Idylwood Beach Park
Attention: Cottonwood Tree Removal & Restoration

In March and April of 2018, the City removed 14 of 30 identified cottonwood trees in Idylwood Park due to public safety concerns. Further tree removal was put on hold due to an appeal process. Some areas of the park have limited access which is clearly marked with signage and fencing.

Certified staff arborists conducted a visual tree risk assessment on all trees throughout the park. Factors considered for the risk assessment included tree health, defects, species, and location. Based on the tree risk assessments, thirty cottonwood trees were identified for removal. There is a tree restoration plan that includes 50-75 native mixed evergreen and deciduous trees, 55-75 native shrubs and 100+ ground cover plants.

Idylwood Tree Restoration Plan

Key Dates:

Summer 2017 - Two separate large limb failures resulting in injury to park patron and damage to private property. Certified staff arborist on city staff conducted visual tree risk assessment and identified trees in high use areas that needed to be removed.

March 2018 - Clear and Grade Permit approved, SEPA exemption

April 2018 - Tree removal began but was placed on hold due to an appeal process - the hearing examiner awarded the appeal in favor of the City.

Current - The City is in the process of further evaluating the removal and replanting plan for timing and specifics. 

Questions? Contact Dave Tuchek,, 425-556-2318

Located on the shores of picturesque Lake Sammamish, Idylwood features a swimming beach, including a bathhouse and restrooms. Launch your car-top boat from the park’s small ramp. Spread out and play a game in the large open space or explore Idylwood’s playground area. Picnic shelters and picnic tables complete the picture for a perfect get-together.

ACREAGE: 18 acres


3650 West Lake Sammamish Parkway NE

From eastbound SR520, take West Lake Sammamish Parkway NE exit, turn right (SE) onto West Lake Sammamish Parkway NE. Turn left at the Bel-Red intersection to stay on West Lake Sammamish Parkway NE. Park is on the left. Parking is limited, please carpool.


Canoe Launch  
Facility Rental 
Natural Areas
Picnic Tables 
Play Area
Picnic Shelter 
Swimming Beaches 
+ Barbeques
+ Sand Volleyball

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Idylwood Beach