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Issaquah — a Native American name meaning “the sounds of birds” — was established in 1892, according to the Downtown Issaquah Association and city of Issaquah. The city has experienced major growth since 1990, following annexations, construction in the Issaquah Highlands and Talus urban villages and a subsequent housing boom. Issaquah now encompasses about 12.49 square miles and is home to 33,330 people. Sammamish’s name is also derived from two Native American words: “Samena” — which means hunter — and “mish,” or people, according to the city. Sammamish incorporated on Aug. 31, 1999 and is primarily a residential community located on the east side of Lake Sammamish. The city’s vision is a community of families, a blend of small-town atmosphere with a suburban character, accompanied by a unique core of urban lifestyles and conveniences.

Above, left: A bird spreads its wings while landing on Lake Sammamish. Above: A view of Front Street in Issaquah surrounded by the city’s natural beauty and colorful fall foliage. Photos courtesy of Stanley Yuan

Sammamish encompasses 18.22 square miles and is home to 61,000 people. In this 16-page 2016 Issaquah-Sammamish Residents Guide, we hope to give both new and established residents a guide to places and activities that abound in these cities, which are both characterized by vibrant natural features and first-rate recreational, cultural and educational opportunities. ISSAQUAH-SAMMAMISH REPORTER •

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he areas that are now Issaquah and Sammamish were home to the Snoqualmie and other native people long before non-natives began arriving in the 1800s. According to the Issaquah History Museum, white settlers began arriving in the valley in the 1860s. Those white settlers initially called the Issaquah area “Squak,” a version of the native word “Is-qu-ah.” Official use of the name Squak appears in records as early as 1869 and the Squak Post Office, a major influence in a town’s name during territorial days, opened one year later. However, the area destined to become Issaquah would spend the next decades

trapped in an identity crisis helped along by local industrial magnates with big wallets and

bigger egos. Ingebright Wold — the co-owner of a hops farm — famously disliked the name Squak and decided (naturally) a variation of his name would be better: He platted the area as

When he established the Seattle Coal and Iron Co. in the Squak Valley and connected it to the railroad, the area became a coal town — even the post office relocated to Gilman Station. Gilman’s attempts to rename the post office after himself failed when the U.S. Postal Service decided his name was too close to “Gilmer” in Klickitat — they chose to recognize the area as Olney instead. Gilman would eventually succeed in incorporating the town under his

Photo courtesy of the Issaquah Historical Society. Photo of Gilman Town Hall building, circa 1940. Construction of the building began in late 1988, and even before the roof was finished, a wedding celebration took place there in January, 1889. The building had many public functions and also served to host Episcopalian services until April 4, 1898, when the town of Gilman bought it for $225. The city used the main front room as council chambers and the remaining areas for storage.

“Englewood” in 1887. But Daniel Hunt Gilman was quickly making a name for himself as a backer of the Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railway.

name in 1892. However, locals eschewed the name Gilman, preferring to use Squak in casual conversation. Townsfolk petitioned the state

legislature to allow them to have a say in their own home’s name, and in 1899 the area was officially renamed Issaquah. Saloons, hardware stores, boarding houses and other shops sprang up around the booming coal mines. Logging also brought workers into the town — tough men who were sometimes apt to wake up in Issaquah’s jail. But Issaquah was a labor town and those same workers could also exhibit deep compassion for their peers when they were felled by dangers on the job. The Oddfellows, a guild to which many Issaquah laborers belonged, provided a crude form of insurance in which members pitched in to support injured laborers, or their surviving family members in cases of death. After World War II, the boom-

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HISTORY CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4 and-bust cycle of the natural resource industry was replaced by a slow community evolution. The town’s population hovered around 1,000 until 1940, when the first floating bridge over Lake Washington was opened. The bridge brought Issaquah within easy driving distance of Seattle and the town’s transformation from a rural community to a bedroom suburb began. Sammamish as an official city is more than a century younger

than its valley neighbor, though its history as an American settlement begins soon after Issaquah’s. Settlers began making tentative inroads onto the Plateau in the 1870s and 1880s, according to the Sammamish Heritage Society. By the 1890s, logging had become a major industry in the area and most of the area was “logged out” by the 1930s. 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 mid1980s and growth accelerated dramatically 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.

