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.
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.
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.
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.
March 31, 2015
The Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park named Janet Farness the organization’s first executive director, according to a news release.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 14, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 14, 2014
While the plan needs the approval of the Issaquah City Council, local and state officials seem ready to move forward with the annexation of Lake Sammamish State Park into Issaquah.
The park currently is in unincorporated King County.
City officials have long worked with state officials on park improvements and planning for its future, said Trish Heinonen, the city’s long range planning manager. The proposed annexation would continue the partnership, she added.
The council formally takes up the annexation at a public hearing set for 7 p.m. during its regular Dec. 15 meeting.
December 6, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 6, 2014
Design plans for a new, all-accessible playground at Lake Sammamish State Park will be unveiled at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 during an open house at Gibson Hall, 105 Newport Way S.W.
The open house is hosted by the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park.
The state park has two playgrounds that are not up to standards for safety or accessibility. The new playground, not yet funded, will be accessible for all ages and abilities, according to a news release from the group.