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transporting coal to Seattle. As the coal mines flourished, The areas that now are saloons, hardware stores, Issaquah and Sammamish were boarding houses and other home to Native American tribes shops sprang up. Logging also long before non-Native settlers brought workers into the town. arrived. After World War II, the boomAccording to the Issaquah and-bust cycle of the natural History Museums, white settlers resource industry was replaced began arriving by slow community in the area in evolution. The The cities of Issaquah the 1860s. They town’s population and Sammamish named the hovered around are linked together area Squak, a 1,000 until 1940, corruption of the by geography, when the first Native American history, culture and a floating bridge over place name. Lake Washington shared dedication to In 1892 the was opened. The providing people a town was bridge brought positive place to live, incorporated Issaquah within work and play. as Gilman, easy driving after Daniel distance of Seattle Hunt Gilman, who brought the and the town’s transformation railroad to town. Seven years from a rural community to a later, residents petitioned to bedroom suburb began. change the town’s name to Today, Issaquah is a thriving Issaquah. city, yet it retains many elements By then, the town had its of its historical beginnings. own railroad depot with trains We invite you to take a stroll

through our community and see some of the historical buildings and sites that have played a part in Issaquah’s past. In what is now Sammamish, settlers began making tentative inroads onto the Plateau in the 1870s and 1880s, according to the Sammamish Heritage Society. By the 1890s, logging was becoming a major industry in this area, and by the 1930s, most of the area was “logged out.” The southern half of the Plateau, particularly the area near Pine Lake, developed more quickly than the northern half. By the late 1930s no less than three resorts were operating on Pine Lake and Beaver Lake. Jump ahead to the mid-1980s and dramatically accelerated growth as more homes, schools, and shopping centers were built. Then, on Nov. 3, 1998, local voters approved incorporation and Sammamish officially became a city at midnight on Aug. 31, 1999.

Today, Sammamish has its own symphony, three high schools, and has been host to two PGA golf tournaments at the Sahalee Country Club. Homes in the city are some of the most desirable in the region.

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Thank you for calling Issaquah home. Issaquah features a variety of housing styles, from turn-of-the20th-century homes to compact, modern, urban development. To preserve our existing neighborhoods and treasured open space, we spearheaded the creation of two urban villages. These compact, pedestrianfriendly communities allowed us to grow while protecting our century-old character. Meanwhile, the influx of new residents during the past few decades — many of them from around the globe — has enriched our community’s cultural fabric and diversity. Boosting Issaquah’s popularity, the Issaquah School District is consistently ranked among the top public school districts in Washington State. Students routinely outperform state averages on educational assessments, and the district’s high schools have a near-perfect graduation rate. No matter your interest, there’s also plenty to see and do in Issaquah. Historic Olde Town includes the 75-year-old Issaquah Salmon Hatchery — the centerpiece of our Salmon Days Festival each October — the alpine chalet of Boehm’s Candies chocolate factory and one of two remaining Triple XXX Root Beer Drive-ins in the United States. Issaquah features a popular Saturday Farmers Market, a wine walk that attracts thousands, live theater performances at the nationallyrecognized Village Theatre, a seasonal ArtWalk, as well as free concerts and Shakespeare performances in the heart of historic downtown. Opportunities for outdoor recreation include paragliding from Poo Poo Point — 1,650 feet off of Tiger Mountain; kayaking, boating, swimming and fishing on Lake Sammamish; hiking in the verdant forests of the Issaquah Alps; biking along the East Lake Sammamish Trail; world-class mountain biking at Duthie Hill; and exploring Issaquah’s hundreds of acres of parks and open space. Issaquah is a great place to live, work, play and learn, all with spectacular views of Mount Rainier and the Cascade Mountains. Welcome home to Trailhead City. Sincerely, Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler

