Commission studies anchor development in central area

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.

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Council asked to fund larger skate park

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.

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Issaquah City Council moves ahead with expanded skate park design

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.

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Patriots tennis dominates the Totems

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.

By Greg Farrar Sadie Demme, Liberty High School senior No. 2 singles player, returns a volley to Jessica Jou, of Sammamish, during their long two-set tennis match March 26 at Tibbetts Valley Park. Demme won, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1.

By Greg Farrar
Sadie Demme, Liberty High School senior No. 2 singles player, returns a volley to Jessica Jou, of Sammamish, during their long two-set tennis match March 26 at Tibbetts Valley Park. Demme won, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1.

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Skate park goes back to Issaquah City Council after supporters make their case

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.

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Supporters still pushing for larger skate park

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.

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Growth dominates mayor’s annual State of the City talk

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.”

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Skate park supporters seek more features, space

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.

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Patriots drop season finale to Interlake

October 21, 2014

The Liberty High School boys tennis team wrapped up its regular season with a home-court loss to Interlake Oct. 16.

By Greg Farrar Matthew Cao (left), Liberty High School senior, is set for the return as his teammate, junior Marek Pierepiekarz, serves in the first set of their top-seed doubles match Oct. 16 against Interlake seniors Michael Kwong and Justin Lee at Tibbetts Valley Park. Cao and Pierepiekarz won, 6-3, 6-3.

By Greg Farrar
Matthew Cao (left), Liberty High School senior, is set for the return as his teammate, junior Marek Pierepiekarz, serves in the first set of their top-seed doubles match Oct. 16 against Interlake seniors Michael Kwong and Justin Lee at Tibbetts Valley Park. Cao and Pierepiekarz won, 6-3, 6-3.

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.

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Design submitted for new skate park

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.”

Grindline Skateparks Inc. Because of the high water table, the designer of the skate park could not include any deep bowl structures. This design could still change, depending on the budget for the park.

Grindline Skateparks Inc.
Because of the high water table, the designer of the skate park could not include any deep bowl structures. This design could still change, depending on the budget for the park.

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