When it comes to amenities, Issaquah Highlands is going to the dogs. The new development that overlooks Lake Sammamish will soon have an...

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When it comes to amenities, Issaquah Highlands is going to the dogs. The new development that overlooks Lake Sammamish will soon have an off-leash dog park. The area, part of Grandview Park, will be called Bark Park.

The fenced area will contain water fountains for both humans and canines, plus benches and a picnic area. It officially will open July 9.

The idea for Bark Park came from the Issaquah Highlands Pets and Pals Committee. Residents raised more than $26,000 for construction.

Even kids got in on the act. They organized Pop 4 Pups, making $300 for Bark Park by selling sodas at the Highlands community center.

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In the swim

Keane Suen has been watching the lap swimmers at the Bellevue YMCA for three years. Although he had taken swim lessons, his mother was hesitant when he asked if he could join the lap swim. He wanted to swim a mile.

He practiced and practiced, working on his crawl, breast and backstroke. Last week Keane completed the mile — 36 laps in the Y’s 25-yard pool. When he got out of the pool, the only thing he wanted was lunch.

When a bystander asked if he was going to need a rest that afternoon, Keane replied: “I don’t take naps anymore because I’m a big boy.”

Keane is 6 years old.

On court

Anne Taylor of Bellevue sounds like a proud mother. Her brood of almost 70 Eastside kids, ranging from high-school seniors to kindergartners, performed during halftime at a recent Seattle Storm game.

“The performance was fabulous,” she said.

The kids are all cheerleaders. Taylor coaches the Newport High and Tyee Middle school cheer squads and the Eastside Dream Elite recreational cheer squad.

The appearance in KeyArena challenged the groups.

The Newport team had been together as a squad for only about six weeks, and it was the first appearance in front of a crowd for many. But the younger Eastside Dream Elite kids had been there, done that. They performed about three months ago at Sonics game, so the younger crew helped reassure the older girls.

“There were a lot of nerves,” Taylor said. “But those settled as soon as they took the floor. They looked like pros!”

Look for the group at the Seafair Marathon in Bellevue on July 10. They plan to line part of Richards Road to cheer the runners.

In bloom

My fingers don’t dig dirt beyond occasional herbs and a few veggies. So I admire folks who not only play with plants but willingly show off their gardens.

And on Sunday some will even do it for a good cause, opening for Bellevue Philharmonic League’s fifth annual Symphony of Gardens tour.

The private gardens on the self-guided tour are at homes in Kirkland, Medina and Yarrow Point.

Sharon and Will Smith restored a log cabin, fronting on Lake Washington. They’ll also be showing off their 1950s retro collection, including a cherry-red Chevrolet convertible.

Denise Lane and Bruce Allen turned their garden into a Roman ruin.

Sunday’s tour includes refreshments at Bellevue Botanical Garden. Tickets are $25 per person. For information, call the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra at 425-455-4171.

Sherry Grindeland: 206-515-5633 or sgrindeland@seattletimes.com