Photos courtesy of the Issaquah Historical Society. Left, this photo from the late 1940s/ early 1950s shows a Labor Day Carnival display featuring Zenith Home Appliances. It features a refrigerator, washer, stove, vacuum and other appliances. Above, a City Park July 4th celebration around 1904 included this group of 20 from the Women’s Relief Corps, which was made up of women whose relatives had been in military service.

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ISSAQUAH PARKS Berntsen Park: 810 Fourth Ave. N.W. This 2-acre open space park in Olde Town Issaquah offers creek and lake view, natural open space and an open grassy area.

Black Nugget Park: 1953 24th Ave. N.E. Located within the Issaquah Highlands Development, it offers a basketball court, benches, open grassy area, picnic tables, play equipment, tennis courts and a trail.

Centennial Park: Front Street North and Rainier Boulevard. A small park that includes public art and landscaping along Front Street in Olde Town Issaquah. It has benches, public art and a trail.

Central Park: 1907 Park Drive N.E. Located within the Issaquah Highlands Development, it includes three park fields and facilities such as a number of athletic fields, natural open space, picnic shelter, play equipment and a scenic viewpoint. Construction to improve Central Park Pad #1 (Field #1) began in June 2017. The project will see the creation of two multipurpose sports fields with LED lighting, as well as the widening of the Central Park Lane parking area, an additional picnic shelter and landscaping, a walking path around the field and gathering spaces, and field amenities, including goals, mounds and a scoreboard.

Confluence Park: 655 Rainier Blvd. N.

Completed in 2013, Confluence Park is actually a merger of three parks — Tolle Anderson, Cybil-

Madeline and Issaquah Creek. The resulting 15.5-acre park includes a large picnic shelter, restrooms, a series of trails and a fenced community garden. In late summer 2015, the park was the site of a million-dollar renovation of Issaquah Creek’s east fork, undertaken in order to create a better passageway for salmon returning to spawn at the Issaquah State Salmon Hatchery in the fall. In May 2017, the city opened a new playground and footbridge over Issaquah Creek at the park.

Cornick Park: 335 Front St. S. A scenic green space consisting of flowers and landscaping with benches and public art.

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Located along Pickering Trail, the 12-acre restored and enhanced park provides natural open space and wetlands. There are benches, creek/lake view, natural open space and a trail.

919 Bear Ridge Court. On the southern edge of the Talus neighborhood development, the approximately 10-acre park site includes a basketball court, natural open space, play equipment, restrooms and a trailhead.

Gibson Park: 105 Newport Way S.W. A 3-acre park with benches, an open grassy area, picnic shelter, picnic tables and play equipment.

Hillside Park:

Grand View Park: 2306 N.E. Natalie Way. Located in the northern section of Issaquah Highlands and offers magnificent views of Mt. Baker and the Cascade Mountain Range. It includes include a play area, picnic area, manicured green space, on-site parking and a restroom.

Harvey Manning Park

300 Mt. McKinley Drive S.W. This Squak Mountain park includes a nonscheduled sports field for “pick-up” games, natural open space and a trail. There is no onsite parking available.

Meerwood Park: 4703 192nd Ave S.E. This 1.75-acre neighborhood park is located within the Sammamish Cove area and features a basketball court, benches, picnic tables, play equipment and tennis courts.

Mine Hill Park:

200 Wildwood Blvd. S.W. Located at the base of Squak Mountain, it has five acres of natural area that parallels Wildwood Boulevard Southeast and includes a creek/lake view, trail and trailhead.

edge of the city on the Issaquah Hobart Road, the approximately 12.5-acre site includes three midsized soccer fields, children’s play structure, restroom and parking area.

