Three proposals arrive to invigorate state park

September 17, 2013

Three project proposals for Lake Sammamish State Park, including one to totally remake the park with a hotel/convention center, came to the city’s Economic Development Department by the deadline Sept. 9.

In a joint effort with Washington State Parks, the city released a request for proposals in August, asking for project ideas to reinvigorate and make use of the park under the redevelopment and restoration plan adopted in 2007.

Economic Development Director Keith Niven said the three full project outlines are markedly different, but he found positive aspects across the board.

By Issaquah Soccer Club Six multi-use sports fields with new lighting and accessibility are in a proposal submitted by the Issaquah Soccer Club, in response to the request for ideas made jointly by city’s Economic Development Department and Washington State Parks.

By Issaquah Soccer Club
Six multi-use sports fields with new lighting and accessibility are in a proposal submitted by the Issaquah Soccer Club, in response to the request for ideas made jointly by city’s Economic Development Department and Washington State Parks.

“I see all of these to be viable choices for the park,” he said. “I think they can all fit. I don’t think there is anything on the table that can’t be mitigated.”

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Trout Unlimited hosts Run with the Kokanee

September 17, 2013

On Oct. 19, the Bellevue-Issaquah chapter of Trout Unlimited will host its second annual Run with the Kokanee.

The race is a 5K and 10K run and walk through Lake Sammamish State Park, beginning at 9 a.m., and proceeds from the registration will go to support Trout Unlimited’s efforts to conserve the kokanee salmon.

Trout Unlimited works frequently with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife to help count the number of fish in Lake Sammamish during spawning season. Over the past five years, Trout Unlimited has seen record lows in number of kokanee, according to Mark Taylor, who is in charge of conservation and education efforts for Trout Unlimited.

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Lake Sammamish State Park Boardwalk Opens / Sept 12, 2013

September 17, 2013

Come to state park today to welcome salmon back

September 14, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 14, 2013

Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park are welcoming salmon home to Issaquah Creek from noon to 5 p.m. today at Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road.

Visitors can learn about the two organizations as well as a number of other local groups focused on environmental stewardship.

Volunteer guides will explain the characteristics of the ideal creek habitat for salmon, identify the salmon species swimming in Issaquah Creek and describe the salmon lifecycle. The newly constructed boardwalk will be open for the public to explore the delta and lake shore at the mouth of Issaquah Creek.

Vehicle access to Lake Sammamish State Park requires a Discover Pass or a $10 daytime parking pass.

Learn more about the hatchery here. Like the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park here.

Groups team to welcome salmon back

September 10, 2013

Friends of Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park are welcoming salmon home to Issaquah Creek on Sept. 14 from noon to 5 p.m. at Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road.

Visitors can learn about the two organizations as well as a number of other local groups focused on environmental stewardship.

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Muddy Buddy trail runs come to Issaquah

August 13, 2013

The Muddy Buddy Adventure Series, a 5K to 7K race along trails in Lake Sammamish State Park, will come to Issaquah from 7-11 a.m. Aug. 18.

The race, expected to attract about 1,400 attendees, includes obstacles such as a rope climb, tunnels and slides, finishing off with a 50-foot mud pit. According to the event website, the run has been a “huge hit” since its start in 1999. Runners can sign up in teams or individually.

Participants will each earn a technical tee, a finisher medal, post-race snacks and a race number. There will also be a beer garden for those aged 21 and older.

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Kids invited to run at cross-country camp

August 13, 2013

The Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department is offering a three-day cross-country camp for elementary- and middle-school runners.

The camp will take place Aug. 27-29 at Lake Sammamish State Park. Elementary school students will run from 9-10 a.m., and middle-schoolers will run from 9-10:30 a.m. daily.

Learn more or register by calling 837-3300 or on the city of Issaquah’s website at www.ci.issaquah.wa.us. Click on the Parks & Recreation tab.

 

State park campfires banned until further notice

August 6, 2013

Washington State Parks announced July 31 that campfires are banned in all state parks until further notice.

The ban is to help prevent human-caused wildfires during the hot, dry season on both sides of the Cascade Mountains. For the Issaquah area, this affects both Lake Sammamish and Squak Mountain state parks.

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Washington State Parks banS campfires in state parks until further notice

August 2, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 2, 2013

Washington State Parks has announced that campfires are banned in all state parks until further notice.

The ban is to help prevent human-cause wildfires during the hot, dry season on both sides of the Cascade Mountains. For the Issaquah area, this affects both Lake Sammamish and Squak Mountain state parks.

Campers may still use devices that allow for control of combustion, including propane and liquid gas stoves appropriate for camping and backcountry use, propane barbecue devices that do not use solid briquettes, propane or pressurized white gas warming devices that have a shield or base, and solid fuel citronella or other candles in a metal bucket or glass container.

This ban follows a similar ban by the Department of Natural Resources, which has fire protection responsibility of about 50 percent of state park lands.

Teens honored for park drowning rescue

July 23, 2013

In August 2012, cousins Patrick Finigan, 16, and Ian Fursman, 15, became heroes when a trip to Lake Sammamish State Park turned into a rescue.

The boys started to notice trouble when a girl between the ages of 12 and 14 began to struggle in the water, calling for help. The girl’s friends swam back to shore to get someone to help their friend. Finigan swam out and pulled the drowning girl back to safety.

By Greg Farrar King County Sheriff John Urquhart reads commendations July 16 honoring Patrick Finigan (left), 16, of Orting, and his cousin Ian Fursman, 15, of Snoqualmie.

By Greg Farrar
King County Sheriff John Urquhart reads commendations July 16 honoring Patrick Finigan (left), 16, of Orting, and his cousin Ian Fursman, 15, of Snoqualmie.

Meanwhile, a 17-year-old boy had slipped under the water, so Finigan returned to the water and dove about 6 feet below the surface and pulled him up. Fursman assisted, helping his cousin pull the boy back to shore.

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