To The Editor

March 30, 2009

By Contributor

Living in Issaquah

A wonderful place the past 29 yearsWe would like to thank Issaquah for 29 years of enjoyment. 

We moved to Issaquah in 1979, when Issaquah was considered a long way from Seattle. We watched it grow along with our family. 

Over the years, we put two daughters through the Issaquah School District. We do miss the schools. The teachers have prepared our daughters well for their futures (one at University of Michigan Graduate School and a sophomore in high school).

We moved to the Midwest last year to get closer to family.

Enjoy what you have, Issaquah, and know that it is special.

We wish all of you good luck and say once again, thanks for all the memories.

Tom Huxtable and family

Lake City, Michigan

Parks survey

Don’t forget to plan for use by dogs

I recently read in The Issaquah Press that the city will hire a consultant to design and conduct a survey for the Issaquah Parks Department. The parks topic that I would like to be sure is studied in the survey is the public’s desire and need for a large off-leash dog park. Issaquah is the only Eastside city that does not have a reasonably sized city-sponsored dog park.  

Both Mercer Island and Sammamish have recently opened new or drastically remodeled parks that are both very well planned and highly used. Bellevue has several nice dog parks, and Redmond has the fantastically popular Marymoor Park that has been a trendsetter for both the region and state.

Issaquah does have a small, but very overused homeowner sponsored dog park in the Issaquah Highlands, but given the size and need of this type of park in the city, I have long thought it unfair that this group of homeowners has had to carry the burden for the city. In my view, Issaquah needs an off-leash dog park similar in size to the new Sammamish Beaver Lake Park, but centrally located within the city limits.

I also think that a centrally located park within the city would fit nicely with the council’s new “sustainability” goals as it would get more of us out of our vehicles and walking. Creating more destinations that are worth getting out of our cars for is the first step in moving toward a more economically, socially and environmentally self-sustaining community — all goals that I am sure could be more swiftly achieved with the help of some tail wagging and spirited four-legged action.

C. A. Christensen


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