April 20, 2010
The mayor and city brass gathered to celebrate Arbor Day last April beneath dull gray skies — a bare, drab scene unlike the leafy canopy shading Issaquah streets in summertime.
City leaders and residents gather every spring to plant the official Arbor Day tree: a Burr oak near Gibson Hall last year, a crabapple at Grand Ridge Elementary School the year before. The annual ceremony serves as more than a photo opportunity.
Officials will mark Arbor Day indoors next week, with a presentation by city Open Space Steward Matt Mechler to the municipal Park Board.
Issaquah, designated as a Tree City USA for the past 16 years, is required to observe and proclaim Arbor Day to maintain the designation. Officials mark the day with a tree planting, and select a ceremonial tree for each occasion.
City Arborist Alan Haywood oversees the urban forest and ensures that Issaquah keeps the Tree City USA distinction — no small feat in a city where tree canopy covers 51 percent of the municipality.
January 12, 2010
Help shape the way Issaquah develops, advise officials about growth and even increase public art throughout the city. Read more
January 9, 2010
NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 9, 2010
Help shape the way Issaquah develops, advise officials about growth and even increase public art throughout the city.
City leaders seek members for 12 city boards and commissions. Not all applicants must be Issaquah residents. Officials need regular and alternate members. Alternate members serve in the absence of regular members.
Pick up application forms at the City Clerk’s Office on the second floor at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way. Find the form here.
November 17, 2009
Almost 16 acres in downtown Issaquah will be transformed into walking paths and picnic areas, near where Issaquah Creek and the East Fork meet. The area encompasses three contiguous parks: Cybil-Madeline Park, Tollë Anderson Park and Issaquah Creek Park. City officials dubbed the area near the confluence of the creeks as the “crown jewel” of the municipal park system. Read more
October 13, 2009
Park Board members said city pet ordinances should be revised with stronger language about citations and enforcement. Read more
September 15, 2009
City officials are weighing options for future pet rules at Timberlake Park, where the city banned dogs in July.
First, parks staffers will glean suggestions from a stack of index cards filled out by residents last week. Officials hosted ban proponents and opponents at a Sept. 9 meeting; input from the meeting will be used as city officials consider changes to the ban or measures like citizen patrols to monitor the park.
About 70 people turned out for the Tibbetts Manor meeting. Officials organized the event after parks staffers and Mayor Ava Frisinger received a torrent of comments about the ban after it was implemented.
Officials banned dogs at the park after a series of reports of dogs knocking down children, grabbing food from picnic tables and running from park property into the lawns of adjacent homes. Read more
September 1, 2009
A gargantuan aerial shot of Issaquah dominates a wall of Al Erickson’s city Parks & Recreation Department office. The map dates from the early part of the decade; land where part of the Issaquah Highlands would eventually rise is nothing but tawny dirt. Sprawling Central Park was little more than a planner’s sketch.
Now, as Erickson prepares to retire after nearly 35 years as a city parks employee, crews are at work in the highlands adding artificial turf to a pair of Central Park fields.
The changes at Central Park are representative of the changes the city park system — and Issaquah itself — has undergone since Erickson signed on with the city three decades ago as a recent Western Washington University grad. Erickson, 57, retired as parks manager Aug. 31.
Parks & Recreation Director Anne McGill said Erickson’s role as a person who shaped the city park system cannot be overstated.
“He had a huge influence on our whole quality of life in Issaquah,” McGill said. Read more
July 21, 2009
Dark, soggy, grass sports fields in the Issaquah Highlands could be replaced with all-weather turf and sports lighting, thanks to city park bond dollars and county and state grants. Read more
July 20, 2009
NEW — 10 a.m. July 20, 2009
Dark, soggy, grass sports fields in the Issaquah Highlands could be replaced with all-weather turf and sports lighting thanks to city park bond dollars and county and state grants.
City Council members will consider a finance package tonight to improve a pair of sports fields at Pad 3 in the highlands’ Central Park.
A bill headed to the council tonight asks officials to accept a $100,000 donation from the Issaquah Soccer Club to build a second lighted, artificial turf field at Central Park Pad 3. A $50,000 King County youth sports grant and a $500,000 state grant were also awarded to the project.
June 30, 2009
Swimmers with hopes to cool off at a city pool in the Issaquah Highlands will instead have to cool their heels: Plans to build a second municipal pool and overhaul the existing Julius Boehm Pool are years distant. Read more