November 6, 2015
NEW — 4:50 p.m. Nov. 6, 2015
Unable to find a long-term location, the roving homeless encampment known as Tent City 4 will move into Hans Jensen Park, a campground near Lake Sammamish State Park, this weekend.
A member of the camp, who asked not to be identified, said Tent City 4 was unable to find a faith-based location, which the group typically prefers.
He added when it became evident they would not find a long-term location, Tent City 4 leadership contacted the office of Gov. Jay Inslee about using Hans Jensen Park, where the encampment stayed about two years ago.
Inslee’s office gave the OK for Tent City 4 to move in for 20 days. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church in Woodinville paid the group’s camping fees. Read more
October 25, 2015
NEW – 12:10 p.m., Oct. 25, 2015
Senior Kennan Schrag’s third-place time of 15 minutes, 49.2 seconds led the Issaquah High School boys to the team title Oct. 24 at the Class 4A KingCo Conference cross country championships at Lake Sammamish State Park. Read more
September 29, 2015
NEW — 6:05 p.m., Sept. 29, 2015
Run with the Kokanee, a 5-kilometer and 10-kilometer run to benefit kokanee salmon restoration efforts in Lake Sammamish, will be held Oct. 17 at Lake Sammamish State Park. Read more
September 25, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 25, 2015
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission hosts another free day Saturday, Sept. 26, when day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks.
The free day is in recognition of the 22nd anniversary of National Public Lands Day — the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands.
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, the Washington departments of Natural Resources and Fish & Wildlife.
September 24, 2015
NEW — 5:05 p.m. Sept. 24, 2015
The city of Issaquah’s public works team is conducting overnight maintenance on the stormwater system.
During the week of Sept. 27 crews will work from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. at the following locations:
September 24, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 24, 2015
Celebrate National Public Lands Day Sept. 26 at Lake Sammamish State Park by joining volunteers from the National Park Service, Washington State Parks, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust and REI to restore habitat in the park’s natural areas.
The volunteer event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road. Register for it or other volunteer opportunities at mtsgreenway.org/volunteer.
Help remove invasive weeds, such as blackberry, that reduce the habitat quality along salmon-bearing Issaquah Creek. The creek provides important space for fish and wildlife, including spawning and migratory habitat for threatened species of chinook and kokanee salmon.
September 23, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 23, 2015
Picnic and learn more about the future of Lake Sammamish State Park during a potluck lunch 1 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Sunset Beach Bathhouse in the park.
Bring a dish to share: hors d’oeuvres, main dish, salad or desert. Plates, eating utensils and beverages will be provided. Local musician Rick Young will play guitar.
Park interpretive specialist Alysa Adams has put together a nature scavenger hunt for visitors. Prizes are available to all. Learn where the new playground will be built in 2016 and what else is planned for the park.
September 18, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 18, 2015
Warm waters and low flows have made 2015 a tough year for salmon as they work to return to streams and rivers around the Puget Sound area this fall.
Watch for these natural beauties at viewing sites listed here — and cheer them on if you see them.
September 9, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 9, 2015
Community asked to help raise $250,000
A new all-inclusive destination playground will be built in Lake Sammamish State Park in 2016. Playground designers say it will be the best in the state.
In June, the Washington State Legislature approved $750,000 for the playground in its 2016-17 Capital Budget. However, the public is expected to raise the remainder of the $1 million cost.
“While we anticipate corporations and foundations to contribute, we are also counting on lots of children and families to participate in fundraising,” said Debbie Berto, coordinator of the campaign led by the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park.
September 8, 2015
NEW — 5:04 p.m., Sept. 8, 2015
MFG Cyclo-Cross will be hosting a day of racing from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Sept 13 at Lake Sammamish State Park. Read more