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Dear residents, Sammamish is 15-yearsold this year. It seems like a long time, but we are still a very new city. Over that time, so much has happened and so much has changed, as evident in this guide. We have great schools, and a wonderful library. New parks to go along with the ones we inherited from King County, and sports fields for youth and adult sports. We’ve built trails and preserved open space. We built a city commons that hosts our July 4th celebration, Sammamish Days and Nights, and so many other fun events – with a new community and aquatic center to open in early 2016. What I find more exciting is the human capital that is so evident in our city these days. -- Our service groups, such as Kiwanis, Rotary and the Sammamish Chamber of Commerce, that do so much good in the community while also providing major events and entertainment for everyone. -- Students who work hard in the city and the region to take on projects to make life better for those who are struggling. -- The school foundations and PTSAs that work so hard to keep our schools great. -- The nonprofits and faith communities that work to help youth, families, seniors and those in our region who are hungry or homeless. Yes, we are still a new city, with many growing pains. However I’m proud that such a new city should also be called one of the safest in the state and the nation, and at the same time one of the friendliest cities, and among the best places to live. I’m proud of what we have accomplished and what we have become over our short history; I hope you are too. Sincerely, Sammamish Mayor Tom Vance


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City Council Eileen Barber currently holds Position 3 on the City Council. She was elected Nov. 3, 2013 and serves on the Committee of the Whole Council and the Council Services and Safety Committee.

Stacy Goodman currently holds Position 5 on the City Council. She also serves as deputy council president. She was elected: Nov. 5, 2013 and serves on the Committee of the Whole Council and the Council Land and Shore Committee.

Tola Marts currently holds Position 7 on the City Council. He was elected Nov. 5, 2013 and serves on the Committee of the Whole Council and the Council Land and Shore Committee.

Nina Milligan currently holds Position 2 on the City Council. She was appointed Feb. 3, 2014. She serves on the Committee of the Whole Council, and the Council Infrastructure and Council Services and Safety committees.

City of Issaquah Mary Lou Pauly currently holds Position 1 on the City Council. She was elected Nov. 5, 2013. She serves on the Committee of the Whole Council, and the Council Infrastructure and Council Land and Shore committees.

Joshua Schaer currently holds Position 4 on the City Council. He was elected Nov. 8, 2011. He serves on the Committee of the Whole Council and the Council Infrastructure Committee.

Paul Winterstein currently holds Position 6 on the City Council and also serves as council president. He was elected Nov. 8, 2011. He serves on the Committee of the Whole Council and the Council Services and Safety Committee.

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Bob Keller has lived in Sammamish since 1995. He has a bachelor’s degree from California State University, San Diego. He is a technology and business process consultant in document automation.

City Council Tom Odell has lived in the Heritage Hills since November, 1989. He has a bachelor’s degree in international relations and master’s degree in marketing and transportation, both from the University of Minnesota. He is retired and was a former airline network planner and financial controller. He also was a former Boeing commercial aircraft marketing director in the European (Central and Western) and Asian (China and Hong Kong) sales regions.

Nancy Whitten has lived on Pine Lake since 1981. She has a law degree, with honors. She is an attorney focused on residential real estate, estate planning and probate.

Don Gerend has lived on Pine Lake since 1979. He has a bachelor’s degree in applied math and engineering physics from the University of Wisconsin; a master’s degree in physics from the University of Wisconsin; and a doctorate in astronomy from the University of Washington. He is mostly retired but helps his wife in real estate brokerage, as well as real estate investments.

Ramiro Valderrama-Aramayo lives in Sammamish Glen. He has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the US Military Academy, West Point; and a master’s degree in engineering administration from George Washington University, in Washington, D.C. He is employed in technology and management work and consulting and adviser to international organizations and government entities, and IT strategies.

Kathleen Huckabay lives in Pine Ridge Estates and has lived in the area 16 years. She has a master’s degree in tax accounting. She is a financial planner and Certified Public Accountant.

Tom Vance has lived in Heritage Hills since 1994. He has a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara with additional graduate work at New York University. He is retired from the publishing and communications industry.


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ArtWalk comes to downtown Issaquah on the first Friday of the month, June through September. The monthly event features up to 50 talented artists with art ranging from jewelry, photography, paintings, glass and metal work, sculptures, books and more. In addition, a number of musical acts perform in the downtown area.

