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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 or call 425-837-3300.
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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.

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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...