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.
December 4, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 4, 2014
The second annual Lighted Holiday Boat Parade on Lake Sammamish, sponsored by Lake Sammamish Yacht Club, is at 5 p.m. Dec. 6.
The best viewing will be from the beach at Lake Sammamish State Park. Enjoy lighted boats, singing carols, a bonfire and hot chocolate, compliments of the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park.
December 3, 2014
If our money goes there, we should get free access
Well, folks, the Issaquah City Council said that no taxpayer funds would be given to Lake Sammamish State Park items. So much for that hokey council promise.
November 25, 2014
For the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park, the proposed floating docks are part of an overall plan that predates even the founding of the group and that has been in the works for between five and 10 years.
In early November, the group received word that the plan for new boat docks off the shores of Sunset Beach has received approval from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office.
“We want to see the currently developed areas of the park improved,” said Chris Kovac, president of the Friends group.
November 16, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 16, 2014
At the most recent Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park meeting of board members, the following officers were elected:
President — Chris Kovac
Treasurer — Jim Berry
Secretary — Barbara Gronseth
June 9, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. June 9, 2014
The public is invited June 12 to the annual meeting of Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park to hear an update about new developments at the park.
A project manager from the state parks staff will be on hand to outline the process of designing a new “destination” playground for 5- to 10-year-olds. Attendees will also learn about plans for the new bathhouse and new sand for Sunset Beach.
An update on the proposed projects that were submitted last summer will also be discussed.
Friends’ board members will give an overview of the group’s first year and its goals for the coming year.
The meeting will be a dessert potluck with beverages provided. It starts at 6:30 p.m. at the picnic shelter in the park.