Downtown Issaquah Association invites community to celebrate springtime

A Parklet Pilot program will begin on April 21, transforming parking stalls into public spaces.

April showers bring May flowers!

While entering 27 years of service, the Downtown Issaquah Association (DIA) invites community members to celebrate springtime and welcomes all to join the community-led and volunteer-based group.

In a community-targeted post, DIA Board President, Christina Bruning, brought up improvements the city is making, and events, that will assist with keeping Issaquah a vibrant area.

On behalf of the city of Issaquah, the DIA is managing a Parklet Pilot program, which will provide outdoor seating all week long, depending on a restaurant’s business hours. The pilot program will take place from April 21 until late fall.

Parking stalls will be transformed into small public spaces that are designed and built locally, ADA accessible, and have optional covers, sidewalls, lighting, and drink rails. The city of Issaquah selected Krawbar Restaurant and Japan Ginger to participate in the program.

Upcoming events include Flower Basket donations, for which the deadline is April 29. Annually, the DIA campaigns to raise funds for light pole flower baskets and basket maintenance around the city.

The flower baskets are grown by Squak Mountain Nursery, and for a donation of $50 or more, the DIA will send a card for a loved one conveying how a flower basket has been hung in their honor.

The Farm Fresh Market will be open for a couple of more weeks, running on Saturdays until April 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Individuals can support local farmers, learn about native plants, and enjoy live music from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

April 23 marks Keep Issaquah Beautiful Day, where community members are welcome to assist with trash pickup, vegetation maintenance, and flower planting. The event runs from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., and at noon participants will meet at the Historic Shell Station for pizza and a live music performance by the Memphis Belles.