Front Street closes to traffic Sunday

June 19, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. June 19, 2010

Front Street will close to traffic from 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Father’s Day, Sunday, as the DownTown Issaquah Association hosts the annual Fenders on Front Street Car Show and Cruise, a part of Mountains to Sound Greenway’s annual Greenway Days celebration.

Northwest Alder Place adjacent to Vino Bella will close from 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. to host a band and beer garden as part of the festivities.

A bike ride for the LIVESTRONG Challenge will travel near and through Issaquah from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., but no roads will be closed for the ride.

Drivers should watch for riders along Southeast May Valley Road, Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast, Southeast Tiger Mountain Road, Second Avenue Southeast, East Sunset Way, Highlands Drive Northeast, Southeast Black Nugget Road, East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast, Newport Way Northwest and Northwest Village Park Drive.

Cyclists will be required to adhere to the rules of the road, but drivers should expect possible delays.

Greenway Days kicks off summer-long festival

June 15, 2010

Every year, more than 4,000 volunteers help the Mountains to Sound Greenway conserve and educate the public about a 100-mile stretch of Interstate 90.

Greenway Days returns Father’s Day weekend for its seventh year to celebrate their efforts and draw visitors to more than 25 events in 10 communities along the route.

Greenway Days offers many group hikes, bike rides and community celebrations in addition to its signature events: Greenway Geoteaming, a high-tech geocaching competition; and Let’s Go Fishing, a chance for 6- to 15-year-olds to learn the technique of fishing at Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island.

Issaquah’s Fenders on Front Street car show, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. June 20, has also become a signature event for Greenway Days. Front Street is literally shut down as hundreds of cars line both sidewalks and bands provide entertainment along the route.

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Leon Kos will retire from city after 33 years

April 27, 2010

City administrator leaves behind a bigger, stronger Issaquah

Leon Kos

The past three decades can be attributed to — or blamed on — legendary City Clerk Linda Ruehle.

Issaquah needed a new city administrator in early 1977. Leon Kos, a recent Seattle transplant from California, applied for the job.

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Plan for road closures, cars and cyclists on Sunday

June 20, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. June 20, 2009

Issaquah drivers should plan ahead for Father’s Day, when two events will affect traffic throughout the city.

Front Street North will be closed from 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday for Mountains to Sound Greenway Days Fenders on Front Street Car Show and Cruise. The street will be closed from East Sunset Way to Northwest Gilman Boulevard. See a map here.

The same afternoon, a bicycle ride for the LIVESTRONG Challenge will travel through Issaquah on the following roads: Issaquah-Hobart Road Southeast, Second Avenue Southeast, East Sunset Way, Highlands Drive Northeast, Southeast Black Nugget Road and East Lake Sammamish Parkway.

After traveling north, the cyclists will briefly return to the city on Southeast Newport Way and Northwest Village Park Drive. Another route will also include Newport Way Northwest.

These roads will not be closed during the ride, and cyclists will be required to adhere to the rules of the road. Drivers should expect possible delays. See a map here.

Fenders on Front Street Car Show highlights Greenway Days Festival

June 9, 2009

For two days in June, more than Interstate 90 will connect Seattle and Eastside residents.

The open trunk of a classic 1950 Ford features original roadside emergency accessories on Front Street with other cars during the Fenders on Front Street Car Show and Cruise.By Greg Farrar

The open trunk of a classic 1950 Ford features original roadside emergency accessories on Front Street with other cars during the Fenders on Front Street Car Show and Cruise.By Greg Farrar

The 1.4 million acres of natural land that make up the Mountains to Sound Greenway and stretch along I-90 will be part of the sixth annual Greenway Days.

Hosted by the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, the festival will have more than 25 events June 20-21 in 10 communities over 100 miles along I-90. Participants will get a chance to learn more about the culture and history of the area, as well as the outdoor recreation available. The various activities include hikes, relays, bike rides, a car show and guided tours of local historical hot spots. Read more