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Salmon Days is the premiere event in Issaquah, a celebration of everything salmon. The city is home to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, built in 1936 as part of the federal Works Project Administration. Salmon Days celebrates the return of the salmon to their birth waters, and it is a spectacular sight to see. The festival, which dates back to 1970, is always the first weekend in October. The celebration itself is a festival that includes over 300 artists and crafters, many featuring salmon-related arts, a fun children’s area, a grand parade, foods of the world, entertainment on five stages, a Kiwanis salmon barbecue, a Rotary 5/10K run and 60 local nonprofit and service organizations.



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Upcoming Events in Sammamish in 2014 October 11th-12th: Sammamish Arts Fair. The annual Arts Fair, which has grown in reputation to be one of the most anticipated arts events on the Eastside, features some of the best jury selected local artists together with a program of arts encounters in the adjacent King County Library and the Commons Plaza area. City Hall at Sammamish Commons, 801 228th Ave. S.E.

October 17th-31st: Nightmare at Beaver Lake. The Rotary Club of Sammamish’s annual outdoor/indoor haunted attraction, Nightmare at Beaver Lake, gives people a good scare with all net proceeds going to support community and international service projects. The event is a large-scale production with hundreds of volunteers creating sets, special effects and acting to entertain and scare those who dare to attend. However, a less-scary Family Hour is held before the full fright happens. More information is available at

October 31st: Halloween Happening at Sammamish City Hall, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

December 5th: Very Merry Sammamish at Sammamish Commons

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Klahanie, now an island in unincorporated King County, could soon become a part of Sammamish. If things go according to plan, residents of Klahanie will make their decision during the 2015 election. The effort follows an earlier attempt when Klahanie residents voted "no" to joining Issaquah. Now the city of Sammamish, in cooperation with Issaquah and King County, is taking the necessary steps to give Klahanie residents a chance to join the city. Here are the steps, some of which have already been taken, that would lead to an annexation vote: Issaquah and Sammamish sign an inter-local agreement to transfer the Klahanie area from Issaquah’s Proposed Annexation Area to Sammamish’s PAA. The King County Growth Management Planning Council expresses support for the transfer. By the end of 2014, Sammamish, Issaquah and King County will make appropriate changes to their comprehensive plans so the transfer of the PAA can be accommodated. After the King County Council approves its revised comprehensive plan, portions of the plan must be

ratified by the cities of King County. After ratification by the cities, Sammamish applies to the Boundary Review Board (BRB) for approval of the annexation. If everything stays on schedule, the board could approve the proposal in early 2015. Assuming approval by the board, the Sammamish City Council sets an election date for voters in the Klahanie annexation area. Potential election dates are: Feb. 3, March 10, April 28, May 19, Aug. 4 and Nov. 3. If a simple majority votes in favor of annexation, the Sammamish City Council will pass an ordinance setting an effective date for the annexation of the Klahanie area into Sammamish. During the period of time between passage of the ordinance and the effective date of annexation, the city initiates a fiscal review with King County, negotiates the transfer of county assets (parks, roads and storm water infrastructure), negotiates the transfer of services (building permitting, etc.), and arranges for the transfer of county funds, if any. On the effective date of annexation, residents of the Klahanie area become residents of Sammamish.

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– a brief history More than 20 years after groundbreaking, Issaquah Highlands is the largest “Built Green” community in the Pacific Northwest. When it was first conceived in the 1990s, its 2,200 acres were mostly forested, but also partly mined. It was called Grand Ridge, a summit in the venerable Issaquah Alps. Part of King County, it was destined to be fully developed as single-family homes on five-acre lots. Instead, the land owner, Port Blakely Communities, teamed with the city of Issaquah and King County in 1996 to condense the development onto 20 percent of its space, creating an “urban village.” The rest was dedicated to open space and

