Issaquah considers Klahanie Park options

February 23, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

After listening to repeated pleas from Klahanie residents, City Council members will meet Feb. 25 to discuss a possible city takeover of county-run Klahanie Park.King County officials plan to close the park within the next several months, because the county lacks the money to keep the 64-acre expanse open. Officials in neighboring Sammamish offered to take on the park and nearby Issaquah School District property, but Klahanie residents have rallied against the proposal.

Members of Concerned Citizens of Klahanie — a neighborhood group opposed to the park transfer — addressed the City Council in early February, and asked council members to reconsider the decision not to become involved in the park transfer.

Council Services & Safety Committee members will discuss options for Klahanie Park with Issaquah Parks & Recreation Director Anne McGill at 5 p.m. Feb. 25. The committee meets in the Eagle Room at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.

Klahanie residents asked Issaquah officials at the Feb. 1 council meeting to consider adding the park to the Issaquah municipal parks system. Many longtime residents said they identified more with Issaquah than Sammamish. Klahanie is located in unincorporated King County.

Then-County Executive Kurt Triplett proposed closing Klahanie Park and 38 others in unincorporated areas last August to help the county close a budget gap. If Sammamish and King County reach a deal to transfer the park, then Issaquah and Sammamish could move to amend the cities’ comprehensive plans, or long-term growth blueprints. Only Issaquah can annex Klahanie until officials redraw the potential annexation area.

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