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GUIDE 2017






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It’s important to note that a brand is much more than a tagline or a logo. Cities with strong brands find it easier to sell products and services, and attract residents and tourists. While the process revealed a new branding logo and tagline, the brand statement outlines what Kent is made of, what it passes from generation to generation, and what makes it different from other places. That’s how we sell Kent.

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We were the second city to incorporate in King County. Our valley transformed from exclusively farming into the second largest distribution and manufacturing center on the West Coast and the fourth largest in the nation. From here we make things that not only travel the world but fly into space. Our city is an economic engine that powers the dynamic Puget Sound region.

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We have grown to the sixth largest city in Washington state and yet, our neighborhoods and schools cultivate a home-town feel with a variety of housing options and a park and trail network that rivals much bigger communities. 138 world languages are spoken in our homes and our population is a reflection of dramatic global influences that are shown in our diverse shops, restaurants, and services. WE ARE A PLACE CONNECTED. We are at the geographic center of the metropolitan area and our city reflects our unique regional position. We are well connected with a stop for the Sounder rail stretching from Everett through Seattle to Tacoma. Positioned minutes from one of the nation’s busiest airports and two seaports allow us to bring the world to America and America’s products to the world. WE ARE A PLACE OF OPPORTUNITY.

The Kent Residents’ Guide is a special section published by the Kent Reporter. Extra copies are available at City Hall, Kent Chamber of Commerce and local libraries Publisher: Editor: Advertising:

WE ARE KENT. Welcome to our new brand. In an effort to find a common point of view and consistent representation of Kent, a large group of community stakeholders went through a branding process spearheaded by the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, City of Kent, Kent Chamber of Commerce and Kent Downtown Partnership. The process included multiple round table discussions businesses, residents and students, faith-based organizations, boards and commissions and elected leadership. Finding out how these individuals see Kent, what they observe, and learning what they think about Kent helped find the essence of our community…its brand.

Our historic downtown is under-going a dramatic transformation as residential development is being built alongside an historic downtown with an adjacent lifestyle center offering both old and new in one exciting place. Downtown Kent is the center of government for South King County and our ShoWare Center is a place where we gather to watch hockey, concerts, and special events. We invite you to reconnect with the place you call home and the place you work. We welcome you to explore the amenities, the culture, the history, and the exciting plans we have for the future. We encourage you to soak in life in a city that is globally important yet focused on families from here and around the world.




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Dear Friends, Welcome to Kent! With nearly 125,000 residents, Kent is the sixth largest city in the beautiful state of Washington. And, with 138 languages being spoken in our homes, businesses and schools, our diversity brings together people and cultures from all over the world. Become familiar with our great city by going to VisitKent.com, our tourism site that highlights Kent’s top attractions. And, to learn about the working of city government, visit KentWA.gov, where you’ll find civic activities, public meetings, and information about City services and community events. Kent residents can enjoy both performing and fine arts through programs offered through Kent’s Parks and Recreation Department. For outdoor activities, check out our walking/ hiking/biking trail system that crisscrosses the Valley near wetlands, along the Green River and through our many parks. For sports fans, ShoWare Center is home of the Western Hockey League’s Seattle Thunderbirds and the Major Arena Soccer League’s Tacoma Stars. The Birds’ and Stars’ schedule and other fun events can be found at ShoWareCenter.com. For those who like to shop, there’s a lot of enticing retail and dining options on the East Hill and Meridian areas, while the West Hill retail area hosts Lowe’s and Fred Meyer. Those looking for an international flair will enjoy the Great Wall Mall at the north end of the Kent Valley which attracts people from throughout King and Pierce counties. Of course there’s downtown…most notable is Kent Station, a convenient gathering place for friends and family. With boutiques, a theater, restaurants, and college classes, people come from all over the Puget Sound to visit. Located on James Street and Fourth Avenue, Kent Station has made our city a destination for residents, shoppers, students and tourists alike. Visitors can’t come to Kent without taking the time to explore our historic district. Whether having a delicious meal at one of several restaurants, or taking in the quaint shops, historic downtown is sure to delight. From a business standpoint, Kent is a center of innovation in the Puget Sound region. Kent is home to a division of Boeing Space, Defense and Security; Blue Origin, and over 50 other aerospace companies, whose brilliant scientists and engineers are developing the worlds most advanced vehicles. Kent is also the proud home of Oberto Sausage Company, Inc., REI, Tazo Tea and one of Starbucks’ five roasting plants in the world. When you consider the major businesses located here, we can appreciate the variety of high-quality employment opportunities available to Kent residents. As Mayor, I welcome you to our city and invite you to discover the many great things Kent has to offer.



EMERGENCY: 911 Tip Line (for crimes not currently in progress): 253-856-5800 CITY OF KENT City Hall: 220 4th Ave South http://wwwcikentwaus/

CITY COUNCIL There are seven City Council members, each elected to four-year terms Their terms are staggered, with elections held every odd-numbered year. Meetings are the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7 pm except in December, when the Council meets on the second Tuesday of the month. The first meetings of the month in August and November are held at 5 pm. UTILITIES Centennial Building, 400 West Gowe, Ste 122 Monday-Friday 9 am to 4 pm 253-856-5201 Finance@kentwagov WASTE DISPOSAL If you do not currently receive garbage and/or recycling service, please contact Republic Services at 253-872-7220 to establish service. HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE For a list of accepted materials and quantity limits and restrictions, call the Household Hazards Line at 206-296-4692

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KING COUNTY WASTE MOBILE Weekly Wastemobile service available at The Oulet Collection (formerly SuperMall) in Auburn each Saturday The Outlet Collection, 1101 Outlet Collection Way, Auburn Hours: 10am - 5pm ROAD AND TRAFFIC INFORMATION Radio: 1650AM Web: wwwdrivekentcom Permit Center Centennial Center Bldg 400 W Gowe Street 253-856-5300 VOTER REGISTRATION King County Elections 919 SW Grady Way, Renton, WA 98057-2906 206-296-VOTE (8683) TTY: 206-296-0109 Fax: 206-296-0108 Weekdays 8:30 am - 4:30 pm http://wwwkingcountygov/depts/ electionsaspx


