A Brief History of Sammamish

The city of Sammamish, Washington sits on a plateau and is bordered by Lake Sammamish to the west and Snoqualmie Valley to the east. The name of the city is derived from two Native American words: “Samena” (hunter) and “mish” (people).

The first settlers arrived in the late 1800s and established a trio of resorts by the 1930s. Sammamish remained a mostly rural area until residential homes, schools and shopping centers were constructed in the 1970’s and ’80s. From there, officials wanted to incorporate Sammamish into neighboring Issaquah, but the vote did not pass two years in a row (in 1991 and 1992). Frustrated with the development policies from the King County government, a vote was then passed for Sammamish to become its own city. Sammamish was officially incorporated on August 31, 1999. 

Sammamish is a Municipal Code city, with a Council/City Manager form of government. Citizens elect seven Councilmembers, who in turn appoint a City Manager to guide day to day operations.

Sammamish Today

With an estimated population of over 65,000 people, Sammamish has now become an active city where residents enjoy many parks and trails. The largest park in Sammamish is Beaver Lake Park, which offers access to Beaver Lake to the public, fishing areas, an off leash dog park, a picnic shelter, and more. Northeast Sammamish Park is a small four acre park that features a basketball court, play structures, and a tennis court. Sammamish Commons has a community garden that opened in 2013, where residents can purchase plots for $50 a year. 

The City of Sammamish offers many special events for their residents each year. Each May, there is Rig-A-Palooza, where residents can interact with community helpers such as animal control, firefighters, and King County SWAT to discover how they keep the city safe, clean and functioning. The event also features bouncy houses, food trucks, and face painting. In the summers, the City of Sammamish hosts weekly Concerts in the Park, featuring local bands and food trucks from local restaurants. Sammamish residents also enjoy Shakespeare in the Park in the summertime, in which the Seattle Shakespeare Company comes to Klahanie Park to perform classic plays.

Your Trusted Local German Auto Maintenance and Repair Shop

Sammamish residents want the best for their German cars; they want a shop with highly skilled technicians that provide exemplary service. That shop is Eastside Bavarian. With the incredible depth and breadth of knowledge that both our technical and service teams bring, we are here to help keep your vehicle running in excellent condition for years to come. Here are a few reasons why you should choose Eastside Bavarian as your German Car Service Specialist:

  • We will act with integrity and operate with transparency.
  • We will maintain open communications with our customers and their service technician.
  • We will always provide honest and straightforward repair estimates to our customers.
  • We will always act responsibly and be good stewards of our environment.

Whether you are looking for a routine oil change or in need of a more serious repair on your BMW, Mini or Audi, don’t hesitate to bring your car to Eastside Bavarian today. You can schedule an appointment online or give us a call at 425-391-1990!


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