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Posted on: May 26, 2016

Influence the Choice: Video Contest Winners

See the winning entries in the Issaquah Schools Foundation's Influence the Choice - Drug Prevention Alliance for Youth's student video contest.

Students were challenged to influence friends, parents and younger students to adopt healthy lifestyles by ...Read on...

Posted on: May 6, 2016

Share Your Ideas: Community Arts Survey

Working together, the City of Issaquah Arts Commission and a team representing Issaquah's arts, business, nonprofit and education communities is creating an action plan for arts and culture in Issaquah.

Whether you realize it or not, arts and culture ...Read on...

Posted on: April 18, 2016

Join a Conversation About Mental Illness Through Art

Join a new conversation about mental illness prompted through art as a nationally-acclaimed exhibit — "The Incredible Intensity of Just Being Human" — arrives in Issaquah on April 22, 2016.

With the goal of beginning new conversations about mental ill...Read on...

Posted on: April 25, 2016

Make Music Day: Celebrate in Olde Town

Issaquah is making music from 5-9 p.m. June 21, 2016, for Make Music Day.

To celebrate, musicians take to the streets, sidewalks and parks to play. Entire communities come out to listen, dance and make music.

Watch musicians perform as Olde Town me...Read on...


City Hall

2 Stories
Posted on: May 18, 2016

Volunteer: ARCH Citizens Advisory Board

ARCH, or A Regional Coalition for Housing, is seeking volunteers for its Citizens Advisory Board.

ARCH is a public organization created by cities in East King County to assist member cities, including Issaquah, with developing and administering local a...Read on...

Posted on: May 10, 2016

Community Awards: Meet Our Hall of Fame Inductee

Rowan Hinds

Rowan Hinds, our 2016 Issaquah Hall of Fame inductee, embodies the best of leadership and dedication, as well as decades of public service to our community.

Serving as mayor from 1990-97, Hinds led our community during a pivotal era in its history, as ...Read on...


Community

15 Stories
Posted on: May 24, 2016

Salute to Service: Memorial Day Ceremony

Salute veterans' sacrifices and service at Issaquah's Memorial Day ceremony.

The community is invited to the Lower Hillside Cemetery, 555 W. Sunset Way, at 10 a.m. May 30, 2016. The event is hosted by the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3436.

Th...Read on...

Posted on: May 26, 2016

You're Invited: Free Outdoor Movie Night

You're invited to a free outdoor movie night June 4, 2016, at Lake Sammamish State Park.

For a second year, Lake Sammamish State Park will host the AVP Seattle Open beach volleyball tournament from June 2-5.

AVP will screen "Kung Fu Panda 3" on the ...Read on...

Posted on: May 18, 2016

Volunteer: Beach Volleyball Tournament

Volunteer to help our community host the AVP Seattle Open beach volleyball tournament.

The tournament returns to Lake Sammamish State Park from June 2-5, 2016 — bringing world-class beach volleyball professionals to the shores of Sunset Beach just before the Olympic Trials and 2016 Summer Olympics.

Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park is organizing the volunteer effort and is seeking community volunteers ages 12 and older.

Duties include ball shagger, scorekeeper, volunteer supervisor, welcome center and statistics. Volunteers will receive a free T-shirt and food during shifts. To learn more, email Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park.

Volunteers able to participate on June 2-3 will receive additional incentives, including a drawing for VIP tickets.

In addition to the world's best beach volleyball talent, the ultimate beach festival features interactive activities, music, food and more.

General admission to is free. Covered premium seating and access to a hosted lounge is available with a purchased ticket. Buy advance tickets online.

A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the park on June 2, 3 and 5. No Discover Pass is required on June 4 — a state parks free day in celebration of National Trails Day.

To learn more and a find a complete event schedule, go to avp.comRead on...

Posted on: May 27, 2016

Explore Our Past: Olde Town Mine Hike

Downtown Issaquah was once the site of massive coalmining operations run by a German named “Count” Alvo von Alvensleben.

Explore our past June 4, 2016, as Issaquah History Museums docent Doug Bristol leads an Olde Town Mine Hike and entertains particip...Read on...