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KENT LIBRARY 212 2nd Avenue N, Kent, 98032 253-859-3330 Monday-Thursday: 10 am to 9 pm Friday: 10 am to 6 pm Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm Sunday: 1-5 pm POST OFFICES Downtown: 216 W Gowe St Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 5 pm East Hill: 10612 SE 240th St Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 6 pm Saturday 8:30 am to 3 pm Midway: 23418 Pacific Highway S Monday - Friday 10 am to 4 pm LICENSES & PERMITS Kent Licensing Agency Inc: 331 Washington Ave S 253-852-3110 Monday - Friday 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Saturday 8:30 am to 1 pm

Valley Vehicle Licensing: 27331 172nd Ave SE, Ste 116 253-630-7090 Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, 9 am to 5 pm Wednesday, 9 am to 7 pm Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm Department of Licensing Office: 25410 74th Ave S 253-872-6019 Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 8 am to 5 pm Thursday 9 am to 5 pm Saturday 8 am to noon Vehicle Emissions Testing 3002 A St SE Auburn, 98002 253-939-1225 805 SW 10th St Renton, 98055 425-228-6453 Pet License King County Animal Shelter 21615 64th Ave S 206-296-7387 Marriage License King County Regional Justice Center 401 Fourth Ave N 206-205-7330

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HELP Domestic Abuse Crises Line 425-656-7867 Washington State Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-562-6025 (voice/TTY) YWCA Domestic Violence Advocacy line: 425-226-1266, ext 1017 Consejo Counseling: 206-461-4480

TRANSPORTATION Public Transit King County Metro: http://tripplannerkingcountygov or call 206-553-3000 Sound Transit buses & Sounder Commuter Rail: wwwsoundtransitorg Local Shuttle Services Circulating Shuttle: Free shuttle serving Downtown Kent & Kent East Hill Monday to Saturday More info: http://metrokingcountygov or call 206-553-3000 Commuter Shuttle: Links Sounder rail with Kent Valley businesses 918 is the route number for the Commuter Shuttle http://metrokingcountygov or 206-553-3000 FIRE STATIONS Fire Station 71: 504 West Crow Street Fire Station 72: 25620 140th Avenue SE Fire Station 73: 26512 Military Road South Fire Station 74: 24611 116th Avenue SE Fire Station 75: 15635 SE 272nd Street Fire Station 76: 20676 72nd Avenue South Fire Station 77: 20717 132nd Avenue SE Fire Station 78: 17820 SE 256th



KENT at a GLANCE Kent is the sixth largest city in Washington State with a population of approximately 120,000 and covers a geographic area of 34 square miles. Named one of the “Best Places to Live” by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Kent is a culturally rich destination with well-established neighborhoods, award winning parks and great school systems making it a fantastic community to live and raise a family.

Only seven miles from SeaTac International Airport, Kent is conveniently located 18 miles from both Seattle and Tacoma, with quick access to Interstate 5, State Route 167 and other major highways. A STRONG LOCAL ECONOMY As the fourth largest manufacturing and distribution center in the United States, Kent’s vibrant and diverse economy has a well-earned reputation as the economic barometer for the region. Home to over 4,500 businesses and approximately 78,000 jobs, Kent’s $8 billion gross business income is the highest among its peer cities in South King County.

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Superintendent’s Office 253-373-7701 Transportation Services 253-373-7442 Student Services 253-373-7513 Food and Nutrition Services 253-373-7275 Ombudsman Services 253-373-7117 School Board Karen DeBruler, President 425-277-6648 Debbie Straus, District Director 206-713-9719 Maya Vengadasalam, VicePresident 206-465-5270 Agda Burchard, Legislative Representative 206-713-7118 Russ Hanscom, District Director 253-859-9567

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The City of Kent Parks, Recreation and Community Services offers a wide array of indoor and outdoor activities, classes, services and facilities for all ages through its Administration, Recreation & Cultural Services, Parks Planning & Open Space, Golf Maintenance, Facilities Management and Housing & Human Services divisions. ADAPTIVE RECREATION ACCESS THE FUTURE COMPUTER CLASS A computer class designed for individuals with developmental and/ or physical delays. Class meets at the Kent Senior Activity Center in the computer training lab. *Please note registration is limited to one class per quarter (Monday OR Tuesday) due to space limitations. AR BASKETBALL Shoot hoops and learn basic skills and good team strategy. Participate in Special Olympics Regional Basketball Tournament on Sunday, 2/9/14 in Issaquah. Great fun for everyone! AR CHEER TEAM This class will focus on learning cheers, group dance routines and spirit. Cheer participants may participate in select Special Olympic events. *Sessions include end of season BBQ at Van Doren’s Landing. AR ARTIST STUDIO Students will work independently on paintings, drawings or their favorite subject. They will learn composition, mixing colors and using different medium techniques. AR TENNIS Learn basic tennis skills from a pro! This inclusive program is designed for individuals with special needs ages 12 and up; or with instructor approval. AR TRACK AND FIELD Events include running, walking, wheelchair events, shot put, jumps and wheelchair relays. Includes participation in Special Olympics tournaments with MANDATORY TEAM PRACTICE REQUIRED. AR ZUMBA Get in shape the Zumba party way, dancing to high energy Latin music. Try it once and you will be hooked, there is no other like it. This class is designed for people with developmental and physical disabilities.

