September 8, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 8, 2013
Plans to relocate the skate park are moving quickly as the Issaquah City Council approved $350,000 for the cause last week.
Concerns over drug usage and delinquent behavior in the past few years have led community groups and the council to push for building a new skate park in a safer area.
During the Sept. 3 regular meeting, a 6-1 vote committed to include the project in the 2014 preliminary budget, directing the administration to fund it. If approved in the budgeting process, money would go to construction of a new skate park on a yet-to-be-determined site as well as repurposing the current one.
July 9, 2013
A groundswell of support for relocating the skate park moved the City Council to action July 1 after the issue was removed from the park bond discussion.
When the council met for its regular meeting, Mayor Ava Frisinger alerted the crowd of more than 50 people that there was a change to the official agenda. A bill was added and later approved that calls for the Services & Safety Committee to investigate possible action with regard to the skate park.
Long seen as a location for illegal activity, the skate park has come under increasing scrutiny by parents and community groups. The secluded placement of the park and its proximity to schools has made it somewhat of a haven for drug use and fights, according to many educators, parents and citizens who spoke during the meeting’s public comment. The city agreed that negative presence keeps families from using the skate park and turns pedestrians away from the adjacent Rainier Trail.