Posted on: May 26, 2016

Influence the Choice: Video Contest Winners

See the winning entries in the Issaquah Schools Foundation's Influence the Choice - Drug Prevention Alliance for Youth's student video contest.

Students were challenged to influence friends, parents and younger students to adopt healthy lifestyles by ...Read on...

Posted on: May 26, 2016

You're Invited: Food Bank Open House

Learn more about the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, 179 First Ave. S.E., at a community open house.

The open house is 5-7 p.m. June 2, 2016. See the food bank’s new customer shopping area, meet staff and volunteers, and enjoy light appetizers.

Visit...Read on...

Posted on: May 26, 2016

Learn to Create Bird-Friendly Communities

Join Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park and Eastside Audubon to explore how to create and sustain Bird-Friendly Communities in your neighborhood and backyard.

The free Bird-Friendly Communities presentation is 7 p.m. June 13, 2016, at Blakely Hall, 2...Read on...

Posted on: May 10, 2016

Community Awards: Meet Our Hall of Fame Inductee

Rowan Hinds

Rowan Hinds, our 2016 Issaquah Hall of Fame inductee, embodies the best of leadership and dedication, as well as decades of public service to our community.

Serving as mayor from 1990-97, Hinds led our community during a pivotal era in its history, as ...Read on...

Posted on: May 3, 2016

Get Outside: 2016 State Parks Free Days

Enjoy Washington's state parks for free throughout 2016.

You're invited as the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission hosts a free day for state park visitors on the following dates:

  • June 4 — National Trails Day
  • June 11 — National Get Outdo...
Read on...

Posted on: April 18, 2016

Join a Conversation About Mental Illness Through Art

Join a new conversation about mental illness prompted through art as a nationally-acclaimed exhibit — "The Incredible Intensity of Just Being Human" — arrives in Issaquah on April 22, 2016.

With the goal of beginning new conversations about mental ill...Read on...

Posted on: May 2, 2016

Celebrate Father's Day at Fenders on Front Street

Fenders on Front Street Vintage Car Show — a Father's Day tradition — returns June 19, 2016.

The free all-day event culminates with a cruise of classic cars. Starting at 3 p.m., car show participants will gather along Front Street North and cruise alo...Read on...

Posted on: April 25, 2016

Make Music Day: Celebrate in Olde Town

Issaquah is making music from 5-9 p.m. June 21, 2016, for Make Music Day.

To celebrate, musicians take to the streets, sidewalks and parks to play. Entire communities come out to listen, dance and make music.

Watch musicians perform as Olde Town me...Read on...

Posted on: February 24, 2016

Volunteer: Help Our Pickering Garden Grow

As the weather warms up and you're looking for more things to do outside, consider volunteering at our Pickering Demonstration Garden!

Volunteers take part in growing fresh produce for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank. In the process, they learn techn...Read on...

Posted on: January 8, 2016

Cheers! Downtown Wine Walk Series Returns

Cheers! You're invited to the Downtown Issaquah Wine Walk Series.

The fifth annual event returns from 6-9 p.m. on the first Friday of the month from February to June — Feb. 5, March 4, April 1, May 6 and June 3, 2016.

Enjoy live music, art happening...Read on...

Posted on: April 5, 2016

Survey: Help Shape Programs for Seniors

Seniors: You're invited to complete a brief survey to let us know the programs and services you want.

Read on...

Flag Lowering

1 Story
Posted on: May 26, 2016

City Flags Lowered: Memorial Day

Along with other public agencies, the City of Issaquah will lower its flags to half-staff in recognition of Memorial Day.

The federal holiday is in remembrance of the people who died while serving in our country's armed forces.

Flags will remain at...Read on...


Front Street

1 Story
Posted on: May 24, 2016

Project Update: Front Street Work Starts May 31

Construction to enhance Front Street starts May 31, 2016, and will wrap up before Salmon Days!

While we will do our best to work with residents, businesses, drivers and pedestrians, there will be some disruptions. Please note, businesses will remain open during construction.

