March 10, 2015
A weird thing just happened in the city of Sammamish.
The final word has yet to be written, but local officials and residents have reason to be optimistic, maybe even happy.
December 16, 2014
While they all seemed to agree it is way too early to tell for sure, after meeting with King County leaders, city of Sammamish officials say there may yet be some give and take to be had as construction of the East Lake Sammamish Trail moves forward.
The trail is a major sore spot with numerous residents living near the pathway, which follows the old railroad route around the edge of Lake Sammamish.
October 7, 2014
Give generously to help cover gap in education funding
With the calendar officially turned to fall, many of us are back into the daily comfort of our children’s school routine. There are morning buses to catch, lunches to pack, shoes to tie and backpacks to fasten.
School is a tie that binds us, and our neighborhoods, together. School and its activities are like a quilt that we all wrap around ourselves. But without our local Issaquah Schools Foundation, this quilt would be tattered and threadbare.
September 20, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 20, 2014
The Puget Sound Regional Council is seeking public comment on two local projects:
- East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast — $2,456,161
- East Lake Sammamish Trail, South Sammamish Segment A Construction — $750,000
Learn more here.
Projects recommended for funding in East King County are among hundreds of transportation improvements, including bridge repairs, new light rail extensions, bus service, pavement preservation and sidewalks, that will be underway through 2018 around the Puget Sound region.
March 11, 2014
Come to any of four King County Parks’ open houses and learn more about design and planning for the South Sammamish segment of the East Lake Sammamish Trail project.
King County Parks is hosting the open house series to update residents about converting this portion of the trail from the interim soft surface trail to a master planned trail, including paving, soft-surface shoulders, fencing, landscaping, intersection crossing treatments and more.
June 11, 2013
The Issaquah segment of the East Lake Sammamish Trail was set to reopen to bicyclists, runners and other trail users June 12.
King County and local leaders planned to cut the ribbon at that time and reopen the newly developed trail segment, a 2.2-mile section from Southeast 43rd Way to Northwest Gilman Boulevard, according to a press release from the city. A celebration was scheduled at the trail’s terminus along Northwest Gilman Boulevard.
The city is asking that people not use the Issaquah segment — between Southeast 43rd Way to Northwest Gilman Boulevard — until it officially opens.
January 15, 2013
King County voters could decide soon on dollars to complete the East Lake Sammamish Trail, add a Cougar Mountain trailhead in Issaquah, and continue funding parks and trails countywide.
Late last year, King County Parks Levy Task Force members unanimously recommended continuing a pair of six-year levies to support county-run parks, trails and open space. Voters overwhelmingly approved the most recent pair of park levies in 2007.
The voter-approved levies fund the bulk of park operations, but the property tax measures expire in December 2013. In June, King County Executive Dow Constantine convened the task force to explore options for future funding.
December 18, 2012
State regulators fined King County $1,500 after workers failed to follow rules to stop sediment discharges into a municipal storm drain during construction on the East Lake Sammamish Trail.
The state Department of Ecology said crews from the county Facilities Management Division repeatedly did not install the proper controls outlined under the storm water permit to prevent sediment discharges.
The agency issued the fine July 20, but did not announce the penalty until Nov. 27, as the Department of Ecology detailed all fines issued statewide between July and September. Officials typically do not issue individual media releases unless a penalty reaches $10,000 or more.
December 10, 2012
NEW — 8 a.m. Dec. 10, 2012
King County voters could decide next year on dollars to complete the East Lake Sammamish Trail, add a Cougar Mountain trailhead in Issaquah, and continue funding parks and trails countywide.
Late last month, King County Parks Levy Task Force members unanimously recommended continuing a pair of six-year levies to support county-run parks, trails and open space. Voters overwhelmingly approved the most recent pair of park levies in 2007.
The voter-approved levies fund the bulk of park operations, but the property tax measures expire in December 2013. In June, King County Executive Constantine convened the task force to explore options future funding.
October 16, 2012
The long-envisioned Issaquah Valley Trolley started service Oct. 14, as organizers start limited service after more than a decade of planning.
The public can ride the streetcar from the Issaquah Train Depot, 50 Rainier Blvd. N., during limited weekend service from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. into November.
The streetcar runs from the depot to the bridge across the East Fork of Issaquah Creek at Darigold, about a half-mile north.
Though the track extends to Northwest Gilman Boulevard, additional work is necessary to prepare the track to accommodate the trolley. North of Northwest Gilman Boulevard, crews removed the track to create the East Lake Sammamish Trail.