April 16, 2013

By Staff

Honor the Earth with participation

Issaquah is a city that prides itself on being environmentally friendly. Beyond the great schools and prime location, people move to this city for the tall green trees and deep blue lakes.

With Earth Day next week, there are plenty of opportunities to honor the Earth.

The city’s Spring Clean-up has room for more to help pick up the litter that lives under the bushes and in the ditches. While doing the right thing for the environment, you’ll be helping prep the city for the many visitors coming to town this summer. It’s all about community pride.

A big part of our pride can be found at Lake Sammamish State Park, a treasure we tend to take for granted. A conceptual redevelopment plan that includes a new bathhouse, an RV and tent camp area, restored beaches, a fishing dock and other amenities has been languishing since 2007, when the state budget nose-dived in the recession.

It’s befitting that the park, an ecologically sensitive area at the mouth of Issaquah Creek, is getting a boost of energy in time for Earth Day. The first meeting of the new Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 18 at Gibson Hall on Newport Way.

The new Friends group expects to do for the state park what the Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery did at its location — preserve, enhance, communicate, increase the number of visitors. Come to the meeting to learn about becoming a Charter Member and getting involved.

Even if you aren’t a joiner, or are unavailable this weekend, consider how to re-commit to making the world a bit cleaner. Start that compost bin or plant some extra vegetables in your garden. Talk with your family about ways to use less water and electricity. Condense driving trips, or consider other means of transportation. Organize your family and neighbors to pick up litter on nearby streets.

This is a great week to help make the planet — and Issaquah — a better place for now and always.


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