Skate Park:

965 12th Ave. N.W. A 30-acre active recreational community park with athletic fields, tennis courts, basketball court and a children’s playground. Construction for the new Skate Park at Tibbetts Valley Park is underway and scheduled to be completed in late 2017.

Tibbetts Valley Park:

301 Rainier Blvd S, Issaquah (behind Community Center) The Skate Park offers a variety of challenges for skateboarders and inline skaters. The Park is unsupervised and is open at all times. Rules are posted for the safety of participants. The Park is adjacent to the southeast side of the Community Center. This skate park will be closed once the city opens a new skate park in Tibbetts Valley Park at 965 12th Ave. N.W.

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4500 West Lk Sammamish Pkwy. SE This 24-acre acre park site is predominantly forested and provides a 1/2 mile trail down to the Lake Sammamish shoreline and beach area. It includes a beach, benches, open grassy area, picnic tables, parking, restrooms and a scenic view.

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Sammamish Farmers Market in its 10th season The sun was shining when the Sammamish Farmers Market opened for its 10th annual season in May. More than 2,500 people wondered through, Sammamish Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Deb Sogge estimated. The farmers market runs every Wednesday through September 20 from 4-8 p.m. in the Sammamish Commons at Sammamish City Hall, 801 228th SE.

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“Our dedication to environmental sustainability will help ensure our region’s water remains safe, clean and reliable for generations to come,” Mayor Fred Butler said in the annual water quality report. The city produced or purchased 787.6 million gallons of water in 2014, 725.2 million of which was consumed by customers — the remainder having been lost to system leakage. Most recently, the City Council voted in April to spend nearly $1 million from two city water funds to safeguard the city’s drinking water quality.

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he city of Issaquah operates under a mayor-council form of government. In this form, the elected mayor serves as the city’s chief administrative officer and an elected seven-member council serves as the city’s legislative body.

Mary Lou Pauly holds Position 1 on the City Council and serves as deputy council president. She was elected Nov. 5, 2013. She serves on the Land and Shore and Whole Council committees. She is running for mayor.

Fred Butler was elected as mayor in November 2013. He previously served on the Issaquah City Council from 1999-2013. He is not seeking re-election. Butler is a retired U.S. Army Corps of Engineers colonel. Over 26 years, some of his assignments included command of a combat engineer company in Vietnam and command of the Middle East/ Africa District. He was decorated for valor on the battlefield. Subsequently, he became chief engineer of Seattle City Light, where he served until

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Mariah Bettise holds Position 2 on the City Council and was appointed in May 2016. She serves on the Committee of the Whole Council and Land and Shore Committee. She is running to complete her term.

Stacy Goodman holds Position 5 on the City Council and serves as council president. She was elected Nov. 5, 2013 and serves on the Infrastructure, Land and Shore and Whole Council committees. She is running for re-election.

Eileen Barber

Paul Winterstein

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 Services and Safety Committee. She is not seeking re-election.

Paul Winterstein holds Position 6 on the City Council. He was elected Nov. 3, 2015. He serves on the Infrastructure Committee and the Committee of the Whole Council. He is running for mayor.

Bill Ramos

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Tola Marts currently holds Position 7 on the City Council. He was elected Nov. 5, 2013 and serves on the Services and Safety Committee and Committee of the Whole Council. He is running for re-election.

Bill Ramos holds Position 4 on the City Council and was elected Nov. 3, 2015. Ramos serves on the Whole Council, Infrastructure and Services and Safety committees.

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Kathleen Huckabay currently holds Position 1 on the City Council. Her term expires in 2017. She is not seeking re-election. She serves on the Finance and Transit committees and more.

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Don Gerend

Don Gerend, who has been on the council since the city incorporated in 1999, holds Position 5. His term expires in 2017. He will not seek re-election and will also step down as mayor in July 2017.

