Leaders needed for support group for Lake Sammamish state park
February 6, 2013
The effort to establish a community organization to support Lake Sammamish State Park is on the agenda for a Feb. 14 meeting hosted by the state parks agency.
The meeting is the latest step in a process to form a booster group for the cash-strapped park.
The state parks agency initially needs to assemble a core group to take leadership roles and develop the group.
Later, organizers plan to call for volunteers to join the planned community organization.
The early process involves outlining a mission, determining what activities the group seeks to undertake and starting the process to establish a nonprofit organization.
The proposal to form a Lake Sammamish State Park community organization stems from a December open house focused on the park’s future.
The open house, hosted by the city of Issaquah and Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, launched a discussion about future ventures at the state park.
Options to improve the area could include a partnership among the state parks agency, city and a nonprofit organization.
The ideas discussed at the open house included a community organization similar to the Bridle Trails Park Foundation, a nonprofit organization established to support the 482-acre state park in Kirkland.
The organization has raised more than $1.5 million for Bridle Trails State Park since 2002.
In 2007, state parks commissioners approved a bold plan to remake and restore Lake Sammamish State Park, but the economic downturn and state budget crises curtailed dollars to implement the plan.
- Lake Sammamish State Park organizational meeting
- 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 14
- King County Library System Service Center
- 960 Newport Way N.W. Issaquah