Kennewick Washington

City of Kennewick

Welcome to Kennewick, WA

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Kennewick, the Tri-Cities largest community with a population of over 74,000, and covering over 25 square miles, is one of the fastest growing cities in Washington. As the retail hub of southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon, shopping opportunities abound in west Kennewick in the area of Columbia Center mall, and in east Kennewick in the historic Downtown Shopping District.

Home of the Toyota Center, sporting events are fast, furious and full of family fun, whether you attend the ultra-exciting national Indoor Football league Tri-Cities Fever games, or the Western Hockey League Tri-City American matches.

Recreational activities abound year-round in Kennewick, which is a Native American word meaning "Winter Paradise". Outdoor enthusiasts can spend over 300 days a year in sunshine, enjoying their favorite sport or activity. Boating and fishing on the Columbia, Yakima and Snake Rivers, or if you prefer, hiking or biking along the 23-mile Sacagawea Trail, perched on the banks of the Columbia River. If your tastes run more towards a round of golf, Canyon Lakes Golf Course is just one of three public courses located within the City, and is rated as one of the premier courses in the Pacific Northwest.

You're sure to enjoy family fun spending a day in one of Kennewick's 27 beautifully maintained parks. Columbia Park is 360-acres of river frontage that has something to offer everyone. Youngsters flock to the Playground of Dreams and the seasonal Aquatic Splash Park. Weekends and warm weather bring out the J & S Dreamland Express, an open-air multi-car train ride that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Warm summer nights feature "Movies on the River", a no-cost family appropriate treat. During fishing season, children are invited to drop a hook into the Family Fishing Pond. Other activities to enjoy include the sights and sounds of nature along the Audubon Nature Trail, a visit to the duck pond, or walking or bicycling along miles of paths. Don't forget to bring the teens to play the challenging 18-hole Frisbee golf course, home of the Windy River Open.

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Capping off a summer of family fun activities, Columbia Park has hosted the Water Follies Columbia Cup unlimited hydroplane races for over forty years. Tens of thousands of spectators line the shore each July to watch the hydros fly by on the water and the air show fly overhead between each race.

No matter what your interest, there is something for everyone in Kennewick. Come join the fun.

Brief History of Kennewick, Washington

Kennewick began as a popular winter camping ground for the Chemnapum Indians, who called it ”Winter Heaven” because of its mild winters.  Indians were able to fish for salmon in the Yakima River and pasture their horses on the surrounding hills. Then in 1883, the Northern Pacific Railroad began operations in the area on their quest for railroad accessg to the coast. They were initially required to transport their trains from Pasco across the Columbia River by cable ferry; the railroad bridge was later completed in 1888.

In 1904, Kennewick became an incorporated city. A creamery and a grape juice company, which thrived due to the availability of the acres of Concorde grape vineyards, were the first industries established soon after incorporation.  Water brought in through irrigation allowed for the agricultural industry to take hold in the small community. Kennewick grew slowly until World War II when the Hanford atomic project in the neighboring Richland caused the population to increase from 1,902 to 15,000.

Our history includes that of Kennewick Man, a 9200 year-old skeleton unearthed in Kennewick’s Columbia Park – a significant discovery receiving national attention.

(Portions reprinted from Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau)

Contact Information

Michelle Havre
The Havre Team Smart~ Realtors®
7411 W Clearwater Ave, Suite B
Kennewick WA 99336
(509) 783-8400
(509) 302-7527
Fax: (509) 783-6934