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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Lake Sammamish lighted boat parade is Dec. 6

December 4, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 4, 2014

The second annual Lighted Holiday Boat Parade on Lake Sammamish, sponsored by Lake Sammamish Yacht Club, is at 5 p.m. Dec. 6.

The best viewing will be from the beach at Lake Sammamish State Park. Enjoy lighted boats, singing carols, a bonfire and hot chocolate, compliments of the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park.

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To the Editor

December 3, 2014

State park

If our money goes there, we should get free access

Well, folks, the Issaquah City Council said that no taxpayer funds would be given to Lake Sammamish State Park items. So much for that hokey council promise.

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Lake Sammamish boat docks receives $1 million funding

November 25, 2014

For the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park, the proposed floating docks are part of an overall plan that predates even the founding of the group and that has been in the works for between five and 10 years.

In early November, the group received word that the plan for new boat docks off the shores of Sunset Beach has received approval from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office.

“We want to see the currently developed areas of the park improved,” said Chris Kovac, president of the Friends group.

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Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park elect new officers, still needs two

November 16, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 16, 2014

At the most recent Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park meeting of board members, the following officers were elected:

President — Chris Kovac

Treasurer — Jim Berry

Secretary — Barbara Gronseth

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Run with the Kokanee Oct. 18

October 14, 2014

Trout Unlimited will host its third annual Run with the Kokanee, a run through Lake Sammamish State Park benefitting the group’s work to protect kokanee salmon, on Oct. 18.

The flat course starts on paved park paths and finishes on wide, grassy trails. Runners can choose to do a 5K or 10K.

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Check out the salmon at several locations

September 22, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 22, 2014

Spot the Spawners in the Lake Washington/Cedar/Sammamish Watershed this fall.

Salmon are returning to streams and rivers around Puget Sound. Watch for these natural beauties at the viewing sites around the watersheds as they make their seasonal journey. Local viewpoints include:

Lake Sammamish State Park — 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road, through October. Learn more here.  

Issaquah Creek — Self-guided tours along the creek, culminating at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, 125 W. Sunset Way, through Nov. 16. Learn more here.

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