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Welcome To Issaquah
According to the Washington State Office of Financial Management, Issaquah ranked 6th of 279 eligible incorporated communities in population growth between 2000 and 2005. Forbes.com ranked Issaquah the 2nd fastest-growing suburb in the state, and the 89th in the nation.
The neighboring highlands are called the Issaquah Alps and feature hiking trails and outdoor activity throughout the three mountains surrounding Issaquah: Tiger Mountain, Cougar Mountain, and Squak Mountain. There are also many cultural and historical activities to be found in the town of Issaquah itself.
Village Theater: The Village Theatre has presented live stage plays on its main stage in downtown Issaquah since 1979. It is an Equity theater.
Salmon Days: Issaquah Salmon Days is a two-day award-winning festival held in Issaquah on the first full weekend of October every year. It is initiated by a parade, celebrates the return of the salmon to their birth waters, and praises Issaquah’s history, culture, and ethnic diversity. This free festival encompasses several arts and crafts conventions, attracting many Northwest artists; these artisans feature wood, glass, jewelry, paintings, pottery and metal artworks for sale in booths spread all across the downtown and historic area. There are four stages for entertainment such as live music. Sporting events include 5 km/10 km runs (and a 3 km run for children), a fencing invitational, bike rides, and a golf tournament. Memorial Field, adjacent to the city hall, hosts a “Field of Fun” providing free entertainment for children of all ages, thanks to the many festival sponsors. Visitors are encouraged to visit the newly restored Salmon Hatchery to view the returning salmon in close detail. In 2005, the register revealed over 400,000 people attended the Salmon Days Festival.
Cougar Mountain Zoo: The Cougar Mountain Zoo is located on the north slope of Cougar Mountain, just to the west of Issaquah. This 8-acre (32,000 m2) zoo offers a glimpse at many endangered species from across the globe, including many endangered birds from around the world and small lemurs from Madagascar. The highlight of the zoo for many observers is the cougar, named Nashi. Nashi is provided enrichment on a near-daily basis, which consists of a stimulant to keep him active mentally and physically. The zoo currently specializes in eight “worlds” of animals: cougars, lemurs, cranes, reindeer, macaws, wallabies, ratites, camelids. On June 16, 2007, another world was added to the list, when the zoo welcomed its newest members, two male tiger cubs. Named Taj and Almos, they are the only Bengal tigers in Washington state. The Zoo is open for general admission Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (excluding the month of December). Each December the Zoo also offers a special Reindeer Festival, during which people may come view, and feed Santa’s Reindeer, and visit the “big guy” in person.
Issaquah Salmon Hatchery: The Issaquah Salmon Hatchery was built in 1936 under the federal Works Project Administration. It is located on the Issaquah Creek within the city limits of Issaquah. The hatchery is owned and operated by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. It annually raises about 4 million Chinook (King) and Coho (Silver) salmon which then migrate from the Issaquah Creek to Puget sound and on to the North Pacific. Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (FISH) is a non-profit organization that trains volunteer guides who lead free educational tours of the hatchery and advocates retaining and improving the historic hatchery. Local elementary schools often raise small numbers of salmon eggs that are spawned in the hatchery and release them into the creeks as part of their science curriculum on the salmon life cycle. The Issaquah Salmon Hatchery is located in the cultural and geographical heart of Issaquah and is the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s most visited hatchery, with an estimated 350,000 visitors a year.
Gilman Village: Gilman Village is a specialty shopping center created from rescued buildings dating back to the origins of the Issaquah community. Gilman Village was founded in 1972, when developers Marvin and Ruth Mohl started saving old, unwanted farming and mining buildings, as well as pioneer homes, from around Issaquah. They moved, renovated and combined them into an attractive retail area in a park-like setting. Their goal was to create a haven for independent shops and restaurants. In saving the buildings, the intent was to honor the character and ambiance of the old community rather than to create a museum. Still, the buildings that house the shops and restaurants of Gilman Village represent a significant portion of Issaquah’s history.
The 40-plus shops and restaurants that make up Gilman Village became one of Puget Sound’s best known and most distinctive shopping destinations. In its initial decades, Gilman Village was a destination while Issaquah was still a somewhat rural area. Over time, Gilman Village began to compete with other local shopping centers for tenants serving the Issaquah population.
Designers of Gilman Village have included the Baylis Architects, Richard Haag Associates and landscape architect Stephen G. Ray. Their combined efforts have won official recognition by the King County Board of Realtors in 1976 and the Issaquah Design Commission in 1977 for quality of design and landscaping. In 1985, The Bellevue Chamber of Commerce presented the Eastside Quality of Life Award to Gilman Village for “the pleasures it gives through its rich discoveries of space and forms.”
Healthcare: Swedish Medical Center opened a full service hospital and healthcare facility in the Issaquah Highlands with a capacity of 175 inpatient beds and a 24-hour emergency room in 2012.
Highway and Roads: Issaquah is bisected by Interstate 90, which runs from Seattle to Boston, and Washington State Route 900, which connects the city to neighboring Renton. There is a chronic traffic congestion problem on Front Street, which traverses the historic downtown. Proposals had been made to create a bypass, but opponents argued that this will only result in more sprawl in the area beyond downtown and thus bring in more traffic and pollution. In fact, the Issaquah City Council voted in 2008 to cancel the 15-year-running SE Bypass project. In addition, King County has no funding in its seven-year capital plan to improve Issaquah-Hobart Road, the southern terminus of the proposed bypass.
