Issaquah Community Network seeks signatures by Monday for skate park relocation
June 28, 2013
By Peter Clark
NEW — 5 p.m. June 28, 2013
Projects to include in an upcoming voter-decided park bond will be discussed in the July 1 City Council meeting and one group is trying to ensure that relocating the skate park is considered.
The Issaquah Community Network has begun a petition to call for the council to cease use of the existing skate park near the community center and move it to a safer area.
“We, the undersigned, call on the Issaquah City Council to close the current skate park, and to fund and construct a replacement skate park in a more visible, kid- and family-friendly location,” it reads.
View the Issaquah Community Network’s petition here.
The organization cites continued illicit activities in the area that keeps citizens from making use of it.
“Due to its remote location, the Issaquah Skate Park has become a frequent site for drug trafficking and nuisance behavior,” the Issaquah Community Network said in describing the need for a petition. “The current site needs to be closed but we recognize the importance of healthy recreational sports for teens in our community.”
The organization hopes to gather 100 signatures to present to the council during the regular meeting.
The ongoing conversation about projects to include on the ballot for a park bond has seen mild opposition to considering skate park relocation. Both the park citizen advisory board and the park board have expressed reluctance.
“The skate park has not showed up at all as a priority,” Park Board chair Danielle Githens said at the citizens advisory committee’s June 20 meeting. “About half of us think that a skate park will detract from the bond passing.”
The council meeting will be held in the council chambers, 135 E. Sunset Way.