Press Editorial

November 3, 2009

By Staff

More questions about Klahanie Park’s future

Klahanie Park may soon become a Sammamish city park. No matter that the county’s first-ever master planned community and home to about 10,000 is not even located within the city of Sammamish.At first glance, it appears only King County will be the big winner if it does manage to transfer ownership of the 64-acre park to the city of Sammamish. King County will save $95,000 a year in annual maintenance costs.

The city of Issaquah was another contender for ownership of the park, but has not expressed any interest, even though Klahanie’s future could include annexing to Issaquah.

The local homeowners group, the Klahanie Association, has also been looking at the possibility of taking over the park. We understand some residents were questioning how unfair that would be for them to pay their county taxes and then have their homeowner’s dues pay for the same amenity again.

The thought of Sammamish taking over Klahanie Park also raises some pretty big questions that the neighborhood will want answered. What will the county transfer agreement say Sammamish can do with the park? Can the city resell it in the future? Can it be turned into ball fields or a dog park or let it go to weed?

Just why would Sammamish want to own the park anyway? Is this the first step toward getting Klahanie residents to want to annex into Sammamish? If so, might that be a good thing?

There are more questions than answers so far, but we’re glad to see someone cares about the park. The thought of King County putting a fence around it and letting the park wither was irresponsible at best. Sammamish may be just the white knight Klahanie needs to ride in and save the park and its neighborhood.

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