parks. The largest green swatch is King County’s Grand Ridge Park. Formed in 2001, its 1,200 acres stretch from Central Park all the way to Duthie Hill Mountain Bike Park. This is just one of the 22 parks in Issaquah Highlands. Besides the green of parks, Issaquah Highlands also prides itself on its “Built Green” legacy. Port Blakely partnered with the Master Builders Association to create the sustainability standard, then required all its builders to follow it. Each home in Issaquah Highlands is built to the highest “Built Green” standard available at the time. Commercial and public buildings in Issaquah Highlands also are built to high standards of sustainability. Fire Station 73 was the first station in the country to achieve a LEED Silver Certification. Blakely Hall, Grand Ridge Plaza, and the Safeway store are all Certified LEED Silver. The YWCA

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Our mission at the Issaquah Police Department is to uphold public trust by working with all citizens to protect lives and property, while sustaining a high quality of life and Scott Behrbaum Issaquah Chief of Police encouraging individual responsibility. Our vision is to be a recognized leader in local law enforcement services through professionalism, dedication, innovative solutions and positive changes. The Issaquah Police Department serves a resident population of more than 33,000, although the daytime population is approximately 60,000. We are a community oriented department with a combined commissioned staff of 63 personnel who provide outstanding services to the city. It is truly gratifying for the members of the Issaquah Police Department to serve the community and to play a key role in making Issaquah a great place to live, work, visit and play. Scott Behrbaum Issaquah Chief of Police

In 2009, Nate Elledge was selected as the Police Chief of Sammamish after receiving unanimous endorsements from the city’s interview panels. Before becoming chief, Elledge was the commander of the King County Sheriff 's Nate Elledge Sammamish Chief of Police Office 9-1-1 center in Renton and also served as a patrol officer, a detective sergeant on the Green River Task Force, and a captain in Maple Valley’s Precinct Three. Like several other cities, Sammamish contracts for police services with the King County Sheriff 's Office. At the time of his selection, Elledge told the Reporter he really wanted the job. "The city has a low crime rate, and the police department gets a lot of support from both the city staff and the community. We have excellent officers here and a supportive community, so we’re planning on continued success.” Elledge added that he loves "interacting with the community. Whether it’s residents, school officials, business people or my fellow employees, I look forward to talking, listening and solving problems.” Residents should call 9-1-1 to report emergency and in-progress events. For non-emergency dispatch call 206-296-3311.

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FIRE & RESCUE Eastside Fire & Rescue (EF&R) provides fire, rescue and emergency services for Issaquah and Sammamish along with the communities of Carnation, May Valley, North Bend, Preston, Tiger Mt. and Wilderness Rim. On Jan. 1, 1999, the consolidation of several agencies created a new fire and emergency medical services agency called Eastside Fire & Rescue. The agencies joining in this consolidation included King County Fire District 10 and 38, and the cities of Issaquah, North Bend, with the city of Sammamish joining the consolidation in January 2000. Lee A. Soptich is fire chief of the agency.

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Chamber The chamber publishes a legislative agenda to help inform local and state policy makers on matters of importance to a strong local economy and the creation and attraction of high-wage jobs to the region. The chamber also actively partners with the city of Issaquah’s Economic Development initiatives including work with the Economic Vitality Commission. It is also a founding member of the East King County Chambers of Commerce Legislative Coalition. In 2014, the Chamber developed the Greater Issaquah Small Business Resource Center to provide a platform of resources and services to the local small business community. The center works to connect businesses in need with local/regional advisors, SCORE counselors, and other

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The Greater Issaquah Chamber of Commerce is business resource, economic development and advocacy organization representing over 500 local and regional member-businesses and their 50,000 employees. The chamber works yearround to promote member businesses, support the local economy, represent business to government, provide networking opportunities and promote the Issaquah community. In all, nearly 50 networking, business development and community advancement/celebration programs are held each year. The chamber produces the award winning annual Salmon Days Festival which has an estimated $7.5 million economic impact to the Issaquah community. The organization also manages the Issaquah Visitor Information Center.

