Issaquah was named in 2011 as one of the “Best Towns” in the U.S. by Outside Magazine is a community of 30,000+ residents and is conveniently located off the I-90 corridor east of Seattle. Award-winning neighborhoods, one of Washington State’s top school districts, thriving business districts and a growing arts, nightlife and recreation scene make Issaquah an attractive city to live in. The city is home to a Saturday farmers market, live theatre performances and a seasonal ArtWalk. In addition, the salmon hatchery and Cougar Mountain Zoological Park attract regional visitors. Every October, more than 150,000 people also travel to Issaquah for the annual Salmon Days festival.
Lakemont is a planned community located primarily within the City of Bellevue with easternmost areas in the City of Issaquah. The Lakemont Community Association governs the neighborhoods, parks & trails within this community and Lakemont’s homes benefit from community-owned greenbelts and a pedestrian trail system connects residents to neighborhood parks, the regional Cougar Mountain Park and neighborhood shopping center at Lakemont. The neighborhood is served by the Issaquah School District.
Issaquah’s parks, recreation, trails and open space vision is to continue to provide high quality, safe and accessible recreational facilities; link City property and park areas with greenbelt, greenway or parkway connections; and preserve the community’s natural resources, such as the creeks and forested hillsides. As Issaquah’s community grows, the park, recreation, trails and open space system will also grow, providing appropriate recreational opportunities (both active and passive). Issaquah is a beautiful city, full of well-kept and well-maintained park and natural open space areas that provide a variety of passive and active recreational opportunities for citizens and visitors.
The mission of the City of Issaquah Parks and Recreation Department is: “To strengthen community image and sense of place, support economic development, strengthen safety and security, promote health and wellness, foster human development, increase cultural unity, protect environmental resources, provide recreational experiences and facilitate community problem solving.”
The Issaquah School District serves nearly 20,000 students in 15 elementary schools, five middle schools, three comprehensive high schools, and one choice high school spread among 110 square miles in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.