News Release 13-052
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
1111 Israel Road S.W., P.O. Box 42650, Olympia, WA 98504-2650, (360) 902-8500
Don Hoch, Director
Rich Benson, park manager: (425) 649-4275
Connie Marsh, Friends of Lake Sammamish: (425) 392-4908
Wash. Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388
Grand opening event celebrates new boardwalk at Lake Sammamish State Park
Aug. 28, 2013 –
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park announce a ribbon cutting event to celebrate the completion and public opening of a new boardwalk at the park.
The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 12, at Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road, Issaquah.
The event features a charter member celebration for the Friends of Lake Sammamish, an organization created to support improvements and other activities at the park. There will be a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony, as well as a meet-and-greet of friends group members and supporters, and an opportunity to walk around the park.
The new boardwalk constructed along the beach is among several improvements identified through an extensive public planning process at Lake Sammamish State Park. Recently completed were handling piers and floats in the boat launch, and State Parks is in a design phase on a project to renovate Sunset Beach, a project expected to be completed by July 2015. Other improvements, such as a bathhouse, have been identified for possible future phases.
The boardwalk and beach improvements together have a cost of $2.7 million, $500,000 of which is covered by State Parks’ capital budget. The remainder is grant funds from the Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account and the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program.
Lake Sammamish State Park is in a semi-urban setting in Southeast King County. It is a 512-acre day-use park with nearly 7,000 feet of freshwater shoreline on the lake for which it is named. The park features deciduous forest, wetlands, a salmon-bearing creek and a blue heron community nearby. Popular activities in the park include swimming, boating, fishing, hiking and biking.
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The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. Washington State Parks turned 100 years old on March 19, 2013, and is celebrating with events in parks all over the state, all year long. For more information, visit www.parks.wa.gov/events/.
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