Bus: There is limited bus service by Sound Transit and King County Metro, but in general it is not easy to get around the area using public transportation. Since August 1995, the city, in partnership with King County Metro, provides a free bus that runs through all the major shopping areas of the town, giving some relief to residents and those who wish to shop or eat at the many retailers and restaurants.
Rail: The Issaquah Valley Trolley is a project of the Issaquah Historical Society with the aim of starting a regular heritage trolley service on the remaining section of railroad track in downtown Issaquah. A trial operation took place in 2001–02, giving public rides in a trolley car borrowed from Yakima Valley Trolleys. By 2010, the Issaquah Historical Society had acquired three trolleys of its own, but the planned service had not yet begun operation, as two of the cars were narrow gauge, making them incompatible with the standard gauge rails left in Issaquah, and all three were not in operating condition. A federal transportation grant was obtained, providing funds for track evaluation and repairs, and in 2012 one of the two narrow gauge cars was sent to the Gomaco Trolley Company to be refurbished and regauged to standard gauge. The overhauled trolley car, ex-Lisbon 519, returned to Issaquah in August 2012, and regular public rides began in October 2012. Operation is expected to be seasonal and on weekends only.
Some proponents of the Trolley Project hope to see trolley service extended to a northern re-extension of removed track to the southern tip of Lake Sammamish. Such service would add to the charm of the historical downtown area and make it easier for visitors and residents to get around and avoid the area’s notorious traffic congestion. A onetime goal had been to extend trolley service all the way to downtown Redmond by reinstalling the track along the eastern shore of Lake Sammamish that the county removed several years ago. The opening of the East Lake Sammamish Trail in March 2006 along that proposed line ended the possibility of Issaquah-Redmond service.
As of the census of 2010, there were 30,434 people, 12,841 households, and 8,018 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,674.3 inhabitants per square mile (1,032.6/km2). There were 13,914 housing units at an average density of 1,222.7 per square mile (472.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 74.7% White, 1.4% African American, 0.4% Native American, 17.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.8% from other races, and 4.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.8% of the population.
There were 12,841 households of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.9% were married couples living together, 7.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.6% were non-families. 30.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.95.
The median age in the city was 36.8 years. 23.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 35.5% were from 25 to 44; 22.6% were from 45 to 64; and 12.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.7% male and 52.3% female.
As of November 2012, the district has an enrollment of 17,787 and 24 total schools.
- Issaquah High School, is located south of downtown Issaquah, and is expectedly the district’s oldest high school. IHS opened in 1905 and moved to its present location in 1962. School colors: Purple & Gold. Mascot: Eagles.
- Liberty Senior High School, opened in 1977 at the southwest region of the district. LHS was named the National Blue Ribbon school in 1999 and was recognized in Washington, D.C. School colors: Silver, Green, & Blue. Mascot: Patriots.
- Skyline High School is the district’s newest high school, opening its doors in 1997. Located in Sammamish on the northern boundary of the district, Skyline serves as a community center for the city of Sammamish. School colors: Green & Silver. Mascot: Spartans.
- Tiger Mountain Community High School is a high school serving students throughout the district who seek an alternative to the traditional high school environment. Each student is given personalized lessons and support by the staff which adds to the alternative style of education. Tiger Mountain is also the site for a regional high tech learning center serving students throughout the region. This school has its last year as of 2015-16.
- A new school will come in the year of 2016-17. It will be named Gibson EK. This school will be in the place of the current school Issaquah Middle.
Middle schools (6-8)
- Beaver Lake Middle School – feeder school for Skyline. Mascot: Bulldog
- Issaquah Middle School – feeder school for Issaquah. Mascot: Panther (last year is 2015-16, location will have Gibson Ek in 2016-17)
- Maywood Middle School – feeder school for Liberty. Mascot: Chargers
- Pine Lake Middle School – feeder school for Skyline. Mascot: Wolverine
- Pacific Cascade Middle School – formerly Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus, feeder school for Issaquah High School. Mascot: Lynx
Primary schools (K-5)
- Apollo Elementary School – feeder school for Maywood and Liberty. It is also a host site for the district’s Mind Education – Right and Left (brain) Integration (MERLIN) program.
- Briarwood Elementary School – feeds on Maywood and Liberty (New school opening in fall 2012)
- Cascade Ridge Elementary School – feeder school for Beaver Lake and Skyline
- Challenger Elementary School – feeder school for Beaver Lake and Skyline
- Clark Elementary School – feeder school for Issaquah Middle and Issaquah High School
- Cougar Ridge Elementary School – feeder school for Issaquah Middle and Issaquah High School
- Creekside Elementary School – feeder school for Pine Lake and Skyline
- Discovery Elementary School – feeder school for Pine Lake and Skyline
- Endeavour Elementary School – feeder school for Beaver Lake and Skyline. It is also a host site for the district’s Mind Education – Right and Left (brain) Integration (MERLIN) program.
- Grand Ridge Elementary School – feeder school for Pacific Cascade Middle and Issaquah High School
- Issaquah Valley Elementary School – feeder school for Issaquah Middle and Issaquah High School
- Maple Hills Elementary School – feeder school for Maywood and Liberty
- Newcastle Elementary School – feeder school for Maywood and Liberty
- Sunny Hills Elementary School – feeder school for Pine Lake Middle, Pacific Cascade Middle, Skyline High and Issaquah High School
- Sunset Elementary School – feeder school for Pacific Cascade Middle and Issaquah High School
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