Report Issues and Track their Resolution with the New Our Kirkland App, Spring Parks Registration, and more!

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March 13, 2019

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Report Potholes, Street Lights, and More on the Our Kirkland App

The City has launched Our Kirkland, a new app and online service that allows community members to report issues and track their resolution on their smartphone, tablet, or home computer.

Our Kirkland is a user-friendly online customer service portal that gives residents a streamlined opportunity to report non-emergency issues such as potholes or graffiti, request services and contact the Kirkland City Council. The new service request portal is accessible through the City website via any desktop computer and will be available as a free mobile app which can be downloaded from Google Play (available now) and the Apple App Store (coming soon). 

“The City is excited to offer this new tool to our community members,” said Kirkland City Manager Kurt Triplett. “The City Council funded Our Kirkland as part of their ongoing commitment to customer service and responsiveness. The Our Kirkland app is designed to make it easier for community members to report concerns and view responses from City Staff.”

Users can set up an Our Kirkland account to view their service request history, including status, progress and details of how the issue was resolved, at any time. Requests and issue reports may also be submitted anonymously, based on user preference.

The tool allows users to easily add images and other supporting documents, for additional detail when reporting things like potholes in roadways or issues within our parks system. When an item requiring City attention is identified, a resident can simply pull out their smart phone, photograph the issue, use the app’s mapping tool to pinpoint the location, and submit the request – all within a matter of minutes.

Our Kirkland is for non-emergency issues only. Residents who need immediate emergency assistance should call 9-1-1.

For use Our Kirkland, please visit: Our Kirkland 

Our Kirkland banner with URL

New Design for Juanita Beach Park to Create Accessible Playground

Visitors to Juanita Beach Park will have a new bathhouse, two new picnic pavilions from which to choose and new playground equipment – inclusive of abilities – by spring 2020, thanks to a construction project that begins fall 2019.

The bathhouse’s new location will maximize westward views of Lake Washington from the park. The new building, itself, will offer space for concessions, lifeguarding equipment and management. Its restrooms will be open year-round.

One of the project’s major achievements is that it enhances protection of Juanita Creek and the 1.2-acre wetlands that surround it.

“This project offers improved amenities for the community while also protecting the natural environment,” said Parks and Community Services Director Lynn Zwaagstra.

To improve and expand the buffer protecting Juanita Creek and its wetlands, the project will relocate the north-to-south trail slightly to the east of and adjacent to the new bathhouse. It will also establish low-lying native vegetation, such as vine maple, sword fern and salal.

The City of Kirkland designed the new playground to be inclusive and accessible to children of all abilities. The surface, for example, will be a stable, synthetic play grass with play equipment specifically designed to include those with physical and cognitive disabilities.

“The City is dedicated to ensuring that all people have access to the benefits of local parks and recreation,” Zwaagstra said. “We are currently working on developing a formal inclusion policy for all parks.”

Juanita Beach Concept

2019 Spring/Summer Registration begins Thursday, March 14th!

Parks brochure spring/summer 2019

2019 Spring/Summer Registration begins
Thursday, March 14th!

Register for programs online at: Kirkland Parks
(starting at 6 a.m. on March 14th!)

View Recreation Programs at the Kirkland Parks Brochure website.

Walk-up registration will be available starting at 8 a.m.
at the following locations:

City Hall (123 5th Ave)
North Kirkland Community Center (12421 103rd Ave NE)
Peter Kirk Community Center (352 Kirkland Ave)

Registration by phone is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling
(425) 587-3300 and selecting option 1.

Don't Forget to License Your Pet!

March pet licensing ad

Upcoming Events

Shamrock Run course map

Kirkland Shamrock Run 10K and 5K

Saturday, March 16

Marina Park

The Kirkland Shamrock Run is a family-friendly race meant to celebrate healthy living, St. Patrick’s Day and Kirkland. The 10K kicks off at 9 a.m., with the 5K beginning shortly after. The race begins and ends at Marina Park, and commuters should anticipate traffic delays.

A course map is available online at: Kirkland Special Events. For more information about the Shamrock Run, please visit the Shamrock Run website at: Shamrock Run.

NOTE: The Lakeshore Plaza Parking Lot, including Kirkland Avenue from Lake Street to the city dock, will be closed to vehicles from 5:30 a.m. until noon.

132nd Square Park

Two Upcoming 132nd Square Park Community Engagement Opportunities

City staff will be discussing major investments to 132nd Square Park during the monthly Evergreen Hill Neighborhood meeting on Wednesday, March 20, and again during an Open House on March 26.

Attendees will learn about two projects happening at the park: design of a stormwater retrofit project underneath the park; and a Park Master Plan process. Community members will be able to ask questions and share concerns with City staff during the March 20 and March 26 meetings. For more information about the projects, please visit our website at: Kirkland News Room.

Evergreen Hill Neighborhood Meeting
Friends of Youth Building 13116 NE 132nd Street in the Kingsgate area
Wednesday, 7 p.m., March 20

132nd Square Park Open House
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 13220 NE 132nd Street
Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m., March 26

Legislative map

Upcoming Legislative Town Halls

Local Town Hall meetings are a great place learn more about what your lawmakers are working on in Olympia! Depending on where you live in Kirkland you reside in one of three legislative districts, each of which is served by a senator and two representatives.

To find out what district you’re in, please visit: Legislative District Finder

Town Hall meeting details:

District 48:
Town Hall takes place 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 23, at Redmond City Hall.
Rep. Walen
Rep. Slatter
Sen. Kuderer
(Redmond City Hall is located at: 15670 N.E. 85th Street in Redmond. Doors open at 10.)

District 1:
Town Hall takes place 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, at Cascadia College in Mobius Hall.
Sen. Guy Palumbo
Rep. Stanford
Rep. Shelley Kloba
(Cascadia College is located at: 18345 Campus Way N.E. in Bothell.)

District 45:
Town Hall takes place 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, at the Lake Washington Institute of Technology auditorium (room W404).
Sen. Manka Dhingra
Rep. Larry Springer
Rep. Roger Goodman
(Lake Washington Institute of Technology is located at: 11605 132nd Ave N.E. in Kirkland.)

Coffee with a Cop

Coffee with a Cop

Tuesday, 8:30 a.m., March 26

Kirkland Starbucks, 12209 85th Street

The City of Kirkland invites you to attend Coffee with a Cop, an informal opportunity to meet your local law enforcement professionals. This event is hosted by the Kirkland Police Department and all are welcome to attend. We hope to see you there!

Leadership Coalition

2nd Annual Eastside Race and Leadership Summit

Bellevue Presbyterian Church, 1717 Bellevue Way NE

Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 29  


Join the Eastside Race and Leadership Coalition for a day of information and inspiration!

The summit is geared toward people doing equity work in East King County, but all are welcome. We encourage equity advocates from throughout the Puget Sound region to come connect and learn from each other.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Jimmy Matta, Mayor of Burien, WA, Kalika Curry, Community Impact Manager for Eastside Pathways

Attendees will participate in breakout sessions following each keynote to dive deeper into conversations, network, and explore tangible action steps they can take in their community work in the coming months.