Immediate Impacts

The most immediate impact (from Sunset Way to Northwest Dogwood Street) will include:

  • Day work from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 31-June 3 as the contractor sets up for the project, surveys, performs utility work, and saw-cuts existing concrete. Future day work will be permitted on a case-by-case basis.
  • Night work from 10 p.m.-10 a.m. Mondays-Thursdays starting June 6. Roadway closures will be allowed between 10 p.m.-6 a.m.
  • On-street parking will be restricted for the duration of the project.
  • The contractor must provide pedestrian access to adjacent homes and business.
  • The contractor will use the gravel shoulder on Southeast Bush Street, between Front Street and First Avenue Southeast, to stage and store equipment. On-street parking will be restricted.

Future Impacts

We'll keep you updated on the details of future construction impacts throughout the summer. This will include:

  • Four full weekend closures of Front Street will be allowed. These dates have not been scheduled yet.
  • No lane closures will be allowed on a holiday or holiday weekend.
  • No work will be allowed onsite during special events, such as Wine Walk, Fenders on Front Street and the Fourth of July.

Project Benefits

The enhancements to Front Street will include:

  • Widening sidewalks.
  • Installing new flashing pedestrian crossing lights.
  • Fixing stormwater ponding issues.
  • Replacing water service connections.
  • Improving pedestrian street lighting.
  • Installing future Wi-Fi conduit.
  • Upgrading the railroad crossing at Northwest Dogwood Street with new tracks and sidewalks to make it ADA-compliant and better for bicyclists and pedestrians.
  • Paving Front Street North from Sunset Way to the bridge across the East Fork of Issaquah Creek. Crews will work with residents and businesses to minimize impacts to driveways.

Trees/Landscaping

As part of the project, seven trees, which are at the end of their lifespan, will be removed. This certain type of tree is also damaging sidewalks and causing drainage issues. In some places, the tree removal also allows for the installation of ADA ramps, as well as new siting and alignment for the sidewalk and storm drains.

The trees will be temporarily replaced with large, 3-foot diameter pots filled with plants. In 2015, the Olde Town Vitality Task Force recommended developing a streetscape plan for our downtown. The community will influence the new streetscape plan (with outreach beginning this fall) and determine what types of trees or landscaping will replace the removed trees.

Stay Informed

For more information and to sign up for future notifications, go to issaquahwa.gov/frontstreet.Read on...


Home

9 Stories
Posted on: May 2, 2016

Go Issaquah! Learn How We're Tackling Traffic

It's time to stop swimming upstream. Learn more about Issaquah's comprehensive approach to tackling traffic.

Read on...
Posted on: May 24, 2016

Project Update: Front Street Work Starts May 31

Construction to enhance Front Street starts May 31, 2016, and will wrap up before Salmon Days!

While we will do our best to work with residents, businesses, drivers and pedestrians, there will be some disruptions. Please note, businesses will remain open during construction.

Immediate Impacts

The most immediate impact (from Sunset Way to Northwest Dogwood Street) will include:

  • Day work from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 31-June 3 as the contractor sets up for the project, surveys, performs utility work, and saw-cuts existing concrete. Future day work will be permitted on a case-by-case basis.
  • Night work from 10 p.m.-10 a.m. Mondays-Thursdays starting June 6. Roadway closures will be allowed between 10 p.m.-6 a.m.
  • On-street parking will be restricted for the duration of the project.
  • The contractor must provide pedestrian access to adjacent homes and business.
  • The contractor will use the gravel shoulder on Southeast Bush Street, between Front Street and First Avenue Southeast, to stage and store equipment. On-street parking will be restricted.

Future Impacts

We'll keep you updated on the details of future construction impacts throughout the summer. This will include:

  • Four full weekend closures of Front Street will be allowed. These dates have not been scheduled yet.
  • No lane closures will be allowed on a holiday or holiday weekend.
  • No work will be allowed onsite during special events, such as Wine Walk, Fenders on Front Street and the Fourth of July.

Project Benefits

The enhancements to Front Street will include:

  • Widening sidewalks.
  • Installing new flashing pedestrian crossing lights.
  • Fixing stormwater ponding issues.
  • Replacing water service connections.
  • Improving pedestrian street lighting.
  • Installing future Wi-Fi conduit.
  • Upgrading the railroad crossing at Northwest Dogwood Street with new tracks and sidewalks to make it ADA-compliant and better for bicyclists and pedestrians.
  • Paving Front Street North from Sunset Way to the bridge across the East Fork of Issaquah Creek. Crews will work with residents and businesses to minimize impacts to driveways.

