News Release 13-033
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
Virginia Painter, (360) 902-8562
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Ceremony next week will open watercraft launch at Lake Sammamish State Park
July 15, 2013 –
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park announce a ribbon cutting ceremony to open the newly improved watercraft launch at Lake Sammamish State Park near Issaquah.
The ceremony is at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 18, at the park, 2000 NW Sammamish Road, Issaquah. The entrance to the boat launch is off East Lake Sammamish Parkway in Issaquah.
The ribbon-cutting event will mark the official opening of the popular public watercraft launch, which has been undergoing improvement in phases over the past several years. The new launch includes metal piers replacing old wooden pieces and includes docks that extend farther into the lake than before, to resolve flooding issues and to address changes in water levels occurring over time. The improvements also include a new lane configuration and new ramps to meet Americans with Disabilities Act criteria. In addition, local jurisdictions worked together on rain gardens to treat storm water from an adjacent parking lot.
State and local officials will be on hand to commemorate the new launch, and participants will be able to get a close-up look at the new facility and enjoy social time and refreshments with friends and neighbors.
“Our staff is very pleased that the upgrade is complete. Ours is the only public launch on Lake Sammamish, so it gets a tremendous amount of use,” said Rich Benson, park manager. “This is the first major renovation of the boat launch since the early 1970s. Now boaters will have accessible ramps and docks that will be easy to use all year round.”
Fees to use the improved watercraft launch remain the same as before. Boaters paying by the day are required to purchase a $7 watercraft launch permit and also display the Discover Pass ($10 one-day, $30 annual.) Those who purchase an annual watercraft launch permit (Natural Investment Permit) for $80 may launch year-round at state park watercraft launches and do not need to show a Discover Pass to visit state parks.
The newly organized Friends of Lake Sammamish has members in the Bellevue, Issaquah and Sammamish communities. The group provides volunteer work parties and works to support the park with projects and education. Those interested may contact them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Lake-Sammamish-State-Park/102690359928865 or email them at email@example.com.
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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 invites the public to events throughout the year. For more information, visit www.parks.wa.gov/events/. Discover Pass provides basic operating support to Washington State Parks. For information, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.