Recent Council actions, Groundbreaking for Parks Maintenance Center, 2 events to help you Spring Clean, and more!

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this week in kirkland

May 8, 2019

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City Council Actions

City Council

If you happened to miss this past Tuesday's meeting, here are a few of the highlights:

Mayor Penny Sweet proclaims May 13-May 17 as Affordable Housing Week in Kirkland. Affordable Housing Week is an annual initiative sponsored by the Housing Development Consortium to highlight the need for affordable housing in King County. Through education and
advocacy the Housing Development Consortium works collaboratively with public and private
organizations to meet the housing needs of limited-income people throughout the region. The Consortium is comprised of over 160 member organizations.

A number of events are being scheduled throughout the County during Affordable Housing
Week to heighten awareness about the need for more affordable housing. On the Eastside an
event titled “Affordable Housing 101: Why is it so dang hard?” will be held on Wednesday, May 15 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church in Kirkland. Registration details and information about other scheduled events during the week can be found at the
Consortium’s website.

May 2019 has been officially declared “Bike Everywhere Month” in Kirkland!

Throughout the month of May, the City, in partnership with other regional organizations, will promote greater public awareness of bicycle operation and safety education. The goal is to reduce collisions, injuries, and fatalities, as well as to improve health and safety for everyone on the road. On May 17, 2019, the City will help our region celebrate Bike Everywhere Day by participating in the setup and staffing of “Celebration Stations” at Marina Park and the lid/park over SR-520 at Evergreen Point that morning between 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. We hope to see you out on your bike!

Council adopts Ordinance O-4684 an Ordinance of the City of Kirkland relating to firearms and weapons and restricting the discharge of firearms.

This Ordinance came out of last year's Town Hall on Gun Safety and Community Safety.

The City of Kirkland is committed to remaining a safe, welcoming and inclusive community. As part of this effort, the City supports safe and responsible gun ownership. RCW 9.41.300 authorizes cities to adopt ordinances restricting the discharge of firearms in areas of their jurisdictions where it is determined there is a reasonable likelihood that human, domestic animals or property will be jeopardized, provided such ordinances do not infringe on the constitutional right of individuals under Article I, Section 24 of the Washington Constitution to defend themselves and others. This ordinance does not apply to law enforcement officers in the performance of their official duties. 

Council adopts Amendments to Zoning Code and Zoning Map for Rose Hill Neighborhood

As part of the implementation of the Rose Hill Neighborhood Plan, the City Council has adopted Ordinance O-4683. The amendments bring the zoning map and zoning code regulations into compliance with the new policies in the Rose Hill Neighborhood Plan. The adopted changes will help support walkability and the 10-minute neighborhood concept. Additionally, the amendments will help support economic development in the neighborhood as well as encourage additional housing opportunities.   


Bike Everywhere Month

From right to left: Councilmember Tom Neir, Mayor Penny Sweet, Transportation Commission Chair Lisa McConnell, Transportation Commissioner Faith DeBolt, Transportation Commission Vice Chair Kurt Ahrensfeld

Community invited to “Groundbreaking” for new Parks Maintenance Center

Parks Logo

Community members are invited to attend a “groundbreaking” ceremony on Wednesday, May 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the new City of Kirkland Parks Maintenance Facility located at 12006 120th Pl NE.

In 2018, the City of Kirkland purchased the property at 12006 120th Pl NE (formally Office Max) to renovate into a new parks maintenance facility for the Parks and Community Services Department. The purchase came after extensive evaluation to identify a location that would allow Parks Maintenance to best serve the community. Over the past several years the City has searched for a facility that could meet the service needs of the larger community created by the 2011 annexation of North Juanita, Finn Hill, and Kingsgate. Through annexation the City added 154 acres of parks and open spaces, including 132nd Square park, OO Denny, and Edith Moulton Park.

“The new parks maintenance center will allow staff to efficiently and effectively serve all of the City’s treasured parks and open spaces into the future,” said Mayor Penny Sweet. “The project is another important milestone in fulfilling the commitments the City made prior to annexation.”