Trees/Landscaping

As part of the project, seven trees, which are at the end of their lifespan, will be removed. This certain type of tree is also damaging sidewalks and causing drainage issues. In some places, the tree removal also allows for the installation of ADA ramps, as well as new siting and alignment for the sidewalk and storm drains.

The trees will be temporarily replaced with large, 3-foot diameter pots filled with plants. In 2015, the Olde Town Vitality Task Force recommended developing a streetscape plan for our downtown. The community will influence the new streetscape plan (with outreach beginning this fall) and determine what types of trees or landscaping will replace the removed trees.

Stay Informed

For more information and to sign up for future notifications, go to issaquahwa.gov/frontstreet.Read on...

Posted on: May 26, 2016

Open House: Future Transportation Projects

The Traffic Task Force, a team of volunteers appointed by the mayor in late 2015, recently made recommendations on a potential package of local transportation projects that could go to voters for their consideration.

The City Council now wants to hear ...Read on...

Posted on: April 8, 2016

Learn More: Issaquah's Water Quality

Issaquah participates in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) unregulated monitoring program by performing additional tests on our drinking water.

During that testing, detections of "perfluorochemicals," or PFCs, were found in the smallest of I...Read on...

Posted on: May 17, 2016

Bear Aware: Take Precautions to Prevent Conflicts

Issaquah is bear country.

Throughout the Pacific Northwest, spring and summer are bear season. Reports of black bear activity serve as a reminder to take precautions to avoid bear encounters.

Unsecured garbage containers, pet food and birdfeeders can attract hungry bears looking for a meal.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) offers tips to prevent conflicts between bears and humans:

  • Never intentionally feed bears or other wild animals.
  • Keep garbage cans in a garage or another secure area until collection day.
  • Remove pet food from areas accessible to wildlife.
  • Take down seed and hummingbird birdfeeders until winter.
  • Clean up fallen fruit.
  • Thoroughly clean barbecue grills after each use.

When camping, keep a clean campsite by thoroughly cleaning all cooking utensils after use and sealing uneaten food in airtight containers stored in bear-proof canisters away from sleeping areas.

If you happen to encounter a bear, WDFW offers tips:

  • Do not run from the animal.
  • Pick up small children.
  • Stand tall, wave your arms above your head and shout.
  • Do not approach the animal and be sure to leave it an escape route.
  • Try to get upwind of the bear so that it can identify you as a human and leave the area.

Two state laws prohibit leaving food or food waste in places where it can attract bears and other wild carnivores. Unintentionally or "negligently" feeding bears can bring a fine of $87, while the fine for intentional feeding can be as much as $1,000.

Conflicts between humans and bears tend to subside by mid-summer, when berries and other natural foods become available, and then pick up again in fall before the animals enter their dens.

Learn more about wildlife safety and living in bear country from WDFW's Living With Wildlife program and the nonprofit organization Western Wildlife Outreach.

Issaquah's waste service provider, Recology CleanScapes, offers the wildlife-resistant carts to customersRead on...

Posted on: May 2, 2016

Celebrate Father's Day at Fenders on Front Street

Fenders on Front Street Vintage Car Show — a Father's Day tradition — returns June 19, 2016.

The free all-day event culminates with a cruise of classic cars. Starting at 3 p.m., car show participants will gather along Front Street North and cruise alo...Read on...

Posted on: April 5, 2016

Survey: Help Shape Programs for Seniors

Seniors: You're invited to complete a brief survey to let us know the programs and services you want.

Read on...
Posted on: January 8, 2016

Cheers! Downtown Wine Walk Series Returns

Cheers! You're invited to the Downtown Issaquah Wine Walk Series.

The fifth annual event returns from 6-9 p.m. on the first Friday of the month from February to June — Feb. 5, March 4, April 1, May 6 and June 3, 2016.

Enjoy live music, art happening...Read on...

Posted on: October 28, 2011

Website Personalization Now Available!

By clicking “Log In” on the MyDashboard bar at the top of the screen, users may create a login for the site or use their Facebook profile to access MyDashboard. Once logged in, visitors can choose the modules, features and keywords that they’d like to see...Read on...


