Open house will celebrate new Sunset Beach Bathhouse at state park

July 6, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 6, 2015

The Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park will host an open house July 7 to celebrate the completion of the park’s new Sunset Beach Bathhouse.

The event also will commemorate the annexation of the park into the city of Issaquah earlier this year.

The celebration will begin at 5 p.m. at Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road. Get directions at https://goo.gl/maps/XSFsf.

Festivities will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by music from the Sammamish Symphony quartet and tours of the new building. Refreshments will be served.

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Down Home 4th, Heritage Day are pure patriotism; see fireworks at state park

July 2, 2015

Robin Kelley may be kept busiest when it comes to Salmon Days in October. But as director of festivals for the city of Issaquah, she confided that their favorite time of year just might be the Fourth of July.

That’s when the community turns out for Issaquah’s Down Home 4th of July and Heritage Day.

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Fire bans go into effect

July 2, 2015

A Level 2, medium fire ban has been enacted at Lake Sammamish State Park.

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Lobby group says state Senate cut funding for rebuilding Sunset Beach

June 10, 2015

The final state budget has yet to be written.

But the state Senate version contains some $68.8 million for the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, according to information provided by the Wildlife and Recreation Coalition.

That coalition is a private, statewide advocacy group that supports outdoor and environmental projects across Washington.

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Summer Smash Concert at Lake Sammamish State Park

June 9, 2015

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15th annual Issaquah Triathlon is June 6

June 5, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. June 5, 2015

The 15th annual Issaquah Triathlon, which benefits Arbor Montessori School, will take place June 6 at Lake Sammamish State Park.

The event starts at 7 a.m. and includes a triathlon, duathlon, 10K run, 5K run and kids’ triathlon. All skills levels are welcome to participate.

Participants will receive medals, and there will be live music and food. Registration forms are available online at www.issaquahtri.com.

Learn more by emailing info@issaquahtri.com.

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Project costs slashed, but Issaquah may still see state transportation dollars

May 27, 2015

While a final answer may not arrive until the end of next month, at least one local legislator is hoping he can bring home some dollars to ease congestion on Interstate 90.

The city was in line for about $126 million for road projects in the Senate version of the state’s latest budget, Mayor Fred Butler said in March.

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Free concert comes to Lake Sammamish State Park on June 6

May 27, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 27, 2015

Summer Smash, a free concert coming June 6 to Lake Sammamish State Park, will feature Nolan Garrett along with other local groups Cygnus, Last Minute, LocoMotive and the School of Rock House Band.

The backdrop to the stage will be a glorious view of Lake Sammamish.

The concert occurs on a “free day” so no Discover Pass is required to park and there is no admission charge. The concert begins at 1 p.m. and continues until 7 p.m.

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Lake Sammamish State Park hosts paddling festival May 8-9

May 5, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 5, 2015

For expert paddlers or those looking to try sea kayaking or stand-up paddling for the first time, the fifth annual Northwest Paddling Festival is the place to be to get started for a summer on the water.

The festival, the largest of its kind in the Northwest, will be May 8-9 at Lake Sammamish State Park. The hours are from 2-7 p.m. May 8, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 9.

During the course of the two-day celebration of paddle sports, attendees can demo boats, take kayak tours, attend seminars and check out the latest in gear and accessories from more than 60 paddle sports businesses.

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Celebrating Fry-day

April 28, 2015

By Kathy Aslamy Courtney Coulson (right), gives a thumbs up as she and other Blackwell Elementary School fourth-graders release kokanee salmon fry April 24 into Laughing Jacobs Creek near the Lake Sammamish State Park boat launch. It was the sixth consecutive annual release of native juveniles that were spawned at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery over the fall and winter in a program to reverse the danger of extinction to the species. The Kokanee Work Group, made up of local government and community groups, continues to work to help the kokanee survive.

By Kathy Aslamy
Courtney Coulson (right), gives a thumbs up as she and other Blackwell Elementary School fourth-graders release kokanee salmon fry April 24 into Laughing Jacobs Creek near the Lake Sammamish State Park boat launch. It was the sixth consecutive annual release of native juveniles that were spawned at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery over the fall and winter in a program to reverse the danger of extinction to the species. The Kokanee Work Group, made up of local government and community groups, continues to work to help the kokanee survive.

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