City purchases more open space

July 9, 2013

By Peter Clark

In its continued attempt to found a “green necklace,” surrounding Issaquah with parks, the city announced another purchase of open space June 19.

Almost 2 acres of undeveloped land were bought by the city for $850,000. Described in the Parks & Recreation Department as the Pritt Property, the land is at the corner of Northwest Juniper Street and Fifth Place Northwest, bordering Issaquah Creek.

Parks & Recreation Director Anne McGill said that the land would be used in accordance with the city’s desire to create protected park space.

“The land will be used as a passive park due to its location next to Issaquah Creek,” McGill said and mentioned improvements that have already begun. “Matt Mechler, the open space steward, has been removing blackberries and other invasive plant materials.”

She said that funding for the purchase came from grants.

“The land will be added to Issaquah’s ‘green necklace’ of trails, parks and open space that are connected throughout central Issaquah,” the city wrote in a press release. “This acquisition supports the city’s larger Issaquah Creek Waterways Program, which focuses on acquiring properties that are located along the creek that can be restored and enhanced for fish and wildlife habitat.”

The Pritt Property is another in a long line of park space purchased by the city for protection. Similar parcels were collected in order to fashion Confluence Park, which is expected to open next month.

Learn more about the city’s parks at issaquahwa.gov/parks.

 

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