Parks & Recreation

8 Stories
Posted on: May 18, 2016

Volunteer: Beach Volleyball Tournament

Volunteer to help our community host the AVP Seattle Open beach volleyball tournament.

The tournament returns to Lake Sammamish State Park from June 2-5, 2016 — bringing world-class beach volleyball professionals to the shores of Sunset Beach just before the Olympic Trials and 2016 Summer Olympics.

Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park is organizing the volunteer effort and is seeking community volunteers ages 12 and older.

Duties include ball shagger, scorekeeper, volunteer supervisor, welcome center and statistics. Volunteers will receive a free T-shirt and food during shifts. To learn more, email Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park.

Volunteers able to participate on June 2-3 will receive additional incentives, including a drawing for VIP tickets.

In addition to the world's best beach volleyball talent, the ultimate beach festival features interactive activities, music, food and more.

General admission to is free. Covered premium seating and access to a hosted lounge is available with a purchased ticket. Buy advance tickets online.

A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the park on June 2, 3 and 5. No Discover Pass is required on June 4 — a state parks free day in celebration of National Trails Day.

To learn more and a find a complete event schedule, go to avp.comRead on...

Posted on: April 25, 2016

Swim, Bike and Run to the Issy Kids Triathlon

You're invited to swim, bike and run your way to the finish line June 5, 2016, at the inaugural Issy Kids Triathlon!

Jump into Julius Boehm Pool for the first leg of the course. Then, hop on your bike to loop around on the Rainier Trail. Finally, wrap ...Read on...

Posted on: May 17, 2016

Bear Aware: Take Precautions to Prevent Conflicts

Issaquah is bear country.

Throughout the Pacific Northwest, spring and summer are bear season. Reports of black bear activity serve as a reminder to take precautions to avoid bear encounters.

Unsecured garbage containers, pet food and birdfeeders can attract hungry bears looking for a meal.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) offers tips to prevent conflicts between bears and humans:

  • Never intentionally feed bears or other wild animals.
  • Keep garbage cans in a garage or another secure area until collection day.
  • Remove pet food from areas accessible to wildlife.
  • Take down seed and hummingbird birdfeeders until winter.
  • Clean up fallen fruit.
  • Thoroughly clean barbecue grills after each use.

When camping, keep a clean campsite by thoroughly cleaning all cooking utensils after use and sealing uneaten food in airtight containers stored in bear-proof canisters away from sleeping areas.

If you happen to encounter a bear, WDFW offers tips:

  • Do not run from the animal.
  • Pick up small children.
  • Stand tall, wave your arms above your head and shout.
  • Do not approach the animal and be sure to leave it an escape route.
  • Try to get upwind of the bear so that it can identify you as a human and leave the area.

Two state laws prohibit leaving food or food waste in places where it can attract bears and other wild carnivores. Unintentionally or "negligently" feeding bears can bring a fine of $87, while the fine for intentional feeding can be as much as $1,000.

Conflicts between humans and bears tend to subside by mid-summer, when berries and other natural foods become available, and then pick up again in fall before the animals enter their dens.

Learn more about wildlife safety and living in bear country from WDFW's Living With Wildlife program and the nonprofit organization Western Wildlife Outreach.

Issaquah's waste service provider, Recology CleanScapes, offers the wildlife-resistant carts to customersRead on...

Posted on: May 11, 2016

Community Awards: Congratulations to Our Winners

Congratulations to our Parks & Recreation Volunteer of the Year, Youth Volunteer of the Year and Sports Volunteer of the Year award recipients!

The annual awards are presented by our Parks & Recreation Department and the Park Board. The recipients were...Read on...

Posted on: May 3, 2016

Register Now: Jamal Crawford Training Camp

Young basketball stars of the future can join one of the NBA's homegrown stars — Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Jamal Crawford!

Crawford, a Rainier Beach High School alumnus, joins our Parks & Recreation Department to host a training camp from Jun...Read on...

Posted on: April 18, 2016

Join Us: Discover Our New Senior Programs

Stay active for life with our senior programs!

Our lineup of programs for adults 55 and older includes several new offerings. Scholarships are available.

To learn more about our senior programs, go to issaquahwa.gov/seniors or call 425-837-3300.
...Read on...

