Beautiful Washington Lake is everywhere, making Mercer Island the only city in King County to be surrounded by a lake. KaBOOM, a nonprofit children's charity, has been named the Playful City of the USA for seven years in a row, and that's no wonder. Mercer Island is an evergreen playground of 4,000 hectares, forever set apart from the smoke, hustle and bustle of a city, a place for people who value good things in order to build good houses. There are two private swimming clubs on the shores of Lake Washington, and a public jetty is located just off the coast, just a few blocks from the main entrance to Mercer.
Numerous sports and social activities are offered for people of all ages, such as swimming, cycling, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, fishing, swimming and much more.
Speaking of education, Mercer Island is served by the Mercer Islands School District, which includes seven schools on the island. In the county, there are more than 1,000 students in grades from elementary to 12th grade, including a high school, a middle school and two elementary schools. Mercer Island also has a number of charter schools and a community college, and is home to the University of Washington School of Law and the Washington State College of Education.
Mercer Island has some of the highest standardized test scores in the state, and Mercer Island High School has a very low drop-out rate. Jewish faith: More than 25% of the island is besieged by Jews, and more than half of the population identifies as Jewish.
Mercer Island has many small parks that contribute to a positive green atmosphere on the island, and Parkwood Lakes is a planned neighborhood near parks and schools. Mercer Island's swimming and tennis clubs, which offer competitive and recreational swimming / tennis programs for children and adults, are among the best facilities. First Hill, a neighborhood in east Seattle, is another historic neighborhood and home to some of the oldest houses on the islands. There are no public parks on Mercer Island or downtown except for a small park on the corner of Mercer Street and Main Street.
The city's Parks and Recreation Department offers numerous health and fitness classes, and money is raised for local charities such as the Mercer Island Community Foundation and Seattle Parks and Recreation Department. With its own police force, Mercer Island is much safer than the nearby city, with a police department of about 20 officers and a city police station.
This is an annual event sponsored by the Mercer Island Community Foundation and the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department. Guests include well-known - and well-known - dignitaries from the city, county and country as well as local musicians and artists. This is a free open air concert and dance event for children and adults sponsored by the Mercer Island Arts Council.
Mercer Island has been slow to attract settlers, which must seem incredible given the current housing market. The city of Mercer Island was incorporated as a business district, but the area's development slowed until a bridge was built to connect the island with the rest of Seattle. The population boom did not begin until the late 1960s and early 1970s, when the bridge built a floating bridge. Officially it became Merritt Island in 1970 and 1974.
The new Interstate gave Mercer Island access to a new highway, Interstate 5, as well as a number of other amenities. The city received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and installed its award-winning solar panels at the Mercer Island Community Events Center.
If you are traveling frequently for work or recreation, Seattle - Tacoma - SeaTac Airport is 30 - 45 minutes away. The cost of living is high, but so is the quality of life, which is why many people live on Mercer Island. It is one of the top ten most desirable places to live and work in Washington state. It is also one of the cheapest places in Seattle and a great place to live.
Mercer Island is connected to the mainland by a bridge that carries Interstate 90 and is divided by Interstate 1990, which connects the city with Seattle to the west and Bellevue to the east. Mercer Island, along with Bellevues to the east, is cut off by I-90, the highway connecting the two cities, from Seattle west to east and north to south.
The East Channel Bridge, which carries I-90, connects Mercer Island to the mainland via the West Channel. The highway crosses the Juan de Fuca Strait under a floating bridge and the highway connects the town of Bellevue on the other side. On the east side, the East Canal Bridge, which carries Interstate 90, connects Mercer Island with a floating bridge on the west side.