City hosts park-planning picnic

August 10, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

Bring ideas to free Aug. 26 event

Head outside, grab a hot dog and offer ideas about the latest addition to the city parks system.

The city Parks & Recreation Department will host a picnic Aug. 26 for residents to share ideas about the downtown parks at the confluence of Issaquah Creek and the East Fork: Tollë Anderson, Cybil-Madeline and Issaquah Creek parks.

The parks department planned the picnic for the 15.5-acre site in order for people to understand the terrain.

“We want people to see the land, walk the land, see the farmhouses and walk the creek to get a sense of it,” city Parks & Recreation Director Anne McGill said.

The city maintains the historic Anderson and Ek farmhouses and farm buildings at the parks site.

“It’s hard to get a sense of things from looking at a map or even pictures,” McGill said.

The parks department has also planned community meetings at Pickering Barn and Tibbetts Creek Manor to gather ideas.

The city plans to spend up to $1.6 million to complete the plan and build the initial phase. Issaquah voters approved money to develop the parks in a 2006 bond. Conservation rules and requirements attached to land donations limit how the creekside parks can be developed.

In late May, parks officials picked Seattle landscape architecture firm The Berger Partnership to craft the overarching design, or master site plan, for the parks complex. The firm also designed Cal Anderson Park and Warren G. Magnuson Park in Seattle.

The Berger Partnership should deliver early plans to the city Planning Department by early next year.

Though architects offered conceptual renderings as part of the selection process, the final design hinges on community input, plus contributions from the Park Board and city planning commissions. City Council members will make the final decision on the parks plan.

Get involved

Issaquah Creek parks picnic

5 p.m. Aug. 26

595 Rainier Blvd. N.

Issaquah Creek parks community input meetings

7 p.m. Oct. 21

Tibbetts Creek Manor

750 17th Ave. N.W.

7 p.m. Nov. 18

Pickering Barn

1730 10th Ave. N.W.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or Comment at

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