ADULT PROGRAMS ADULT RACQUETBALL CLUB A great way to build your skill level and stay in shape with both recreational and competitive levels of play. BEGINNING AIKIDO Aikido emphasizes redirecting the opponent’s momentum and power to apply sweeps, throws, locks and holds. Aikido allows you to safely subdue your attacker without the use of extreme force. BEGINNING BALLET (Ages 16+) Basic level ballet steps, beginning level barre and centre floor. A great class for stretching and toning. Ballet shoes required. Drop-ins are welcome at $8 per class. BEGINNING BELLY DANCING All ages/all sizes welcome. The benefits of yoga, and non-impact aerobics at the same time. Body isolations, shimmy techniques and much more. Two beginning topic sets available. Visit www.saqra.net for more information. CARDIO-KICKBOXING Burn fat, relieve stress, tone and strengthen muscles, all wihile learning basic self-defense techniques. Class involves bag work, wristwraps or bag gloves are strongly recommended. DANCE LESSONS (Ages 16+) Learn to dance for the fun of it! It’s so much fun you won’t even realize how much exercise you’re getting. The classes are light hearted and you’ll be dancing by the end of the first class. All of these dances are suitable for beginners and those new to partner dancing - guaranteed to be fun and easy for all! Classes held at Kent Memorial Park Building, 850 N. Central. No partner required and dropins welcome at $12 per class. DIGITAL POINT-N-SHOOT CAMERAS FOR BEGINNERS New digital point-and-shoot camera? Learn how to use it, compose great photos and what to do with your photos. Bring the camera with battery

charged and manual. DIGITAL SLR CAMERAS FOR BEGINNERS New digital SLR camera? Learn how to use all the settings, compose great photos and various lens types. Bring the camera with battery charged and manual. DOG OBEDIENCE Join us in one of our many dog obedience classes. Instructor Jennifer Schneider owns Pick of the Litter Dog Training, and is a certified Pet Dog Trainer. For more information visit www.pickofthelitterdogtraining.com. All classes held at the Kent Memorial Park Building. DRAWING Bring a sketch book and pencils for one hour of sketching and improving drawing abilities with individual help from artist/instructor. Fun projects planned for students to sample a variety of interpretations of art. KENT PARKS PUBLIC WORKSHOPS Kent Parks Recreation and Community Services has engaged the services of GreenPlay, a nationally renowned parks and recreation management consulting firm to assist in developing our Resource Allocation and Cost Recovery Policy which includes a model, philosophy and policy based on the community’s values for parks and recreation, services, the vision for the future and the Department’s mission. This model, based on The Pyramid Methodology will be a component part of our planning and budgeting processes. This model is intended to assist the Department in developing a fiscally responsible process so we can proactively plan for the future. In order to develop a tax payer investment/resource (subsidy) and cost recovery philosophy for facilities, programs and services offered by the Department, we are asking for your help. As a component of the planning process, GreenPlay will be conducting a workshop for parks, recreation and community services stakeholders and

users. Because we value your opinion, we invite you to participate in one of our workshops. FITNESS AM JAZZERCISE Dance combined with exercise! Easy to follow aerobic dance routines, muscle toning and stretching exercises. All levels welcome in this popular class. CRUNCH AT LUNCH A 50 minute workout focusing on the core. Back, abs and balance exercises performed using balance balls and weights. JAZZERCISE Dance combined with exercise! Easy to follow aerobic dance routines, muscle toning and stretching exercises. All levels welcome to this popular class! JAZZERCISE - CIRCUIT TRAINING & BODY SCULPTING This class alternates between Circuit Training and Body Sculpting depending on class preference. The circuit portion intermingles aerobic routines with strength training using weights and resistance tubes. Body Sculpting features muscle toning workouts featuring combination of strength training movements and stretching.Weights, exertubes, and exercise balls may be used. Visit www.facebook.com/kentjazz for more information. LUNCH BODY SCULPTING, CRUNCH & CORE Step, hand weights, balls and bands are used for a total body workout. Build core strength and endurance. LUNCH TIME BOOTCAMP 50 minutes of boot camp style drills, cardio workout that will challenge your body & improve your speed, agility & overall performance. Modifications will be shown for all fitness levels. LUNCH TIME TONING A 50 minute class utilizing an exercise fitness ball (provided). Toning legs, abs, back and upper body. Great for all ages and fitness levels.



STEP & CORE Get a great overall workout in this combination class with 30 minutes of step cardio and 30 minutes of core strength training. YOGA BREAK A beginner style 50 minute yoga workout. Basic yoga poses that will strengthen, lengthen and relax your body during the noon hour. Bring a yoga mat.

PRE SCHOOL PROGRAMS GYMNASTICS Our Parent & Tot class is the ideal place to have organized, safe fun exploring movement with your child in a gymnastics environment. In the Preschool classes your child will be introduced to basic movement and gymnastics. MOMMY & ME YOGA (Ages 3-6 years) Dads and caregivers are welcome too! Bring yoga poses to life as little ones strengthen their growing bodies. Healthy habits begin early in life, so take a deep breath together and discover the joy of yoga! Each child needs an adult yoga buddy to participate. Class fee is per child. Please bring a mat or blanket to class and dress in comfortable clothing for movement. PLAY TIME PALS (Ages 20-36 Mos) Enjoy time together singing, learning, getting messy and playing in an inclusive preschool class led by an early childhood specialist. Children will develop friendships with a wide variety of peers, some of whom have special needs. PRIVATE PIANO (Age 4-7) Begin learning to play the Piano with carefully graded, lesson-by-lesson learning methods developed for the young music student. Instrument technique and performance skills are developed simultaneously with singing, games, ear training activities, and by playing very easy arrangements of

favorite children’s songs. The purchase of music books is required for lessons and payable to instructor. A piano or keyboard at home and daily practice of lesson material is highly recommended. A digital keyboard will be provided during lessons. TAG ALONG TODDLERS (Ages 1-2 yrs) Your toddler (must be walking) will cruise with you over and through the obstacle courses, jump on the trampoline, catch bubbles and sing songs in this interactive class. TEENY WEENY WIGGLERS (18 mos-3 yrs) Music, games, songs, parachute play and dance make this a lively and fun class for parents and toddlers. TINY TIGERS (Ages 3-4) An introduction to martial arts; balance, strength and coordination, and safety. Games, balls, obstacle courses and more are used to enhance learning. Parent participation is required.


