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Year-round paradise for outdoor enthusiasts

Kennewick, one of Washington's most progressive cities, is located on the banks of the Columbia River, in the heart of the award winning wine producing region of Washington State.  The sunny days offer a countless number of recreational activities for residents and visitors.  In 2004, Kennewick celebrated its centennial, marking 100 years of incorporation.

Climate

Kennewick was first home to the Chemnapum Indians. The name means "Winter Haven," an appropriate title as the tribe gathered in the mild climate to trade, fish and pasture their horses. Kennewick’s great weather provides a year-round paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.  With 300 days of sunshine residents and visitors will enjoy their experience in Southeast Washington.  The fall brings the beautiful cool nights and warm sunny days, our winters are mild with the occasional rain shower, and on a rare occasion snow covers our desert terrain.  You can expect crisp morning air in the springtime and warm winds.  Summertime brings heat about mid-June and stays through August with a warm summer winds every now and then.  This is the place to be if you like warm weather and sunshine.

Lifestyle

Kennewick a community of 62,000, is now the largest of the three cities and relies on light industry and retail to support their thriving economy.  Offering the best of both worlds, Kennewick has some of the finest wineries and golf courses in the Northwest.  You can spend the afternoon at Canyon Lakes Golf Course, rated by the PGA in the top 10 public golf courses in the Northwest or if you are in need of some retail therapy, Kennewick has a wide variety of shops to look through including a newly renovated mall, numerous strip malls, and great specialty boutiques.  Not to mention the wide variety of restaurants this city has available for an afternoon lunch or an evening dining experience.  Kennewick is also home to the luxurious Three Rivers Convention Center and Toyota Center.  This state of the art facility offers dynamic meeting rooms, gourmet catering, and banquet areas for a variety of venues and events.  The adjoining Toyota Center and Toyota Arena are home to our AMS Hockey Team and the Tri-Cities Fever football team.

The Columbia River offers a beautiful waterfront park which consists of approximately 100 acres of developed parkland that lines the shore of the scenic Columbia River.  Columbia Park East is privileged to host the thrilling hydroplane boat races scheduled each year in July.  Successful events hosted include fun runs and walks, concerts, festivals, trade shows, and arts and crafts shows.  This park has so much to offer its residents and visitors.  Attractions include the Playground of Dreams, Aquatic Water Park , Boat Launch , Family Fishing Pond, Horseshoes, Columbia Center Rotary Centennial Stage , and J & S Express train ride.  Our riverfront park is a great way to spend your day relaxing, playing, or taking in the scenic sites with your family and friends. 

History

Founded in 1883-1884 by railroad workers, arid Kennewick nearly died before the Northern Pacific Railroad built an irrigation canal that brought cool water to the parched earth in 1903.

With irrigation came agriculture and, beginning in 1973, it was Concord grapes that put Kennewick's name on the map.  At one time it was said there were more acres of Concord grape vineyards in Kennewick than anywhere in the world.  Sold to Welch's in 1953, the plant still operates successfully in Kennewick.

Up until World War I, Kennewick remained a small agriculture-oriented town. Vast orchards surrounded the town, which had fewer than 2,000 inhabitants at the dawning of the War.  With wartime projects in nearby communities, Kennewick's population swelled as newcomers moved into town.

In 1969, a new indoor shopping mall was built in the middle of sand and sagebrush.  Now Kennewick surrounds the mall and has become the center of retail business for a region that encompasses all of southeast Washington and northeast Oregon.

Kennewick's five-mile long riverfront park, Columbia Park, has been the location of unlimited hydroplane races for nearly forty years and now hosts diverse community events and family activities. Columbia Park is also the site of the "Kennewick Man" discovery, a 9,200-year-old skeleton unearthed in 1996.  Its discovery has led to increased scientific questioning of the origins of the human race in North America.

 
 

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