Council lowers B&O tax increase, raises property taxes, as expected

November 25, 2014

Business leaders spoke up and the Issaquah City Council listened.

In a 5-2 vote, council members approved a 50 percent hike in the city’s business and occupation taxes. The increase was a major part of the overall $168.6 million 2015 budget adopted by the council at its regular meeting Nov. 17.

Initially, Mayor Fred Butler proposed a 150 percent increase in the B&O taxes over a two-year period. At a public hearing Nov. 3, representatives from the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce and some of Issaquah’s biggest businesses, such as Darigold and Costco, said that was just too much.

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Design submitted for new skate park

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.”

Grindline Skateparks Inc. Because of the high water table, the designer of the skate park could not include any deep bowl structures. This design could still change, depending on the budget for the park.

Grindline Skateparks Inc.
Because of the high water table, the designer of the skate park could not include any deep bowl structures. This design could still change, depending on the budget for the park.

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See design and give input about new skate park at July 9 meeting

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.

Design phase begins for skate park

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.

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Get involved tonight in designing new Issaquah skate park

June 18, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 18, 2014

Now that the new skate park has a location, the city wants the public’s help on the design.

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 two community discussions about what the park should feature.

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To the Editor

April 1, 2014

Skateboard park

Don’t build it at Veterans’ Memorial Field

Here we go again. Our one and only park/ field donated to the city is up for construction again. Growing up in Issaquah, it was so nice to have a field right in downtown Issaquah. Open space — what a concept!

But then the city needed a library, a police station, a senior center and now the skateboard park. So, the city needs to take other land from people to claim it as “open space” just to let us know they “value” parks.

I’m pretty sick and tired of our one and true memorial field slowly getting hacked up by those who deem it more suitable for other uses. Soon, Veterans’ Memorial Field will be just that — a memory.

Very sad.

Jean McMullan

Issaquah

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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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City seeks input on new skate park

February 18, 2014

The Issaquah City Council allocated $350,000 to replace the aging Issaquah Skate Park, and now, the city is seeking public input about possible locations.

The project consists of three phases: site location, design and construction. Before city officials move forward, they want to find a new, more visible setting for the skate park.

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