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High Street Conversion
High Street
On July 16, 2018 the Council approved the conversion of a portion of High Street in the Issaquah Highlands to a multi-use trail with adjacent recreational amenities and an overlook.

High Street conversion was proposed by the applicant for the Westridge North Single Family Preliminary Plat. With the conversion of High Street, its vehicular functions will be replaced by a new road the applicant will build through the proposed plat, which parallels High Street. The applicant will also extend Ellis Drive to connect with West Highland Park. About 100 ft of High Street, north of the Ellis Drive extension, will be retained to allow for access to a future Lakeside neighborhood.

To convert the street to a multi-use trail, overlook, and recreational amenities, about half of the existing High Street road surface will be removed. The remaining 15 ft or so of roadway will be resurfaced and preserved as the multi-use trail. Removal of half the existing roadbed will provide additional open space, in the form of a linear park, in an area of Issaquah Highlands that has limited open areas. High Street will remain public right-of-way though it will be maintained by the Issaquah Highlands Community Association (IHCA). 

Public Survey 
In addition to the trail, an overlook and a series of recreational amenity areas will be provided. During the public process to approve the conversion, the City committed to a survey and public process to decide on which amenities were most appropriate. Using the survey results, the Urban Village Development Commission (UVDC) will be asked to provide a recommendation regarding appropriate and suitable recreational amenities for the park area. 

The survey ended on November 2, 2018.

Issaquah Contacts
Lucy Sloman
DSD Land Development Manager

Phone: 425-837-3433