December 31, 2013
Top news stories of the year
Many new things happened in Issaquah this past year and not all of them were greeted warmly.
While most people saw new parks and a new mayor as positive changes for the city, contention rose around new technology, new development standards, new fish ladders, new plastic bag ordinances and a newly legalized drug.
Much of what happened in 2013 spells more growth for Issaquah in the years to come and even more changes ahead. The year 2014 can learn much from the lessons taught by this past year of transformation.
December 31, 2013
2014 goals for a better Issaquah
The Issaquah Press presents its annual list of goals for the Issaquah area. A few are repeats from last year, still waiting to be accomplished but worthy of repeating.
February elections — The trio of school district levies, the Klahanie annexation decision and the repeal of the plastic bag ban are all up for a vote. The only good thing about the dismal turnout of voters in the November election is the easy assurance of getting enough voters to validate the school levy election. Let’s hope Issaquah voters get back on track and return their ballots in higher numbers in 2014.
Central Issaquah Plan — The redevelopment plan is in place and developers now know how to maximize the use of their property. One project has already been proposed. It will be interesting to see what other plans come forward and whether the CIP is achieving its goals.
August 20, 2013
Come to the Confluence Parks Area, 695 Rainier Blvd. N., from 5-8 p.m. Aug. 28 to celebrate the community’s newest park.
The city will provide hot dogs, pie and ice cream. There will be inflatable games for young attendees and live music for the adults.
The Confluence Parks Area is the “crown jewel in the city of Issaquah parks system,” according to a press release. It has three contiguous parks, Tollë Anderson, Cybil-Madeline and Issaquah Creek. The land encompasses 15.5 acres at the confluence of Issaquah Creek’s main stem and East Fork.
The new park includes interconnecting trails, a meadow, play areas, a restroom facility and, as its centerpiece, a picnic structure designed to evoke the land’s roots as the Anderson Farm.
Use the hashtag #bbquah during the event to share your stories and photos. Learn more about the park at the project website, http://bit.ly/10fFDv1.