Mountlake Terrace, Washington is a community with an interesting history. Previously known as "Alderwood Manor", this area of Snohomish County was first settled at the turn of the century when the logging industries in the Pacific Northwest flourished. Subsequently the land was platted into "ranches" for the raising of mink, chinchillas and poultry. The residential community of Mountlake Terrace began with the speculative construction of homes for returning World War II veterans and their young families. Within 10 years the population of Mountlake Terrace had grown to 5,000, and a group of civic-minded residents took steps to create a municipal government for this budding community. At once Mountlake Terrace citizens set to work building a full range of its growing population. The community boasts many beautiful outdoor spaces for both recreation and leisure, including the Ballinger Park Municipal Golf Course at Lake Ballinger, a recreation pavilion and pool, 12 parks with ball fields, tennis courts and picnic sites.