who loves trees, and who doesn’t!” said Kathy McCabe, executive director for the museum. “Pacific Bonsai Museum is a green oasis; a place of serenity, renewal and inspiration. The Pacific Bonsai Museum connects people to nature through the living art of bonsai. We encourage people

to get outside, be surprised, and connect with living art.” The Weyerhaeuser Company, which built and owned the campus that houses the museum, opened the bonsai collection in 1989 during the Washington State Centennial. The Pacific Bonsai Museum was established as a nonprofit organization in late 2013.

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BPA Trail in Federal Way By Carly Calabrese For the Mirror

Federal Way’s BPA Trail is a meandering path that opens from its official entrance at Celebration Park on 324th Street. The main trail runs for 3.6 miles to Madrona Park, where it dead ends, but there are multiple side trails running anywhere from 1 to 3.4 miles. “Huge recreational opportunities, schools adjacent, numerous people of all ages for health and fitness, walking, [and] there’s an active group of bikers for motorized transportation as well,” said Jason Gerwen, Parks and Facilities Manager for the city of Federal Way. “There are active volunteers that assist with graffiti. The community brings so many intangible elements that you can’t put a dollar amount on. If more communities had that they would be better places.” Gerwen recommends the trail to “people of all ages. It’s adjacent to local communities, Celebration and Madrona Park, and has a little bit of something for everyone. You can ride a bike, walk, off-road for skateboarders...” The list goes on. The BPA Trail, in addition to being a great spot to take in some greenery or get some exercise, is a foot-path for pedestrian commutes, linking neighborhoods in the city’s center to downtown. But mostly it’s just a great way to enjoy a stroll. “It’s all free,” Gerwen said. “There are great scenic views, great opportunities for families on bike and the trail has no cars or traffic, and it’s safe. There are views of Mt. Rainier and rolling hills; it’s beautiful.” For more information, call the General Parks line at 253-835-6960.

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PowellsWood Garden great for a first date or to enjoy nature By Carly Calabrese For the Mirror

PowellsWood Garden is a perfect destination for a leisurely walks in the verdant outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. Spread across three acres and nestled against another 35 acres of native successional forest, the garden, located in Federal Way at 430 South Dash Point Road, has cobblestone walking paths, a winding stream and a pond that blends gently into the forest and ravines of Redondo’s historic upper Cold Creek watershed. A conservatorystyle Garden Room is available to rent for business meetings, weddings, photos, classes, reunions and other great events. “PowellsWood is a beautiful example of the multifaceted nature of gardens,” said Kristine Dillinger, program coordinator for the garden. “It is living art, a huge biological filter, a teaching tool, a home to wildlife and a gathering place for people to relax and celebrate. This ability to provide whatever you most need at that moment is the magic of a garden.” PowellsWood is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. between April 1 and Oct. 31. General admission to the garden is free for members or $7 ($5 for youth aged 6-18; children 5 and under are free). The garden is closed on all major holidays except Mother’s Day. Open guided tours will be offered July 25, July 30, Aug. 13 and Sept. 10, providing individuals or small groups the chance to join a guided tour that typically requires groups of 10 or more. Registration is required. For more information about the site’s gardens and events happening throughout the summer, visit powellswood.org.

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West Hylebos Wetlands Park By Carly Calabrese For the Mirror

For information, visit cityoffederalway.com or call the General Parks line at 253-835-6960.

All ages and fitness levels can enjoy Federal Way’s West Hylebos Wetlands Park for a walk on its picturesque boardwalk and through the nature that surrounds it. The park is located at 411 S. 348th St., Federal Way. Cabins owned by the Federal Way Historical Society are located in the parking lot and are used for special events or special requests. The 1.7-mile flat boardwalk and partial trail are musts. They’re both nestled in the park, which has nature galore for anyone who visits. “Anyone interested in the outdoors, anyone who needs a break from the rush of city life, a toddler in a stroller, or an elderly person that can’t walk anymore in

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Surf’s up at Wild Waves and Enchanted Village By Carly Calabrese For the Mirror

Wild Waves Water Park and Enchanted Village is the only combined water and amusement park in Washington, and it’s right here in Federal Way at 36201 Enchanted Pkwy. S. The park offers numerous ride and water attractions as well as games, events, seasonal attractions and opportunities to shop and dine. “It has the best of both worlds,” said Aisha Owens, marketing manager for the park. “There’s water to cool off and thrill rides to make you feel like a kid all over again!” The park opened solely as Enchanted

Village in 1977 with only nine rides available, and Wild Waves Water Park was built in 1984. The twin parks grew over the years and now feature almost 40 rides and attractions. “There are cozy cabanas for mom and dad to relax in, kiddie rides, sing-a-longs,

and a special water area for the little ones,” Owens said. “There are crazy fast moving waterslides and tummy-turning big metal rides for the older kids or grown-ups that just want to hang like a kid for the day.” For more information, visit wildwaves. com.

