Preston trail connector, a missing link in greenway, opens Thursday

December 15, 2010

NEW — 8 a.m. Dec. 15, 2010

Join state Department of Transportation and the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust on Thursday to open a trail connector between High Point and Preston.

The ceremony is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday along the north side of Interstate 90 at Exit 20.

The organizations completed a 1.25-mile trail connector last month. The piece connects the Issaquah to High Point Trail almost to the trailhead for the Preston-Snoqualmie Trail and completes a missing link in the greenway.

The connector also means hikers and other trail users no longer need to detour onto High Point Way or the interstate. The link is part of the county regional trails system.

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Crews complete ‘missing link’ trail connector

December 7, 2010

$4.7 million piece means no more detours for hikers

The hike from High Point to Preston is easier, or at least safer, nowadays.

Gone is the need for hikers to use tight road shoulders or turn for a nail-biting detour onto Interstate 90.

The state Department of Transportation and the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust completed a 1.25-mile trail connector last month. The piece connects the Issaquah to High Point Trail almost to the trailhead for the Preston-Snoqualmie Trail and completes a missing link in the greenway.

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Pedal for freebies on Bike to Work Day

May 18, 2010

City leaders will team up with local businesses and Cascade Bicycle Club to celebrate Bike to Work Day on May 21.

The day kicks off with a Bike to Work Day booth at state Route 900 and Northwest Sammamish Road. Bicyclists can pedal in from 6-10 a.m. for free snacks, giveaways and mechanical help from Pacific Bicycle Co., a Sammamish bike shop.

From 3-6 p.m., outdoors retailer REI will host a Cycle Commuter Appreciation Picnic at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave N.W. The free picnic will offer free food from PCC Natural Markets and Chipotle, as well as giveaways from REI and the chance to meet other cyclists. REI hosted a barbecue at Pickering Barn last year to mark the end of Bike to Work Month.

Cascade Bicycle Club also uses Bike to Work Day to tally the number of cyclists on area roads. The organization hopes for official bicycle counts from cites in the Puget Sound region, but relies on the annual tally until official counts become widespread. Learn more about the annual event here.

Who’s News

May 18, 2010

Issaquah resident honored for excellence by BC Foundation

Molly Blume, of Issaquah, was one of seven Bellevue College faculty and staff members honored by the Bellevue College Foundation’s Margin of Excellence Awards. Read more

Grants, volunteers help city maintain trails, open space

April 6, 2010

Invasive blackberry, holly, Japanese knotweed and Scotch broom proved to be no match for the hundreds of people who volunteered to maintain city-owned open space and trails last year.

Volunteers focused last year on maintenance in the open spaces and parks cleared in 2008. Teams cleared 12 to 15 acres of the invasive plants from the Park Hill Open Space in the Overdale Park neighborhood, Timberlake Park along Lake Sammamish and other sites in 2008, and kept the unwanted plants off the site in 2009.

Volunteers returned to the sites last year to plant native shrubs and trees where invasive plants used to grow, city Open Space Steward Matt Mechler said in a presentation to City Council members late last month. The work will continue in the months ahead, he added.

Mechler detailed efforts to preserve open space and maintain city trails in a March 23 report to the Committee-of-the-Whole Council. The city owns about 1,300 acres of open space.

“We worked on getting those invasives under control and then just maintaining them last year, with the hopes that once the invasives are under control then we’ll be doing some native planting at these sites,” Mechler said.

Besides invasive plant removal, the city worked with conservation groups last year to maintain the network of trails crisscrossing Issaquah.

Issaquah Alps Trails Club volunteers helped complete a quarter-mile section of the Talus Bridge Trail to connect the urban village with the Bear Ridge Trail on Cougar Mountain. Read more

Grants, volunteers help city maintain trails, open space

April 5, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. April 5, 2010

Invasive blackberry, holly, Japanese knotweed and Scotch broom proved to be no match for the hundreds of people who volunteered to maintain city-owned open space and trails last year.

Volunteers focused last year on maintenance in the open spaces and parks cleared in 2008. Teams cleared 12 to 15 acres of the invasive plants from the Park Hill Open Space in the Overdale Park neighborhood, Timberlake Park along Lake Sammamish and other sites in 2008, and kept the unwanted plants off the site in 2009.

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Hundreds of volunteers needed to plant trees

October 13, 2009

More than 200 Mountains to Sound Greenway volunteers will plant trees at Lake Sammamish State Park from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Oct. 17 to kick off the fall tree planting season. The event will begin a campaign to plant more than 25,000 native trees and shrubs in several natural areas in the greenway. Read more

City, REI will welcome bike commuters at free barbecue

May 28, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. May 28, 2009

Bicycle commuters are invited to a barbecue Friday as the city marks the end of national Bike to Work Month. REI will host the first-ever Cycle Commuter Appreciation Barbeque at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W., from 3-6 p.m. Enjoy free food, meet fellow bicycle commuters and enter to win prizes.

During Bike to Work Month, city officials promoted bicycle commuting as a form of exercise and a way to reduce traffic congestion and reduce carbon emissions. Officials also put forth a City-to-City Bike Challenge to all cities in King County.

The purpose of the challenge is to reduce the region’s carbon footprint, support a healthy workforce, reduce traffic congestion and demonstrate the capacity of non-motorized transportation, according to a city news release.

Officials hope to increase Bike to Work Month participation as much as possible, as measured by total employee bicycle commute trips for each participating city. In addition to Issaquah, cities such as Snoqualmie, Kent and Bellevue are participating.

More anchor businesses quit

April 13, 2009

Dale Timmons, of Issaquah, purchases a case of motor oil at Joe’s on Northwest Gilman Boulevard on April 10, the day of the liquidation sale announcement. By Greg Farrar

Dale Timmons, of Issaquah, purchases a case of motor oil at Joe’s on Northwest Gilman Boulevard on April 10, the day of the liquidation sale announcement. By Greg Farrar

On the first day of its going-out-of-business sale, Joe’s was packed with bargain hunters angling for deals on skis, tents and other sporting goods.

Customers jammed the Northwest Gilman Boulevard store April 10, a day after Gordon Brothers Group, a Boston-based liquidator, announced it would close the chain. Joe’s filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in early March. Executives hoped to find a buyer for the beleaguered chain, but only liquidators submitted bids.

Frank Morton, a principal at Gordon Brothers, said the Issaquah store and 30 others would close after all of the merchandise is sold. Given the popularity of the merchandise, Morton estimated the liquidation sale would be complete in “weeks rather than months.” The store opened in August 1999. Read more

Joe’s to close as soon as merchandise is gone

April 13, 2009

NEW — 10 a.m. April 13, 2009

On the first day of its going-out-of-business sale, Joe’s was packed with bargain hunters angling for deals on skis, tents and other sporting goods.

Customers jammed the Northwest Gilman Boulevard store Friday, a day after Gordon Brothers Group, a Boston-based liquidator, announced it would close the chain. Joe’s filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in early March. Executives hoped to find a buyer for the beleaguered chain, but only liquidators submitted bids.

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