Once renowned for its coal producing mines, Newcastle is now known as a peaceful small town retreat within the Seattle metropolitan area. Residents enjoy a scenic small town atmosphere, a short commute to work centers and convenient access to both natural resources and urban amenities. Opportunities for outdoor recreation in Newcastle are limitless. The city maintains nearly 40 acres of developed parks and a network of trails that provides links to city destination points and the regional trail system. Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park and other natural areas are just minutes away.
Lake Boren Park is a primary attraction due to both its natural beauty and recreational facilities. The park frequently becomes a spectacular venue for events that maintain a sense of community, the Concerts in the Park series, and the Fourth of July, Newcastle Days and Earth Day celebrations.
Several established neighborhoods are now side by side with newer developments that offer a range of housing options. A recently completed YMCA with swimming pools, community rooms and gyms provides additional recreational opportunities. A Newcastle branch of the King County library is under construction. Because Newcastle became its own city in 1994, city leaders can ensure that development continues to occur in a responsible way consistent with local values.