Because the City is renovating the existing building, the ceremony on May 22 won’t be your traditional groundbreaking event--- think sledgehammers rather than gold shovels. Attendees will have the opportunity to see the plans for the renovations that will occur at the site, as well as learn about the day-to-day operations of the City’s Parks Maintenance crews. In addition to the “groundbreaking” ceremony, Mayor Penny Sweet and Parks and Community Services Director Lynn Zwaagstra will give a brief presentation on the history and benefits of the project. Refreshments will be available.

Parks Maintenance does not currently have sufficient space to locate all of the equipment and materials necessary to serve the 50 parks and 696 acres of land they are responsible for maintaining. The new maintenance center will be approximately 25,000 square feet and will be able to serve the department's needs much more effectively. The new location will allow the parks maintenance division to centrally locate equipment, materials, and supplies, thus increasing departmental efficiency by reducing trips and travel times. The new maintenance center will also enhance the current level of service throughout the city and will provide space for the Green Kirkland Partnership to continue to grow.

More information on the background of this project can be found on the City website.

Two Events to Help you Spring Clean the Environmentally Responsible Way!

The City of Kirkland's Kirkland Conserves program is pleased to offer you two opportunities to help you get your spring cleaning done in a way that is mindful of our environment. 

Safely Dispose of Hazardous Materials at Wastemobile

Bring your household chemicals to the Wastemobile at Fred Meyer (12221 120th Ave NE, Kirkland) this weekend, May 10-12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Accepted items include household cleaning products, garden pesticides and lawn products, oil-based paint, motor oil and other car chemicals, fluorescent lights, and more. Simply place items in your trunk and workers will unload them for you. Contact the Household Hazards Line with questions at 206-296-4692.

Recycle Tricky Items at May 18 Special Recycling Collection Event

Recycle items that have limited year-round recycling options at this special twice-yearly event on Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lake Washington Institute of Technology, South Parking Lot (11605 132nd Ave NE, use campus entrance at 132nd Ave NE).

Some items are collected for free, while others have a pass-through fee. Accepted items include mattresses, bulky wood, scrap metal, refrigerators, tires, toilets and more (pdf). New this year, latex paint will be accepted for a small per-can fee. All items collected at the event are recycled. Contact Kirkland’s Recycling Hotline with questions at

Free shredding is also available. Each household can bring up to four file-sized boxes (or equivalent) of material to be shredded. Shredding is completed by Confidential Data Disposal on site on the day of the event.


Kirkland Firefighters Support Future Women in EMS/Fire Workshop

Kirkland firefighters Keelin Pattillo and Megan Keyes made a lasting and positive impact last month, as they engaged with women from all over King County at the Future Women in EMS/Fire Workshop.  

Meant to inspire and inform women interested in learning more about a career in the fire service, the biannual workshop is coordinated by King County Emergency Medical Services and hosted by different fire departments around King County. Last month’s workshop – its third iteration – took place Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28, at Redmond Fire Department Station 17. A total of 30 women attended the free workshop, which included demonstrations, discussion panels, physical activities and hands-on opportunities.

Pattillo is a former professional soccer player who joined the Kirkland Fire Department in 2017. Once a midfielder for Seattle Reign FC, she now saves lives, fights fires and serves on the department’s water rescue team. It was all about finding the right career after retiring from professional sports, she said, and as she began to explore her options, the fire service met all her criteria.

She wanted a position that enabled her to be active, and not stuck in an office all day. She also craved variety, fulfillment and challenge, and wanted to be part of a team.

Firefighting was perfect.  

Keyes has been with the Kirkland Fire Department for 10 years, is an engine driver, and serves on the water rescue team. Additionally, she sits on the department’s new hire committee, teaches EMT classes and is an engine driver instructor. Keyes said that she loves her job as a firefighter, and that she never dreads having to go to work. She enjoys being in a profession that encourages and celebrates fitness, and loves the opportunity to have a positive impact on the community.

