April 21, 2015
Adopted in late 2012, the Central Issaquah Plan has been described as a long-term vision for the city that would bring about a dense urban core, a mix of residential and commercial development.
While a few projects are already underway, at the behest of the Issaquah City Council, the city Economic Vitality Commission has identified a number of locations and issues that eventually could receive some extra attention from the city leading to development of anchor projects within the plan area. Regarding the development sites, that extra attention will likely consist of some form of economic incentive.
April 21, 2015
Backers of a larger footprint for a new Issaquah skate park moved one step closer to their goal April 14.
Following a presentation by Seattle park designer Grindline Skateparks Inc., the Issaquah City Council’s Services and Safety Committee unanimously sent to the rest of council a recommendation that the city try for a King County recreation grant to gain another $75,000 toward the $486,075 estimate for the larger park.
April 21, 2015
NEW — 12:13 p.m. April 21, 2015
While the last word still has yet to be decided, the Issaquah City Council on April 20 agreed unanimously to pursue funding for a 10,000-square-foot skateboard park with a price tag of approximately $486,075.
Council authorized city staff members to pursue a $75,000 King County grant to help pay for the park. At the suggestion of Councilman Tola Marts, the city also will seek other means to close the funding gap for the skate park.
With available dollars currently sitting at $350,000, if the city earns the county money and gains the necessary matching funds, Issaquah still would be about $52,000 short. Council President Paul Winterstein said the public might be asked to close the gap.
March 31, 2015
Liberty High School senior Sadie Demme was the last singles player to leave the tennis court March 26.
By the time her match against Sammamish’s Jessica Jou finished, most of the doubles teams were wrapping up their games.
March 3, 2015
March 16 may be a big day for supporters of a larger footprint for the proposed new Issaquah Skate Park.
Four supporters met Feb. 27 with Mayor Fred Butler, who promised he would bring the issue before the City Council at what will be its second meeting of March.
February 24, 2015
Supporters of a bigger footprint for the proposed new Issaquah skate park have taken their case to the Internet and hope to take it directly to Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler.
As of Feb. 23, backers had 1,272 names on an electronic petition supporting the larger skate park, resident and park enthusiast Theresa Stoppard said.
February 10, 2015
Issaquah has morphed from a small town into a small city and more changes are on the way, Mayor Fred Butler said in his annual State of the City speech before the City Council on Feb. 2.
“The state of our city is strong,” Butler said at the outset of the talk.
Butler promised his administration was building an Issaquah for everyone, “from the cashier at Costco to the surgeon” at Swedish Medical Center’s Issaquah Campus.
Issaquah will grow, Butler added, “up not out… compact, not sprawling.”
February 3, 2015
Supporters and skateboard enthusiasts once again are urging the Issaquah City Council to move forward with a large-footprint skate park in Tibbetts Valley Park.
Supporters made their thoughts known at a council meeting in late January.
October 21, 2014
The Liberty High School boys tennis team wrapped up its regular season with a home-court loss to Interlake Oct. 16.
The Patriots dropped five of the seven matches against the Saints, but found a sliver of hope when two players who normally compete in singles teamed up to show impressive mettle in the No. 1 doubles match.
Marek Pierepiekarz and Matthew Cao defeated Interlake’s Michael Kwong and Justin Lee in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.
“Winning 6-3, 6-3 in the Interlake match was an amazing accomplishment for two singles players to achieve as a newly-formed doubles team,” Liberty coach Mike Salokas said.
July 22, 2014
Issaquah’s new skate park is moving closer to construction with Grindline Skateparks Inc. providing a near-final design.
After three public input meetings, the city-hired designer gave city officials its vision of what Issaquah’s skaters said they wanted in a new park. Grindline lead designer Micah Shapiro said their plan brought flow and a variety of elements to the 8,000-square-foot, triangular-shaped plot in Tibbetts Valley Park, across from the Issaquah Transit Center.
“We’ve kind of gotten it figured out what the public wants,” Shapiro said. “It’s really all about what they want in their skatepark.”