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AFTER SCHOOL ALL STARS After School All-Stars is a middle school recreation program for students at Meridian, Mill Creek, Meeker Middle Schools and Nike Manor. Each location has its own activities, clubs, classes and special events that keep teens engaged, active and healthy. The program is free but preregistration is required. Contact Kent Parks Youth & Teen Programs division at (253 )856-5030 for more information today. AFTER SCHOOL ENERGY Looking for a fun-filled afternoon for your K-6th grader? We offer a variety of HIGH ENERGY activities at 8 local elementary schools that will get your child up and active and having a ton of fun while doing it - and best of all it’s FREE! Just complete our ASE registration form and return it to Kent Commons so your child can attend. Space is limited and REGISTRATION IS LIMITED TO ONE SCHOOL PER CHILD. There is no program on conference days, or during school holidays. Please call 253-856-5030 for more information.

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RIZZMIC Rizzmic® is a trademarked fitness program that pairs familiar American music genres with their authentic dance styles. Enjoy a full hour packed with simple energetic routines. You can expect everything from Hip Hop, Jazz, Fosse, Country, Disco, and all retro American dance styles! Incredible variety, united under one name: Rizzmic!®



PRESIDENT’S CAMP Sign your K-6th grader up for a week packed full of crafts, songs, group games, entertainment and a field trip during Kent School District’s President’s Week Break. Kids must bring a morning snack and sack lunch, afternoon snack will be provided by Kent Parks. To register your child call 253-856-5030. SPRING BREAK DAY CAMP During this fun-filled week, campers will participate in games, sports, arts and crafts, and a field trip! Camp is for children in grades K-6th. Kids must bring a morning snack and sack lunch; afternoon snack will be provided by

Kent Parks. Register your child today online, or call 253-856-5030 for more information. SUMMER RESIDENT CAMP AT WASKOWITZ A week of fun, a lifetime of memories. Campfires, sing-alongs, hiking, swimming, beach parties and more. An overnight camp for boys and girls entering 5th, 6th and 7th grades. YOUTH PROGRAMS ADVANCED HARD SHOE (Ages 7-18) Open to dancers who have demonstrated proficiency in the

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traditional hard shoe dances. Students will learn the slow hard shoe dances & advanced traditional set dances. Wear comfortable clothing, Irish hard shoes required. ADVANCED SOFT SHOE (Ages 7-18) Open to dancers who have a good knowledge of all soft shoe dances. Students will learn advanced soft shoe steps, Ceili dances and original choreography. Wear comfortable clothing, Irish gullies required.

of pre-ballet & tap. This class will take the student to a higher level in ballet with more technique, terms, grace and an introduction to Lyrical Ballet. Additional combinations in tap and faster, more exciting moves will be introduced. BALLET I & TAP (Ages 6-9) Beginning ballet & tap class that introduces basic steps. Suggested dress: leotards, tights, pink ballet shoes and black tap shoes.

ART A LA CARTE (Ages 7-13) This menu of art projects will give choices to the budding artist who is hungry to express their creativity. Participate in one or all of the following workshops. New projects will be introduced in every class. All supplies included.

BALLET I (Ages 6-11) Beginning ballet class that introduces basic steps. Suggested dress: leotards, tights and ballet shoes.

ART LESSONS (Ages 7+) One-on-one art tutoring designed for the beginning to intermediate student. Artist Cathe McNiel is available for lessons in drawing, watercolor, oil pastel, and cartooning. Class is catered to your specific needs and interests please specify when registering what your art interests are.

BALLET III (Ages 14-18) This is an advanced class for dancers with one full year of Ballet II. Instructor permission is required.

BALLET & TAP (Ages 6-12) Students must have 9 months to 1 year

BALLET II (Ages 8-14) This class is for experienced dancers with a full year of Ballet I.

BEGINNER IRISH SOFT SHOE (Ages 6-16) Open to first time & beginner dancers. Students will learn the reel & light jig as well as work on proper posture, form & rhythm. Wear comfortable clothing, socks or ballet shoes okay.

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mklaas@kentreporter.com The message is simple, direct and clear. Follow it and good things are likely to happen. In a boxing ring, in a classroom, in whatever you do. Glen Hamada, Kent’s longtime patriarch of youth boxing, knows as much. It’s the same lessons he learned as a kid growing up in an underprivileged neighborhood. “I tell kids discipline, commitment and execution,” said Hamada, 73, trainer, mentor and co-founder of the Kent East Hill Boxing Club. “Be prepared. If you’re not prepared and you get into the ring and you’re not in shape, some little kid will beat you up or you might get hurt, and I don’t want to see anybody get hurt. “I tell them, ‘What you put into it is what you get out of it.’ “ It’s the same approach Hamada’s wife, Leslie, brings to her work each day. While Glen teaches youth of all walks the not-so-subtle “sweet science,” Leslie is the club’s matriarch who manages the nonprofit organization. She makes all things go from behind the scenes. “Glen and I share the deep respect,

Power couple: Glen and Leslie Hamada help keep kids off the streets and active through the Kent East Hill Boxing Club, which they established five years ago with grants and donations. MARK KLAAS, Kent Reporter the value and consistency in saying what we are going to do, meaning what we are going to do, and following through,” Leslie said. “A lot of times kids today are involved with quick results. They want instant results. They need older people to remind them that it takes awhile … and that hard work doesn’t come easy.” Leslie’s work ethic, persistence and patience extend beyond ringside,

