Share opinions about bike paths at Bike Night Issaquah

July 21, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. July 21, 2011

Sponsored by the Cascade Land Conservancy, Bike Night Issaquah, slate for Thursday evening, is a chance for residents or anyone concerned to bike around some of the city’s bike paths and share their opinions on those paths with bike and pedestrian experts, and other community members.

The bike ride begins and ends at the Issaquah Brewhouse, 35 W. Sunset Way. The bike ride starts at 6 p.m. Trail discussions will be held at 7 p.m. At 8 p.m., participants are invited to the brewhouse to watch coverage of the Tour de France.

The bike ride will essentially take you in a loop from the brewhouse down and across Front Street to a spot on the Issaquah-Preston Trail. The route then heads back to the brewhouse on the opposite side of Interstate 90.

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Issaquah preserves Tiger Mountain forest in historic milestone

March 24, 2011

Park Pointe protection occurs after yearslong effort to stop proposed construction

NEW — 6:45 p.m. March 24, 2011

The long-running saga to preserve Park Pointe — a slice of Tiger Mountain forest near Issaquah High School — ended Thursday afternoon, after more than a decade of public and behind-the-scenes negotiations to halt construction on hundreds of houses proposed for the land.

The historic conservation effort is part of a complicated transfer of development rights. Under the agreement, city leaders steered construction from Park Pointe to the Issaquah Highlands instead, and, as a result, preserved more than 140 acres in the process.

City planners and officials shepherded the transfer-of-development-rights agreement through the arduous process after Mayor Ava Frisinger outlined the landmark opportunity to preserve Park Pointe in late 2008.

In the years since, city leaders and other partners continued to pursue the project until the recession scuttled the developer pushing for the project.

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County acquires Cougar Mountain land for park

December 21, 2010

King County has acquired 41 acres near Issaquah to be added someday to Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

Officials and open space groups considered the land — west of Newport Way Northwest and south of Northwest Oakcrest Drive — as a high priority for conservation.

County planners aim to purchase additional land in the area to connect Newport Way Northwest to the 3,115-acre park. The parcel is located in the northeast corner of the preserve.

The county used $1.55 million from the King County Parks expansion levy and the Conservation Futures open space program levy to purchase the forested site near the Summerhill neighborhood. The deal closed Dec. 3. Read more

King County acquires Cougar Mountain land near Issaquah for park

December 17, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Dec. 17, 2010

King County has acquired 41 acres near Issaquah to be added someday to Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park.

Officials and open space groups considered the land — located west of Newport Way Northwest and south of Northwest Oakcrest Drive — as a high priority for conservation.

County planners aim to purchase additional land in the area to connect Newport Way Northwest to the 3,115-acre park. The parcel is located in the northeast corner of the preserve.

The county used $1.55 million from the King County Parks expansion levy and the Conservation Futures open space program levy to purchase the forested site. The deal closed Dec. 3.

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Learn cost-cutting tips at free energy class in Issaquah

November 12, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 12, 2010

Residents can learn more about home energy efficiency at a free class sponsored the city Resource Conservation Office, Sustainable Issaquah and the nonprofit Cascade Land Conservancy.

The class is scheduled for 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Eagle Room at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way.

The class does not require registration. Enjoy snacks and refreshments at the event.

Participants can learn low-cost and no-cost tips about energy-saving practices. The ideas apply to homeowners and renters.

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Learn about long-term growth plans

October 12, 2010

Issaquah residents can take a sneak peek at the plan to re-envision more than 900 acres of the city Oct. 14.

Head to the Pickering Room at City Hall Northwest, 1775 12th Ave. N.W., from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to learn more about the Central Issaquah Plan and the proposed redevelopment of Rowley Properties land.

Joe Forkner, chairman of the Central Issaquah Plan task force, is scheduled to speak about the draft plan and offer a timeline for the project.

Representatives from Rowley Properties and the community advisory group for Rowley plan to address the meeting as well.

The event will include a brief workshop to prepare citizens to advocate for quality planning in order to preserve and enhance quality of life, natural beauty and community structure.

E-mail Cascade Land Conservancy representative Katie Collier at katiec@cascadeland.org to R.S.V.P. or learn more.

Learn about Issaquah’s long-term growth plans Thursday

October 11, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Oct. 11, 2010

Issaquah residents can take a sneak peek at the plan to re-envision more than 900 acres of the city Thursday.

Head to the Pickering Room at City Hall Northwest, 1775 12th Ave. N.W., from 6:30-8:30 p.m. to learn more about the Central Issaquah Plan and the proposed redevelopment of Rowley Properties land.

Joe Forkner, chairman of the Central Issaquah Plan task force, is scheduled to speak about the draft plan and offer a timeline for the project. Representatives from Rowley Properties and the community advisory group for Rowley proposal plan to address the meeting as well.

The event will include a brief workshop to prepare citizens to advocate for quality planning in order to preserve and enhance quality of life, natural beauty and community structure.

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Issaquah sustainability ‘report card’ indicates successes, shortfalls

September 7, 2010

The inaugural sustainability “report card” from the city touted Costco carpools, a community garden and affordable-housing construction in the Issaquah Highlands as signs of progress.

The report released last week packs data about environmental, economic and social health.

The “report card” is based upon recommendations from a 16-member panel assembled in 2008 by Mayor Ava Frisinger. The group, the Sustainability Sounding Board, formed a long-term sustainability plan and then set benchmarks for the city to track progress.

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National outdoors program spotlights Mountains to Sound Greenway

June 29, 2010

NEW — 1:30 p.m. June 29, 2010

America’s Great Outdoors Initiative — a national program spearheaded by President Obama — has chosen to highlight the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a success.

The national initiative supports community efforts to conserve outdoor spaces and to reconnect people and the outdoors.

The greenway has been selected for field visit from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday. Greenway leaders — joined by representatives from Cascade Land Conservancy, state Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Forest Service and other stakeholders — plan to discuss land acquisition, working farms and forests, recreation and stewardship at Snoqualmie Point Park, 37580 S.E. Winery Road.

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Cascade Water Alliance receives eco honor

May 11, 2010

Environmentalists honored Cascade Water Alliance, Puget Sound Energy and local government agencies last week for efforts to preserve a rail corridor through the Eastside.

Cascade Land Conservancy honored the water alliance as a 2010 Cascade Agenda Leadership Award winner. The group shares the award with Redmond, King County, Sound Transit, the Port of Seattle, Puget Sound Energy, and Sound Transit.

Issaquah City Council President John Traeger serves as a member of the water alliance board of directors.

The award celebrates the role of community leaders in linking great communities, a healthy environment and a strong economy. Cascade Land Conservancy recognized the recipients for their effort to purchase the former BNSF Railway corridor for future public use. The line stretches from Snohomish to Renton.

“This was an easy decision for us,” Cascade Land Conservancy CEO Chuck Clarke said in a news release. “It just made sense for us to join with the other public agencies interested in future use of the corridor. Each of us had a good reason to invest our public funds in the corridor, and in the end, the public wins too by keeping the corridor intact.”

Cascade Land Conservancy — the largest land conservation and stewardship organization in the state — announced the award at a May 6 breakfast.

Besides Issaquah, the nonprofit water alliance includes Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Tukwila, the Sammamish Plateau and Skyway water and sewer districts, and the Covington Water District.

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