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.
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.
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.
“Managers don’t foresee us doing a lethal solution at Lake Sammamish State Park this year,” she said.
December 24, 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
July 30, 2013
The police department and community will come together for a night of learning, food and fun Aug. 6 during Issaquah’s fifth annual National Night Out.
The National Night Out is an event hosted by many cities across the country. Its purpose is to raise awareness of emergency preparation, criminal activity, theft prevention, and to help strengthen the relationship between communities and their police departments.
Issaquah will host the event at City Hall. There are a variety of activities and services, and organizations to talk to, all of which are focused on promoting safety and offering advice and help to those who need it.