Issaquah residents can drop off storm debris at Tibbetts Valley Park

January 26, 2012

NEW — 12:35 p.m. Jan. 26, 2012

Issaquah residents and business owners can drop off tree branches and other woody debris from recent storms at Tibbetts Valley Park on Saturday and Sunday, officials announced Thursday.

The drop-off site is scheduled to open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park, 965 12th Ave. N.W. Only storm-related woody debris is accepted. Though representatives plan to monitor drop-offs, customers must unload material themselves.

Waste Management customers — plus Allied Waste customers subscribed to yard waste service — can also set out compost and yard debris for curbside pickup.

Use the typical 96-gallon cart, another 96-gallon cart, or another three 32-gallon containers, compostable bags or bundles.

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Issaquah boys tennis team wins home opener

September 13, 2011

The Issaquah High School boys tennis team finally got a chance to play a match on the school grounds Sept. 8 and the Eagles flew by visiting Garfield 6-1. Because of construction last year, the Eagles played all their home matches at Tibbetts Valley Park.

Issaquah won three of four singles and swept the doubles en route to its victory.

Evan Cheung, of Issaquah, won the No. 1 singles match with a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Jared Storz. John Brendel and Matt Gonn, of Issaquah, teamed to take the No. 1 doubles match with a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Andrew Schwartz and Jacob Wall.

Issaquah High School tennis team nets home opener

September 9, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. Sept. 9, 2011

The Issaquah High School boys tennis team finally got a chance to play a match on the school grounds Thursday and the Eagles flew by visiting Garfield 6-1. Because of construction last year, the Eagles played all their home matches and Tibbetts Valley Park.

Issaquah won three of four singles and swept the doubles en route to its victory. Evan Cheung, of Issaquah, won the No. 1 singles match with a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Jared Storz. John Brendel and Matt Gorn, of Issaquah, teamed to take the No. 1 doubles match with a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Andrew Schwartz and Jacob Wall.

In other 4A KingCo Conference action, Skyline fell to Roosevelt 4-3. Roosevelt won all the singles. Brayden Hansen and Alex Wu, of Skyline, took the No. 1 doubles with a 6-3, 6-0 victory against Mitchell Overton and Daniel Yang.

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Issaquah program gives young girls something to cheer about

September 6, 2011

Metallic purple-and-gold poms reflected the sun shining through the trees as more than 50 purple duffle bags haphazardly lined the grass near a baseball diamond in Tibbetts Valley Park.

Members of the Issaquah cheer squad perform a stunt for the audience during an Aug. 27 jamboree for a youth football game. Contributed

To Mickayla Cummins, one of about 65 girls enrolled in the Issaquah Youth Cheer program’s inaugural season, those colors are far from insignificant.

Cummins, 12, has been cheering since she was a young girl, but she’s never been able to cheer for Issaquah in Issaquah.

Until now.

The Issaquah Youth Cheer program — made up of five squads with six coaches — will cheer for each of the 11 youth football teams a minimum of two times this season, cheer director Kathy Corbin said.

“It’s been overlooked as a sport,” coach Julé Gunn said. “But it is considered one. They exercise. They dance. It’s a lot of teamwork and sportsmanship.”

Most surrounding youth football programs, such as Skyline and Newport, have cheer programs in place, and Issaquah had an obvious void to fill, she said.

Organizers of the program were hoping to have 25 to 30 girls initially sign up. They were ecstatic when 65 registered for the program’s first season, Gunn said.

“We have kids in the program who were our driving force,” Corbin said. “There was so much interest in starting it for about five years.”

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20 reasons to ♥ Issaquah

July 2, 2011

The spectacular landscape is a reason to love Issaquah. By Connor Lee

Discover 20 reasons to love Issaquah, from the highest Tiger Mountain peak to the Lake Sammamish shoreline, and much more in between. The community includes icons and traits not found anywhere else, all in a postcard-perfect setting. The unique qualities — Issa-qualities? — start at the city’s name and extend into every nook and neighborhood. (The lineup is not arranged in a particular order, because ranking the city’s pre-eminent qualities seems so unfair.)

