Federal Way

Federal Way


Federal Way is a diverse waterfront neighborhood about half an hour south of Seattle. Its western shoreline faces Puget Sound, while Kent, Auburn and various unincorporated parts of King County are to the east. Tacoma is to the south, Des Moines to the north. Nestled between the two large cities of Seattle to the north and Tacoma to the south, Federal Way, with its population of 85,000, holds its own in between. On its west side is Dash Point State Park, a stretch of developed beachfront open to the public. Dash Point is host to the World Championship of Sand Sculpting.

The city was actually, strangely enough, named for its school district, which, in turn, was named for Federal Highway 99, which runs through the suburb. The town is known for a few major things, including Weyerhaeuser, a major landowner of forests used for logging. Much of its land is open to the public for viewing; in Federal Way you can see the Rhododendron or Bonsai Gardens. Weyerhaeuser also gave their name to the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, which was a venue for the 1990 Goodwill Games and has also been a major training center for future Olympic swimmers. Water seems to be a running theme in the area, as the notable sight from the freeway in Federal Way is Wald Waves and Enchanted Village. These two parks make up Seattle’s only real amusement park and are a destination of schoolchildren throughout the summer.

Federal Way is also home to the headquarters of World Vision. Their headquarters are open to visitors during the week. The1500 square-foot interactive center takes visitors on a self-guided journey through World Vision’s work on child sponsorship, relief, development, and advocacy work around the globe.




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