Issaquah’s annual cleanup day is Saturday

April 21, 2015

Members of the Downtown Issaquah Association have learned over the years that as clean as the city looks, there’s still a need to tidy up after a careless few.

Thus, the association’s annual effort to pick up trash in the downtown corridor has grown into a more encompassing event — the third annual, citywide Keep Issaquah Beautiful Day.

The cleanup is from 9 a.m. to noon April 25. The beautification project has grown past the length of Front Street to include: Read more

Fresh foliage

January 20, 2015

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By Greg Farrar Luis Estrada, one of the team of Issaquah Parks Maintenance workers on the site, pours sandy soil around the rootball of a columnar tulip tree, one of the 21 liriodendron tulipifera ‘fastigiatum’ trees that were planted Jan. 13 aside the baseball diamond at Veterans’ Memorial Field downtown. The previous windbreak of 30 old, unhealthy and potentially dangerous poplars were cut down in November. The new species was selected by city arborist Alan Haywood to be better-growing, have a wider-diameter crown, age better, and be more resilient against weather extremes, disease and insects. The city, because it is a Tree City USA, was eligible for a grant of $5,000 for the new trees from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

 

Memorial Field Trees Planted

January 20, 2015

Veterans’ Memorial Field Trees Removed

November 25, 2014

Veterans Memorial Field trees will be replaced

October 24, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 24, 2014

The last 18 Lombardi poplar trees at Veterans’ Memorial Field were delimbed Oct. 14 in preparation for their removal and replacement. What was once a windbreak of 30 poplars, between 40 and 50 years old and averaging 80 feet tall, had become old, unhealthy and potentially dangerous, according to City Arborist Alan Haywood. They are the same variety that was removed and replaced in recent years at Front Street North and Gilman Boulevard. Columnar tulip, or ‘liliodendron,’ trees will be planted in November. The city, because it is a Tree City USA, was eligible for a grant of $5,000 for the new trees from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

The last 18 Lombardi poplar trees at Veterans’ Memorial Field were delimbed Oct. 14 in preparation for their removal and replacement. What was once a windbreak of 30 poplars, between 40 and 50 years old and averaging 80 feet tall, had become old, unhealthy and potentially dangerous, according to City Arborist Alan Haywood. They are the same variety that was removed and replaced in recent years at Front Street North and Gilman Boulevard. Columnar tulip, or ‘liliodendron,’ trees will be planted in November. The city, because it is a Tree City USA, was eligible for a grant of $5,000 for the new trees from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

Everyone needs a night out

August 12, 2014

By Greg Farrar Children and their parents crowd around Guardian One, King County’s Bell 407 helicopter, piloted by Hersh Hoaglan, of the Air Support Unit, after it lands on Veterans’ Memorial Field on Aug. 5 as part of the National Night Out community fair held by the Issaquah Police Department at City Hall.

By Greg Farrar
Children and their parents crowd around Guardian One, King County’s Bell 407 helicopter, piloted by Hersh Hoaglan, of the Air Support Unit, after it lands on Veterans’ Memorial Field on Aug. 5 as part of the National Night Out community fair held by the Issaquah Police Department at City Hall.

Go Fourth and celebrate at parade, Heritage Day

July 1, 2014

From history lessons to soccer, Issaquah will have many opportunities for those wanting to celebrate America this Fourth of July.

While the events will largely resemble last year’s, organizers hope the tried-and-true celebrations will offer the same level of community involvement and entertainment. Both the Down Home 4th of July and Heritage Day will take place in downtown.

The Swedish Hospital Kids ‘n Pets Parade will kick off the day, beginning at 11 a.m. It will wind its way down Front Street North and East Sunset Way before ending at Veterans’ Memorial Field.

“We will have a lot of the traditional favorites come back,” Issaquah Chamber of Commerce Director of Festivals Robin Kelley said.

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City Council chooses site for new skate park

May 27, 2014

Issaquah’s new skate park will land in Tibbetts Valley Park.

An aerial view shows the new location for the skate park at Tibbetts Valley Park. City of Issaquah

An aerial view shows the new location for the skate park at Tibbetts Valley Park.
City of Issaquah

After months of public meetings where the Parks Board and a citizens advisory group looked at eight possible locations for the future site, the City Council unanimously approved a triangular spot in Tibbetts Valley Park, adjacent to the west parking lot, during the May 19 regular meeting.

“The skate park started out as a real grassroots effort in 1995 and 1996,” Councilwoman Eileen Barber said. “They really petitioned the council and came to meeting after meeting, saying how important that a skateboard park would be to them. Unfortunately, over the years, even with increased police efforts, the secluded location of the park presented safety challenges and so the community desired a new skateboard park.”

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Remember D-Day at flyover

May 13, 2014

Four P-51 Mustangs from the Flying Heritage Collection at Paine Field will do a flyover of Issaquah’s Veterans Memorial Field on June 6, the anniversary of D-Day.

Thirty cities in Washington will get up-close looks at the planes as they fly over.

A time hasn’t yet been set, because the flight plan isn’t finished.

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To the Editor

April 1, 2014

Skateboard park

Don’t build it at Veterans’ Memorial Field

Here we go again. Our one and only park/ field donated to the city is up for construction again. Growing up in Issaquah, it was so nice to have a field right in downtown Issaquah. Open space — what a concept!

But then the city needed a library, a police station, a senior center and now the skateboard park. So, the city needs to take other land from people to claim it as “open space” just to let us know they “value” parks.

I’m pretty sick and tired of our one and true memorial field slowly getting hacked up by those who deem it more suitable for other uses. Soon, Veterans’ Memorial Field will be just that — a memory.

Very sad.

Jean McMullan

Issaquah

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