Christie Malchow, first-time council member, currently holds Position 2. Her term expires in 2019. She is on the Communications Committee, Finance Committee and Sound Cities Association Public Issues Committee.

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Tom Hornish

Bob Keller holds Position 3 on the council and was appointed to deputy mayor. His term expires in 2017. He will not seek re-election. He serves on several committees, such as the Legislative committee.

Tom Hornish, a first-time council member, currently holds Position 6 after being elected into office in the 2015. His term expires in 2019. He serves on the Human Services Committee.

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Tom Odell

Ramiro Valderrama-Aramayo holds Position 4 on the council. He was reelected to his seat in 2015. He serves on several committees, including Public Safety and Eastside Fire and Rescue committees.

Tom Odell currently hold Position 7 on the council. His term expires in 2017. He will not seek re-election. He serves on several boards, including the Finance, Public Safety and Transit committees.

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New Issaquah Chamber event takes drink tasting, shopping to Highlands Have you ever wished you could combine two enjoyable activities — shopping and wine-tasting — so that you could stroll through the shops with a glass of your favorite red in hand? At an all-new event by the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, now you can do just that. “Pours in Stores,” which had its world premiere on June 23, a allows attendees to taste a variety of beers, wines, ciders, spirits and light appetizers, all while perusing the shops of the Grand Ridge Plaza shopping center in the Issaquah Highlands. A variant of the “Beat the Winter Brews Fest,” a yearly tradition since 2013, and the “Beat the Heat Summer Brews Fest,” which premiered in 2016,

“Pours in Stores” provides the same lively atmosphere of drink tasting, shopping, live music and refreshments, but switches up the location from Gilman Village to Grand Ridge Plaza. “We felt it was important to bring some exposure to the shops at Grand Ridge Plaza,” said Brian Twiggs, the chamber’s

festivals director. “We’re excited to bring something to the Highlands.” The chamber intends to make “Pours in Stores” an annual happening, like the two events off of which it is based,according to Twiggs. Twelve Highlands businesses Washington State Chapter Washington State Chapter are participating as venues for Serving Washington & Serving Washington & Northern Northern

drink tasting, including Agave Cocina and Tequilas,barre3, BevMo!, Chinoise Cafe, CityMac, Civilized Nature Pet Supplies, Frame Central, Issaquah Highlands Dental Group, La Boutique Jolie, Sip at the Wine Bar and Restaurant, Sorella Salon and Spa, and Soma Intimates. A different brewery will be featured at each business. Local breweries include Big Block Brewing of Sammamish, Sigillo Cellars of Snoqualmie, Dru Bru of Snoqualmie Pass, Snoqualmie Brewery and Taproom, and Resonate Brewery and Pizzeria of Bellevue. At the debut event, there was live entertainment provided by local musicians. Twiggs said that the chamber hoped “to create a party atmosphere.” For more information, email Idaho info@issaquahchamber.com. Idaho

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Wine tasting now allowed at Sammamish Farmers Market Sampling is the way of a farmers market; it gives vendors the ability to showcase their products. And now, much like trying the Metropolitan Market’s freshly stretched mozzarella, wineries, too, will be able to give out small samples at the Sammamish Farmers Market. In a unanimous vote of approval June 6, the Sammamish City Council allowed samples of wine to be served in a blocked off area during the market this year. Council will review the program before next year’s market. “I’m very excited about it,” Sammamish Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Deb Sogge said. “I think it just makes common sense.” Sogge said the market will showcase no more than two wineries at a time, though they

have approval for three. “We don’t want to overdo it,” Sogge said. “We just want to start small and see how it goes.” Sogge said it is likely that two local wineries, Fivash Cellars and Sol Stone Winery, will be the first to appear at the market. Samples will be no more than 2-ounce pours. The sampling area must be enclosed with a 42 inch high barrier, like a rope or stanchions. Each person gets one tasting per winery.

