Linn Emrich had begun the process of moving out of the Skyport in June due to legal deadlines, so he was not present on July 8th. By the following year, he had moved his operations to Camano Island, about 63 miles (101 kilometers) northwest of Seattle. One year before he passed away in 2002, he generously donated his personal Skyport scrapbook to the Issaquah History Museums.
Woodward went on to run a parachute center in the nearby town of Snohomish.
Born To Fly
For some community members, the loss of the Skyport is like a scar. It signified the end of an era, perhaps most significantly the era of Issaquah as a small town. Until then, Issaquah had been directly associated with the image of glider planes and parachutes; without it, the town's visual identity was ruptured. For pilots and parachutists who used the Skyport, it was devastating partly because airfields like that are extremely rare. Others believe its closure was inevitable and enjoy the convenience of Pickering Place combined with jobs created.
The Skyport is gone, but flight has found a way to remain in town: "that Issaquah feeling" still lives in the sky with the paragliders on Poo Poo Point, who now represent a piece of Issaquah's visual identity.
Photograph courtesy of Mountains To Sound Greenway Trust.