Volunteers for the weekend, Pattillo and Keyes participated in a CPR demonstration, led a session on vital signs and personal protective equipment (PPE) and another on forcible entry, and participated in multiple panel discussions. Thank you Keelin and Megan for your service to our community and beyond!

Kirkland firefighters Keelin Pattillo and Megan Keyes

Top left: Kirkland firefighter Keelin Pattillo Top Middle: Kirkland firefighter Megan Keyes

Upcoming Events

Water Smart in the Garden

Water Smart in the Garden

Kirkland Justice Center

Wednesday, May 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Dry summers and wet winters bring Northwest gardeners seasonal challenges to keeping lawns and gardens healthy. Learn how to design and plant to take advantage of both extremes – from drought tolerant plants to rain gardens. We will explore plant choices, review best planting techniques and discuss water management techniques for both winter and summer. 

Picnic in the Park

132nd Square Park Improvements- Picnic in the Park 

132nd Square Park, 13159 132nd Ave NE

Thursday, May 9, 4 - 6 p.m. 

Join us for a chat and a walk in the park to discuss proposed improvements to 132nd Square Park. Snacks and refreshments will be served.

Drip Irrigation

Drip Irrigation Workshop

McAuliffe Park

Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. 

Learn how easy it is to water your garden with resource-efficient drip irrigation! This class features a lecture, garden tour and hands-on opportunity to assemble components of a drip irrigation system. Please dress for the weather.

Wizard of OZ

The Wizard of Oz: 80 Years Down the Yellow Brick Road

Kingsgate Library

Tuesday, May 14, 6 p.m. 

The Wizard of Oz is a cultural phenomenon unlike any other. With memorable characters, the story is captivating and inspiring. Film historian Lance Rhoades will discuss how M.G.M.'s Technicolor musical adaptation of L. Frank Baum's book has sent generations of fans "over the rainbow!"

Gardening with nature

Gardening with Nature

Kirkland Justice Center

Wednesday, May 15, 6:30 p.m.-8:30p.m. 

Join City of Kirkland and Tilth Alliance for this evening class and learn how to make your yard and garden healthy and beautiful – without working too hard! By making a few simple changes and working with nature in your yard, you can have a great looking landscape that’s easier to care for and healthier for families, pets, wildlife, and the environment.

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Protecting the Environment During a Disaster & Every Day

Kirkland Fire Station 26

Wednesday, May 15, 7 - 9 p.m. 

The City invites the community to join Water Quality Program Coordinator Ryean-Marie Tuomisto, as she delves into the environmental side of a natural disaster and outlines ways the community can be better prepared to protect the environment in the case of an emergency. 

Tuomisto is the Water Quality Program Coordinator for the City of Kirkland. She is passionate about protecting Kirkland’s wetlands, streams and lakes from pollution, and ensuring that the natural habitat remains safe for the community to enjoy. She graduated from the University of Idaho with a Master of Science in Geochemistry and has over 20 years of experience in the environmental compliance field.

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Hands-on Gardening in the Park

Hands-on Natural Yard and Lawn Care

McAuliffe Park

Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 

Join City of Kirkland and Tilth Alliance for a hands-on exploration of yard care tools and techniques. Here’s your opportunity to learn about lawn care, explore potential alternatives lawn, get the “dirt” on soil - and get your questions answered by the experts. This class features a short lecture, garden tour and hands-on outdoor activities. Please dress for the weather.


Kirkland BizPrep Town Hall

Kirkland Performance Center

Tuesday, May 28, 6 - 8:30 p.m. 

Disasters happen. Is your business ready? The Kirkland Chamber of Commerce and Kirkland Office of Emergency Management are partnering to host BizPrep, a business preparedness town hall. Come learn about the tools you need to get your business prepared for just about anything. This town hall will feature a case study and business lessons learned from the 2016 Downtown Bothell Fire as well as a panel providing action items business owners, operators, and leaders can do to help their business weather an emergency incident. Topics will include disaster preparedness, cyber resiliency, and legal and insurance considerations. RSVP online.

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