Like many of the cities across the United States, our community has weathered challenging economic times. Yet the Kent Chamber of Commerce continues to grow and thrive with fantastic support and partnership from our members. The Kent Chamber is the number one resource for the Kent business community, constantly responsive to its ever changing needs and concerns. We have nearly 500 member companies representing approximately 26,000 employees in our region. The Kent Chamber of Commerce is THE most influential advocate for businesses in the Kent community. We support economic and legislative efforts designed to strengthen and expand the Kent community with programs of civic, social and cultural nature that are designed to increase the value of our community. At the Kent Chamber of Commerce we Andrea Keikkala CEO andreak@kentchamber.com

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amateur and pro boxer. “They love having the kids do the right things … go to school, study, work hard. … They care about other people. They want kids, they want others to be great.” BETWEEN THE ROPES To help get kids off the street and involved into something constructive, the Hamadas approached city of Kent and Kent School District leaders to establish a youth boxing program about five years ago. Through small grants and generous donations, the club slowly took shape. Today, it is well insured and USA Boxing certified. Leslie saw to that. As a mentor of high-risk youth in public schools for more than 40 years, she was instrumental in making the club possible. Her husband is working to ensure its continuity. “It’s much more than a boxing club with our desire,” said Leslie, 69. The club has become an accessible safe haven, a healthy outlet for kids needing discipline, direction and control. The Hamadas – who have raised three children of their own – estimate they have worked with hundreds of CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE

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2017 KENT RESIDENTS’ GUIDE kids over the years. They come in all ages, sizes, shapes and backgrounds. Some stay, others go. The gym, tucked inside the back of the Kent Phoenix Academy on the East Hill, serves as an opportunity for those who cannot afford to play other organized sports. “For a lot of the kids we deal with, their parents are so busy surviving and learning the language,” Leslie explained. “The community in some capacity does have to come in and embrace those kids a little bit more and give them maybe some of things that their parents are busy trying to provide. “Community members need to step up and have them become their kids,” she said. “It makes a difference.” The club is an extension of the Hamada family. It’s a group with an international flavor, a reflection of the East Hill’s wide and colorful ethnicity. Teens on this year’s club come from Russia, the Ukraine, Mexico, Turkey and other countries. As teammates they have learned to break down cultural and language barriers. They have learned to get along. “It’s a United Nations,” Glen said. “I have fun with them.” For those teens willing to make the effort, there is a payoff. Many go on to finish high school, and others take the

next step – college. One such boxer is Mustafa Ali, a 140-pounder who struggled but found his way after his family escaped the turmoil of Iraq several years ago and immigrated to Kent. Ali took an immediate liking to boxing and Glen’s house rules. A former soccer player, Ali excelled in the ring, winning a majority of his 16 bouts. He also won in the classroom, graduating last spring from Kent-Meridian High School. With scholarship support – including some financial help from the boxing club – Ali plans to enroll at Auburn’s Green River College and study criminal justice. Ali has the Hamadas to thank for his bright future. “They’re great people. They’ve been like a family to me,” he said. “They helped me with everything. They taught me to be on time, to work hard and that the hard will pay off.” WILLING TO ASK Leslie’s experience in sales, communications and writing have served her well in the community. Such skills have helped her make an impact in her work for social justice. Through community service, she realized it doesn’t hurt to reach out and ask for help sometimes. While receiving a Catholic Community Services award several years ago, she met up with Tom Campion,

founder of Lynnwood-based Zumiez Inc., an American specialty clothing store that has more than 650 stores, including one at the Kent Station shopping center. Reluctant at first, she approached Campion and asked, ‘Could you possibly give me 20 jackets for our homeless?’ ” Leslie didn’t hear back from Campion until later when a fully stocked semi truck backed up in her driveway to deliver coats, blankets and other clothing. Zumiez continues to donate to the cause today. Volunteers come to help clear out Hamadas’ garage and distribute clothing to those in need. That devotion continues today for Leslie, who works to help soothe the plight of others. “Glen and I, we worked very hard to get where we are today,” Leslie said. “It wasn’t given to either one of us.” PASSING IT FORWARD Born in an internment camp in Arizona, Glen lived in other parts of the country, settling with his family in southside Watsonville, Calif. He didn’t have much as a kid, only a love for games. One particular coach inspired him. Tommy Rowan came to the neighborhood one day, recruiting kids to play

for his Little League team. Glen was one of them. Too small to play professionally, Rowan worked as a clerk and with kids in his spare time. On the baseball diamond, he asked and got the most out of his players. Glen never forgot that. “Tommy always taught discipline, commitment and execution,” Glen said. “He was a great human being.” Glen asked and got the most out of himself. A former Marine, Glen boxed briefly before embarking on a long and successful career as a judge, supervisor and trainer in the sport. He estimates he has judged about 90 world title fights, watching some of the greatest boxers at rings scattered around the world. He continues to travel and judge fights when called upon. Glen is a respected and revered part of the international boxing family, just as he is at home as a leader and mentor for his kids. After a long career in sales and management, Glen doesn’t know how much longer he will continue with the club. “I hope eventually, because of my age, that a younger guy eventually comes and takes this over,” he said. “It’s a good program, and these are good kids.”

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HISTORY OF KENT The city of Kent, located 15 miles southeast of Seattle, was home to some of the earliest white settlers in King County, and was the first city in King County to incorporate outside of Seattle. Originally an agricultural community, it has since developed into an industrial center.

course of the White River, sending it north. Over the centuries, the river sluiced through the mud bump, filling the valley with alluvium. By the time the first white settlers arrived in the mid-1800s, the valley was filled with rich, arable land — perfect for farming.


Native Americans had been fishing, hunting, and gathering berries in the valley and surrounding plateaus for years. Many Indians welcomed the pioneers, for the newcomers broadened their trading potential. But as more settlers arrived in the valley, the Indians’ access to the river and surrounding land diminished. Tensions flared.

