State park officials unveil new boardwalk

September 3, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy

The new 500-foot boardwalk at Lake Sammamish State Park ends in a viewing platform at Issaquah Creek’s outlet to the lake. By Greg Farrar

The new 500-foot boardwalk at Lake Sammamish State Park ends in a viewing platform at Issaquah Creek’s outlet to the lake. By Greg Farrar

State park officials, along with the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park, will unveil the park’s newest improvement at a Sept. 12 ribbon-cutting ceremony.

A 500-foot boardwalk now travels from the park’s Sunset Beach out to the mouth of Issaquah Creek, replacing what was previously a muddy wetland.

“I think it’s amazing,” said Friends group member Connie Marsh. “To be able to go out through a wetland and have it be ADA accessible is historic.”

Many visitors travel along the muddy trail in part because of the beautiful view looking back at Sunset Beach from the mouth of Issaquah Creek.

That trek will be much easier, with the installation of the boardwalk that is generally less than 30 inches off the ground.

The boardwalk will, for the first time, provide access for people who use wheelchairs, strollers and those who don’t own knee-high boots to brave the wetland.

State officials will christen the new boardwalk with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by a public meet-and-greet with Friends group members and other Lake Sammamish State Park supporters.

Currently hidden behind a fence, attendees will get a chance to travel the boardwalk themselves, out to the scenic mouth of Issaquah Creek where, two days later, a separate event will welcome home the salmon.

The Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park and the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery will celebrate the return of salmon to Issaquah Creek as they migrate upstream from Lake Sammamish to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

The Sept. 14 event represents a unique partnership among several Issaquah nonprofit organizations, including the Issaquah Alps Trails Club and the Issaquah History Museums, all committed to educating the public about the fish at the heart of the city, Marsh said.

Members of the public are invited to visit the park for the daylong event, where volunteer guides will explain the characteristics of the ideal creek habitat for salmon, identify the salmon species swimming in Issaquah Creek and describe the salmon lifecycle.

“How cool is it that you will be able to take the boardwalk out to the place where the salmon return from the long journey home?” Marsh asked.

The event will also feature guided tours of the history of the park, demonstrating how it and the hatchery work to ensure the continued existence of the salmon.

Access to Lake Sammamish State Park, where both events occur, requires a Discover Pass or a $10 daytime parking pass.

If you go

Boardwalk ribbon-cutting ceremony

  • 6 p.m. Sept. 12
  • Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road

 

Welcome the salmon home

  • Noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 14
  • Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road

 

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