Issaquah City Council approves $250,000 for possible relocation of historic home

May 20, 2015

In an effort to move ahead with the planned revamping of the city’s Confluence Park, the Issaquah City Council recently approved $250,000 that could be used for restoration and relocation of the historic Anderson farmhouse at the south end of the park.

By Greg Farrar The Tolle Anderson farmhouse stands at Issaquah’s Confluence Park on Rainier Avenue North, waiting for its restoration.

By Greg Farrar
The Tolle Anderson farmhouse stands at Issaquah’s Confluence Park on Rainier Avenue North, waiting for its restoration.

The Confluence Park master site plan identified the house as needing to be removed or relocated as part of the park development.

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To the Editor — May 13, 2015

May 12, 2015

Student sleep

Help make school start times later

Issaquah has joined the national Start School Later movement, where health care professionals, sleep scientists, educators, economists, legislators, parents and students are united in their concern that early school start times for teenagers are a major factor contributing to the widespread sleep deprivation facing teens, and that this constitutes a significant public health concern.

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New names chosen for city parks and open space

January 29, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 29, 2015

New names are coming for some city parks and open space.

In 2013, a park-naming committee was formed to provide recommendations to the Issaquah Park Board. Following recommendations, the City Council authorized the new names in a unanimous decision Dec. 15.

Confluence Park, 655 Rainier Blvd. N., is the new name for the 15.5-acre property known as Confluence Area Parks on a temporary basis since opening in August 2013. Areas within it include Tolle Anderson Homestead, Cybil-Madeline Green and Margaret’s Meadow. That name honors the late Margaret Macleod, a longtime city parks planner and Issaquah resident who secured millions of dollars for land conservation, and trail and park projects throughout the region. Read more

Lobbyist update finds silver lining in legislative clouds

May 13, 2014

Issaquah’s Lobbyist Doug Levy tried to make legislator lemonade out of the lemons given in the most recent legislative session.

He presented a post-session update to the City Council during the April 7 meeting and found some positive things to say about a relatively uneventful session.

“My sum up of this session would be there were certainly not areas where we feel like there was any significant harm done,” Levy said. “It’s just that I would have liked to be able to report more progress to you. It was a little bit more of a running-in-place kind of session.”

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Confluence Park community garden is ready for applications

March 11, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. March 11, 2014

Residents can grow their gardens in Issaquah’s newest park.

The city’s first attempt at managing a community garden has begun with 31 new vegetable beds in Confluence Park.

Offering 27 raised cedar beds and four Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible plots, the city welcomes citizens to apply to organically grow flowers and vegetables for this inaugural season, April 1 to Oct. 13. Cost is $75 per season.

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The green necklace: a gift to the city and the environment

February 21, 2014

More and more, people within the city are talking about the planned “green necklace.” It isn’t a gift of jewelry to citizens, but many see it as a gift to residents nonetheless.

The green necklace refers to a circle of parks and open spaces around the city, allowing easy pedestrian and bicycle access. It includes Lake Sammamish and the Issaquah Alps in the goal to surround the city and provide interconnected pathways between open spaces.

By Peter Clark Anne McGill, Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department director, visits the future Phase 3 site of Confluence Park, in an area she hopes the city will name ‘Margaret’s Meadow’ in honor of late park planner Margaret Macleod.

By Peter Clark
Anne McGill, Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department director, visits the future Phase 3 site of Confluence Park, in an area she hopes the city will name ‘Margaret’s Meadow’ in honor of late park planner Margaret Macleod.

Though the idea has existed for decades, the Issaquah City Council expressly outlined a plan to create the network of open space in the Central Issaquah Plan, approved in December 2012.

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State funds could help finish Confluence Park

January 28, 2014

Confluence Park may get a $2 million boost from the state Legislature.

After officially opening the park last July, Issaquah’s Parks & Recreation Department wasted no time in trying to fulfill its three-phase completion. To that end, the department submitted a capital budget request to the state Legislature.

Peter Clark Anne McGill, Parks & Recreation Department director, stands in the department’s storage facility. The area is planned to join Confluence Park, behind her.

Peter Clark
Anne McGill, Parks & Recreation Department director, stands in the department’s storage facility. The area is planned to join Confluence Park, behind her.

“It would pretty much cover all of our phases,” Parks & Recreation Department Director Anne McGill said of the petition asking for $2 million.

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Old year brought new problems

December 31, 2013

Top news stories of the year

Many new things happened in Issaquah this past year and not all of them were greeted warmly.

While most people saw new parks and a new mayor as positive changes for the city, contention rose around new technology, new development standards, new fish ladders, new plastic bag ordinances and a newly legalized drug.

Much of what happened in 2013 spells more growth for Issaquah in the years to come and even more changes ahead. The year 2014 can learn much from the lessons taught by this past year of transformation.

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City receives $600,000 grant for creek restoration

December 17, 2013

The Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board and the Puget Sound Partnership recently awarded more than $42 million in grants to organizations in the state for projects that restore and protect salmon habitat, helping bring salmon back from the brink of extinction.

Issaquah was awarded a $600,000 grant to restore Issaquah Creek at Confluence Park.

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City purchases more open space

July 9, 2013

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.

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