July 22, 2014
Issaquah’s new skate park is moving closer to construction with Grindline Skateparks Inc. providing a near-final design.
After three public input meetings, the city-hired designer gave city officials its vision of what Issaquah’s skaters said they wanted in a new park. Grindline lead designer Micah Shapiro said their plan brought flow and a variety of elements to the 8,000-square-foot, triangular-shaped plot in Tibbetts Valley Park, across from the Issaquah Transit Center.
“We’ve kind of gotten it figured out what the public wants,” Shapiro said. “It’s really all about what they want in their skatepark.”
July 22, 2014
Issaquah Creek might receive some tender love, care of federal Cooperative Watershed Management Program grant funding.
Washington State Department of Ecology’s Water Resource Inventory Area 8 recommended the King County Flood District award four of nine grants toward restoration of Issaquah Creek and protection of its salmon population.
The grants, totaling $816,500, would go to controlling knotweed along the creek bank, restoration at Lake Sammamish State Park, and conservation and restoration of the Juniper Street Park, according to the Cooperative Watershed Management project subcommittee report.
July 22, 2014
About your Do Nothing GOP cartoon
Great cartoon in the July 9 edition. If we can just get rid of, and shut up, the obstructionist GOP, we could have a great one-party progressive country, where everyone is equal, and everyone thinks the way we are told to think by our great progressive leaders. Just one suggestion, maybe you should not make the father in the cartoon appear so stupid.
July 15, 2014
Wait until you get home in Issaquah before opening your legal marijuana.
The City Council unanimously approved new regulations for the use of recreational marijuana during its regular meeting July 7.
The regulations adopt two provisions approved in the Initiative 502 referendum into Issaquah’s code. The two restrictions prohibit marijuana use “in view of the general public” and define driving under the influence of marijuana as having 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of the driver’s blood.
July 8, 2014
Well, the first retail marijuana store opens this week. Like, for real. It’s really happening.
While I’m not much for pot, I do admit that I’ve found covering the state and Issaquah’s planning to enact Initiative 502 completely thrilling.
Reporter Bob Young at The Seattle Times this weekend posted a comprehensive FAQ regarding what retail marijuana will look like and what eager buyers can and cannot do with their legal grass. In the first question, he outlines a striking fact about Washington’s implementation of the initiative and why it took a year and a half before the first store opened.
“The short version: The state created something untested on the planet,” he wrote.
July 6, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. July 6, 2014
Now that the new skate park has a location, the city wants the public’s help on the design. In the last public design input meeting July 9, Grindline Skateparks Inc. will present a possible final design mockup for public review.
The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at Tibbetts Creek Manor, 750 17th Ave. N.W.
The Issaquah City Council unanimously approved Tibbetts Valley Park as the site for the new skate park in May. The next phase of the process will include some final community discussions about what the park should feature before the design moves on for City Council approval.
Grindline Skateparks Inc. will lead the city through the design process, but wants public input about the types of amenities, ramps and challenges desired by local skaters.
July 1, 2014
Two new patrol officers joined the Issaquah Police Department in the past month.
At a ceremony June 3, new-hire Michael Lucht was sworn in to the department. The four-and-a-half-year veteran of the Jamestown Police Department of North Dakota moved for the job in Issaquah.
“I just wanted to get some place a little warmer,” Lucht said. “I also like how this area is so close to the outdoors.”
July 1, 2014
Finding shelter in the winter might get easier in the future for the Eastside’s homeless.
The Issaquah City Council heard a presentation during its June 24 Committee of the Whole meeting about the exploration of opening a permanent winter shelter on the Eastside. Council President Paul Winterstein serves on the Eastside Human Services Forum and said that group initiated the topic in response to growing need.
“That forum hosted a mayors’ breakfast where this idea of potentially creating a regional solution for a permanent winter shelter was brought up,” he said. “It is an idea that is in the incubation stage.”
June 24, 2014
Now that the new skate park has a location, the city is gathering public input on its design.
The Issaquah City Council approved a parcel at Tibbetts Valley Park for the construction of the skate park May 19. The budgeted $350,000 will go to remove the current one, which caused ongoing community concern due to the presence of drug use and illicit activities, and build a new one sometime in 2015.
The Parks & Recreation Department held the first of three community public input meetings June 18 to collect ideas from local residents about what they would like to see in the new attraction.
June 24, 2014
Days are numbered for the 200 bus, the shuttle marked “freebee” that residents are used to seeing around town. While it’s unfortunate, the removal of the bus should provide a catalyst to look at transportation across the city.
After the failure of King County’s Proposition 1 last fall, Metro announced the 200, along with a handful of commuter routes serving Issaquah, will stop service in September.
The city spends about $50,000 per year — on top of Metro’s $1.2 million (which also comes from city residents, of course) to keep the bus running. The route sees about 400 boardings per day; one person might board multiple times, so that doesn’t necessarily mean those are unique passengers.