The Redmond Trails Commission is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the half-mile Evans Creek Trail today at Perrigo Community Park. The event, which coincides with...
The Redmond Trails Commission is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the half-mile Evans Creek Trail today at Perrigo Community Park.
The event, which coincides with National Trails Day, goes from 9-11:30 a.m. at the park, 9011 196th Ave N.E.
The ribbon-cutting marks the official opening for the trail, on which people can walk or bike. Bottled water, Starbucks coffee and energy bars will be served. Bear Creek and Evans Creek Trail information, including maps, also will be provided.
Boundary board considers annexation
The King County Boundary Review Board will hold a public hearing Monday about annexing the Greenwood Point/South Cove neighborhoods to Issaquah. The neighborhoods encompass a 400-acre area bordering the southwest end of Lake Sammamish.
The hearing will take place at the Holiday Inn, 1801 12th Ave. N.W., at 7 p.m. Those wishing to speak are asked to sign in before the meeting.
Another public hearing to consider annexation of Klahanie, a community of more than 10,000 residents in single-family homes, apartments and condominiums, was held earlier this week. The board made a preliminary decision to approve the annexation. A final board vote is expected in mid-July, but the annexation cannot go through without an election, said Lenora Blauman, the board’s executive secretary. The city could opt to put the issue on the Nov. 8 ballot.
Annexation of the areas would bring about 13,000 new residents to Issaquah, raising the total population to more than 28,000. The added residents would cost about $5.2 million in annual city services, with police and fire making up the largest portion. However, the new base would generate about $4.2 million in revenue through a combination of sales taxes, criminal-justice revenue and business-and-occupation taxes.
King County has offered Issaquah $850,000 to help cover the cost of absorbing Klahanie.
Community center to unveil public art
The design for public art at the new South Bellevue Community Center, now under construction, will be unveiled during a meeting at the Newport Way Public Library Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Local artist John T. Young, chair of the University of Washington sculpture and public art programs, was selected from among 30 artists for the project.
Other well-known works by Young include The Fins Project: Swords into Plowshares, located in Seattle’s Magnuson Park.
His plan for the South Bellevue Community Center is a large, interactive gathering place intended to symbolize the concept of “everyone has an equal place at the table.”
Following the unveiling, the model will remain on view at the library for one week.
State grant provides new nonprofit vans
Several area nonprofit organizations will have new vans to transport clients to and from medical appointments, thanks to a recent $295,000 grant awarded by the Washington state Department of Transportation.
Hopelink wrote the grant on behalf of Neighborhood House and Northshore Senior Center. The seven vans will be used to transport clients from Neighborhood House and Northshore Senior Center to medical appointments.
The vans also will pick up some Hopelink clients who are on Medicaid and need a ride to medical appointments, said Katie Amodei, Hopelink spokeswoman.
The grant, which was announced late last month, is enough to purchase the vans and provide maintenance and upkeep, Amodei said.
Police warn against use of pellet guns
Bellevue police issued a warning yesterday to residents who use pellet guns that look indistinguishable from real guns.
The black pellet guns, sometimes called “airsoft” guns, often look exactly like real guns, and if called to an incident, police officers do not usually know if their life is in danger if they see one, Bellevue police Officer Michael Chiu said.
Over the past year, Bellevue police have responded to five incidents involving the guns. No one was injured.
People holding pellet guns could be shot by police if the officers believe their lives are at stake, Chiu said.