Join Issaquah Alps Trails Club to help clean, prepare Cougar Mountain

November 15, 2011

Cougar Mountain is due for a cleaning.

King County purchased 41 acres on Cougar Mountain almost a year ago, and to prepare the site for addition to a regional park, Issaquah Alps Trails Club members plan to clean up the land Nov. 19.

The effort is a rare cleanup event for the trails club. Members usually focus on trail maintenance projects.

“This property is really important and we figure it’s a good start,” said David Kappler, Issaquah Alps Trails Club president and a former Issaquah councilman. “We’ll build some more awareness of the actual potential for this property.”

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Information kiosks go up along Mountains to Sound Greenway trails

November 15, 2011

This newly completed kiosk at the Tiger Mountain trailhead includes maps and a QR code that will direct smartphones to the website of the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. By Greg Farrar

A new kiosk now in place at the Tiger Mountain trailhead can provide cellphone users with electronic information about the mountain trail, such as maps and how to spot local wildlife.

Amy Brockhaus, of the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, said the kiosk was finished last week. Similar kiosks are going up at locations throughout the greenway at spots such as the Mount Si and Rattlesnake Mountain trailheads.

Brockhaus said one idea of the kiosks is to allow users of smart phones to take pictures of trail maps and use those maps later to navigate the surrounding area. A QR code in one corner of the kiosk directs web enabled phones to the Mountains to Sound Greenway website. The kiosks also contain what was described as a lot of site-specific information.

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Bill for Interstate 90 bridge reaches $6.7 million

November 1, 2011

The bill for the pedestrian and bicyclist connector across Interstate 90 is costing Issaquah $450,000 more than city leaders budgeted for the project.

City Administrator Bob Harrison (right) and Mayor Ava Frisinger lead Issaquah and regional officials across the Interstate 90 pedestrian bridge Oct. 26. By Greg Farrar

The total budget for the project is about $6.7 million, up from the $6.2 million set aside to complete the bridge across the interstate at state Route 900. The budget increase accommodates engineering expenses, construction cost and construction management cost increases, and legal and permitting fees related to the connector.

The change increases the amount of city dollars used in a project approved in part because the federal government and Sound Transit offered to cover substantial costs.

Construction delays and other issues — such as using off-duty police officers for traffic control near the construction site — caused costs to mount. The city set aside about $314,000 as contingency funds for the project, but the overruns caused the project to exhaust the backup dollars.

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Mountains to Sound tree-planting event is set for state park

October 11, 2011

The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust holds the first of its annual native tree and shrub planting events from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 15 at Lake Sammamish State Park.

The day will feature food, music and booths as well as, of course, plenty of trees to plant.

The Issaquah event is the first of several planned. Registration is necessary. Full and half-day shifts are available.

The park address is 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road. From Interstate 90, drive east to Exit 15 and follow the signs.

The kick-off event is sponsored by Carter Subaru, KMTT-103.7 and REI.

Learn more and register at http://mtsgreenway.org and click on the “volunteer” link.

Help greenway plant trees at Lake Sammamish State Park

October 4, 2011

The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust holds the first of its annual native tree and shrub planting events from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 15 at Lake Sammamish State Park.

There will be food, music and booths as well as plenty of trees to plant.

The Issaquah event is the first of several planned. Registration is required. Full and half-day shifts are available.

The park address is 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road. From Interstate 90, drive east to Exit 15 and follow the signs.

Learn more and/or register at http://mtsgreenway.org and click the “volunteer” link.

See Seattle Storm, help Mountains to Sound Greenway celebrate 20 years

September 6, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 6, 2011

Join the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust as the organization celebrates 20 years.

The nonprofit organization, founded in September 1991, oversees preservation projects in a greenbelt stretching along Interstate 90 from the Seattle waterfront to Central Washington.

In order to celebrate 20 years, the greenway is celebrating at KeyArena at 7 p.m. Friday as the Seattle Storm face the Phoenix Mercury.

Tickets cost $20 and $5 goes to support the greenway. Order tickets and enter the password “greenway” at the prompt for special ticket pricing.

Providing the password also means attendees get automatically seated in the greenway section.

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Seattle Sounders FC restores greenway / Aug. 29, 2011

September 1, 2011

Sounders assist at Lake Sammamish State Park

August 30, 2011

Players join Mountains to Sound Greenway restoration project

Servando Carrasco (left), Seattle Sounders FC midfielder, and Tor Bell, restoration program manager, use loppers to remove blackberry bushes Aug. 29 while joining other volunteers during a Mountains to Sound Greenway habitat restoration project beside Issaquah Creek at Lake Sammamish State Park. By Greg Farrar

Seattle Sounders FC fans often hold blue-and-green scarves aloft to show support for the team at CenturyLink Field.

Fans offered the same ardent support Aug. 29 for the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust at Lake Sammamish State Park. The restoration team greeted Sounders forward David Estrada and midfielder Servando Carrasco as volunteers pulled invasive plants.

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Press Editorial

August 30, 2011

Volunteer opportunities abound in the fall

As summer and its busy weekends wind down, kids are back in school and life gets back to a routine. It’s time to think about new activities.

Fall might mean a new computer class or getting back into a fitness program, signing up the kids for extracurricular activities — or volunteering.

If a onetime commitment to volunteering is preferred, think about helping out at the Salmon Days Festival. Now, that’s fun! Did you know it takes nearly 500 volunteers to help out? Salmon Days is Oct. 1-2.

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Help Sounders FC restore Lake Sammamish State Park

August 23, 2011

Join Seattle Sounders FC players and Seattle Bank employees as they volunteer with the Mountains to Sound Greenway to clear invasive weeds from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 29 at Lake Sammamish State Park.

Washington State Parks and the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust are partnering together on the multiyear restoration of Lake Sammamish State Park. The park provides important habitat for several species of salmon, birds — including bald eagles, great blue herons and red-tailed hawks — amphibians, insects and other wildlife.

But recently the area has become extremely degraded by invasive weeds, including blackberry. In the past five years, volunteers have removed invasive species and re-established native plant communities throughout the park.

For this United We Serve event, Mountains to Sound will focus on clearing blackberry and other invasive species from around newly planted trees and shrubs to give these native plants a better chance at survival.

After a brief orientation and safety briefing, volunteers will dive into work along Issaquah Creek removing invasive weeds. The greenway trust will provide all of the tools, technical training and oversight for the projects — no experience is required.

Register for the event at www.SoundersFC.com. Search for “United We Serve” under the “Outreach” tab.

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