Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park call for volunteers for volleyball tournament

July 28, 2015

NEW — 6 p.m. July 28, 2015

Volunteers are being sought for the Association of Volleyball Professionals volleyball tournament at Lake Sammamish State Park, Aug. 6-9.

There are a variety of options for ages 12 and older. Rub shoulders with Olympians!

Check out the volunteer link at https://avp.webconnex.com/AVP_Seattle_Volunteers.

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Building a better bathhouse

July 23, 2015

By Janet Farness Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park Board President Chris Kovac, State Sen. Mark Mullet, Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler, State Rep. Chad Magendanz and Park Manager Rich Benson cut the ribbon for the new Sunset Beach bathhouse.

By Janet Farness
Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park Board President Chris Kovac, State Sen. Mark Mullet, Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler, State Rep. Chad Magendanz and Park Manager Rich Benson cut the ribbon for the new Sunset Beach Bathhouse below.

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Open house will celebrate new Sunset Beach Bathhouse at state park

July 6, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 6, 2015

The Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park will host an open house July 7 to celebrate the completion of the park’s new Sunset Beach Bathhouse.

The event also will commemorate the annexation of the park into the city of Issaquah earlier this year.

The celebration will begin at 5 p.m. at Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road. Get directions at https://goo.gl/maps/XSFsf.

Festivities will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by music from the Sammamish Symphony quartet and tours of the new building. Refreshments will be served.

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Sammamish Landing Park boat cleats installed wrong, are unusable

June 10, 2015

Boat cleats are, Jim Mackey said, those squat, sort of T-shaped things on docks to which boats are tied.

Mackey, a member of the board of the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park, said the boat cleats Sammamish added to the docks at Sammamish Landing Park* were put on the wrong side of the dock. He said the way the dock is built, posts that are part of the dock structure prevent docking boats on one side. But that is the side on which city workers placed the boat cleats 2 ½ years ago.

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Free concert comes to Lake Sammamish State Park on June 6

May 27, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 27, 2015

Summer Smash, a free concert coming June 6 to Lake Sammamish State Park, will feature Nolan Garrett along with other local groups Cygnus, Last Minute, LocoMotive and the School of Rock House Band.

The backdrop to the stage will be a glorious view of Lake Sammamish.

The concert occurs on a “free day” so no Discover Pass is required to park and there is no admission charge. The concert begins at 1 p.m. and continues until 7 p.m.

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To the Editor — May 6, 2015

May 5, 2015

State park funding

Preserve new dock funding at Lake Sammamish State Park

Wonderful new docks in the Lake Sammamish State Park Master Plan won a $1 million Boating Facilities Grant but they will lose this without matching legislative funding. This is included in the governor’s and Senate budget proposals, but is not in the House budget.

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Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park adds executive director

March 31, 2015

The Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park named Janet Farness the organization’s first executive director, according to a news release.

Janet Farness

Janet Farness

Farness’ focus will be to increase communications with area residents about upcoming events and programs in the park. She will also work with Friends group members to host new park events, including a water sports expo in August.

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2014 remembered for what went away

December 31, 2014

Annexations, retirements, plastic bags, development, a looming school closure, retail marijuana, bank robberies, the Concerts on the Green series, and business and occupation taxes made the list of the top 10 news stories of the year in Issaquah.

Here are those stories, in no particular order:

Klahanie-area annexation issue moves to Sammamish

Issaquah residents voted no, for the second time, on the city of Issaquah annexing the Klahanie area. The King County Growth Management Planning Council then unanimously approved the idea to move the Klahanie area from Issaquah’s Potential Annexation Area to Sammamish’s.

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Cities jointly fund new director for Lake Sammamish State Park

December 30, 2014

Lake Sammamish State Park, considered by many to have been long neglected financially by the state, will be annexed to the city of Issaquah as of Feb. 1.

The park may or may not be in line for some state funding for a new boat dock. But in any case, the park soon will have an executive director to aid with future rebuilding of the facility, said Chris Kovac, president of the community group the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park.

The Friends will hire a director to help guide the organization and the park.

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City boundaries to encompass Lake Sammamish State Park

December 23, 2014

With a unanimous vote at its Dec. 15 meeting, the Issaquah City Council formally annexed Lake Sammamish State Park, making it part of the city.

The annexation includes 300 acres of parkland, beaches, the park picnic area and the boat launch, said Trish Heinonen, city long range planning manager.

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