Give input on Gibson, Meerwood park playground designs

July 25, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. July 25, 2014

Using voter-approved park bond funds, the city of Issaquah is renovating the Gibson and Meerwood park playgrounds this summer.

Your input can help select the best possible fit for the community.

To discuss Gibson Park, attend a meeting from 10 a.m. to noon July 26 at Gibson Park, 105 Newport Way S.W. To discuss Meerwood Park, attend a meeting from 5:30-7 p.m. July 29 or from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 2 at Meerwood Park, 4703 192nd Ave. S.E.

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Public invited to vote on favorite park design online or at July 8, 19 meetings

July 7, 2014

NEW — 4:20 p.m. July 7, 2014

The city of Issaquah is renovating Gibson Park playground this summer.

Organizers need help selecting the best design. Three have been posted online. Vote for your favorite here or attend one of two public meetings: from 5:30-7 p.m. July 8 or from 10 a.m. to noon July 19. Both are at Gibson Park, 105 Newport Way S.W.

In November 2013, Issaquah voters approved a $10 million park bond measure to protect open space and wildlife habitat, improve neighborhood parks and playgrounds, and make repairs to Julius Boehm Pool.

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Park Board recommends Tibbetts Valley Park for potential skate park site

March 25, 2014

NEW — 4:30 p.m. March 25, 2014

After considering the options and residents’ opinions from two public meetings, the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for the Issaquah Skate Park recommended the construction of a new skate park in Tibbetts Valley Park during the regular Park Board meeting March 24.

The Park Board agreed and passed its recommendation to Mayor Fred Butler.

“This recommended site at Tibbetts Valley Park is an open grassy area, near the Park & Ride parking lot,” Parks & Recreation Department Director Anne McGill wrote in an email. “It has nothing on the site at this point, except grass, and it would not displace any other park amenity.”

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Skate park location could be decided at March 24 meeting

March 18, 2014

After two public meetings, the Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department has narrowed the number of possible sites for a new skate park.

“It’s down to four that we’re considering now,” Parks & Recreation Manager Brian Berntsen said.

The locations are Veterans’ Memorial Field, Gibson Park, Central Park and Tibbetts Valley Park, near the Issaquah Transit Center.

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Seven potential sites eyed for new skate park

March 4, 2014

It looks like the future of skateboarding in Issaquah has plenty of options.

Parks & Recreations Department officials unveiled seven possible locations to build a new skate park Feb. 26. In a public meeting at Tibbetts Creek Manor, more than 30 locals, including parents, skaters and police, attended to hear the city’s plans and weigh in with opinions.

The current skate park borders the woods along the Rainier Trail, neighboring the community center. Last year, in the face of a public outcry around crime-related activities occurring there, the City Council budgeted $350,000 for the demolition and construction of a skate park in a new location.

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Park bond awaits public decision

October 15, 2013

A $10 million bond to fund parks and recreation improvements is before city voters in the November election.

The proposed bond follows an intensive citizen process, which brought together a public commission to lead a public hearing and then offer recommendations to the Parks Board, which in turn led to City Council approval in July.

As it comes to voters when the ballots are mailed Oct. 16, the proposition clearly outlines how the money will be used.

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Park Board approves bond improvements

July 2, 2013

The Park Board has approved recommendations to the City Council regarding how a $10 million park bond, including $5 million for “life support” for the Julius Boehm Pool, should be spent.

The council was expected to decide at its July 1 regular meeting whether to send the bond to voters in November.

During the past year, numerous information gathering tactics have been employed by the board and the Parks & Recreation Department to ascertain whether citizens would favor a bond and how they would like to see it used. Phone surveys, public meetings and a citizen’s advisory board were employed to gauge Issaquah’s opinion.

On June 24, the board recommended the city approve a bond for $10 million to send to the voters. It included a detailed list of items related to park space and recreational facilities, which focused heavily on repairing the Julius Boehm Pool, improving sports fields and providing money for the city’s continued acquisition of open space.

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