Summer Sundays on Park Lane, Sixth Street Improvements, and more!

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May 22, 2019

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City kicks-off renovations for new Parks Maintenance Facility

Today members of the City Council joined City staff and members of the Park Board in ceremoniously smashing through a wall to commemorate the kick-off of renovations at the new Parks Maintenance Facility at 12006 120th Pl NE. 

In 2011, the City of Kirkland annexed the North Juanita, Finn Hill and Kingsgate neighborhoods. Through annexation, the City added 154 acres of parks and open spaces, including 132nd Square park, OO Denny, and Edith Moulton Park. Additionally, the City is in the process of either completing master plans, or implementing master plans, for Totem Lake Park, Juanita Beach Park, and 132nd Square Park. For seven years the City looked for a home for a maintenance center that was big enough to serve our amazing new and larger city. This project is another important milestone in fulfilling the commitments the City of Kirkland made to our newest residents after annexation.

Wall Smashing

Join us at Summer Sundays on Park Lane!

Join us at Summer Sundays on Park Lane starting Sunday, June 2! Opening Park Lane to people walking or biking only was inspired by residents hoping to create an atmosphere where community members could gather, shop, stroll, and dine in a casual car-free environment. During Summer Sundays, Park Lane will be closed to vehicles from 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. We invite you to grab your family and friends and come down and enjoy the charming ambience of a Summer Sunday. 

Summer Sundays is a pilot project between the City of Kirkland, community members, and neighborhood associations to provide accessibility, mobility and a strong sense of place for people while enhancing the volume of shopping and other business activities. The pilot will run from June 2 to September 22.

More information can be found on the City website

Summer Sundays on Park Lane

Help us keep our parks beautiful this summer

With summer right around the corner, Kirkland parks are starting to see more families, guests and urban adventurers. Visit O.O. Denny or Juanita Beach Park on a sunny Saturday and you’ll find the parks packed with families and folks enjoying the weather, barbecuing, picnicking and splashing in the lake. Unfortunately, the increase in foot traffic can also result in an increase in left-behind litter. Remember, “Leave no Trace” principles apply whether you’re trekking through one of Kirkland’s cherished parks or hiking in the mountains miles away from civilization! Help us keep our parks and public spaces clean by packing out whatever you pack in.

Our parks team works hard all summer to remove litter. Please help us out by always remembering to throw litter in the trash. And if the natural environment is your passion, join us and volunteer to clean-up a park! For more information about volunteer opportunities with the City of Kirkland, contact Volunteer Services Coordinator Patrick Tefft at or 425-587-3012.

Parks Clean-up

Update on Sixth Street Improvements

Johansen Construction will be closing Sixth Street's intersection with Kirkland Way starting at 8 a.m., May 30, while its crews replace sections of the street's concrete surface. No vehicles will be allowed through the intersection while it is closed. However, the City's contractor will establish a detour route around the closure. The closure will continue until 6 a.m., June 3.

The Sixth Street project includes installation of a pair of four-way traffic signals, water and sewer upgrades, and repaving. The City's contractor has completed the water and sewer upgrades including the replacement of a five-decade-old cast iron and concrete water and sewer main. City staff estimates that the traffic signal at Sixth Street/9th Ave. S. will be operational by the end of July. Paving is anticipated to begin after July 4 and continue into September.

For more information on the Sixth Street Improvements project visit the City website. 

Sixth Street

Upcoming Events

State of the City

State of the City with Mayor Penny Sweet

City Hall, 123 5th Ave, Kirkland

Thursday, June 13, 7-9 p.m. 

Community members will have the opportunity to hear about the latest updates on the City Council’s Work Program for 2019-2020. After the presentation, attendees can ask questions and engage in a dialogue with the Mayor and the City Manager.




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.