September 7, 2010
Get acquainted with new city parks
Issaquah has a new park, and it’s a beauty!
Actually, it’s three parks — Cybil-Madeline, Tollë Anderson and Issaquah Creek parks, located behind the Darigold plant on Rainier Boulevard. The three adjacent properties were acquired over the past 20 years, but until the city cut the weeds and tall grasses in recent weeks, residents couldn’t really see what a treasure they own.
First noted are the wide-open spaces, the kind that make you want to twirl in the sun or fly a kite, or spread a blanket and read a good book. But there are also towering evergreens, like the ones surrounding the beautiful white pine. There are fruit trees from a former orchard, and a stand of birches and other select, mature nursery picks. It’s worth visiting now, but will be even more glorious when the trees show their fall colors.
For now, Issaquah Creek is mostly hidden by brush, but neighborhood children have beaten little paths to the stream. Here, you can stand on a sand bar and put your feet in the water on a hot summer day. But it’s best to stay out of the creek this time of year and give it up to the spawning salmon, so close from this vantage point that you can look them in the eye.
The park stretches to the west side of Issaquah Creek to the Issaquah School District Administration Building. Here, there is a wetland and more access to creek views.
Issaquah’s history comes alive at the new park with an historic home, former lumber mill and farmyard, intact but in need of restoration.
Ideas for developing the parks are flowing. Picnic tables, creek viewing decks, low-level lights, restrooms, a footbridge, creation of a wetland “classroom,” petting zoo, water spouts for children’s play, pioneer farm displays, arboretum walks, a croquet course and more are all being discussed.
What’s your idea? Take a walk through your new park(s) and think about it. What will make this the “crown jewel” in the city park system?
Send your ideas to the city Parks & Recreation Department, or bring them to the next community meeting, Oct. 21 at Tibbetts Creek Manor.