The green necklace: a gift to the city and the environment

February 21, 2014

More and more, people within the city are talking about the planned “green necklace.” It isn’t a gift of jewelry to citizens, but many see it as a gift to residents nonetheless.

The green necklace refers to a circle of parks and open spaces around the city, allowing easy pedestrian and bicycle access. It includes Lake Sammamish and the Issaquah Alps in the goal to surround the city and provide interconnected pathways between open spaces.

By Peter Clark Anne McGill, Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department director, visits the future Phase 3 site of Confluence Park, in an area she hopes the city will name ‘Margaret’s Meadow’ in honor of late park planner Margaret Macleod.

By Peter Clark
Anne McGill, Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department director, visits the future Phase 3 site of Confluence Park, in an area she hopes the city will name ‘Margaret’s Meadow’ in honor of late park planner Margaret Macleod.

Though the idea has existed for decades, the Issaquah City Council expressly outlined a plan to create the network of open space in the Central Issaquah Plan, approved in December 2012.

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Christmas Boat Parade hits Lake Sammamish

December 3, 2013

A new tradition begins this year with the first parade of boats decked out in holiday lights on Lake Sammamish at 5 p.m. Dec. 7 (rain date Dec. 8) at the state park beach.

Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park invite the public to sing carols around a bonfire and sip hot chocolate while enjoying the magic of the twinkling lights on the boats from the beach at the park. Visitors will need a Discover Pass to enter the park or pay a $10 admission fee per carload.

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Come see holiday lights at Christmas Boat Parade on Lake Sammamish on Dec. 7

November 26, 2013

NEW — 4 p.m. Nov. 26, 2013

A new tradition begins this year with the first parade of boats decked out in holiday lights on Lake Sammamish at 5 p.m. Dec. 7 (rain date Dec. 8) at the state park beach.

Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park invite the public to sing carols around a bonfire and sip hot chocolate while enjoying the magic of the twinkling lights on the boats from the beach at the park.

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Cyclocross comes to Lake Sammamish

September 24, 2013

MFG Cyclocross presents its second leg of its Cyclocross series at Lake Sammamish State Park Sept. 29. The race is a combination of off-road bicycling and running hurdles.

Pre-register by 5 p.m. Sept. 27 online at BikeReg.com for a $5 discount. Day-of-race registration is available.

Adults are $30, beginners are $15, children 10 and older are $10, and children younger than 10 are free. There is a cash prize of $80 for first place, $60 for second and $40 for third. The race is part of a five-part series.

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FISH hosts Public Officials Day Sept. 25; public is invited

September 21, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 21, 2013

The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is hosting a special event to educate local elected leaders and the public about the importance of the hatchery and salmon conservation.

Officials from the area have been invited to a special presentation at 2 p.m. Sept. 25. FISH’s board of directors has invited City Council members, school district directors, water district commissioners, Metropolitan King County Council members, and state lawmakers from cities and districts that surround Lake Sammamish.

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Lake Sammamish earns federal designation

September 17, 2013

Lake Sammamish is one of only two places in the nation to earn a new federal designation. While the details of the program are unclear, it seems to mean that local officials will get some federal help in explaining the importance of the lake and its ecosystem.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has placed Lake Sammamish, and Masonville Cove in Baltimore, in its Urban Partnership Program, according to Denise Hawkins, of fish and wildlife.

The idea for the program came from the group that designates wildlife refuges. Typically, that means designating huge tracts of land as a refuge in order to protect wildlife habitat, Hawkins said. These typically end up in more rural areas, so in order to allow more people to be able to visit an area and learn about it, they decided to work in more populous settings.

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Lake Sammamish State Park Boardwalk Opens / Sept 12, 2013

September 17, 2013

‘Salmon Seeson’ has arrived, so go view local fish

September 15, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 15, 2013

Fall has arrived, and with it comes the return of salmon to Puget Sound streams and rivers. Sightseers can get a good look at the fish at several local waterways.

Spectators can watch the salmon return to Issaquah Creek from the bridge or through viewing windows at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, 125 W. Sunset Way, through November.

Visitors can take self-guided tours of the hatchery daily, but the Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery offers guided tours on weekends through Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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Win a prize in Lake Sammamish kokanee fry count contest

May 7, 2013

The Bellevue-Issaquah Chapter of Trout Unlimited is offering a contest to see who can correctly predict the number of kokanee fry counted in the 2013 migration of fry from Ebright and Lewis creeks into Lake Sammamish.

The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to Coho Cafe in Issaquah.

During the past seven years, chapter volunteers have been counting the number of fry that migrate downstream from the spawning areas into Lake Sammamish to help in the kokanee recovery efforts for Lake Sammamish.

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Jet skiers buzz Lake Sammamish in annual egg hunt

April 9, 2013

Jet skiers from as far away as Spokane celebrated Easter with an annual aquatic egg hunt.

About 50 riders arrived on the shore of Lake Sammamish on March 31 to take part in the event put on every year by The NorthWest Freeriders. While the weather is usually more of a hurdle than a blessing, riders waded out into the water during a bright, warm day.

Photos by Dayton Fedak Above, Jessie Wilcox (second from left) celebrates winning the hunt by collecting seven eggs in the short time it took for the 50 riders to collect the total 100. Alaina Fiske, Patricia Fiske and Scott Wilcox (from left) joined her. Below, riders wait on the waves of Lake Sammamish for the signal to start.

Photos by Dayton Fedak
Jessie Wilcox (second from left) celebrates winning the hunt by collecting seven eggs in the short time it took for the 50 riders to collect the total 100. Alaina Fiske, Patricia Fiske and Scott Wilcox (from left) joined her.

After a meeting to discuss the boundaries and rules of the competition, event coordinator Dayton Fedak planted 100 eggs in a cordoned-off southern section of the lake.

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