State Parks offers free parking Saturday and Tuesday

April 18, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 18, 2014

Washington State Parks has 12 free days in 2014 when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass to visit a state park, including Lake Sammamish State Park. The next dates are April 19 and 22.

The free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on state-managed recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the state Department of Natural Resources.

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Editorial

March 18, 2014

An annexation that may make sense

Washington State Parks has asked the city of Issaquah to consider annexing Lake Sammamish State Park. The idea is worth considering.

As it stands, the park, even though it is a state park, sits in unincorporated King County. However, it is surrounded on all sides — except the lake side — by Issaquah.

As there have been plans to add some developments to the park, Issaquah has taken the lead in vetting those plans. But, once a specific plan is chosen, the county would need to get involved in issuing needed permits.

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State Parks offers a day of free parking

March 11, 2014

Washington State Parks has 12 free days in 2014 when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass to visit a state park. The next date is March 29.

The free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on state-managed recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Department of Natural Resources.

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Geese likely won’t be killed at state park this year

February 4, 2014

The geese that roam Lake Sammamish State Park are likely safe this year, according to Virginia Painter, spokeswoman for Washington State Parks.

State park officials killed about 90 birds last summer to control the population and mitigate any harmful effects their feces may cause. So far, there are no plans to kill any at the local park this year, Painter said.

A Canada goose balances on one leg, preening among a flock of seagulls recently as one more gull glides in for a landing on Sunset Beach at Lake Sammamish State Park.  By Greg Farrar

A Canada goose balances on one leg, preening among a flock of seagulls recently as one more gull glides in for a landing on Sunset Beach at Lake Sammamish State Park.
By Greg Farrar

“Managers don’t foresee us doing a lethal solution at Lake Sammamish State Park this year,” she said.

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Videographer promotes Washington state parks

December 24, 2013

DiscoverWashington 2013100 copyThe Eric Jensen family purchased a 27-foot travel trailer in 2006, and joined a couple of associations of parks catering to RVers, only to discover they wanted something more.

Jensen said the associations didn’t have the best properties for the outings.

“We decided we wanted the kids to have some great experiences with camping,” the Issaquah resident said. “This was real important to us.”

They started looking for other places to set up on their ventures out of Issaquah.

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State Parks 2014 calendar, Discover Pass make great gifts

December 13, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 13, 2013

Looking for a gift for that person who has everything? How about something that commemorates the state — a state parks calendar or a Discover Pass.

The Washington State Parks 2014 wall calendar features brilliant color photos that represent some of the park system’s premier and unique features, as well as beautiful photos of wildlife that can be seen in state parks.

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Editorial

September 24, 2013

State park proposals have merits, limits

Washington State Parks needs to seek specific Requests for Proposals for improvements to Lake Sammamish State Park, the jewel at the mouth of Issaquah Creek.

Earlier this month, State Parks and the city of Issaquah received only three proposals in response to its call for RFPs. The two agencies were trying to get outside-the-box ideas that would add to Lake Sammamish park’s bottom line as well as help the city’s economic development.

The three each have merits.

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Three proposals arrive to invigorate state park

September 17, 2013

Three project proposals for Lake Sammamish State Park, including one to totally remake the park with a hotel/convention center, came to the city’s Economic Development Department by the deadline Sept. 9.

In a joint effort with Washington State Parks, the city released a request for proposals in August, asking for project ideas to reinvigorate and make use of the park under the redevelopment and restoration plan adopted in 2007.

Economic Development Director Keith Niven said the three full project outlines are markedly different, but he found positive aspects across the board.

By Issaquah Soccer Club Six multi-use sports fields with new lighting and accessibility are in a proposal submitted by the Issaquah Soccer Club, in response to the request for ideas made jointly by city’s Economic Development Department and Washington State Parks.

By Issaquah Soccer Club
Six multi-use sports fields with new lighting and accessibility are in a proposal submitted by the Issaquah Soccer Club, in response to the request for ideas made jointly by city’s Economic Development Department and Washington State Parks.

“I see all of these to be viable choices for the park,” he said. “I think they can all fit. I don’t think there is anything on the table that can’t be mitigated.”

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State park campfires banned until further notice

August 6, 2013

Washington State Parks announced July 31 that campfires are banned in all state parks until further notice.

The ban is to help prevent human-caused wildfires during the hot, dry season on both sides of the Cascade Mountains. For the Issaquah area, this affects both Lake Sammamish and Squak Mountain state parks.

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Washington State Parks banS campfires in state parks until further notice

August 2, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 2, 2013

Washington State Parks has announced that campfires are banned in all state parks until further notice.

The ban is to help prevent human-cause wildfires during the hot, dry season on both sides of the Cascade Mountains. For the Issaquah area, this affects both Lake Sammamish and Squak Mountain state parks.

Campers may still use devices that allow for control of combustion, including propane and liquid gas stoves appropriate for camping and backcountry use, propane barbecue devices that do not use solid briquettes, propane or pressurized white gas warming devices that have a shield or base, and solid fuel citronella or other candles in a metal bucket or glass container.

This ban follows a similar ban by the Department of Natural Resources, which has fire protection responsibility of about 50 percent of state park lands.

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