In East Wenatchee, you are sure to find yourself with more than enough activities to keep you busy throughout the year. Outdoor recreation is abundant between this city and its twin, Wenatchee, including activities such as swimming, camping, boating, hiking, bicycling, rock climbing, golf, fishing, skating, baseball and soccer.
The Wenatchee Valley and surrounding area is home to some of the highest rated golf courses in the Pacific Northwest, and with 300 days of sunshine a year, every day is a good day on the links. Some of the best biking in the state is available for you in the area surrounding East Wenatchee. There are many off-road options as well as on-road. If you are interested in fresh water fishing you have come to the right place. The Greater Wenatchee Region offers many opportunities for all kinds of fish, from bass to salmon, and trout to crappies. For the serious hikers or the recreational ones, East Wenatchee and the surrounding areas offer many options. Many day hikes are available and the wild flower display is breathtaking.
Wenatchee's own Apple Capital Loop Trail is a wonderful "in town" 11 mile trail that circles the river on both sides. Accessible from several locations, the Apple Capital Loop Trail is a scenic-waterfront 11-mile paved loop trail for pedestrians, cyclists, skaters, and others. For those that like waters sports, whether it is waterskiing, swimming or just sunning on an air mattress, we have options for you. Many of our local parks on the Columbia River offer easy access to the water. If boating and jet skiing are in your plans, many of the same parks have boat ramps for easy accessibility. You can also find some of the best wildlife and bird viewing in Washington State nearby. The Cascade Loop Birding Trail features 225 of Washington's 365 Bird Species. Since mountains surround the area, the city is a quick drive from the hills and wonderful trails.
Less than 15 minutes-drive from East Wenatchee is Mission Ridge, a snow enthusiast's dream come true. Mission Ridge offers 2,000 acres of groomed runs and open slopes. There are slower paced runs for children and beginners. Higher up, the mountain offers a challenge for the most demanding skiers and snowboarders.
The City of East Wenatchee was incorporated in 1935, with an original town site of 50 acres. Today, the city’s incorporated boundaries have grown to 1,873 acres. At the turn of the 20th Century, irrigation projects, including the Columbia Basin Project east of the region, opened the door for farming the barren land. Orchards become the area’s leading industry.
East Wenatchee is also home to a significant piece of aviation history as Fancher Field was the landing site of the first non-stop Trans-Pacific flight. Pilots Clyde Pangborn, who was from the area and Hugh Herndon, began this historic leg of their round-the-world excursion in Misawa, Japan in early October and arrived in Washington 41 hours later. A working replica of Pangborn and Herndon’s plane, the Miss Veedol, has been constructed to commemorate the flight and is on display at Pangborn Airport.
Today, East Wenatchee is actively involved in international relations through an ongoing cultural exchange with Misawa, Japan. Each year the community hosts a delegation from Misawa in early May, and sends a delegation of area residents to Misawa in August. Misawa was selected because it was the starting point for Pangborn and Herndon on that historic flight in October 1931. The historic flight is also recognized each October as the community comes together to celebrate the Wings-n-Wheels festival. Festivities include many events at the Pangborn Memorial Airport, with fly-ins, airplane and helicopter rides, Miss Veedol on display and children’s activities.
At Eastmont Community Park the activities include a motorcycle rally and parade, two-day car show, the Cossacks Motorcycle Stunt Group, food and craft vendors, carnival, ongoing entertainment, including a big band dance and an open air concert. Area kids love to come out on Saturday for the petting zoo, face painting, arts and crafts and more. Also in honor of the link between East Wenatchee and Misawa, at the corner of Ninth Street and Eastmont Avenue, you'll find the Bridge of Friendship, which features a Japanese garden showcase. It claimed its name as the Bridge of Friendship because of the resulting relationship that formed between the two cities.
The Washington State Apple Blossom Festival is the oldest major Festival in the state. This two-week “ode to apple blossoms” includes a Youth Parade, the Grand Parade, the Classy Chassis Car Show & Parade, an Arts & Crafts fair, a food fair, a waterfront carnival, nightly music performances, an art show, a golf tournament, and much, much more. The Grand Parade is always the first Saturday in May and is the highlight of the festival, lasting for 2 1/2 hours. This popular festival occurs just across the river in Wenatchee.
One of the most spectacular archaeological discoveries ever made in the study of Early Paleo bone and stone artifacts occurred near East Wenatchee, Washington in 1987. The site is located in an apple orchard near the Columbia River. The initial find was made by workers who were digging a ditch for an irrigation pipe line. The East Wenatchee Clovis site is famous for its extremely large Clovis points. Up until the discovery, known Clovis points were no where near the size of these points. It is believed that these artifacts date back nearly 12,000 years and are considered proof that people migrated during the last ice age settled in the area.
Today, living in East Wenatchee, you'll be just steps away from the downtown area where you'll find displays of fine art year-round. Currently, 60 sculptures grace the city grounds, reaching as far as Pangborn Memorial Airport. Local volunteers started this tradition in 1995 and the practice has grown by leaps and bounds ever since. Every evening, you will be treated to one of nature's most spectacular displays, as the sun sets over the Cascade Mountains, radiating pink, orange and purple streams across the horizon. To the east, the moon rises over Badger Mountain and a blanket of stars appear in the clear evening sky.
The Eastmont School District enrolls 5,200 students in grades Kindergarten through 12th Grade. Students from the towns of Orondo and Rock Island are also part of the Eastmont service district. Schools within the area include Lee, Grant, Cascade, Rock Island and Orondo Elementary Schools (grades K – 5), Sterling Middle School (grades 6 and 7), Eastmont Junior High School (grades 8 and 9) and Eastmont High School. A new facility to house the junior high was completed during the summer of 2003. Wenatchee Valley College provides a variety of post-secondary education opportunities to residents of East Wenatchee and the entire region.
The Eastmont Parks Department is proud to serve the community by maintaining over 40 acres of parks in East Wenatchee/Douglas County. These Parks provide a haven for recreational enjoyment ranging from festivals, picnicking and family fun, recreation camps/programs, swimming, tennis, basketball, and organized sports competition (baseball, softball, soccer, football, and volleyball) and regional/state tournaments.
For those that love culture and live music, The Bank of America Performing Arts Center at the Stanley Civic Center opened its doors to the public with a gala event on September 29, 2000. This event, called "A Showcase of Wenatchee's Best" did indeed showcase local talent from nine local performing arts groups and included a cast of over 100.
Central Washington Hospital is the major medical facility referral center for North Central Washington with inpatient/outpatient surgery. It also provides a cardiac program, coronary care, intensive care, respiratory care, oncology, dialysis, neonatal nursery, home health, hospice, regional trauma emergency department, skilled nursing, rehabilitative services such as cardio-pulmonary, physical, speech and occupational therapies.
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