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Federal Way Tidbits
Federal Way is a city that is found on the southwest portion of King County. Being part of the Seattle metropolitan area, the total population in 2018 was around 97,044 people from only having 89,306 residents in 2010. In fact, the city was estimated to have 4,011.9 inhabitants per square mile, making Federal Way the fifth biggest city in King County.
The city’s name came from the Federal Highway U.S. 99 or more commonly known as Pacific Highway South. Before the highway was constructed, the term “Federal Way” was an area name. At that time, the pathways that linked Seattle and Tacoma were merely dirt roads. Finally, on October 18, 1928, the Pacific Highway was finally done and it was given the official of Federal Highway U.S. 99.
The Pacific Highway became the primary route to go to Seattle from Tacoma, and vice versa. Then, in 1930, the five schools near the highway converged into School District #210. So, the school officials just gave it the Federal Way High School since it is just near the said federal highway.
Since then, the people kept referring to the place as Federal Way. Eventually, when it was incorporated into a city in 1990, government officials decided to keep Federal Way as its city name.
Previously, there had been numerous attempts to incorporate the city, and the plans to do so in 1971, 1981 and 1985 did not materialize. After several failed attempts, the plans to incorporate Federal Way finally pushed through on February 28, 1990. This momentous event for the city happened at the Sportsworld Lanes Complex.
The places near Federal Way are Puget Sound, Dash Point, Lakeland North, Lakeland South, and Tacoma Fife Heights. Also, Federal Way is surrounded by key cities such as Des Moines, Kent, Auburn, and Milton.
As for the city’s climate, Federal Way experiences a warm weather. Under the Köppen Climate Classification, Federal Way is categorized into the warm-summer Mediterranean climate or the Csb section.
One cannot mention Federal Way without ever mentioning Celebration Park because it is the city’s biggest and busiest park. Celebration Park has a total area of 83.5 acres and it contains various playing fields for soccer, baseball, and other sports. There’s even a play area for kids.
Originally, the area it occupies was an Evergreen commercial airstrip, but the airfield ceased operating in 1979. In December 1990, the City of Federal Way decided to buy the abandoned airfield. So, now, when you visit 1095 S. 324th Street, you will see a busy community park. In September 2006, Celebration Park was the chosen venue for the Senior Softball World Championships.
The other city parks you can visit are: Steel Lake Park, Dash Point State Park, Dumas Bay Centre Park, Saghalie Park, Lakota Park, and West Hylebos Wetlands Park. The Barker Cabin, found within the premises of the West Hylebos Wetlands Park, is the Federal Way’s oldest building that was constructed in 1883.
Today, Federal Way remains to be the 10th biggest largest city in Washington, having a 2018 population of 97,044 and occupying a total land area of 22.26 square miles.