Federal Way is nestled just 25 minutes from Seattle and 10 minutes from Tacoma and is the state’s eighth-largest city (with a population of 88,000). Federal Way is home to Weyerhaeuser, the largest private owner of softwood timberland in the world. The company has graciously opened a great portion of its land to the public, including two botanical gardens: the Rhododendron Species Foundation & Botanical Garden and the Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection.
Federal Way also boasts the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, featuring an Olympic-sized swimming pool that was used for the 1990 Goodwill Games. There are 28 developed parks and 19 open-space parks on approximately 82 acres of land, including Steel Lake Park, a large lakefront park with picnic areas and a boat launch; Dumas Bay Centre, a beautiful 12-acre park with on-site conference and retreat facilities, along with a beautiful theatre that features local productions and is home to the Centerstage Theatre Company; Dash Point State Park, the city’s only developed waterfront park; Celebration Park with sports fields and wooded trails; and West Hylebos Wetlands Park with its many scenic hiking trails through wetlands. The city also features the BPA and West Campus Trails totaling nearly 3.5 miles, as well as over 4 miles of gorgeous coastline, with the charming Redondo Beach community as its centerpiece.