Lower Sammamish Commons Park 550 222nd Pl SE, Sammamish, WA98074 Lower Sammamish Commons Park, behind the library and City Hall, features a playground, water spray play area and lots of…More open space. The park also features a circular path around the park popular with joggers, walkers and other exercisers. There is also a large covered picnic area. The park offers no indoor restroom facilities.
The King County Library System operates the Sammamish Library, which is located on city property in the…More 30-acre Sammamish Commons. In January 2010, the Sammamish Library opened its doors at this location with 15,000 new books, CDs, movies, magazines and other materials. The branch has more than 100,000 library materials and residents are known for attending its events and using services. The library, a parternship between the city and county, offers visitors 19,500 square feet of space, including meetings rooms and an open study area with tables. The total space is nearly twice the size of the old library building, which opened in 1998 and was located one mile away.
The library offers story times for kids, including sessions in Spanish and Hindi, a teen writing group, classes for people learning English and a book club for adults. The library also has computer classes.
There is a children's section, a larger meeting room and the main study area which has a fireplace, tables, cushioned chairs and views through floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Friends of Sammamish Library, a community group, supports programs for young people and adults by selling used books and holding fundraisers.
City Hall opened in a new building in 2006 and blends glass and wood into its design, providing 44,000…More square feet of working and meeting space. The three-level building sits on thirty acres of what's called Sammamish Commons, a city property that includes a plaza, park, picnic areas and trails.
The building's first floor houses chambers for the seven-member council. Council members, who are elected at large, typically hold regular meetings the first and third Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm. Study sessions are scheduled for the other Tuesdays of the month, also at 6:30 pm. The top administrator is the city manager.
Sammamish 21/61 TV broadcasts council meetings on cable providers Comcast (Channel 21) and Broadstripe (Channel 61, formerly Millenium).
City Hall also is home for arts, parks and planning commission meetings, a Technology Committee and the Sammamish Youth Board. The Sammamish police officers have first-floor offices in City Hall. Sammamish contracts with the King County Sheriff's Office for police services.
While the top floor has offices, the bottom level has public parking. From mid May to late September, the plaza is the site of a Farmers Market each Wednesday. It starts in the late afternoon and ends in the evening. From Sammamish Commons, visitors can see the sunset.
The municipality takes its name from two Northwest Native American words, samena and mish, according to the King County Library System. Samena means "hunter"; mish means people.