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/ Gross onbacher Bros. 614 N.W 6th Ave. Portl.nd, Orogon 97209 THE l SSAQUAH PRESS Twenty-five cents per copy SERVING ISSAQUAH SINCE 1900 Vol. 83, No. 22, June I, 1983 tot lot unsafe, says parks director lot were approved by Ander- son, the city's building of- ficial Pat White and the city's library board. The design was done by landscape ar- chitects Thomas L. Berger and Associates, a Seattle firm which has designed three tot lots in Seattle, one in Tacoma and a few in King County. Anderson says he approved the plans under the assump- tion that safety standards were being met. "1 figured those guys know more about designing tot lots than I do and I ex- "it " pected a first class facd y. He now believes it will take at least $10,000 to correct the problems. Anderson, the city's says the newly tot lot on Field is unsafe for pieces are too close high slide has on its plat- fly too close to and the with a hole could cause a af problems goes Anderson says lot need not be he's worried of an ac- everything is just too close together," says Anderson. "I think there just wasn't enough money in the library budget to pay for a viable tot lot." The circular play area is part of the library project, which is almost completed. The new library was built on the site of the old tot lot, in the northwest corner of Memorial Field. As part of the arrangements between the King County Library system and the city, the new lot was installed with money from the library budget. The $800,000 library project was paid for with 50 percent mat- ching funds from the city. Plan drawings for the tot Thomas Berger, partner in the landscape design firm, defended the playground and says they were given difficult restrictions to work with. The old lot was spread out over twice the area and because funding was limited, Berger was asked to use as much old equipment as possi- ble. He said even with limited resources they were able to build a lot that met safety standards outlined in Archi- tectui-al Graphic Standards, a manual used nationwide by designers and architects. "I think actually we im- proved the safety of the play area from conditions that ex- isted before. In the old loca- tion there was a real problem with water accumulating and that's not a problem on the new site." Further, Berger says he designed a play area that stimulates kids' imagination and self confidence. "What is exciting to kids is some- times considered dangerous to adults." He says the facili- ty offers a variety of "mov- ing experiences" for children of all ages. He said the only problem with the lot is the location. "If I had my choice, 1 wouldn't have put it next to a jail, parking lot and an athletic field." Joe Pleckinger, an Olym- pia-based equipment sales- man, agrees with Anderson that the lot is riddled with potential safety hazards. Ac- cording to Pleckinger, who looked at the lot this week, one of the biggest hazards is the cement curb around the lot, which borders too close to the point where the big slide ends. The position of the equipment forms an obstacle course for careless youngsters, he says, and more area should be allowed for running around. Pleckinger also says the high slide should be hooded to prevent kids from falling out. "A tot lot is used more than any other recreational facility. There should be no short cuts putting them together." Anderson says while safety hazards have been identified, no one has been hurt on the playground and no one was hurt on the previous tot lot which used much of the same equipment. He says the only complaints he has gotten from the public have been the big slide is too hard to climb for really small children. Berger says the slide was not meant for all ages. "The slide is really for the bigger kids, and swings, bar- rels and climbing logs are for the toddlers. The lot was designed so the more timid young kids play on the periphery and the active kids play in the center. Letters have been ex- changed between the city and the library construction supervisor Harold Sternberg on the potential safety pro- blems with the lot. According to City Administrator Leon Kos, no technical safety violations exist but a meeting between the library and the city is planned. "The real safety issues aren't clear," says Kos. "We are looking at the practical here, not the technical." Kos said there has been no discussion on who will foot the bill if changes need to be made. "I know a whole lot more about tot Iott- now than I did before," says Anderson. TOWN FASANO'S 1 ! I IOOF 'liUi' HARWOOD'S LAUNDROMAT GRANDHOTEL -. ' ., " ........ i" i', V:' ambica Preschool play on the equipment in the new tot lot. blic hearing that Cove much more difficult. as long as a wet She and her neighbors, a Winding chute, Minich claimed, may find it tah Development easier to shop and use ser- heard vices in Eastgate and Belle- comment on a vue rather than fight new Park traffic hazards into Issaquah. day Inn. Developers of the Water- 18 hearing was works Park later commented gather public that they were not surprised the water- at the apparent lack of The pro- contrl'ersy at the public !eatures a huge hearing. water "There was nothing of in- spas, and terest that we haven't dealt and will with in the impact state- directly across ment," commented Steve Sammamish Nielsen, Vice President of a Lake Sam- Waterworks Park, Inc. "We didn't come here to Speaker was Sue find a controversy," added testified that the company's president, volume on Robert Betts, "or to make Sammamish one." by the A draft Environmental Im- WOuld make the pact Statement filed by the NEW LIBRARY RAILROAD DEPOT In the plan, parking on the east side of Front Street would be spruced up. k " Q OK'd e commenton Woterwor s;Do=ry ueen ,,oo 00oo00an, 'ak0 S,m00am',00 ,,v,, wa, ap.v- Downtown desig0000 p/ons col for thePress dential areas such as South outlines plans for a 40 foot S.R. 900, and S.E. 56th are ed subject to widening of "mountain" from which long, winding fiberglass slides will fan out.The pro- posal also calls for a 7,000 square foot building that will house an arcade, snack bar, gift shop, and related offices. A paid entry will entitle users to use of the slides and pools as well as hot tubs and the ar- cade and gift areas. The