was founded 20 years ago and has been working since then to improve the city’s downtown. Over the years, the association has helped restore historic buildings including the Alexander House, which is currently used by the Chamber of Commerce, and the historic Shell Station on Front Street, which the association calls home. The organization’s mission is to promote and enhance the vitality of downtown through programs and events. The DIA promotes downtown and its community assets by marketing everything going on downtown through weekly e-blasts, website and social media. It also works with many partners including nonprofits, the city of Issaquah, the Chamber of Commerce and the downtown merchants. The DIA promotes downtown by producing more than 17 events that attract people from throughout the region. Among them are four Wine Walks and four ArtWalks, from February through September. In April, DIA partners with Kiwanis to Keep Issaquah Beautiful with a community clean-up day. In June on Father’s Day, the “Fenders on Front Street” classic car show takes over downtown and Issaquah “Make Music Day,” part of International Music Day, is celebrated June 21. You’ll find zombies throughout downtown in October with Zombie Walk. And just this past year, the downtown association partnered with the Issaquah Historical Museums on two historic pub crawls. The DIA also works with other neighborhoods to better connect the community. For “Shop Local” last November, a trolley brought shoppers around town. The association closes out the holiday season with caroling at the depot. In addition to producing events, the association is busy with downtown improvements by working closely with the city on issues that affect downtown. The association raises money for the flower baskets that adorn downtown in the summer. For more information visit | 15

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Visit for a directory of reputable businesses and Sammamish information. Anyone interested in business happenings is invited to attend our monthly luncheons, after-

hours and breakfast networking events found on our calendar page. The Sammamish Chamber of Commerce is one of the friendliest chambers you will meet.


“Sammamish Farmers Market” and “Sammamish Nights” add to the “friendliness of Sammamish.” The support of our generous local businesses is key to making these events successful for our loyal residents.


The Sammamish Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1998 and thriving in 2014 with 300 members, is proud to represent such a unique family-friendly city. Sammamish has been named one of the best places to live, the friendliest city in the nation and the safest city in our state. It also is the home to many thriving businesses, including retail/professional services, nonprofit organizations and several thousand home-based businesses. The Sammamish chamber’s 1.5 employees and 12 board of directors executes programs and events, while depending on its members and many volunteers to make them happen. Forbes Magazine noted that events such as the



School District Education vital to a well-functioning society I believe that an educated population is the cornerstone of a participatory and well-functioning, democratic society. To that end, the Issaquah School District has a direct role in shaping the future locally, nationally and internationally. Our mission is to graduate our students prepared for and eager to accept the academic, occupational, personal and practical challenges of life in a dynamic global environment. It’s an enormous responsibility, and reflects the high value our community places on education.

We dedicate ourselves every day to creating the best learning experience possible to prepare our students for each level of their education, including post high school. We work to provide a rigorous academic program that meets the individual needs of students from our most highly capable to our most challenged. We do this by recruiting, hiring and training outstanding teachers and equipping them with the very best curricular materials, technological supports professional development and state of the art learning environments. In addition to outstanding teachers, we have high quality staff at every level who genuinely care about the success of our students academically and socially. Our principals, educational assistants, secretaries, transportation, maintenance and food service personnel are all committed to creating a culture throughout the

district that promotes kindness and acceptance. There are as many paths post high school as there are students. Ideally an Issaquah School District student graduates with a strong sense of self-worth and the strength to search out and find their own paths to happiness. As superintendent, nothing pleases me more than when I hear stories of our graduates succeeding and living happy, productive lives. That is truly what the Issaquah School District – and our community – stands for, and how together we contribute to a better, healthier and stronger society.

