Awards & Recognitions

The City of Mountlake Terrace receives many awards and accolades throughout the year that we would like to share with the community!
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Lakeview Trail Garners Statewide Award


The Lakeview Trail (completed in 2015) received an award from the Washington Recreation and Parks Association (WRPA). The WRPA Awards recognize outstanding achievements by parks and recreation agencies. The city submitted the Lakeview Trail for the WRPA Spotlight Award for Trails and Pathways.

The Lakeview Trail is a one-mile, non-motorized, multi-use paved trail that promotes connectivity and a safe and healthy environment for exercise and non-vehicular commuting. Lakeview Trail extends from the heavily-used, regional Interurban Trail at 228th Street SW to the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center and Freeway Station located just east of Interstate 5 at 236th Street SW.

The 12-foot wide, paved Lakeview Trail separates walkers, joggers and cyclists from traffic along beautiful Lakeview Drive. Beginning from the Interurban Trail to the west, Lakeview Trail extends eastward on 228th Street meandering south along scenic Lakeview Drive adjacent to Ballinger Playfield with views of Ballinger Park, Lake Ballinger, and the Nile Shrine Golf Course and continues east along 236th Street, to Interstate 5 where an existing sidewalk continues to the Mountlake Terrace Transit Center.

The Lakeview Trail has many other benefits in addition to improving east-west connections and access to transit. The trail encourages healthy activities for families and individuals with non-motorized access to recreational opportunities including Ballinger Playfield, Ballinger Park, Lake Ballinger Boat and Fishing Access, Mountlake Terrace Senior Center, and the Nile Shrine Golf Course. Additionally, it extends walking and bicycle connections with existing bike lanes and walking routes to provide better linkage of Snohomish and King Counties.

The award was presented to the city at the annual WPRA Awards Banquet that took place at the WRPA Annual Conference held in Spokane in early May 2017.

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Mountlake Terrace Recognized as 2017 “Playful City USA” 


The City of Mountlake Terrace was honored with a Playful City USA designation for the fifth consecutive year. This national program honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable.

“Playability is crucial to the success of our future communities, and we are proud of the work these cities and leaders are doing to provide a better quality of life for all residents, and especially families,” says KaBOOM! President, James Siegal. “Play provides a competitive advantage for cities looking to attract and retain residents. With these esteemed leaders, and our friends and partners across the country, we continue to prioritize play for all kids.”

“It’s a great honor for the City of Mountlake Terrace to receive this designation,” stated Recreation and Parks Director Jeff Betz. “To be honored is a tribute to all of the hard work the City Council, staff and citizens have done to make our city a playful, wonderful place to live.”

Founded in 1996, KaBOOM! is a national non-profit organization dedicated to the goal of ensuring that all children get the active play they need to become healthy and successful adults. The Humana Foundation was established in 1981 as the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc., a leading health care company.

VISION 2040 Award

Vision 2040 Awards Town Center Regional Stormwater Facility

City of Mountlake Terrace Receives Third  VISION 2040 Award 
Josh Brown, Executive Director of Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC), presented the City of Mountlake Terrace with a VISION 2040 Award for its innovative Regional Stormwater Facility at City Council’s June 15 City Council meeting. This is the second consecutive VISION 2040 Award for Mountlake Terrace and a third award since 2009.

“Your community has done an outstanding job putting the right land use policies and plans in place and you have worked tirelessly to be able to secure the infrastructure to build out your Town Center,” said Brown. “Today, we wanted to recognize your work on implementation of those plans.”

VISION 2040 Awards recognize regional innovations in managing growth and sustaining quality of life. The city’s Regional Stormwater Facility provides a creative solution to support and encourage efficient redevelopment of the Town Center by using an innovative investment in infrastructure to protect critical areas in the McAleer Creek and Lake Ballinger Watershed basin.