City seeks input on Tiger Mountain’s Park Pointe trails
July 19, 2012
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 10 a.m. July 19, 2012
City leaders put out a call Wednesday for citizen input about trails on a Tiger Mountain tract called Park Pointe, a section of forest long considered for development but set aside for conservation and recreation last year.
Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department staffers created a draft trail plan for Park Pointe — a site encompassing about 100 acres near Issaquah High School.
The city acquired the land in a complex transfer of development rights, and the agreement included stipulations about land use. Though low-impact recreational use is OK, for instance, public access cannot conflict with conservation.
The public can offer comments on the draft trail plan July 23 as the advisory board discusses Park Pointe. The board meets at 7 p.m. in the Eagle Room at Issaquah City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.
The city approved a stewardship plan for Park Pointe in January. The next step is the trail plan.
Once the Park Board listens to public comment, members intend to develop a recommendation for Mayor Ava Frisinger and city Parks & Recreation Director Anne McGill. Frisinger and McGill then finalize a plan for the site.
In March 2011, city leaders concluded the Park Pointe transfer of development rights in a historic milestone.
The last set of plans presented by the Park Pointe developer proposed 251 units or 344 units for the steep, forested site. In June 2009, the project developer defaulted on a loan and, months later, the developer entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.