Issaquah Schools The Issaquah School District is the 15th largest district in the state with more than 18,000 students. There are 15 elementary schools, five middle schools, three comprehensive high schools, and alternative high school are spread among 110 square miles in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. The district also runs the educational program at the state’s Echo Glen Children’s Center in Snoqualmie. The district serves an area from the valley floor, south into

Renton and east to the Sammamish and Highlands areas. Elementary Schools Apollo 425-837-7500 Briarwood 425-837-5000 Cascade Ridge 425-837-5500 Challenger 425-837-7550 Clark 425-837-6300 Cougar Ridge 425-837-7300 Creekside 425-837-5200 Discovery 425-837-4100 Endeavour 425-837-7350 Grand Ridge 425-837-7925 Issaquah Valley 425-837-7200 Maple Hills 425-837-5100 Newcastle 425-837-5800 Sunny Hills 425-837-7400 Sunset 425-837-5600 Middle Schools Beaver Lake 425-837-4150 Issaquah 425-837-6800 Maywood 425-837-6903 Pacific Cascade 425-837-5900 Pine Lake 425-837-5700 High Schools Issaquah 425-837-6000 Liberty 425-837-4800 Skyline 425-837-7700 Tiger Mountain Community 425-837-6200 More information is available at

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School District LWSD prepares students for the future The Lake Washington School District’s mission and vision focus on graduating “future ready” students who are prepared for college, the global workplace and personal success. The district’s 26,000 students consistently meet and exceed standards on state assessments. In 2014, 25 of the district’s schools earned Washington Achievement Awards, including 17 for Overall Excellence.

Values and strategic goals guide the district’s work. We are a student-centered, learning-focused, community-connected, and results-oriented school district. The district’s five strategic goals align with these values. Every student should learn, grow, and be challenged to do their best every day. This goal involves providing rigorous curriculum and high-quality learning programs for all students. For example, the district adopted a new grades K-6 literacy curriculum this past year. Students deserve to experience safe and innovative learning environments, including access to robust technology. Thanks to voter-approved levy funding, the district provides a laptop

computer to all middle and high school students. Students use their device in class and at home. High quality teaching is key to student learning. The district’s New Teacher Support Program provides training and mentoring to teachers in their first years. Expanded professional development efforts address the goal to recruit, hire, and retain highly effective personnel. As a public agency, the district must use resources effectively and be good stewards of public resources. For the fifth straight year, the district had no findings from the state auditor on the district’s financial audit report. Without genuine community engagement, the district cannot achieve its goals. Parents and community members are regularly involved in committees and decision-making processes that guide district work. The Lake Washington School District is honored to serve

students in Sammamish, Kirkland and Redmond. For more information, visit Elementary Schools Cascade Ridge 837-5500 ISD Christa McAuliffe 936-2620 LWSD Discovery 837-4100 ISD Elizabeth Blackwell 936-2520 LWSD Endeavour 837-7350 ISD Louisa May Alcott 936-2490 LWSD Margaret Mead 936-2630 LWSD Rachel Carson 936-2750 LWSD Samantha Smith 936-2710 LWSD Sunny Hills ISD Middle Schools Beaver Lake 837-4150 ISD Inglewood Junior High 936-2360 LWSD Pine Lake 837-5700 ISD Renaissance – on the Eastlake High School campus 936-1500 LWSD High School Eastlake 936-1500 LWSD Eastside Catholic 295-3000 Private School Skyline 837-7700 ISD


TOGETHER - THE CITY, THE Y AND YOU Construction has already started. The new 68,000+ square foot Sammamish Community and Aquatic Center - to be operated by the Y - will offer life enriching programs and services that focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

the floor plans, sign up for updates and upcoming events. Everyone is welcome. Financial assistance is available. The YMCA of Greater Seattle strengthens communities in King and south Snohomish counties through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

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Issaquah has a variety of parks. Some facilities are more passive. Others are more active and include a number of things to engage people. Here is a sampling:

Berntsen Park: 810 4th Ave. N.W. • Creek/lake view, Natural Open Space, Open Grassy Area Black Nugget Park: 1953 - 24th Ave. N.E. • Basketball court, benches, open grassy area, picnic tables, play equipment, tennis courts, trail Confluence Park: 655 Rainier Blvd. N. • Benches, natural open space, picnic shelter, picnic tables, restrooms Gibson Park: 105 Newport Way S.W. • Benches, open grassy area, picnic shelter, picnic tables, play equipment