Thousands of years ago, the land now occupied by the City of Kent was oceanfront property. Elliott Bay extended far down the Duwamish Valley, at a depth of hundreds of feet. In approximately 3600 B.C.E., the top 2,000 feet of Mount Rainer slid off, sending .7 cubic miles of mud and rock throughout the White River Valley. This mudflow stopped near Auburn in a massive pile of debris. The Osceola Mudflow changed the

INDIAN WARS By 1855, treaties had been signed with Indian tribes throughout Puget Sound determining land rights, but

the White River Indians were more reluctant to be moved than the Snoqualmie and Snohomish tribes to the north. Starting in the fall of 1855, some of the local Indians decided to fight back.

known as the Muckleshoot tribe. BACK TO THE VALLEY

On October 27, 1855, an Indian ambush killed nine people, including women and children. A few children escaped and were helped towards Seattle by local natives who were sympathetic toward them. This began what became known as the Seattle Indian Wars. Troops were brought into the area, and within a few months the Indians had retreated and the war was quickly over. A new treaty was written which provided the establishment of the Muckleshoot reservation, which is the only Indian reservation now within the boundaries of King County. The White River tribes collectively became


After the ruckus, settlers were slow in returning to the valley. In 1859, Thomas Alvord and his wife bought property along the river and set up a successful ranch and trading business. John Langston arrived in 1862 and opened up a general store. Also in 1862, James Jeremiah Crow eloped to the valley with his bride Emma, where they later raised 13 children. Farmers again took to the land, raising crops of potatoes, onions, and other vegetables. Animal stock was brought in to pasture on untilled land. By the late 1870s, much of the valley had been cleared, and a new cash crop was cultivated — hops, a bitter plant in the hemp family used to flavor beer. CONT. ON NEXT PAGE


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The hops craze took the valley by storm. Cheap to produce, hops commanded a high price on the market due to a blight in Europe. Hop farms and hop kilns blossomed throughout the valley, making many farmers wealthy men. For 10 years hops were king, until aphids destroyed most of the crop in 1891. Nevertheless, hops were the catalyst that transformed transportation routes in the valley.

porate. On May 28, 1890, the town of Kent became the first city in King County outside of Seattle to do so. Kent was riding high, but the ruination of the hop industry in 1891 changed all that. Then, in 1893, a nationwide economic collapse made things even worse. Rich farmers became paupers practically overnight. Even Thomas Alvord was declared insolvent, and his ranch and belongings were sold at a public auction. Nevertheless, the town rode out its woes.

RAILS AND TRAVAILS MILK AND MONEY As soon as the first hop crop was picked in the early 1880s, farmers needed a way to get it to market. River travel was the most reliable transportation to and from Seattle. Flat-bottomed steamboats became popular, many of them mooring at Alvord’s Landing. Soon roads were built, and bridges spanned the river. In 1883, work began on a rail line through the valley that connected up with the Northern Pacific, then owned by Henry Villard. But Villard had business troubles, and resigned before the line was completed. Pro-Tacoma, anti-Seattle interests acquired the Northern Pacific, and the branch line soon became known as the Orphan Road, due to its neglect. After much legal wrangling, the line was brought into service, albeit poorly. King County riders complained, and the Northern Pacific again shut it down. It re-opened when the rail line was threatened with land grant revocation. It wasn’t until 1887, when the Northern Pacific moved its terminus from Tacoma to Seattle, that the Orphan Road became a reliable means of transportation in the valley. THE HOP CROP STOPS The railroad also gave Kent its name. Most folks had been calling the small community Titusville, after an early settler. In 1885, a general construction engineer for the Northern Pacific was quoted as saying, “We’ll call this station Kent, after Kent County, England where they raise nothing but hops.” In July 1888, John Alexander and Ida Guiberson filed the first plat. Other community members made additions over the next two years, and in 1890 citizens expressed a wish to incor-

Kent’s first big success in the posthops era was Elbridge A. Stuart’s Pacific Coast Condensed Milk Company. After producing their first cases of condensed milk on September 6, 1899, the company later went on to success under the name Carnation Milk Company. By the turn of the century, Kent had banks, schools, churches, stores, newspapers, and social organizations — all the ingredients for a growing community. In 1902, interurban rail service came to town. Farmers received a break in 1906, when a major flood diverted the White River southwest through Pierce County. Before this, the White River merged with the Green River near Auburn, and both rivers caused havoc by flooding every year. Now, Kent farmers only had the Green River to contend with. During this period, Kent farmers also played an important role in Seattle history. Upon bringing their produce into the city, the farmers had troubles with wholesale dealers who defrauded them and kept prices high. Because of this, Pike Place Market opened on August 17, 1907, so that growers could sell their fruits and vegetables directly to consumers. MEET THE PRODUCER During the first part of the twentieth century, Kent grew just as many farming communities did. In the 1920s, Kent became known as the “Lettuce Capital of the World.” Egg and dairy farming also became popular, and businesses like Smith Brothers Dairy and the Ponssen Brothers’ Kent Poultry Farm came into being.

