Abridged from the draft January 2018 Soaring Eagle Forest Stewardship Plan:
Now surrounded by residential neighborhoods, people have lived in the area surrounding Soaring Eagle Park as far back as 12,500 years ago. Prior to contact with white settlers, this area was occupied by the lower Snoqualmie peoples who lived along the Snoqualmie river, relying on its wetlands, creeks, and streams. Evidence has shown there once was a significant historic travel corridor through Soaring Eagle Park. Traditional travel corridors would have been burned to maintain them and to encourage game animals to frequent the area, which is consistent with charcoal found in the park.
Native peoples planted, cultivated and harvested both wild and domesticated plants, collected berries, nuts and roots, hunted game, fished, quarried stone, and built irrigation canals and roads or foot paths in this area.
Evidence of charcoal is an indicator that Native peoples used fire to clear the land for acorn gathering, to flush game, create habitat for food such as huckleberry, to create meadows to attract game or as an act of war.
Skipping ahead a few centuries, this area was Washington State school trust land known as Section 36. Soaring Eagle was renamed in 2001 by a second grader at Samantha Smith Elementary School in Sammamish in a contest sponsored by King County Parks.