SOURCE: Port Blakely Communities

March 05, 2009 11:00 ET

New Recreation Area Opens in Issaquah

New Pond at Issaquah Highlands Is the Perfect Place for a Walk, Jog or Bike Ride

ISSAQUAH, WA--(Marketwire - March 5, 2009) - Issaquah Highlands' picturesque new recreation area is attracting walkers, cyclists and joggers from across the Puget Sound. Currently known as "WSDOT" pond, the recreation area's chief attraction is a 4.3 acre pond that links to more than 1,500 acres of parks and trails. Located 20 minutes east of Seattle along the I-90 corridor, Issaquah Highlands was developed by Port Blakely Communities and is a 3,250-home urban village that blends homes, shopping and businesses.

The new pond is encircled by a paved, lighted trail and connects to a bike path that weaves through Issaquah Highlands, offering scenic views of Bellevue, Lake Sammamish and Seattle. It features a scenic waterfall and pedestrian bridge built with custom-milled cedar timbers that were recently harvested from land located next to the pond. Come springtime, visitors will experience an added surprise in the blooming of wild flowers around the pond.

"Issaquah Highlands' network of parks and trails makes it a wonderful place to live and work," said Alan Boeker, president, Port Blakely Communities. "Like all of Issaquah Highlands, the new pond is designed to encourage people to get out of their cars, take a walk and meet friends and neighbors. We invite everyone to visit and explore the many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors."

Restaurants are also conveniently located across from the pond. Dining choices include Caffe Ladro, Sip Wine Bar & Restaurant, Marcela's Mexican Grill, Subway and Ricenroll. Additional Issaquah Highlands shops and services such as Curves, Occhio Optometry, Highlands Cleaners, and Sorella Salon and Spa are just a few feet away.

The pond was built and landscaped by Port Blakely Communities and its primary purpose is to function as a storm water detention pond. It was nicknamed "WSDOT" because the land was previously owned by the Washington State Department of Transportation.

In recent years, Issaquah Highlands has become a popular destination for visitors thanks to more than 10 miles of hiking trails and large network of community parks. With "front door to deep woods access," residents enjoy connecting to trails on nearby Squak, Tiger and Cougar Mountains. These "Issaquah Alps" compose one of the finest urban wilderness trail systems in the country.

How to Get There:

The pond is adjacent to the street address 1100 NE Park Drive, Issaquah, WA. You can also walk to the pond from the Issaquah Highlands Park and Ride. Visit King County Metro Transit's Web site for bus information to plan your trip:

By car, take Interstate 90 east. Take exit #18/E Sunset Way/Highlands Drive onto Highlands Drive NE (uphill). Turn right onto NE Federal Drive. Follow Federal a few short blocks as it becomes NE Park Drive. The pond is just past the stoplight at 10th Avenue and Park. On-street parking is available ahead or at the Issaquah Highlands retail center at 10th and Park.

About Port Blakely Communities

Port Blakely Communities applies its family values of integrity, quality, innovation and stewardship to the business of real estate. Port Blakely Communities creates residential and mixed-use urban villages that embrace the principles of smart growth. In partnership with the region's premier homebuilders, the company builds communities that are known for their quality construction, innovative design, small-town feel and respect for the environment. Founded in the 1990s, Port Blakely Communities' latest and largest effort is the award-winning Issaquah Highlands community, a 3,250-home urban village. Its innovative design, smart growth philosophy and cutting-edge environmental safeguards make Issaquah Highlands the standard for others to follow. For more information, visit and

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Suzanne E. Lee
    MWW Group for Port Blakely Communities