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Costco eyes new parking garage , See Page C6 LOCALLY OWNED SINCE 1900 Lakeside legion team two is wins from World Series J)irth , Sports, Page C1 City rolls out the red carpet for National Night Out , Community, Page BI Design a pet- friendly home , See Pa~.//4 z~ ~Z . ~>~ mm~ 75 CENTS WEDNESDAY~ AUGUST 12, 2009 VOL, ~ ~ ]2 Wanted" New pool Parks survey consistent BY WARREN KAGA3~ISE Issaquah residents are pleased with municipal parks, trails and. the city-run farmers market. A survey conducted by the city Parks & Recreation Department showed residents happy with the state of the park system, and offered a glimpse at the features people want. Hebert Research, of Bellevue, contacted 400 Issaquah residents in May. Respondents wereasked a series of questions about existing facilities and possible parks improvements. Nearly two-thirds of respon- dents said parks were important in their lives. About 64 percent of respondents visited a city park or recreation facility within the past year. Responses showed Memorial Park is likely the most-used city park. Parks & Recreation Director Anne McGill said the survey is a key tool to help her team cater to park goers. About 1,500 ac, res of parks and open space fall under city jurisdiction. McGill said pro- viding a variety of activities for city residents is an ir/tegral part of managing the park system. "What people do in their free time is how they define them- selves," she said. Parks & Recreation officials held a pair of open houses in April to collect opinions about the park system and solicit ideas about future park improvements. Combined with survey data, the community input was used in the updated Parks, Recreation, Open PHOTOS BY ADAM ESCHBACH HAPPY FACES IN WET PLACES Above left, Splash Day volunteer Megan Nyberg braves being pelted by sponges during the Splash Day event Aug. 5 at the community center. Above center, Paul Imberogulio plays what was supposed to be a game of musical buckets as he sits in water while get- ting splashed with cones. Above, right, Casey Keegan, 4, completes one of the obstacle courses at Splash Day by throwing a sponge into a hole. Below, youths are doused with a fire hose, sprayed by Eastside Fire & Rescue Lt. Steve Johnson (not pictured). See SURVEY, Page A5 St planned Developers are seeking a permit to build a five-story, 143,700- square-foot SpringHill Suites by Marriott hotel and two levels of above,grade parking on a 1.6-acre site south of Northwest Maple Street and east of 12th Avenue Northwest. The hotel would include 145 rooms and parking for 203 vehicles. A parking lot on the site would be demolished for the hotel. Developers asked city officials to allow a portion of the building to extend to about 50 feet and to share parking with the nearby Maple Street Building. City development commission- ers will listen to comments from residents about the hotel at the Aug. 19 Development Commission meelin'~. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at City Hall South, 135 E. Sunset Way. Free Pops concert still has tickets The POPs! Goes Issaquah con- cert, sponsored by Rowley Properties, will be at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at Village Theatre, 303 Front St. N. Tickets are free and available on a first-come, first- served basis from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Rowley, 1595 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite 1. No reservations will be taken. Cash for clunkers speeds sales at Issaquah dealerships BY WARREN KAGARISE The federal Cash for Clunkers program has revved up sales at Issaquah dealerships Evergreen Ford and Michael s Chevrolet of Issaquah. Managers at the dealer- ships said the program has boost- ed sales and generated excitement during what had been a lackluster year for the struggling U.S. auto industry. At both dealerships, drivers are trading older pickups and sport utility vehicles for hybrids and other gas-sipping alternatives. The official name of the effort is the Cars Allowance Rebate Program, or CARS. Lawmakers created the program to boost auto sales and remove gas hogs from the roads. Cash for Clunkers, as it is com- monly called, hit the road July 23. Under the program, buyers receive $3,500 or $4,500 toward a new fuel-efficient vehicle. The allowance depends on the type of vehicle a buyer purchases and the differences in fuel economy between the new vehicle and the so-called clunker. Vehicles traded through the program will be scrapped. Cash for Clunkers has "added a dimension of excitemenl to the car business," said Dan Warshawer, general manager of Michael's Chevrolet. MDEYOUR CLUNKER FOR CASH Your vehicle must be less than 25 years old on the trade-in date. Only the pumhase or lease of new vehicles qualify. In most cases, trade-in vehicles must get 18 or fewer MPG. Some very large pickups and cargo vans have different requirements. Trade-in vehicles must be registered and insured continuously for the full year preceding the trade in. No voucher is necessary; dealers will apply a credit at purchase. Program runs through Nov. 1 or when funds are exhausted, whichever comes first. The program requires the scrapping of youreligible trade-in vehicle. The dealer must disclose to you an estimate of the scrap value of your trade in. The scrap value, however minimal, will be in addition to the rebate, and not in place of the rebate. Source: U.S. Department of Transportation BY ADAM ESCHBACH A car turned In as part of Cash For Clunkers sits in a lot alongside other clunkers waiting to be disassembled into parts within 72 hours. In order for a car to qualify for a rebate of up to $4,500, it must get 18 miles per gallon or less and be no more than 25 years old. Evergreen Ford dealers mark the cars so there are no mix-ups. "If nothing else, it's brought excitement back to the stores, he added. Tony Rehn, general manager and partner at Evergreen Ford, said the effort is "doing exactly what the program intended to do." At Evergreen Ford, buyers swapped SUVs and trucks for new vehicles: the small Escape SUV, midsize Fusion and Ranger light pickup. The compact Focus was also selling well, Relm said last week. Hybrid models of the Escape and Fusion sold out. Warshawer said small Equinox SUVs and compacts, such as the Aveo and Cobalt were popular with Cash for Clunker buyers, making the trip to dealership lots. Warshawer said the Malibu was At Evergreen Ford, rows of almost out of stock. He noted how trade-in vehicles sat idle with the Malibu is one of three Chevy "Clunk" scrawled across wind- models available as a hybrid, and shields and fliers reading "Crush the only Chevy hybrid that qualifiesMe" tucked beneath windshield for the program. Despite the early success of the program, Warshawer said miscon- ceptions exist among would-be customers. "They can't go back and go buy another three-quarter ton truck," he said. "That's not going to work." But Rehn said most customers were researching options before wipers. Congress set aside $1 billion for the program, but when the effort proved popular with dealerships and the public, lawmakers approved another $2 billion to extend the program. Cash for See CLUNKERS, Page A5 NSIDE THE PRESS YOU SHOULD KNOW RAIN GAIN IIII! A&E ........ B6 Classifieds ... C4-5 Community ... B1 H&G ......... B4 8 Obituaries ....B3 Opinion ...... A4 Police & Fire .. C5 Sports ..... C1-3 Officials will close the intersection at Inglewood Hill Road and East Lake Sammamish Parkway Northeast between 5 a.m. Aug. 12 and 5 a.m. Aug. 17 so crews can adjust the grade of the intersection. Signs will direct driv- ers toward a detour route. During th~ project, there will be no access to the East Lake Sammamish Trail along the length of the construction area. Use access points at either Northeast Seventh Court or 187th Avenue Northeast. iij (through Monday) 0.01 inches 30.46 inches Total last year: lif "~f (through Aug. 10) ",. 32.63 inches IF9 I~ RIIt:Bi* D, $2.58 - Costco ~, $2.85 - Cenex 145 N.E. Gilman Blvd. iMIDT LOCAL RUff * t, $2.89 - 76 To report gas prices 6420 Issaquah Fall City Rd. in your ate.a, go =