Vista Park opens in Issaquah Highlands

June 9, 2009

By Jim Feehan

Vista Park, in the Issaquah Highlands, includes playground equipment, a grass strip with walking paths and benches affording a view toward Seattle.  By Greg Farrar

Vista Park, in the Issaquah Highlands, includes playground equipment, a grass strip with walking paths and benches affording a view toward Seattle. By Greg Farrar

Residents in the Vista Park subdivision of the Issaquah Highlands now have a park to call their own.

The narrow, 1-acre park is shoehorned between houses in the 1800 block of 10th Avenue Northeast. The park features a grass volleyball court, a children’s playground area and a panoramic view of the Olympic Mountains.

“It’s great to have an area with some grass,” said Michael Hanley, who lives a few blocks away. “The playground area will come in handy when my 3-year-old niece comes to visit.”

Port Blakely Communities, developer of the Issaquah Highlands, built Vista Park at a cost of $200,000.“Vista Park is a great addition to our other parks in the Issaquah Highlands,” said Alan Boeker, president of Port Blakely Communities. “The park also links to the community’s trail system.”

The park is a few blocks from the highlands’ commercial business district that includes Caffé Ladro, Sip Wine Bar and Restaurant, and Sorella Salon. Other parks in the highlands include Bark Park, a 2-acre, off-leash dog park; Ashland Park, which has a small wading pool; and Central Park with its children’s climbing wall.

“The park fits our theme of a walkable, pedestrian-friendly community that is part of the new urban planning philosophy of smaller lot sizes with more density,” said Chris Hysom, Port Blakely’s director of legislative affairs.

Port Blakely Communities contracts with a landscape maintenance company to maintain the park.

“While the park is owned by Port Blakely, it is open to the public to enjoy,” Boeker said.

Reach Reporter Jim Feehan at 392-6434, ext. 239, or jfeehan@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com.

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