Public invited to participate in wildlife photography classes

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.

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Building a better bathhouse

July 23, 2015

By Janet Farness Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park Board President Chris Kovac, State Sen. Mark Mullet, Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler, State Rep. Chad Magendanz and Park Manager Rich Benson cut the ribbon for the new Sunset Beach bathhouse.

By Janet Farness
Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park Board President Chris Kovac, State Sen. Mark Mullet, Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler, State Rep. Chad Magendanz and Park Manager Rich Benson cut the ribbon for the new Sunset Beach Bathhouse below.

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Off The Press — Cool ideas for when it’s hot outside

July 9, 2015

It’s too hot outside, you say?

Kathleen Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen Merrill
Press managing editor

For many people, it very well may be too hot.

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Open house will celebrate new Sunset Beach Bathhouse at state park

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.

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State eyes June construction for state park bathhouse

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.

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