In order to serve beer or wine samples, the market must have an endorsement from the state. Breweries and wineries must also have their own endorsements from the state to allow tastings. As of 2013, state law had allowed beer and wine samples at farmers markets. The Issaquah Farmers Market, for example, currently allows wine tastings. In late 2013, the Sammamish Chamber of Commerce requested permission from the city of Sammamish to offer alcoholic samples at the market. The Parks Commission reviewed the proposal and recommended against allowing tastings, citing concerns associated with youth drinking rates. The request was denied. “Originally there was a great deal of sensitivity that went on related to the problem of alcohol

in youth in the community,” City Manager Lyman Howard said June 6. “They just didn’t want to bring it out front and center.” This year, in early May, the chamber applied to the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board for an endorsement to allow wine tastings at the market. The state board, per state law, contacted the city to provide concerns or objections to allowing the tastings. The city had until June 13 to respond. “The Chamber of Commerce has been very responsible in this,” Howard said. “They did let us know that they were intending to do that.” One condition the council set was making this a one-year trial to see how it goes. Council will reevaluate allowing wine tastings next year.

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appropriate for all ages. The 2016 event will be from 3-4:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

Zombie Walk

Since 2009, Issaquahns have celebrated the coming of Halloween by slathering themselves in pallid makeup, adopting a bad case of rigor mortis and shambling down Front Street. The parade of undead ends with a recreation of the Thriller music video in downtown. Some costumes in the past have included Zombie Waldo, Rick Grimes and his son Carl, and female Ash Williams, complete with chainsaw hand.

Salmon Days The internationally recognized event is one of the largest events in the Northwest featuring food, festivities and floats that celebrate the return of the salmon to spawn. A small carnival will run from Sept. 29 through Oct. 2.

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Halloween events on the Eastside, Nightmare at Beaver Lake transforms Beaver Lake park into a terrifying walk through Hell. Put on by Sammamish Rotary, the haunted trek runs from mid-October through Halloween night.

Halloween Happening All ages are welcome to venture through Sammamish City Hall for the city’s annual Halloween Happening. With access to the usually closed-off office space, City Hall offers a trick-or-treat adventure

Held in early December, the city of Sammamish holds its annual winter event at City Hall and outside in the plaza. The event boasts festive lights, food trucks and activities for children — including a petting zoo, cookie decorating and other crafts. The 2016 event will be from 5-7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Commons Plaza and City Hall.

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Wine Walk The first Friday of each month from February to June and on Nov. 18, the Downtown Issaquah Association helps oenophiles sample wines at shops throughout downtown.

Spring Rig-A-Palooza Inspired by a child’s curiosity and need to touch everything,

the Sammamish Park and Recreation department presents an afternoon of engagement, up close to vehicles like a fire engine or utility truck. Rig-A-Palooza takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 30 in the Sammamish Commons Plaza off of 228th Avenue between City Hall and the library.

Art Walk The first Friday of each month from July to August, the Downtown Issaquah Association helps bring art vendors, musicians and others to Front Street.

Issaquah Farmers Market On Saturdays from May to September, the city of Issaquah features farm fresh food, music and other entertainment in the Pickering Barn. The 2015 Farmers Market was in the running for recognition by the American Farmland Trust.

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On Wednesday from May to September, City Hall Plaza becomes the site of food, fun and health-conscious education. Evergreen Health participates in the event and occasionally makes the market a stop for its Mobile 3D Mammography Coach.

Sammamish Walks

Once a month, from about April to October, local volunteers lead residents along walks through Sammamish parks. Typically beginning in the morning, the walks focus on plants and wildlife. For information, visit sammamishwalks.org.

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Every year thousands of people gather in the Sammamish Commons for the star-spangled tradition of watching fireworks explode overhead. The event, packed with children’s activities, food and music, occurs on July 4.

Burgers, Bikers and Babes Thundering Angels MC take over Triple XXX Root Beer on July 10 to show off and compare their rides. The event includes a bikini bike wash and bikini contest with live music.

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