City requests residents’ parks input at Pickering Barn

November 9, 2010

By Staff

Issaquah has more than 15 downtown acres ready to be transformed into the “crown jewel” of the municipal parks system — and city leaders need residents to help shape the space.

Bring ideas for the latest additions to the city parks system — Tollë Anderson, Cybil-Madeline and Issaquah Creek parks — to Pickering Barn next week.

The city Parks & Recreation Department has scheduled a public meeting for 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at the barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. Residents can also complete a questionnaire about the parks at the city website.

The city plans to spend up to $1.6 million to complete the plan and build the initial phase of the 15.5-acre parks complex. 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. Issaquah leaders often refer to site as a “crown jewel.”

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.

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