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History of Lake Forest Park
Lake View
The City of Lake Forest Park is located in King County, Washington, at the northern tip of Lake Washington. Its neighbors are the cities of Seattle, Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, Brier, and Kenmore.

This journey through Lake Forest Park history was developed as part of our celebration of the first 50 years of incorporation. But Lake Forest Park has been a community much longer, since the Lake People camped at the mouths of two salmon-rich streams, known today as Lyon and McAleer creeks. Ole Hanson platted the first lots circa 1910, starting the community of Lake Forest Park. The City was incorporated in 1961.

Visitors coming to the City from Seattle or Kenmore on Bothell Way still enter the green landscape of hidden homes and winding roads described by Hanson as a recreation paradise.

Historic Markers
In commemoration of Lake Forest Park’s 50th anniversary in 2011, the city installed eight signs depicting the history of the area before and after incorporation. The project was made possible through a King County 4Culture Heritage Special Project grant in collaboration with the Shoreline Historical Museum. The signs are placed throughout the city to educate the public and foster community pride in the rich history of the region. View the brochure of the sign locations and subjects.

Visual History
The timeline is a summary of Lake Forest Park historic milestones by decade, showing settlement, development, community and school changes, park acquisitions, and the relocation of City Hall.  The annexation map shows neighborhoods within the City, including the original town boundaries when Lake Forest Park was first incorporated in 1961.  Each additional annexation is highlighted with the dates they became effective.

Land Use Interactive Historical Timeline
In conjunction with the City’s 50th Anniversary, the Lake Forest Park Planning Commission developed an interactive historical timeline of the City emphasizing land use events.  Click on any timeline item for a description and, in many cases, a link for more information.  Viewing hint:  After the timeline starts, click on the “Full Screen” icon on the right side of the screen and then use Timeline, Flipbook, and List for different views.

The Planning Commission sees this as a work in progress, and invites feedback.  Your comments, ideas for modifications or additions can be directed to Mark Phillips.