Visit state parks for a ‘free day’ March 19

March 17, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 17, 2015

Washington State Parks turns 102 years old March 19, and visitors are invited to help celebrate by getting out to enjoy a state park for free that day.

March 19 is the third of 12 State Parks “free days” in 2015, when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass to visit a park, such as Lake Sammamish State Park.

Learn more about the Discover Pass at

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Visiting volunteer leaves artistic mark on Lake Sammamish State Park

March 10, 2015

Wet weather held her back, but all the way from Charles City, Iowa, artist Jackie Davidson managed to make an impression on Lake Sammamish State Park, even giving some of the local critters a voice that says, “Thank you.”

With a son living in Seattle, Davidson and her husband Dennis decided to leave behind the frigid temperatures of their home state and spend winter here. Jackie Davidson is an artist-in-residence at a historical museum back home, so when she learned about an opportunity to volunteer for Lake Sammamish State Park, naturally it brought out her creativity.

By Greg Farrar Artist Jacqueline Davidson paints onto an outdoor bulletin board an 1890’s photograph of the John and Addie Anderson farm.

By Greg Farrar
Artist Jacqueline Davidson paints onto an outdoor bulletin board an 1890’s photograph of the John and Addie Anderson farm.

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Lake Sammamish Mural Artist

March 9, 2015

March 7 Lake Sammamish Half Marathon registration filling fast

February 24, 2015

Registration is filling fast for the March 7 Lake Sammamish Half Marathon.

The half marathon takes runners along the smooth trail that connects Marymoor Park in Redmond to Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah. About 30 percent of the course will be on smooth gravel surface and the remaining 70 percent on pavement.

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State Parks offers 12 ‘free days’ in 2015, starting today

January 1, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 1, 2015

State Parks offers 12 ‘free days’ to visitors in 2015

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission recently released its schedule of days in 2015 when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass to visit a state park.

The “free days” are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass — a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on state recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Department of Natural Resources.

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Editorial — Time to set goals, resolutions for 2015

December 31, 2014

It’s the time of year when people make resolutions, to decide to do better, be better.

We at The Issaquah Press have decided to make some resolutions on behalf of the city and its residents. We hope you will adopt them and keep them.

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Cities jointly fund new director for Lake Sammamish State Park

December 30, 2014

Lake Sammamish State Park, considered by many to have been long neglected financially by the state, will be annexed to the city of Issaquah as of Feb. 1.

The park may or may not be in line for some state funding for a new boat dock. But in any case, the park soon will have an executive director to aid with future rebuilding of the facility, said Chris Kovac, president of the community group the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park.

The Friends will hire a director to help guide the organization and the park.

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City boundaries to encompass Lake Sammamish State Park

December 23, 2014

With a unanimous vote at its Dec. 15 meeting, the Issaquah City Council formally annexed Lake Sammamish State Park, making it part of the city.

The annexation includes 300 acres of parkland, beaches, the park picnic area and the boat launch, said Trish Heinonen, city long range planning manager.

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Attend public hearing on state park annexation Monday

December 14, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 14, 2014

While the plan needs the approval of the Issaquah City Council, local and state officials seem ready to move forward with the annexation of Lake Sammamish State Park into Issaquah.

The park currently is in unincorporated King County.

City officials have long worked with state officials on park improvements and planning for its future, said Trish Heinonen, the city’s long range planning manager. The proposed annexation would continue the partnership, she added.

The council formally takes up the annexation at a public hearing set for 7 p.m. during its regular Dec. 15 meeting.

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See Lake Sammamish State Park playground designs at Dec. 9 open house

December 6, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 6, 2014

Design plans for a new, all-accessible playground at Lake Sammamish State Park will be unveiled at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 during an open house at Gibson Hall, 105 Newport Way S.W.

The open house is hosted by the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park.

The state park has two playgrounds that are not up to standards for safety or accessibility. The new playground, not yet funded, will be accessible for all ages and abilities, according to a news release from the group.

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