FLSSP seeks new board members

FLSSP seeks new board members

If you really like to make a difference, Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park is seeking qualified applicants to serve on its board of directors to help meet the mission of the organization: to support, enhance and promote Lake Sammamish State Park. Applicants should bring prior leadership skills to the board, along with a willingness to participate or lead a committee or project. Board members must be members of FLSSP and available for meetings on the second Thursday evening of each month. To learn more, contact director@flssp.com or...

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Make Geocaching More Exciting with Puzzle Caching

Make Geocaching More Exciting with Puzzle Caching

Did you know Lake Sammamish State Park has more geocaches than any other Washington State Park? Geocaching, the updated version of a treasure hunt, requires players to find an object by using GPS coordinates listed on Geocaching.com. You'll find several types of clues to get the right coordinates, including mystery or puzzle caches. A puzzle cache takes geocaching to a new challenge level! Puzzle caching involves solving a mystery that will help you find the correct coordinates for the cache. If you're new to geocaching, begin by solving puzzles with a one or two-star difficulty rating. Move on to the next level once you can quickly decipher these mysteries. A puzzle cache makes it harder for just anyone to find the prize. However, with a bit of intelligence and the aid of GPS tracking gadgets, then you’ll be able to breeze to the finish line before other players. Puzzle caches come in several guises. You might need to figure out a word or number puzzle, or it could be more complicated and ask you to determine the longitude and latitude through challenge caches. A challenge cache may require you to locate as many as 100 caches in a day! Check out these tips on the variety of puzzle caches you may encounter. The puzzle may just direct you to look in the field for clues in the immediate area (a "site puzzle"), or it may be a Cryptogram puzzle written in Morse Code, ASCII, Java, SQL or another programming language. A trivia puzzle contains numbers represented by dates, sports teams, actors or other kinds of trivia. Steganography involves a message, file or image concealed within another file or message. A morphing GIF may contain the latitude and longitude of the cache. You may need to use GIF Explode or a similar tool to reveal the layers in trickier messages. Brainstorm with your friends to find the solution if you’re having trouble solving a puzzle cache, or check or a caching blog for help. When you decide to set up a cache for others to find, follow these rules: Place caches on public property only, unless you have permission to put the object on private property. Arrange geocaches so that passers-by won't notice it. Players should be able to find it without damaging plants or terrain. Observe outdoor ethics by leaving the property the way you found it. Lake Sammamish State Park is a great place for beginning geocaching. Start or participate in a geocaching adventure today to enjoy the outdoors and use your SmartPhone at the same time. Contributed by Sally...

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Welcome new corporate member — Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites

Welcome new corporate member — Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites

Meet FLSSP members and donors, Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites of Issaquah. You never know when you or a guest will need a place to stay overnight. The best choices are within a mile of Lake Sammamish State Park!   Both hotels are owned by Rowley Properties and were significant donors to the new playground. The hotels are also co-sponsors of Parkadilly at Lake Sammamish, coming July 23. The Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/Issaquah offers 179 guestrooms and meeting space to accommodate corporate meetings and social events up to 300 people. Its restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as evening room service.  The hotel’s complimentary shuttle will take you to downtown Issaquah to shop or dine. The Homewood Suites by Hilton Seattle-Issaquah hotel offers 123 spacious suites. Settle into an inviting studio, one-bedroom or two-bedroom suite, with separate living room and a fully equipped kitchen. A complimentary full hot breakfast is offered daily, and a complimentary evening social is offered Monday-Thursday. An outdoor patio provides guests a place to prepare their own dinner on the barbeque grills, or simply sit by a fire pit and relax. Host an event for up to 50 people in their 740-square-foot meeting...

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Welcome Joy Kacoroski, new park naturalist

Welcome Joy Kacoroski, new park naturalist

Joy Kacoroski will be working this summer at Lake Sammamish as the new interpretive specialist. Joy grew up in the Seattle area, though moved away for her undergraduate and graduate degrees. Over the last seven years Joy has worked as a Park Ranger for the National Park Service and United States Forest Service. Most recently, she worked in Zion National Park managing the park's Junior Ranger Program. Joy is extremely excited to be back in the Pacific Northwest and looks forward to working at Lake Sammamish State Park connecting visitors to the park. We will let you know soon about the programming she will be offering this...

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Welcome new corporate member – Springhill Suites

Welcome new corporate member – Springhill Suites

Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park welcomes Springhill Suites by Marriott as its newest corporate member! The newest hotel in Issaquah, Springhill Suites is ready to welcome out-of-town visitors who come to the park and Issaquah for many of the city's exciting events. The hotel features spacious suites with Wi-Fi, microwave, refrigerator and a flat screen TV. There is a relaxing pool and fitness center, meeting rooms, and a complimentary breakfast with fresh choices every day. Welcome! We also welcome these new and renewing members from March: Kristen Allen-Bentsen John Gunn Suzanne Kagen Ruben Nieto David Sao Please add your support to Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park. For a limited time with your $50 donation, you will receive an awesome beach bag imprinted with our logo. Send your check to Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park, P. O. Box 605, Issaquah, WA 98027 or click on this link to join or renew: Support...

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Parkadilly on July 23 Now Accepting Vendors and Sponsors

Parkadilly on July 23 Now Accepting Vendors and Sponsors

Parkadilly at Lake Sammamish, kids’ concert, fair & fun returns Sunday, July 23 for its second year. The Eastside’s premiere children’s fair had more than 2,000 attendees last summer. With the new playground and a renovated Sunset Beach, we expect an even bigger crowd this year. And that means more activities for all! Title sponsor Virginia Mason Issaquah was first to step forward for 2017. Bright Horizons preschool is a presenting sponsor. Co-sponsors include Highlands Kids Dentistry, The Grange, Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites and the Issaquah Arts Commission. Only a few more sponsors will be accepted. Vendor applications for booths are now being accepted. Just 30 vendors representing children’s activities, education and services will be considered, in addition to healthy-option concessionaires. For more information, contact operations@flssp.org. All proceeds from Parkadilly will benefit future park...

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