First-generation Japanese farmers, the Issei, were able to lease farmland from American citizens. By 1920, the Issei in the Kent Valley supplied half the fresh milk consumed in Seattle, and more than 70 percent of the fruit and vegetables for Western Washington. When the Great Depression struck, Kent suffered, but took things in stride. In 1934, the town held a lettuce festival, which drew more than 15,000 people to the community. Lettucerelated floats paraded through town, a lettuce queen was chosen, and 5,000 people got to eat the “world’s largest salad.” A good time was had by all. THE GOOD TIMES END World War II changed the community. Japanese Americans, who had already witnessed growing discrimination in the 1930s, were forced to relocate due to Executive Order 9066, which ordered all Issei and Nissei (secondgeneration Japanese Americans) to internment camps.

ies had been made before the war, but it wasn’t until 1950 that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers helped to convince Congress to adopt a plan to create a storage dam at Eagle Gorge. Initially, valley farmers couldn’t have been happier, having had to deal with annual flooding for years. Construction of Howard A. Hanson dam was completed in 1962, and has prevented a major flood ever since. But instead of opening up land for farming, developers and industrial giants swooped in and began to transform the valley. Adding to the changes was the creation of the Valley Freeway, which was given the green light in 1957. Interstate-5 on the western rim of the valley was completed in 1966. The City of Kent, seeing the changes on the horizon, began annexing as much land as possible in order to expand its tax base. The physical size of Kent grew from one square mile in 1953 to 12.7 square miles in 1960. FLY ME TO THE MOON

Between May 8 and May 11, 1942, entire families, some of whom had lived in the valley for more than 30 years, were placed on trains out of town. Since the Nissei were born on American soil, those with property were allowed to sell it or turn it over to the government for holding. After evacuation, the government redistributed 1,600 acres of farmland to other farmers. Farming remained a top priority during the war, but with the removal of Japanese Americans and the loss of young men into battle, labor shortages arose. With women helping out in the defense industry, schoolchildren were enlisted to help out on the farms. After the war was over, very few Japanese Americans returned to the valley, in part due to continued racial prejudice expressed against them by white residents, following Pearl Harbor. Meanwhile, changes in water management on the Green River brought changes to the landscape, but not in a way that farmers were expecting. DAM TRANSFORMATION Damming the Green River high up in the mountains had been a goal for valley residents since the 1920s. Stud-

The first major industry to move to Kent was the Boeing Aerospace Center, constructed in 1965. The Apollo Moon Buggie was built here in 1970, where lettuce had grown only a few years earlier. Other industries that followed were mostly warehouses or manufacturing plants, but by the 1980s, high-tech firms began to predominate. In just a few years, Kent had transformed from an agricultural community to an industrial center. The large number of businesses added to Kent’s tax base. The City of Kent has been able to spend a sizable amount of money on their park system, making it one of the largest in the county. The city is also a regional leader in education and the arts. In existence for more than 125 years, the city of Kent has seen many changes, from hop farming all the way to moon buggies. Even with all of the transformations that have occurred, fruit and vegetable stands can still be found on the backroads around the city. Smith Brothers Dairy still sells milk, and downtown Kent still has an old-world charm. At least for now.





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PARKS and PROGRAM SITES Arbor Heights 360 Skate Park 11525 SE 240 St Bereiter House/Greater Kent Historical Society Museum 855 E Smith St Boeing Employees Tennis Center 6727 S 199 Pl Briscoe Park, S 190 St Burlington Green W Meeker & Railroad Ave N Campus Park, Canyon Drive & S 252 St Canterbury Park, 24409 100 Ave SE Centennial Center, 400 W. Gowe St Chestnut Ridge Park, 9901 S 203 St Clark Lake Park between SE 240 & SE 248 @ 127 Ave SE East Hill Park, 10920 SE 248 Eastridge Park, 143 SE & SE 257 Fairwood Martial Arts 17134 116 Ave SE, Renton 425-255-8144 First Ave Plaza, 219 1 Ave S Foster Park, 259 & 74 Ave S Garrison Creek Park 218 St & 98 Ave S Glenn Nelson Park, Military Rd & S 268 Grandview Off-Leash Dog Park 3600 S 228th St, SeaTac Green View Park, SE 277 Pl & 120 Pl SE Hart’s Gymnastics Center 26415 79 Ave S, Kent (253) 520-1973 Kaibara Park 1 Ave between W Smith & W Meeker St Kent Bowl 1234 N Central Ave 253-852-3550 Kent Centennial Center, 400 W Gowe St

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KENT HISTORICAL MUSEUM The Bereiter House, home of the Kent Museum. The house was completed in 1908 by Emil Bereiter, an owner of the Covington Lumber Company and Kent’s Mayor 19121913. Seven different families have lived in the building, including a pharmacist, a prominent Japanese produce dealer and an owner of the East Hill Fuel Company. The house was originally sited on nearly four acres of land with a gazebo, carriage barn, orchard, and pastures. In June 2008, the Bereiter House was nominated as a landmark through the King County Landmarks Commission. Additionally, after evaluating the earliest coats of paint, the City of Kent repainted the house, returning it to its earlier colors. Today, the Bereiter House accommodates thousands of items donated by Kent residents that are maintained and exhibited through the Greater Kent Historical Society (GKHS) and museum staff. These items help tell the story of Kent and the area timeline. Gardens on the museum grounds honor veterans who serve or have served in the Armed forces and Americans who were interned during WWII. Resources are available for research, tours are available during open hours or by appointment, and the facility is available for special occasions. Please stop by the museum at 855 East Smith St. and step back in time with the history of Kent. Our hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 12 noon until 4pm. Parking is in the back of the house on Temperence Street. 253-854-4330.

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KENT DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP Kent Downtown Partnership is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 membership organization dedicated to serving and promoting the downtown Kent business community. KDP works in collaboration with downtown businesses, property owners, residents, governmental agencies, and citizen-based community organizations. KDP is a proactive leadership organization, cultivating and strengthening public and private partnerships to increase investment in downtown, business recruitment and retention, residential and retail development, improved parks and green spaces, and a better quality of life. KDP’s vision is to make downtown Kent a thriving destination by promoting a core of vibrant, mixed uses in a pedestrian-friendly environment. Our emphasis is on businesses, restaurants, art, entertainment, public facilities, and infrastructure development that supports the revitalization and continued prosperity of the downtown business community. MAIN STREET PROGRAM Kent Downtown Partnership is affiliated with the state and national Main Street Program, which was founded by the National Trust of Historic Preservation in 1977. The Trust provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources to save and protect irreplaceable and historic places, and to revitalize America’s communities. BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP Weekly E-Blast and Monthly Newsletter Kent Downtown Partnership

