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City of Issaquah

Proposition No. 1
Parks, Recreation, Pool and Open Space Bonds

The City Council of the City of Issaquah, Washington, adopted Ordinance No. 2680 concerning financing for parks, recreational facilities and open space. If approved, this proposition would authorize the City to improve its parks and recreation system, such as renovating Julius Boehm Pool; improving Central Park, Tibbetts Valley Park, Meerwood Park and Gibson Park; and preserving open space to protect creeks, natural areas and wildlife habitat. It would authorize issuance of no more than $10,000,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within 20 years to be repaid by the annual levy of excess property taxes, all as provided in Ordinance No. 2680. Should this proposition be approved?



The City of Issaquah is asking voters to consider Proposition No. 1, which would authorize up to a principal amount of $10,000,000 in bonds and excess property taxes to repay those bonds for parks, recreational facilities and open space projects. The bonds would mature within 20 years.

If approved, the projects would include the following:

  • Make repairs to Julius Boehm Pool
  • Acquire open space and creekside land to enhance Issaquah’s “green necklace” of open space, parks and trails
  • Install all-weather/artificial turf and lighting at Central Park
  • Further enhance Confluence Park
  • Improve drainage at Tibbetts Valley Park and the Community Center Green
  • Replace playground equipment at Gibson Park
  • Replace playground equipment at Meerwood Park
  • Pay for the issuance and selling of bonds, and associated fees

The actual annual property taxes per household necessary to repay the bonds will depend upon interest rates, the timing of the issue and amount of the bonds issued, and changes in property values.

The City estimates that the additional annual property tax rate would not exceed 11 cents per $1,000 of assessed value over the 20-year life of the bonds. For example, the City estimates that additional property taxes on a home assessed at $420,000 would not exceed $46.20 per year.

For additional questions regarding this measure contact: Wayne Tanaka - City Attorney 206-447-7000 •



Bond proceeds will be used to repair and improve 41-year old Julius Boehm Pool, improve existing city parks, enhance recreational opportunities, and acquire open space.

A YES vote will save Julius Boehm Pool, Issaquah’s only public pool and an important community asset – one that serves Issaquah’s children, teens, adults, and seniors.

Approving the Park Bond will increase recreational opportunities in Issaquah by providing financing to (1) add a new all-weather artificial turf field in Central Park; (2) improve field drainage at Tibbetts Valley Park and the Community Center Green for increased usage during our rainy seasons; (3) replace aging playground equipment at two neighborhood parks; and (4) continue improvements to the new “Confluence-Area” park located near downtown Issaquah. 

Bond proceeds will provide the City with funds to acquire land to add to the City’s “green necklace” of parks and trails, preserve open space, protect salmon and wildlife habitat, and mitigate problematic storm-water runoff.   These priorities are increasingly important due to the skyrocketing growth in our community. 

The Park Bond will benefit every Issaquah citizen by enhancing our existing resources and supporting a variety of healthy recreational activities. 


$5,000,000 ‘life support’ of 40 year old Boehm pool pays for
- Repairs to mechanical systems
- Replastering the pool
- An elevator to the upper viewing area
- Larger locker rooms

What stays the same, with no improvement
- Small pool with no children’s spray area or water slide
- Small parking lot
- No outdoor area for sunny summer days
- Stuck on the south edge of Issaquah
- Blocked by the day-long congestion of Front Street

Compare this to Sammamish, where $30,000,000 will get a new pool and community center, located in the heart of Sammamish, with ample parking and good access.

Issaquah citizens and taxpayers deserve a better bond measure, one that addresses the needs of both old and new Issaquah.

Vote NO and send the Parks department back to the drawing board for a bond measure that fills the needs of all Issaquah, not just the vested interests.

Get more information on this bond measure and alternatives at

The opposition advocates for a new aquatic facility in a new location and at a significantly higher cost, presumably abandoning the existing pool.  But $5,000,000 of Bond proceeds will allow Issaquah to thoughtfully repair and upgrade the existing pool.  A YES vote does not preclude additional improvements or a new aquatic facility at a later date – rather, a YES vote saves an existing resource and should extend the pool’s life by at least 25 years.

Statement submitted by: Danielle Githens, Marilyn LaCelle and Tim Flood

The lion's share of Parks and Open Space investment in last 10 years is for the Olde Town and Squak subareas.
Park Pointe $5,000,000, McCarry Park $1,300,000, Confluence Park $1,000,000, Pritt Property $850,000, Squak open space $5,000,000.

The recent subareas ( Montreux, North Issaquah, I-90, Providence Point, Talus, Issaquah Highlands, and Greenwood Point ) are relegated to cash cows.

$5,000,000 for Boehm pool is more of the same.

Statement submitted by: Chris Hawkins

60% yes vote and a minimum turnout of 6,479 (Washington Constitution, article VII, section 2(b))

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