Junior Ranger Program comes to Lake Sammamish State Park

August 24, 2015

NEW — 3:21 p.m. Aug. 24, 2015

By Greg Farrar Alysa Adams, Lake Sammamish State Park interpretive specialist, shares her enthusiasm for nature with youngsters Aug. 16 during a Junior Ranger class at the new bathhouse pavilion. New lessons and craft projects continue Saturdays at 1 and 5 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. through Aug. 30. Click the photo for more Junior Ranger Program pictures.

By Greg Farrar
Alysa Adams, Lake Sammamish State Park interpretive specialist, shares her enthusiasm for nature with youngsters Aug. 16 during a Junior Ranger class at the new bathhouse pavilion. New lessons and craft projects continue Saturdays at 1 and 5 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. through Aug. 30. Click the photo for more Junior Ranger Program pictures.

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Junior Ranger Program at Lake Sammamish State Park

August 24, 2015

NEW — 3:15 p.m. Aug. 24, 2015

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State Parks offers free day Aug. 25

August 21, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 21, 2015

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is offering a free park day Tuesday, Aug. 25. Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks.

The free day is in honor of the 99th birthday of the National Park Service, which was established on Aug. 25, 1916.

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

The Discover Pass legislation provided that Washington State Parks could designate up to 12 free days each year when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. The Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by WDFW and DNR on these days. Read more

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AVP Seattle Open crowns champs

August 12, 2015

NEW — 6 p.m. Aug. 12, 2015

The Association of Volleyball Professionals returned to Seattle for the first time in 25 years.

By Greg Farrar The Association of Volleyball Professionals’ four-day AVP Kingston Seattle Open, held Aug. 6-9 at Lake Sammamish State Park, brings one of the stops of the national 2015 Pro Beach Volleyball Tour back to the Seattle area for the first time in 25 years.

By Greg Farrar
The Association of Volleyball Professionals’ four-day AVP Kingston Seattle Open, held Aug. 6-9 at Lake Sammamish State Park, brings one of the stops of the national 2015 Pro Beach Volleyball Tour back to the Seattle area for the first time in 25 years.

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Public invited to participate in wildlife photography classes

August 12, 2015

NEW — 10 a.m. Aug. 12, 2015

Northwest Wildlife Photos will present two classes, for ages 14 and older, on wildlife photography at Lake Sammamish State Park.

The first class is at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 25 in the flex space at Sunset Beach Bathhouse and will cover photography basics during a two-hour session. The second class will involve the actual experience of shooting wildlife photography and is at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 29, also starting at the bathhouse.

The cost is $20 for both classes, with reservations through EventBrite, http://bit.ly/1UzjqXS. Space is limited. A Discover Pass is required to park at the state park, and can be purchased online through Washington State Parks.

Parking costs $10 per day, though Aug. 25 is a free day. For more information, go to www.northwestwildlifephotos.com.

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Woman with late-stage breast cancer to swim across Lake Sammamish Aug. 16

August 11, 2015

NEW — 6 p.m. Aug. 11, 2015

Breast cancer patient Mary Gooze, 64, of Wisconsin, has decided to go on the offensive against the disease.

Gooze – the 2015 recipient of the Wisconsin Coaches vs. Cancer Spirit of Hope Award – will be swimming across Lake Sammamish Aug. 16. Beginning at 9 a.m., she’ll take off from Sunset Beach at Lake Sammamish State Park, swim to the northwest shore, and return to the beach by 10:15 a.m.

Mary Gooze

Mary Gooze

She’s using her remaining time to educate people about late-stage breast cancer and raise money for research and a possible cure. Read more

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Volunteers needed to raise funds for new park

August 11, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 11, 2015

With “the best playground in the state” coming to Lake Sammamish State Park, volunteers are needed immediately to work on raising the remaining needed funds.

Meetings with a Washington State Parks development team have already begun with a targeted playground installation in late spring 2016. At that time, there will be a volunteer call to the community so people can work together to install the playground over five days.

However, organizers need to raise $250,000 to match the $750,000 the state has allocated to the effort.

Organizers are setting up a website for information and donations. Watch for it at www.playground4all.com. They will publicize the website on Twitter and on the Friends’ Facebook site, and ask that you share it with your friends when you see it. Read more

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Professional volleyball players descend on Lake Sammamish State Park

August 7, 2015

NEW — 7 p.m. Aug. 7, 2015

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Local projects to benefit from state funding

August 1, 2015

NEW — Noon Aug. 1, 2015

The state budget passed earlier this month includes funding for major transportation projects in Issaquah and Sammamish.

Dollars will open extra lanes on Interstate 90, help add lanes to Issaquah-Fall City Road and pay for a study of the I-90 ramps off Front Street in Issaquah.

The funding package also includes dollars for parks in Issaquah and Lake Sammamish State Park.

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Color Me Rad 5K heads to Lake Sammamish State Park

July 30, 2015

New — 1:27 p.m. July 30, 2015

The Color Me Rad 5-kilometer run will be at Lake Sammamish State Park, beginning at 9 a.m. Aug. 15. Read more

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