Posted on: April 5, 2016

Survey: Help Shape Programs for Seniors

Seniors: You're invited to complete a brief survey to let us know the programs and services you want.

Read on...
Posted on: April 7, 2016

Trunk 'N' Treasure: Reserve Your Space Now

If you're thinking of holding a summer garage sale, let us do the work for you instead!

Trunk 'N' Treasure, our annual community garage sale, returns to the Issaquah Community Center from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 20, 2016. The event is open to the public and...Read on...


Police

1 Story
Posted on: May 12, 2016

Help Police Find Robbery Suspects

Robbery suspects

Issaquah police need assistance to identify three suspects of a recent armed robbery.

The incident occurred at about 5 a.m. May 11, 2016, at a Chevron gas station, 25 N.W. Gilman Blvd.

Police were called to the scene after an employee reported that ...Read on...


Regional Projects

1 Story
Posted on: May 23, 2016

Share Your Ideas for Future Transit Service

Share your thoughts on King County Metro Transit's long-range plan to create a seamless transit system.

You’re invited to share your thoughts on King County Metro Transit's long-range plan to create a seamless transit system that provides passengers with more fast, reliable options to get to more destinations.

Explore Metro Connects, the draft plan for t...Read on...


Senior Services

2 Stories
Posted on: April 5, 2016

Survey: Help Shape Programs for Seniors

Seniors: You're invited to complete a brief survey to let us know the programs and services you want.

Read on...
Posted on: April 18, 2016

Join Us: Discover Our New Senior Programs

Stay active for life with our senior programs!

Our lineup of programs for adults 55 and older includes several new offerings. Scholarships are available.

To learn more about our senior programs, go to issaquahwa.gov/seniors or call 425-837-3300.
...Read on...


Special Event Permits

2 Stories
Posted on: May 2, 2016

Special Event: Fenders on Front Street Vintage Car Show

Prepare for street closures June 19, 2016, during the Fenders on Front Street Vintage Car Show.

Front Street North from Gilman Boulevard to Sunset Way will be closed from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the event.

Registration will start at 6 a.m. at the Tripl...Read on...

Posted on: October 12, 2015

Special Event: Village Theatre

Prepare for street closures near Village Theatre through mid-2016.

First Place Northwest will close between Northwest Dogwood and Northwest Alder streets for truck loading. The closures will be from 4:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 18, 2015, and Jan. 3, Feb. 28, A...Read on...


Sustainability

5 Stories
Posted on: May 27, 2016

Waste Free Wednesday Challenge: Meet the Winners

Congratulations to our Waste Free Wednesday challenge honorees — schools that produced the least lunchtime waste or showed the greatest improvement in waste reduction.

To celebrate Earth Day, we joined the Issaquah School District to issue a Waste Free...Read on...

Posted on: May 10, 2016

Harvest Issaquah: Grow Fresh Produce for Food Bank

You can help put fresh produce and eggs on your neighbors' tables!

As summer approaches, the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank invites you to be a part of the Harvest Issaquah program.

You can grow a row and donate the harvest, donate your excess eggs o...Read on...

Posted on: April 5, 2016

Survey: Help Shape Programs for Seniors

Seniors: You're invited to complete a brief survey to let us know the programs and services you want.

Read on...
Posted on: May 2, 2016

Puget Sound Starts Here Month: Protect Waterways

May is Puget Sound Starts Here Month — a great opportunity for our community to celebrate the value of Puget Sound and take steps to protect local waterways.

Every year, millions of pounds of toxic pollutants enter Puget Sound. Much of that pollution comes from runoff — or rainwater that picks up dog poop, fertilizers and pesticides, oil and many other contaminants along the way.

Runoff then flows through ditches or storm drains and into local waterways. Most of this polluted runoff is not treated in a wastewater treatment plant and empties directly into Puget Sound.

You can do some simple things to help protect our local waterways and Puget Sound:

  • Pick up pet waste and place it in the trash.
  • Maintain your septic system or side sewer.
  • Never dump anything — liquid or solid — into a storm drain or drainage ditch.
  • Use natural yard products like compost and mulch. If you use chemical pesticides and fertilizers, follow the directions and use them sparingly.
  • Store and dispose of household chemicals according to the instructions on the label.
  • Landscape your yard with native plants and trees that soak up rain and slow the flow of runoff.
  • Take your car to a commercial car wash instead of washing it in your driveway.
  • Fix auto leaks right away and take any used fluids to a recycling centerRead on...

