City of Issaquah presents Feet First tours of downtown

August 27, 2013

By Staff

Residents and the city of Issaquah are partnering with Feet First to create a series of fun neighborhood walks intended to motivate people who live, work and play in Issaquah to explore their environment, share their observations and encourage people to walk more.

Trained neighborhood ambassadors will facilitate walks and conversation to highlight what they love about their community, and how they can make their neighborhood safer, easier and more inviting to walk in. Information will be collected and incorporated into the city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Action Plan.

The events are:

  • Downtown parks and gardens — 10-11:15 a.m. Sept. 7, meet in parking lot next to Issaquah Coffee Co. in Gilman Village, 317 Gilman Blvd.

Neighborhood walking ambassador Lori Danielson tours the back streets of Olde Town Issaquah, including through or next to city parks, rain gardens and a community pea-patch. There are no hills on the route, just mostly streets and sidewalks. The loop will last a leisurely one hour and 15 minutes. Afterward, feel free to visit the many shops and restaurants in Gilman Village.

  • Cultural business district — Noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 15, meet at the Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St. N.

Walking ambassador Karen Donovan leads a stroll down memory lane along Front Street from Gilman Boulevard to Sunset Way and back, learning about some of Issaquah’s colorful historic buildings. This is family friendly, including strollers and any Americans with Disabilities Act needs. There are several places along the way to look at art or get a snack.

  • Essence of Issaquah — 2-4 p.m. Sept. 22, meet at the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way

Walking ambassadors Jeff and Christina will highlight the diversity of Issaquah’s natural setting, historic Olde Town, arts and culture along a 4-mile route. Bring drinking water and snacks. Children 12 and older are welcome with a parent or guardian. Due to gravel surfaces, the walk is not ADA/stroller accessible. Please leave dogs at home. Plan additional time to enjoy food, beverage and shopping in Olde Town.


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