Covington is a new city but the history and spirit of the Covington area extends back over 100 years. The original Covington area was called Jenkins Prairie and was used as an annual gathering place for the Indians. The name continues with Jenkins Creek, and at the Jenkins Creek Elementary School.
In the 1880's the Northern Pacific Railroad commissioned a surveyor by the name of Covington to develop a railroad line between Auburn and Kanasket. Along the way a stop was named for him and a community was born.
The town grew in various spurts and fits until if finally made sense to be incorporated as a city in 1997. Since then, Covington is growing so quickly, that population signs posted below the city signs have been removed. While the city had a population of about 12,500 at the time of incorporation in 1997, steady growth has increased that number to over 15,000 and still growing. All this growth has been planned with great care and you can see the results driving around town as the progression seems more prudent and manageable than in other cities that have developed so quickly.
This planned growth has been nationally recognized as Covington was recently named of the Best Managed Small Cities, one of only 25 cities nationwide to earn the award for small city management. The city was recognized for high community involvement, population growth, exemplary schools, economic development and a vision for the future. Covington's focus on economic development over the past few years is evident by the arrival of many new businesses in the city, most of which are in brand new commercial retail and professional office buildings that demonstrate the high quality development standards envisioned in the City's Vision Statement, Comprehensive Plan and Development Regulations.
The growth does not mean that city services have been left behind. Covington Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department provides quality cultural, educational and recreational opportunities and safe, functional and aesthetically pleasing parks, trails, facilities and open spaces which meet the leisure needs of residents and visitors alike. Offerings include Skate Court, Covington Aquatic Center and Friendship Park. Each summer, residents of Covington love to come together to celebrate Covington days, which features crafts, family fun, a chance to catch up with friends and of course, lots of great food.
You will also love being so close to the jewel of the Northwest, Seattle, which is known as the ?Emerald City.? The cultural opportunities in Seattle are second to none as it is home to the nation?s 7th largest population of artists, supported in part by an innovative public arts funding program. The Arts scene includes the Seattle Symphony, now housed in the world class Benaroya Hall, Seattle Opera and the Pacific Northwest Ballet, numerous art galleries, the Seattle Art Museum and Seattle Asian Art Museum. Seattle is rich in theater arts with 80 companies, 13 of which are professional. There is also much more to see, including the Pike Place Market, the oldest continually operating farmers market in the country, and the Space Needle, which is the most easily recognizable building in Seattle?s beautiful skyline and the anchor of the Seattle Center. The Hiram Chittenden Locks, Woodland Park Zoo, Tillicum Indian Village, Seattle Aquarium, waterfront, lakeside and sound beaches, Pioneer Square, and the International District, are also popular spots.
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