FLSSP Annual Celebration

The Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park’s Annual Celebration was the perfect opportunity to enjoy food and friends, dedicate the native plant trail, celebrate several of our outstanding volunteers and to honor Richard Benson on his retirement after 38 years of service to the State Parks of Washington. The Snoqualmie drummers helped us dedicate the native plant trail while Rangers Joy Kacoroski and Peter Walters led a walk of trail to enthusiastic participants. We were thrilled to honor Dora Rajkhowa and Pat Huttenan for their selfless service on behalf of LSSP. Finally, we discussed all of the amazing things that the Friends Group has accomplished over the past year and presented several exciting initiatives slated for the coming year. In 2018 we will advocate to bring Lifeguards to Sunset Beach, make Lake Sammamish State Park the trailhead for Lake Sammamish Trail and improve the park’s soccer fields. The Friends Group works to bring funding to improve the park, promotes the park locally and regionally and hosts events at the park, giving you more reasons than ever to visit! Interested in helping out for a worthy cause? There are many ways to join us and to get involved. For more information, please contact Jennifer at director@flssp.org....

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State Park Photo Contest Can Win You $100!

Submit your best pictures of Lake Sammamish State Park and win cash! We need new photos of the park and hope you can help us.  Photos can be of the glorious fall color, children on the playground, heron flying by, or any other subject specific to Lake Sammamish State  Park. Winner of the photo contest will win $100 cash. You may submit more than one entry. Send digital jpeg file with at least 600 dpi. Include your name, age, phone number, city of residence and any interesting details about the photo. All entries become the property of FLSSP, to be used in various media for its publicity of the park. Submit photos by Nov. 10 to director@flssp.org. Winners will be notified by Nov....

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Run with the Kokanee!

Run in the 5k or 10k on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 9:30 a.m. and support the Kokanee Salmon recovery work of the Bellevue-Issaquah Chapter of Trout Unlimited. The Kokanee are unique to Lake Sammamish and are in danger of becoming extinct. The work of Trout Unlimited includes protecting the Kokanee’s access to spawning areas, educating fishermen to properly identify Kokanee, educating residents about environmentally-friendly lawn care, and more. Join a fun run with a cause at Run with the...

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2017 Tree Planting Celebration with Mountain to Sound Greenway

Join Mountains to Sound Greenway at LSSP and celebrate the start of fall and the native tree planting season with our Annual Tree Planting Celebration at Sammamish Cove. Planting events are excellent for individuals, families, groups, and work teams. Sponsored in part by Carter Subaru, the City of Issaquah, and Lake Sammamish State Park, the celebration includes food, music, and plenty of tree planting fun for the whole family. For more information and to register, visit https://mtsgreenway.org/get-involved/volunteer/tree-planting/    ...

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Sunset Beach Picnic Area Renovation Awaits Legislative Funding

The Sunset Beach Picnic Area Renovation is on hold — until state legislators approve a 2017-19 capital budget. Nearly $44 billion in capital projects across the state are in limbo while legislators try to come to an agreement over a major water rights issue. While both parties agreed on the capital budget at the end of June, the second special session ended without it passing. State Parks is only one department trying to cling to its staff in hopes the budget will be passed by the year’s end, or early in January. Beyond that, project leads will have to be let go. A delayed vote will also delay the renovation of the Sunset Beach picnic area. The plan is to add a couple of new picnic shelters in the area near the bathhouse and playground, to add irrigation and new lawns. Earlier in the 2017 Legislative Session, capital projects approved in the prior biennium but not yet finished were given carry-over approval. The means funding for the boating docks at Lake Sammamish State Park is secure, with plans for completion in 2018....

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