publishes a weekly e- Blast and monthly e-newsletter that provides up-to-date information on news and events affecting downtown as well as the community at large. FUNDING A membership base of nearly 200 companies, Business and Occupation Tax Incentive Program contributions, fundraising events, volunteers, the City of Kent, and the Kent Downtown Partnership. These funds are used for a variety of programs and projects including façade improvement grants; flowers, planters, art, signs, banners, and lighting that promote an inviting downtown atmosphere; community events; educational workshops for business owners and their employees; and marketing and promotional efforts. DOWNTOWN BREAKFAST HOUR EVENTS Kent Downtown Partnership hosts three morning events per year where members are invited to enjoy breakfast during presentations on topics concerning downtown. These breakfasts also provide networking opportunities to learn more about fellow members. COMPANY EXPOSURE Member businesses and organizations are linked to Kent Downtown Partnership website and appear on our online membership directory allowing members to better communicate with each other and broaden their business network. COMMITTEE PARTICIPATION Members are invited to participate on Kent Downtown Partnership committees that

discuss important policy issues and projects, and actively participate in establishing and achieving goals that are crucial to the success of downtown Kent. Current committees you can serve on. MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE Co-Chairs: Bernadette Thormalem and Charlotte Turpin Responsible for reaching out to members, staging membership campaigns, and helping with recruitment of members. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE Chair: Mike Miller This committee analyzes current market forces to develop long term solutions. Recruiting new businesses, creatively converting unused space for new uses, and sharpening the competitiveness of the existing downtown merchants are examples of economic development activities. Additionally, the members of this committee will help existing businesses expand and recruit specific businesses for a better downtown business mix. SAFETY & SECURITY Chair: Gerry Stewart Identifies and resolves all safety and security issues related to the downtown retail and business core. DESIGN COMMITTEE Chair: Suzanne Cameron An inviting atmosphere created through window displays, parking areas, signs, colorful banners, sidewalks, street lights, and landscaping all improve the physical image of the downtown as a quality place to shop, work, walk,

invest in, and live. Design improvements result in a reinvestment of public and private dollars to downtown. PROMOTIONS COMMITTEE Chair: Frankie June This committee creates excitement downtown. Street festivals, retail events, and image development campaigns are some of the ways Main Street encourages customer traffic. You will be selling the image and promise of Main Street to all prospects. By marketing the district’s unique characteristics to shoppers, investors, new businesses, and visitors, an effective promotion strategy forges a positive image through advertising, retail promotional activity, and special events. BUSINESS AND OCCUPATION TAX COMMITTEE Chair: Greg Haffner Responsible for educating the businesses and bringing in B&O Tax contributors. CLEAN-UP DAY COMMITTEE Chair: Garry Stewart Responsible for organizing KDP’s annual Clean-Up Day.

• Interested in learning more about the benefits of joining Kent Downtown Partnership and how you can become a member? Call KDP office at 253-813-6976 or email barbaras@kentdowntown.org


ARE YOU PREPARED? Being prepared can change everything. By planning ahead, you can increase the chances of survival for you and your family, not to mention gain peace of mind knowing you are in control. Catastrophes can happen at any time. Preparing for three days will help you make it through many of the disasters you’ll face in the Puget Sound region, including major storms and even small earthquakes. However, to make it through a major catastrophe, like Hurricane Katrina or the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, you’ll need to be prepared for longer, at least 7 to 10 days. Catastrophes can happen at any time and are likely to happen here. Imagine you are at work, on the road, or at home during a catastrophe. How would you communicate with loved ones? Are you prepared to survive without essential services, such as running water, electricity, or phones for 7 to 10 days?

✔ Make a family emergency communication plan, identify an out-of-state contact ✔ Plan for people, pets and property ✔ Review and practice your emergency plan

✔ Build a kit for at least 7 to 10 days ✔ Save important documents/records on USB drives, store one at home and one in a safety deposit box ✔ Create customized kits for home, office and vehicle

✔ Get involved – Create networks of neighbors and coworkers, work together to pool resources ✔ Participate in a training – CPR, first aid, Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) ✔ Learn how to reduce hazards (e.g. shutting off gas supply if needed, strap water heater in place, etc.)


BUILD A KIT FOR AT LEAST 7 TO 10 DAYS Imagine if resources aren’t available for seven or more days. You might have to take care of minor injuries and access to resources will likely be limited. Help your family be better prepared by gathering additional supplies and customizing the list to meet your needs. Once you have the basics, think about items you could use to help yourself and others, or simply improve your comfort. Identify a storage container or key location to place your survival kit, then gather and store supplies. Supplies include water and food as well as items for shelter and warmth, first aid, communication, personal hygiene and sanitation. It’s possible your home could be damaged and you may have to evacuate; be sure to include a backpack or similar bag so you can pack some of these items to go. Many of these supplies you may already have at home. Below are suggested basic supplies to survive for 7 to 10 days. ■ Water – one gallon per person per day for drinking and sanitation ■ Food – at least 7 to 10 day supply of non-perishable food per person ■ Cash – ATMs won’t work without electricity ■ Battery-powered radio and extra batteries ■ Flashlight and extra batteries ■ First aid kit ■ Whistle to signal for help ■ Filter mask or cotton t-shirt to help filter the air ■ Moist towelettes for sanitation ■ Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities if needed ■ Manual can opener for food ■ Shelter items like tents, tarps and rope ■ Garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation ■ Unique family needs: supplies for infants, pets and elderly, prescriptions, and important family documents Local agencies across Puget Sound are teaming up to share information and encourage residents to prepare for catastrophic events with this regional campaign, WHAT TO DO TO MAKE IT THROUGH. For other useful checklists and preparedness resources visit: www.makeitthrough.org




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Residents Guide - 2017  


Residents Guide - 2017