February 24, 2015
“I think there is general feeling a dog park would be beneficial to Issaquah,” Danielle Githens, chairwoman of the Issaquah Park Board said.
However, don’t grab Fido and get him ready for a nice run just yet. Githens said the board is at the very beginning of discussions over a city-owned off-leash dog park and nothing has been settled or planned.
At a meeting near the end of January, the park board heard a presentation from City Parks Planner Jennifer Fink on area off-leash parks, where they are located and how they are run. The presentation was done at the board’s request.
January 29, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 29, 2015
New names are coming for some city parks and open space.
In 2013, a park-naming committee was formed to provide recommendations to the Issaquah Park Board. Following recommendations, the City Council authorized the new names in a unanimous decision Dec. 15.
Confluence Park, 655 Rainier Blvd. N., is the new name for the 15.5-acre property known as Confluence Area Parks on a temporary basis since opening in August 2013. Areas within it include Tolle Anderson Homestead, Cybil-Madeline Green and Margaret’s Meadow. That name honors the late Margaret Macleod, a longtime city parks planner and Issaquah resident who secured millions of dollars for land conservation, and trail and park projects throughout the region. Read more
January 20, 2015
The city of Issaquah needs volunteers for various boards and commissions.
The number needed is in parentheses, followed by a brief job description:
Arts Commission (three) — support and encourage visual and performing arts
Cable TV Commission (one) — regulate and oversee the operations of cable television in Issaquah.
Cemetery Board (two) — advise the mayor in connection with the management and control of the city-owned cemetery, including perpetual care, improvements and expansion. Read more
July 22, 2014
Issaquah’s new skate park is moving closer to construction with Grindline Skateparks Inc. providing a near-final design.
After three public input meetings, the city-hired designer gave city officials its vision of what Issaquah’s skaters said they wanted in a new park. Grindline lead designer Micah Shapiro said their plan brought flow and a variety of elements to the 8,000-square-foot, triangular-shaped plot in Tibbetts Valley Park, across from the Issaquah Transit Center.
“We’ve kind of gotten it figured out what the public wants,” Shapiro said. “It’s really all about what they want in their skatepark.”
May 27, 2014
Last year’s mayoral candidate Joe Forkner will go back to work for the city, joining 43 others appointed to various Issaquah governing bodies.
The City Council unanimously approved Mayor Fred Butler’s recommendations to appoint or reappoint a host of residents to most of the city’s 17 boards and commissions during its regular meeting April 21.
The annual appointments fill the vacancies expiring April 30. Most regular members serve four-year terms, while alternate members serve two-year terms.
May 27, 2014
Issaquah’s new skate park will land in Tibbetts Valley Park.
After months of public meetings where the Parks Board and a citizens advisory group looked at eight possible locations for the future site, the City Council unanimously approved a triangular spot in Tibbetts Valley Park, adjacent to the west parking lot, during the May 19 regular meeting.
“The skate park started out as a real grassroots effort in 1995 and 1996,” Councilwoman Eileen Barber said. “They really petitioned the council and came to meeting after meeting, saying how important that a skateboard park would be to them. Unfortunately, over the years, even with increased police efforts, the secluded location of the park presented safety challenges and so the community desired a new skateboard park.”
May 27, 2014
April 15, 2014
I hope you have opinions, citizens of Issaquah, because they could really come in handy.
The next few months seem yet again chock full of important decisions that the City Council will make. I have heard and reported repeatedly that they want public input on all matters that will impact the future of Issaquah. So, this is another message to encourage you to take them up on that.
Let’s think about what’s to come over the next several months. And, keep in mind, this is your government and you should you tell it what you think.
While the City Council extended the marijuana moratorium, it expects the ban to lift in July. As the council continues to look at how a recreational marijuana business should operate in Issaquah, let it know how you feel.
Two public input meetings left the Park Board with a recommendation to build a new skate park in the Tibbetts Valley Park, across from the park & ride. How does that strike you?
March 25, 2014
NEW — 4:30 p.m. March 25, 2014
After considering the options and residents’ opinions from two public meetings, the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for the Issaquah Skate Park recommended the construction of a new skate park in Tibbetts Valley Park during the regular Park Board meeting March 24.
The Park Board agreed and passed its recommendation to Mayor Fred Butler.
“This recommended site at Tibbetts Valley Park is an open grassy area, near the Park & Ride parking lot,” Parks & Recreation Department Director Anne McGill wrote in an email. “It has nothing on the site at this point, except grass, and it would not displace any other park amenity.”
March 18, 2014
After two public meetings, the Issaquah Parks & Recreation Department has narrowed the number of possible sites for a new skate park.
“It’s down to four that we’re considering now,” Parks & Recreation Manager Brian Berntsen said.
The locations are Veterans’ Memorial Field, Gibson Park, Central Park and Tibbetts Valley Park, near the Issaquah Transit Center.