September 23, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 23, 2015
Picnic and learn more about the future of Lake Sammamish State Park during a potluck lunch 1 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Sunset Beach Bathhouse in the park.
Bring a dish to share: hors d’oeuvres, main dish, salad or desert. Plates, eating utensils and beverages will be provided. Local musician Rick Young will play guitar.
Park interpretive specialist Alysa Adams has put together a nature scavenger hunt for visitors. Prizes are available to all. Learn where the new playground will be built in 2016 and what else is planned for the park.
September 9, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 9, 2015
Community asked to help raise $250,000
A new all-inclusive destination playground will be built in Lake Sammamish State Park in 2016. Playground designers say it will be the best in the state.
In June, the Washington State Legislature approved $750,000 for the playground in its 2016-17 Capital Budget. However, the public is expected to raise the remainder of the $1 million cost.
“While we anticipate corporations and foundations to contribute, we are also counting on lots of children and families to participate in fundraising,” said Debbie Berto, coordinator of the campaign led by the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park.
August 12, 2015
NEW — 10 a.m. Aug. 12, 2015
Northwest Wildlife Photos will present two classes, for ages 14 and older, on wildlife photography at Lake Sammamish State Park.
The first class is at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 25 in the flex space at Sunset Beach Bathhouse and will cover photography basics during a two-hour session. The second class will involve the actual experience of shooting wildlife photography and is at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 29, also starting at the bathhouse.
The cost is $20 for both classes, with reservations through EventBrite, http://bit.ly/1UzjqXS. Space is limited. A Discover Pass is required to park at the state park, and can be purchased online through Washington State Parks.
Parking costs $10 per day, though Aug. 25 is a free day. For more information, go to www.northwestwildlifephotos.com.
July 23, 2015
July 9, 2015
It’s too hot outside, you say?
For many people, it very well may be too hot.
July 6, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. July 6, 2015
The Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park will host an open house July 7 to celebrate the completion of the park’s new Sunset Beach Bathhouse.
The event also will commemorate the annexation of the park into the city of Issaquah earlier this year.
The celebration will begin at 5 p.m. at Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road. Get directions at https://goo.gl/maps/XSFsf.
Festivities will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by music from the Sammamish Symphony quartet and tours of the new building. Refreshments will be served.
March 18, 2014
Lake Sammamish State Park will receive its Sunset Beach Bathhouse this year, officials said.
Park Manager Richard Benson said plans outlined in 2007 might finally see the light of day with the help of funding secured in last year’s legislative session.
“Apparently, bids will go out around April 1 with construction beginning early enough to have substantial progress by June 13,” Benson wrote in an email. “That really is good news. It will have been 40 years since we have had improvements like this here at the park.”
The bathhouse would offer updated restroom and concession facilities along with space for a future lifeguard program.