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Posted on: August 30, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Confluence Area Park: Welcome to Issaquah's Newest Gem

Our community’s newest park is now open.

Confluence Area Park, 695 Rainier Blvd. N., is comprised of three contiguous parks: Tollë Anderson, Cybil-Madeline and Issaquah Creek. Combined, the land encompasses 15.5 acres at the confluence of Issaquah Creek’s main stem and East Fork.

Features include interconnecting trails, a meadow, play areas, a restroom facility and, as its centerpiece, a picnic structure designed to evoke the land’s roots as the Anderson Farm.

“Over the decades, as we preserved this land piece by piece, we never lost sight of our goal to create a beautiful park in the heart of our historic downtown,” Mayor Ava Frisinger said. “This is indeed a special place. It's the crown jewel, not only of our city park system, but of the green necklace encircling Issaquah. That network of parks, open space and trails is part of what defines our excellent quality of life in Issaquah.”

In 1993, we acquired land for Issaquah Creek Park. In 1995, philanthropist Julia Pritt donated land and funds to help us create Cybil-Madeline Park, a parcel later named for her granddaughters. In 2008, we purchased the former Anderson family farmstead — now Tollë Anderson Park.

Using funds from our 2006 Parks and Natural Area Bond, we developed Confluence Area Park, and preserved open space along Issaquah Creek and throughout our community.

In the future, Confluence Area Park will include a pedestrian bridge across Issaquah Creek, improved trail connectivity and habitat restoration to protect our native species.

In November, we’re asking Issaquah voters to consider another bond measure to support future enhancements to Confluence Area Park, and other parks and recreation projects in our community. To learn more, visit our park bond website.

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