Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park welcomes new members

July 21, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. July 21, 2013

Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park welcomes charter members to the newly formed organization.

Those who join the Friends before Aug. 1 will be invited to a special event at the park the evening of Sept. 12 and will receive a framed charter member certificate.

The group already has 45 paid memberships from people interested in helping preserve, restore and enhance the park in accordance with the park’s 2007 master plan. Suggestions for other improvements may also be pursued.

So far, the group has agreed to seek to re-establish a recycling program in the park and wants to redevelop the children’s playground area.

Receive a membership application by clicking the link to the right of this post.

City, state ask for Lake Sammamish State Park concept proposals

July 16, 2013

As the recently passed state budget included funding for Lake Sammamish State Park improvements, Issaquah and Washington State Parks asked for request for concept proposals July 11.

Specifically, the region seeks to explore opportunities to improve community exposure to the park, seek uses that would create more activity and use within the park, and seek revenue-generating activities.

Find the official request for concept proposals at

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Attend Lake Sammamish State Park boat launch ribbon cutting Thursday

July 15, 2013

NEW — 1:30 p.m. July 15, 2013

Lake Sammamish State Park’s newly improved watercraft launch will officially open July 18 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The new launch includes metal piers, replacing old wooden pieces. It also includes docks that extend farther into the lake than before, resolving flooding issues and addressing changes in water levels occurring over time.

The improvements also include a new lane configuration and new ramps to meet Americans with Disabilities Act criteria. In addition, local jurisdictions worked together on rain gardens to treat storm water from an adjacent parking lot.

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State budget includes funding for Lake Sammamish State Park projects

July 3, 2013

NEW — 7 p.m. July 3, 2013

Though the budget was slow to pass, Lake Sammamish State Park will benefit from the results of two legislative special sessions.

A total of $3.5 million will be allocated to improvement projects for the park from the 2013-2015 capital budget that passed the Legislature on June 27 and was signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on June 30.

Freshman Sen. Mark Mullet (D-5th, Issaquah) championed the inclusion of the funding through the budgetary stalemate that came close to a state government shutdown.

“I was ecstatic to see the Issaquah projects included,” Mullet said of the funding for the park and transportation improvements north of Interstate 90. “I considered those two things a very big success.”

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Take a walk and make new Friends tonight at state park

July 3, 2013

NEW — 2:10 p.m. July 3, 2013

Join The Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park tonight at 7 p.m. for a walk.

The group will meet at the large rotunda inside the park, on the right as you turn into the first parking lot. An annual Discover Pass for parking is needed, or pay a $10 one-time fee.

There are also morning walks at 10 every Wednesday.

Walks are informal and take different paths each week, but all are on level ground. Walks are typically one hour, but walkers can drop out as needed.

Learn about other walks, and about joining the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park here.

Family friendly bird walk is May 18

May 7, 2013

Lorenzo Rohani, 13, does some birdwatching with a camera, long lens and tripod. He gives a talk May 18 at an Eastside Audubon event. By Michael Rohani

Lorenzo Rohani, 13, does some birdwatching with a camera, long lens and tripod. He gives a talk May 18 at an Eastside Audubon event.
By Michael Rohani

A guided family birding walk at Lake Sammamish State Park and a lively talk by an accomplished 13-year-old birder will show kids and grown-ups the excitement of discovering the natural world through bird watching.

Both events are free, and Eastside Audubon welcomes everyone in the community to attend either one or both.

An easy walk on maintained trails and walkways with master birder Andy McCormick will explore the many habitats of Lake Sammamish State Park. Woodlands, streamside, lakeshore and meadow attract a variety of birds this season. Expect to see (and hear!) colorful songbirds and woodpeckers, Great Blue Herons, Bald Eagles, goofy American Coots and many others.

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Man crashes experimental plane in Lake Sammamish, again

March 12, 2013

When Redmond resident Paul Weston crashed his experimental plane in Lake Sammamish on March 4, there was a bit of déjà vu.

Weston, who was not seriously injured, had crashed the same plane in about the same spot in the lake in June 2009.

By Ari Cetron Paul Weston shakes the water out of his plane’s wing after it was moved back onto land. He crashed the plane into Lake Sammamish on March 4.

By Ari Cetron
Paul Weston shakes the water out of his plane’s wing after it was moved back onto land. He crashed the plane into Lake Sammamish on March 4.

This time, the problem was the weather. Weston was drawn out by a sunny day in March, but conditions were still windy. The float plane — it has no landing gear and can only take off from and land on water — was unable to achieve liftoff due to the water conditions, Weston said.

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Leaders needed for Lake Sammamish State Park group

February 5, 2013

The effort to establish a community organization to support Lake Sammamish State Park is on the agenda for a Feb. 14 meeting hosted by the state parks agency.

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State OKs King County rules for creek, lake

January 29, 2013

The state Department of Ecology approved King County rules for development near shorelines, including Issaquah Creek and Lake Sammamish, county and state officials announced Jan. 17.

The plan, or shoreline master program, is designed to guide construction and development on almost 2,000 miles of marine, stream and lake shorelines countywide.

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City Council applicants offer varied skills

January 22, 2013

Members to appoint candidate Jan. 29

The applicants for a rare open seat on the City Council include long-established community leaders — and some candidates from the last time the council accepted applications to fill a vacancy.

The seven candidates offer assorted skills in community, government and military service in the process to succeed Mark Mullet on the council.

Initially, Ken Sessler, a retired Boeing engineer and a prolific letter writer to The Issaquah Press, applied for the vacancy, but withdrew not long after the city released the applicant list.

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