Salmon Days

The annual salmon-centric celebration is stitched into the city’s fabric. Salmon Days serves as a last hurrah before autumn, a touchstone for old-timers and a magnet for tourists. The street fair consistently ranks among the top destinations in the Evergreen State and, for a time last year, as the best festival on earth — in the $250,000-to-$749,000 budget category, anyway.

Issaquah Alps

The majestic title for the forested peaks surrounding the city, the Issaquah Alps, is a catchall term for Cougar, Squak and Tiger mountains. (Credit the late mountaineer and conservationist Harvey Manning for the sobriquet.) The setting is a playground for outdoors enthusiasts. Trails — some official and others less so — for hikers, bikers and equestrians crisscross the mountains, like haphazard tic-tac-toe patterns.

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Press Editorial

December 14, 2010

Park vision must be bold, grand

The plan for Issaquah’s newest parks along Issaquah Creek should be nothing short of grand. Money should be no object.

While that logic flies in the face of today’s economic reality, city planners and landscape architects must remember that this isn’t a park for today. It may take two or three decades to see the trio of park properties — mostly located between Issaquah Creek and Rainier Boulevard North — to see the plan constructed.

Even after the plan has been established, it will take grant money, private and corporate donations and an almost certain voter-approved park bond to make the land become the “crown jewel” of the Issaquah parks system, as city leaders hope it will be. Read more

Architect offers bold plan for creekside parks

November 30, 2010

The proposed design for a downtown parks site includes a horseshoe-shaped bridge across Issaquah Creek and meandering trails. The Berger Partnership

Initial proposal emphasizes ecology and history at downtown site

Ideas abound for the downtown parks along Issaquah Creek: boulders for climbing, meandering paths, community gardens, historic farmhouses repurposed as meeting spaces and — the centerpiece — a horseshoe-shaped pedestrian bridge across the creek at the main stem and the East Fork.

The ambitious plan aims to transform the oft-overlooked, 15.5-acre site near Darigold into a destination. Seattle landscape architect Guy Michaelsen said the intent is to create a park site “unique to Issaquah and a reflection of Issaquah.”

The site — often referred to as the “crown jewel” in the municipal parks system — encompasses Tollë Anderson, Cybil-Madeline and Issaquah Creek parks. The effort is the largest parks project since the city built Squak Valley Park South in 2008 and the most ambitious plan since the city laid the groundwork for Tibbetts Valley Park more than 20 years ago.

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Mayor highlights Heritage Trees

November 16, 2010

Mayor Ava Frisinger has designated a trio of landmark trees as Heritage Trees — a distinction meant to reflect the age, size, historic significance and ecological value of the plants.

The trees include the giant sequoia at Tibbetts Valley Park, the Empress Tree at Cornick Park and the Oregon white oak at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. Read more

Mayor highlights latest crop of Heritage Trees

October 23, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 23, 2010

Mayor Ava Frisinger has designated a trio of landmark trees as Heritage Trees — a distinction meant to reflect the age, size, historic significance and ecological value of the plants.

The trees include the giant sequoia at Tibbetts Valley Park, the Empress Tree at Cornick Park and the Oregon white oak at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.

City Park Board members developed the Heritage Tree Program to promote identification and recognition of trees that reflect the character of Issaquah. Every Heritage Tree is identified and recorded in a register maintained by the city Parks & Recreation Department.

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Duo bikes for domestic violence prevention

September 14, 2010

Bridget (left) and Cycle the WAVE Ride Director Sharon Anderson talk about raising money for the Eastside Domestic Violence Program. By Laura Geggel

Bridget considers herself a strong woman, so strong that she found a way to save herself and her young son from her abusive husband.

The two got help from the Eastside Domestic Violence Program, and now Bridget is giving back by cycling with the Lakemont Ladies Cycling Club during the annual Cycle the WAVE — Women Against Violence Everywhere — Issaquah bike ride. Read more

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