Grand View Park: 2306 N.E. Natalie Way • Benches, drinking fountain, open grassy area Harvey Manning Park at Talus: 919 Bear Ridge Court • Basketball court, drinking fountain, natural open space, play equipment, restrooms, trailhead Hillside Park: 300 Mt. McKinley Drive S.W. • Natural open space, open grassy area, trail Meerwood Park: 4703 192nd Ave. S.E. • Basketball court, benches, open grassy area, picnic tables, play equipment, tennis courts

Squak Valley Park: 10319 Issaquah-Hobart Rd S.E. • Lacrosse field, play equipment, restrooms Tibbetts Valley Park: 965 12th Ave. N.W. • Baseball field, basketball court, benches, concession stand, creek/lake view, drinking fountain, natural open space, open grassy area, picnic shelter, picnic tables,

play equipment, restrooms, softball field, tennis courts, trail Timberlake Park: 4500 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy. S.E. • Beach, benches, creek/lake view, natural open space, open grassy area, picnic tables, restrooms, scenic viewpoint, trail

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Sammamish Parks offer a lot of options. Here’s what’s available and where.

Beaver Lake Park: Southeast 24th Street • Barbecue grill, baseball field, beach/waterfront, dog off leash area, group picnic area, indoor rental facility, picnic shelter, picnic tables, play structure, restrooms, softball field, trails and wildlife viewing areas East Sammamish Park: Northeast 16th Street and 214th Avenue Northeast • Barbecue grill, baseball field, group picnic area, lacrosse field, picnic shelter, picnic tables, play structure, restrooms, soccer field, softball field, tennis courts Eastlake Community Fields: 400 228th Ave. N.E. • Baseball field, lacrosse field, restrooms, soccer field, softball field

Ebright Creek Park: 1317 212th Ave. S.E. • Barbecue grill, basketball court, climbing wall, group picnic area, picnic shelter, picnic tables, play structure, restrooms, trails, wildlife viewing areas Evans Creek Preserve: 4001 224th Ave. N.E. • Trails and wildlife viewing areas

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NE Sammamish Park: 21210 N.E. 36th St. • Basketball court, picnic tables, play structure, tennis courts Pine Lake Park: 2401 228th Ave. S.E. • Barbecue grill, baseball field, basketball court, beach/ waterfront, climbing wall, group picnic area, lacrosse field, picnic shelter, picnic tables, play structure, restrooms, soccer field, softball field, trails

Sammamish Commons: 801 228th Ave. S.E. • Barbecue grill, basketball court, climbing wall, group picnic area, indoor rental facility, picnic shelter, picnic tables, play structure, restrooms, skate park, trails, wildlife viewing area Skyline Community Field: 1122 228th Ave. S.E. • Baseball field, lacrosse field, restrooms, soccer field, softball field

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Lend-a-Hand Eastside Baby Corner collects items for children use from birth to age 12. 1510 Maple St., Issaquah Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery advocates retaining and improving the historic Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. 125 W. Sunset Way, Issaquah

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Life Enrichment Options advocates for and works to support individuals with developmental disabilities. PO BOX 117, Issaquah Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank provides basic needs to community members. 179 First Ave. S.E., Issaquah


Issaquah-based Village Theatre is a leading producer of musical theatre in the Pacific Northwest. Producing entertaining, quality productions since 1979, Village Theatre has grown into one of the region's best-attended professional theaters, with over 18,000 subscribers. Through its Village Originals program, Village Theatre is nationally recognized for

its contribution to the development of new musicals, having launched over 125 new works to date. Village Theatre also helps nurture tomorrow's audiences through its youth education programs, Pied Piper and KIDSTAGE, serving over 63,000 young people, families, and schools annually. Village Theatre productions are staged at the Francis J. Gaudette Theatre, 303 Front St. N., Issaquah and the Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett.

Issaquah Alps Trails Club helps preserve the open spaces and trails in the Issaquah area. PO Box 351, Issaquah

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Residents Guide - 2014 Issaquah-Sammamish  
Residents Guide - 2014 Issaquah-Sammamish