facility will draw from a local patron base as well as tourists. A listing of potential adverse impacts includes additional auto traffic (off site improvements to West planned), use of up to 24,000 gallons of water each day, and aesthetic impacts of the hills and slides. In other action, the development commission re- viewed and approved plans for a new Dairy Queen restaurant, subject to some revisions. The new restaurant is planned for the southwest corner of the Issaquah- Renton Road at the inter- section of Gilman Boulevard. The design for the building some landscaping areas, improvement of access to the site, and review of the build- ing materials to be used. Finally, the commission re- viewed and approved a site plan calling for four addi- tions to Gilman Village. The Village owners plan to add three refurbished buildings and a new building that will be constructed in the design of a hop shed. Some additional approval of landscaping and parking plans will be necessary in conjunction with the expan- sion. Seminar to pin down Issaquah image A town meeting will be held Friday, June 3, at the Issaquah Holiday Inn for community leaders, business people and citizens to share ideas on Issaquah's image. Moderator for the day- long event will be Chuck Langlois, community motivator. His past ex- periences as a small business owner in Leavenworth dur- ing that town's inspirational days of image building as a Bavarian village are the basis of his message. Since then he has given "Seek Unique" seminars in numerous small towns in the Northwest. Participants in Issaquah's Seek Unique Seminar will hear Langlois give his high- charged talk at 9 a.m. At about 10:30, audience ideas for improvements to Issa- quah will be heard. After a lunch break with more idea sharing, Lagnlois will help the audience identify how to "move" the ideas. Com- mittees will be formed before the audience adjourns at 4 p.m. Ideas for beautification, historical preservation, and improvement projects will be welcome. The seminar will have special significance now that the downtown revitaliza- tion project and the 1-90 Comprehensive Plan are almost complete. The key element the seminar will try to identify is Issaquah's marketable image. Registration, and lunch fee for the town meeting is $12. Pre-registration is recom- mended; use the form on the back page of today's paper. Registration will be accepted Friday morning at the seminar at 8:30 but telephone reservations are requested. To make reservations call the Issaquah Press, 392-6434. Bus service for handicapped modified New accessible service for disabled persons will be pro- vided by buses equipped with wheelchair lifts on routes 210, 211 and 213 serving North Bend, Snoqualmie, Fall City, Preston and Issa- quah. Also on Route 210, the current 6:26 a.m. trip to Issa- quah from Fourth Avenue and Lenora Street in down- town Seattle will be moved up to 6:24 a.m. This trip and the 5:40 p.m. trip to Issaquah from Seattle will be extended to serve Preston, Fall City, Snoqualmie and North Bend, arriving at 8:02 a.m. and 7:19 p.m. And, the trip leaving Issaquah for Seattle at 6:55 p.m. will begin instead in North Bend at 6:16 p.m. and serve Snoqualmie, Fall City and Preston. Also, some other trips will be leaving earlier. Two new Route 213 trips will provide express service between Issaquah and down- town Seattle via the Issaquah park-and-ride lot: 6:28 a.m. from First Avenue Southeast and Southeast Bush Street in Issaquah, arriving downtown at 7:09 a.m.; and 5:06 p.m. from Second Avenue and Pike Street in Seattle, arriv- ing in Issaquah at 5:57 p.m. more parking, new light poles The downtown revitaliza- tion committee will present plans to the city Council June 20 demonstrating how Front Street would look after a facelift. The improvements are be- ing designed by Makers, a Seattle design firm paid to do the work with $4,000 from the city and $11,000 in private donations. Entering Issaquah's downtown business district will practically be a festive event if the revitalization project gets nearly $39,000 in decorative wood light poles for the bridge over Issaquah Creek on Front Street. Recently, the city applied for federal block grant money to pay for the lighting arrange- ment, which will be a gateway to the downtown. A small park is being discussed for the corner of Sunset Way and Front Street, between Harwood Music and David's Precision Hair Design. The park will feature a walkway covered with clear plastic leading toward the new Issaquah Library and Memorial Field. A parking lot for 90 cars is also planned along the railroad tracks from Sunset Way to Alder Street. The lot will be lit by night and a sidewalk will run along the railroad to encourage pedestrian traffic behind the buildings. The city is negotiating with Burlington Northern for a long term lease to use the property indefinitely as a parking lot. It will be open to the public, designed to relieve parking problems along Front Street. A color scheme for land- scaping will tie the downtown together, with natural colors yet to be chosen. There is no specific theme for the downtown revitalization pro- ject. Home tour tickets available Pine Lake Home and Garden Tour tickets are still available at the Issa- quah Press 45 Front Street South. They will be on sale through tour day, Fri- day, June 10, or until they are sold out. Tickets are $6 each, or $5 each for groups of 20 or more. The self guided tour will feature six residences. Three are lakefront homes, one is equestrian oriented, one is a 1917 restored farm house and the last is a Japanese tea garden with Kokoro house. A light lunch will be available at one of the homes for $2 each. Official programs with a map to the homes will be included in the June 8 edi- tion of the Press. Tickets and programs will also be available during tour hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Pine Lake Com- munity Club. The home tour is spon- sored by the Pine Lake Community Club and the Issaquah Press You are invited tomeetthe Bachelors of Issaquah inthelounge Thursday, June 2 8:00 p.m. Live music by ..... 'Doug and Bonnie' for listening and dancing ' > COmplimentary hers d'oeuvres :, Bring a friend/ ,i! !, ' ', ISSAQUAH 1-90 392.6421 Colorful banners would hang from decorative light poles.