City plans to build new Confluence Park for salmon as well as humans

July 9, 2015

While it might have made great farmland in its day, the property that now makes up Confluence Park does not, in its present condition, make for very good parkland or, probably more importantly, a very good habitat for local salmon.

The first step toward changing that is removal of 8,000 cubic feet of soil that fills what used to be part of the flood plain for Issaquah Creek, said Kerry Ritland, surface water manager for the city.

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Dusk is a show at Sunset Valley Farms

December 31, 2013

Sunset Valley Farms resident Art Converse doesn’t need a clock to determine what time of day it is in the tranquil neighborhood located at the foot of Squak Mountain.

He simply listens for the soft pattering wings of the 60-70 geese that fly over the rural valley at both dusk and dawn.

By Greg Farrar Victoria Lee and Art Converse, longtime Sunset Valley Farms residents, stand at the entrance of their neighborhood along Southeast May Valley Road. Behind them is a vacant lot that the community hopes to one day restore and use as a neighborhood gathering spot.

By Greg Farrar
Victoria Lee and Art Converse, longtime Sunset Valley Farms residents, stand at the entrance of their neighborhood along Southeast May Valley Road. Behind them is a vacant lot that the community hopes to one day restore and use as a neighborhood gathering spot.

“Sometimes they’re honking and making all kinds of noise, and sometimes they’re not, and if they’re not, all you hear is whoosh, whoosh, whoosh,” he said.

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