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Federal Way’s Town Square Park is here to stay. After a year of construction on the redesign, visitors will be able to enjoy a looping pathway, great lawn, spray park and playground at the new 4-acre park starting July 9. The $2.1 million park, with $400,000 for a stormwater project that includes a rain garden, will give residents and the Federal Way business community a place to congregate in the summer months.

“It’s going to be a phenomenal park in our downtown,” said John Hutton, the city’s director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services. Park-goers can park in the parking lot or find space at the nearby Transit Center before entering from the east, west, or south sides. On the northwest side of the park, there will be restrooms with vegetated roof, a playground and a spray park that features a three-column fountain/art piece with the ability to pump 210 gallons per minute. The columns will differ in size – 12, 10 and 9 feet tall. Several nozzles will surround the columns and will shoot water at random. “I can be authentic in my bias and tell

you that I think we have a better park with a spray feature than most of our neighbors that have parks with a spray feature,” Hutton said. Parents can relax on a natural rock wall to watch their kids or take to a nearby table and chairs to eat lunch. The playground includes a 66-foot-long zip line that can hold 700 pounds per seat (there’s two) and two explorer domes. One dome is for 2- to 5-year-olds while the other is more complex and caters to 5- to 12-year-olds. A bumblebee and lady bug act as spring toys, and don’t forget to try the multi-directional “Oodle” swing. ...see TOWN SQUARE, PAGE 23

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Retreat to Federal Way’s By Carly Calabrese For the Mirror

On the northeast side of the park are two basketball courts – a small half-court for children and a larger half-court. Across from the courts is a picnic table shelter that will have a roof-top garden. The rain garden will be at the southeast corner of the park and will act as a filtration system for Hylebos Creek, the city’s prime salmon-bearing stream. The park’s southwest corner will feature a designated space to host special events, such as concerts, movies and more. Also there is the city’s holiday tree. The following events will take place at Town Square Park: Movies In the Park will showcase a free viewing of “Pan” at 9 p.m. on July 30 and “Inside Out” at 8 p.m. on Aug. 27. Two Summer Sounds Concert Series events will also be held: The Marlin James Band will perform Aug. 17, and Sin City will be featured Aug. 24. The Tree Lighting ceremony will take place from 4-5 p.m. on Dec. 3 and will cost $10 per child with pre-registration. Hot chocolate, Santa and real reindeer will all make appearances at the Tree Lighting. The city expects food trucks will make regular appearances and has confirmed Gogi on the Go for the park’s grand opening, which will be from 12-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. Guests will be greeted with a welcome from the mayor, a ribbon-cutting and the activation of the spray park along with performances from the Spazmatics and the Afrodisiacs. For more information, visit www.cityoffederalway. com.

The Dumas Bay Centre in Federal Way has quite a story. Nuns from the Sisters of Visitation Monastery came to the United States in 1799 and founded Georgetown Visitation Convent outside Washington, DC. They spent the next few decades setting up schools throughout the U.S., coming to Washington in 1891 to found the Visitation Academy in Tacoma. The sisters opened the Monastery of the Visitation in 1957 on a secluded 12-acre site in Federal Way, using the building as the Visitation Retreat House for Women to shelter sisters “a weekend with God.” Prayer, rest and quiet reflection provided opportunities for spiritual renewal, either privately or in groups. The retreats were well received. The resident sisters fed, counseled and tended to the women who came for retreats. Chores were required to maintain the sprawling building and grounds, and the upkeep work was done on top of the sisters' five hours per day of monastic rituals –liturgies, Mass and 90 minutes of meditation. The monastic life carried on, the sisters' numbers dwindling, until 1993, when the remaining eight sisters at the Visitation Retreat House decided to close up shop. It was the last monastery of its kind on the West Coast. In the sister’s 35-year residency in Federal Way, more than 4,500 women attended retreats.

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The city of Federal Way purchased the property from the sisters in 1993, renaming it the Dumas Bay Centre, and began using the site as a retreat and conference destination. “We host overnight retreats, day meetings [and] social events, including weddings, anniversaries and holiday parties,” said Robert Ettinger, Dumas Bay Centre Manager. “We also have a 234-seat live performance center called the Knutzen Family Theatre that is managed for performances by Centerstage Theatre.” Dumas Bay Sanctuary Park is walking distance from the Centre, but it shouldn't be overlooked. “It’s literally a tucked away gem,” said Jason Gerwen, Parks and Facilities Manager for the city of Federal Way. “It’s got maybe 20 parking spots at most on a secluded road and a 3/4 of a mile walk to the beach right on the Puget Sound with stunning views of Dumas Bay.” The bay is a nearby way to spot the great blue heron, a wading bird that can reach lengths of over four feet from beak to tail and has a wingspan of up to sixand-a-half feet. It's the largest heron in North America and has a long history with Dumas Bay. “It used to be a huge nesting spot in the 1930s and 1940s,” Gerwen said. The Dumas Bay Sanctuary Park is located at 30844 44th Ave. SW, Federal Way. The boardwalk is currently closed for repairs. For more information, please visit: www.dumasbaycentre.com.

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