Posted on: February 24, 2016

Volunteer: Help Our Pickering Garden Grow

As the weather warms up and you're looking for more things to do outside, consider volunteering at our Pickering Demonstration Garden!

Volunteers take part in growing fresh produce for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank. In the process, they learn techn...Read on...


Traffic Alerts

1 Story
Posted on: October 12, 2015

Traffic Alert: First Place Northwest

Prepare for street closures near Village Theatre through mid-2016.

First Place Northwest will close between Northwest Dogwood and Northwest Alder streets for truck loading. The closures will be from 4:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 18, 2015, and Jan. 3, Feb. 28, A...Read on...


Transportation

3 Stories
Posted on: May 24, 2016

Project Update: Front Street Work Starts May 31

Construction to enhance Front Street starts May 31, 2016, and will wrap up before Salmon Days!

While we will do our best to work with residents, businesses, drivers and pedestrians, there will be some disruptions. Please note, businesses will remain open during construction.

Immediate Impacts

The most immediate impact (from Sunset Way to Northwest Dogwood Street) will include:

  • Day work from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 31-June 3 as the contractor sets up for the project, surveys, performs utility work, and saw-cuts existing concrete. Future day work will be permitted on a case-by-case basis.
  • Night work from 10 p.m.-10 a.m. Mondays-Thursdays starting June 6. Roadway closures will be allowed between 10 p.m.-6 a.m.
  • On-street parking will be restricted for the duration of the project.
  • The contractor must provide pedestrian access to adjacent homes and business.
  • The contractor will use the gravel shoulder on Southeast Bush Street, between Front Street and First Avenue Southeast, to stage and store equipment. On-street parking will be restricted.

Future Impacts

We'll keep you updated on the details of future construction impacts throughout the summer. This will include:

  • Four full weekend closures of Front Street will be allowed. These dates have not been scheduled yet.
  • No lane closures will be allowed on a holiday or holiday weekend.
  • No work will be allowed onsite during special events, such as Wine Walk, Fenders on Front Street and the Fourth of July.

Project Benefits

The enhancements to Front Street will include:

  • Widening sidewalks.
  • Installing new flashing pedestrian crossing lights.
  • Fixing stormwater ponding issues.
  • Replacing water service connections.
  • Improving pedestrian street lighting.
  • Installing future Wi-Fi conduit.
  • Upgrading the railroad crossing at Northwest Dogwood Street with new tracks and sidewalks to make it ADA-compliant and better for bicyclists and pedestrians.
  • Paving Front Street North from Sunset Way to the bridge across the East Fork of Issaquah Creek. Crews will work with residents and businesses to minimize impacts to driveways.

Trees/Landscaping

As part of the project, seven trees, which are at the end of their lifespan, will be removed. This certain type of tree is also damaging sidewalks and causing drainage issues. In some places, the tree removal also allows for the installation of ADA ramps, as well as new siting and alignment for the sidewalk and storm drains.

The trees will be temporarily replaced with large, 3-foot diameter pots filled with plants. In 2015, the Olde Town Vitality Task Force recommended developing a streetscape plan for our downtown. The community will influence the new streetscape plan (with outreach beginning this fall) and determine what types of trees or landscaping will replace the removed trees.

Stay Informed

For more information and to sign up for future notifications, go to issaquahwa.gov/frontstreet.Read on...

Posted on: May 26, 2016

Open House: Future Transportation Projects

The Traffic Task Force, a team of volunteers appointed by the mayor in late 2015, recently made recommendations on a potential package of local transportation projects that could go to voters for their consideration.

The City Council now wants to hear ...Read on...

Posted on: May 23, 2016

Share Your Ideas for Future Transit Service

You’re invited to share your thoughts on King County Metro Transit's long-range plan to create a seamless transit system that provides passengers with more fast, reliable options to get to more destinations.

Explore Metro Connects, the draft plan for t...Read on...