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The Suncadia story is only the most recent to grace the Cle Elum River watershed. The traditional hunting and fishing grounds of the Yakama First Nations people for centuries, Upper Kittitas County is rich in Native American culture and history. As pioneers began to cross and settle the Mountain West, coal was discovered here. From the late 1800's through the closing of the historic Roslyn No. 9 mine in 1963, life here revolved around the coal mines. Suncadia respectfully follows in the footsteps of those who came before.

Development History: 

  • Summer 2012 - Rope Rider Golf Park opens
  • Summer 2011 - Rope Rider Golf Course & Swiftwater Cellars Winery open 
  • Summer 2008- Glade Spring Spa is completed 
  • Spring 2008 - The Lodge at Suncadia is completed 
  • Winter 2008 - The Village Pavilion & Ice Skating Rink is completed 
  • Winter 2008 - The Swim & Fitness Center is completed 
  • 2005 - Prospector Golf Course is completed, as are Suncadia's first homes 
  • 2004 - The Inn at Suncadia is completed 
  • 2003 - Suncadia resort core construction began with The Inn at Suncadia

Preliminary Development Plans for 2013 (subject to change):

  • Stairs from The Lodge at Suncadia lobby down to a knoll with a sweeping view of the Cle Elum River.
  • Park facilities below The Lodge at Suncadia and near the river's edge, including benches and picnic tables so residents and guests alike can enjoy a riverfront experience.
  • New recreational facilities at and near the Swim Fitness Center, such as tetherball and horseshoe pits.
  • Entry monument signage to Nelson Preserve neighborhood and the Nelson Creek Conservancy lands.
  • Nelson Preserve trail enhancements including a riverside shelter for picnics and get-togethers.
  • A firepit and two bocce ball courts adjacent to the Golf House in the private Tumble Creek neighborhood.
  • Development of the Sasse Mountain Outpost, a family focused tent camp for Tumble Creek Club members overlooking the Cle Elum River.
  • An extension of the bicycle path from Tumble Creek to the riverfront park facilities below The Lodge at Suncadia.
  • Landscaping of of the future Tumble Creek Turf Care site along Tumble Creek Drive.
Suncadia Legacy, a collection divided into two series: Roslyn, Cle Elum, and Ronald Oral Histories, which consists of full-length audio and video interviews; and Suncadia Photographs, which document the visual history of the #9 Mine and locale of Roslyn, Cle Elum, and Ronald. While the majority of Suncadia Legacy's audio and video interviews were conducted 1995-2003, some audio interviews date as early as 1972, and others-added by several of Krueger's students through class oral history and family history projects at the Cle Elum-Roslyn High School-date to the 1980s and 1990s.


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A Commitment to Future Generations

A philosophy of environmental stewardship is integral to the Suncadia vision. The Suncadia Conservancy is a 1,200-acre conservation easement corridor along the Cle Elum River, managed by a coalition of Yakama First Nations, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the creators of Suncadia, with the purpose to protect the land "in perpetuity" so it will remain natural and open to the public for generations.

Suncadia's planning and design guidelines require preservation of 80 percent open space, extensive use of native vegetation, and miles of pedestrian and bike trails, earning Suncadia the highest Built Green 3-Star certification, making it the largest resort community in Washington state to merit the title.

The Suncadia Community Enhancement Fund contributes toward a broad range of local activities intended to improve the social, cultural, economic, and environmental conditions of Suncadia, the town of Roslyn, and the cities of Cle Elum and South Cle Elum.


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