Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park Launches
Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park (FLSSP), a group formed to advocate for improvements to the park in Issaquah, hosted its first general meeting on April 18.
By Dora Rajkhowa
The meeting was well attended by members of the community as well as three Issaquah city council members.
State of the Park
The founding members and two of the park’s rangers presented a history of the park. They discussed the fact that no significant improvements have been made for many years, which has led to the park's being underutilized in recent years.
In 2007, a master plan for redevelopment was approved by the state of Washington. Some small projects have been undertaken, such as a new boardwalk and improvements to the boat launch. However, the master plan has not been implemented in any significant way due to state funding issues.
The meeting leaders led the attendees through a brainstorming session to discuss what items were most important to them. Once a list was compiled, everyone was given five stickers to place on those items that were most important to them.
The most popular were (not in order):
- Wildlife preservation
- Trail improvement
- Education and park docents
- Resolving the goose poop problems
- Improved park shelters
- Adding concessions
FLSSP is in the process of obtaining 501(c)(3) status and creating bylaws.
How to Get Involved
The next general meeting is on June 13, 2013. Regular meetings are then planned to take place quarterly.
FLSSP is looking for members and for a limited time is offering charter memberships. The group is also looking for people who would be interested in helping out on a committee or on the board, with setting up a website being one of the current priorities.
The group has a Facebook page where you can get more information. FLSSP does not yet have a website, but is working on it.
You can also contact me for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.