3 Ways to Engage your City, Opening Day at the Farmer's Market, Reminder: Fireworks banned in Kirkland

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this week in kirkland

May 29, 2019

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Three Ways to Engage your City

1. Help the City create our first Sustainability Master Plan

The City is creating a Sustainability Master Plan to coordinate all of the City’s efforts of environmental, economic, and social sustainability. You are invited to a Sustainability Forum at City Hall from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 22.  (You're encouraged to RSVP, but it is not required.) At the Sustainability Forum, you'll have the opportunity to brainstorm actions the City might undertake to support sustainability in Kirkland. This forum will be highly interactive and will be structured around the eight draft focus areas for the plan:

  • Energy Supply & Emissions
  • Buildings & Infrastructure
  • Transportation and Land Use
  • Sustainable Materials Management
  • Natural Environment & Ecosystems
  • Sustainable Business
  • Healthy Community
  • Sustainable Governance

Please watch the video below for more information on the Sustainability Master Plan. There is also a short online survey about the Sustainability Master Plan. Your responses to the survey will help inform how City staff structures the Sustainability Forum and the Master Plan.

Questions about the forum? Please feel free to contact David Wolbrecht at 425-587-3011 or dwolbrecht@kirklandwa.gov.


SMP video cover

2. Participate in shaping the future of the Market, Norkirk and Highlands Neighborhoods

The City of Kirkland Planning and Building Department, in coordination with the neighborhood associations in each area, is tasked with updating the Market, Norkirk and Highlands Neighborhood Plans and Market Street Corridor Plan in the City’s Comprehensive Plan in 2019-2020. Now is the best opportunity for residents, property owners, visitors, and business owners within these three neighborhoods to influence the future growth of these areas.

You're invited to attend the Neighbor to Neighbor Workshop on Wednesday, June 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the City Hall Peter Kirk Room (lower level) at 123 Fifth Avenue, Kirkland.

The evening will include separate group discussions for the Market, Norkirk, and Highlands neighborhoods and Market Street Corridor. Participants will discuss a variety of topics that will shape the future of these neighborhoods. Neighborhood plans establish the long range vision for each neighborhood over the next 20 years, define how that neighborhood or corridor might best manage traffic, meet predicted household and job growth, and incorporate vital services in context with the citywide goals and policies in the Comprehensive Plan.

For more information visit the project webpage, sign up for email announcements, or participate in the online survey from June 1 to June 30.

Neighborhood map

3. Provide feedback on three master plan concepts for 132nd Square Park

Join us on Thursday, June 20, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 13220 Be 132nd St., to learn about three master plan concepts for 132nd Square Park. Your input will help inform the final master plan.  

The City of Kirkland is designing a project to better manage stormwater in the Totem Lake/Juanita Creek basin. At the same time, the City is planning to invest in the 132nd Square Park's ballfields, trail system and playgrounds. To ensure that those investments are compatible with the community's vision and the City's goals for the park, Kirkland's leaders are engaging the community in a master plan process. 

For more information contact Mary Gardocki, Park Planning and Development Manager at 425-587-3311. 

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, or activity of the City of Kirkland should contact the ADA Coordinator, Chris Thomas (ADACoordinator@kirklandwa.gov), Director of Human Resources (425-587-3210), as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event.

132nd square park

Johanna Palmer greets her Golden Retriever May 9 at the City of Kirkland's Picnic in the Park in 132nd Square Park. Nearly 100 community members participated in the master planning process for 132nd Square Park by sharing their values for a community park at the May 9 Picnic in the Park event.

Opening Day of the Juanita Friday Market

The City invites the community to attend the grand opening of the Juanita Friday Market, which takes place 3 to 7 p.m., Friday, June 7 at Juanita Beach Park.

A twelve-year Kirkland tradition, the Juanita Friday Market features fresh produce from local farmers, artisanal breads and desserts, locally-made honey, hot food, cut flowers, sustainable skin care products, hand-crafted jewelry, candles, natural soap, local art and much more. The weekly series is set against the stunning backdrop of Juanita Beach Park, which offers sandy shoreline, restrooms, swimming and a children’s play area. The Juanita Friday Market extends from June 7 through September 27, providing community members and guests with an entire summer filled with local products, live music, tasty delicacies and family-friendly fun.

Juanita Beach Park is located at 9703 N.E. Juanita Drive. The market takes place every Friday rain or shine! For more information about the Juanita Friday Market, please visit the City website.

Juanita Friday Market

Fireworks banned in Kirkland City limits

Fire Chief Joe Sanford and Police Chief Cherie Harris want to remind you that the sale and use of fireworks inside the City limits is prohibitedFor over two decades the City of Kirkland has reduced fireworks-related injuries, fires and calls for service through the implementation of Kirkland Municipal Code Chapter 11.60, which disallows the sale and use of fireworks inside the City limits unless it is a permitted display. With this year’s increased risk of wildfires, the City is pleased to continue this tradition of community safety.

We encourage community members to celebrate Independence Day safely! The family-friendly Independence Day celebration begins at 10 a.m. with activities for kids, followed by the children’s walking parade at 11:30 a.m. and the traditional grand parade at noon.  Later that evening, join us for the dazzling public display of fireworks at 10:15 p.m., Thursday, July 4, at Marina Park in downtown Kirkland! 

Fireworks Ban Video

Senior Art Show: Creativity is Ageless

Senior Art Show

The City of Kirkland Senior Council is excited to present the 11th Annual Senior Art Show, featuring a vibrant showcase of artistic expression carefully crafted by some of Kirkland’s most talented artists!

The show, entitled “Creativity is Ageless,” opens Thursday, June 6, with a celebratory opening night reception from 5 to 7 p.m. in the lobby of Merrill Gardens at Kirkland. The show, which remains on display through June 28, includes over 60 pieces of original art, including oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors, pastels, drawings, pottery, sculpture, photography, quilts and more! All are welcome to attend the opening night reception, which offers a no-host bar, live music and tasty bites.

Opening night guests are encouraged to vote on their favorite works of art in each different medium, with ribbons awarded to the winning artists.

Merrill Gardens is located at 14 Main Street S., in the heart of downtown Kirkland. Community members unable to attend opening night are welcome to drop in and view the art show between the hours of 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. during the week and on weekends.

Upcoming Events


Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF)

May 30–June 2 

Kirkland Performance Center 

Recognized as one of the top film festivals in North America, the Seattle International Film Festival brings some of the world’s greatest films to the Kirkland Performance Center. SIFF Kirkland features 12 films and an opening night reception for the screening of Non-Fiction on May 30.

Summer Sundays

Summer Sundays on Park Lane

Every Sunday June 2-September 22, 7 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Park Lane

All are invited to shop, stroll and dine on Park Lane in a car-free environment. Come down and enjoy the charming ambiance of a Summer Sunday!

CKC Volunteers

Help remove invasive plants on the Cross Kirkland Corridor

Monday, June 3, 9-11 a.m. 

NE 68th St

What should you bring?​​

  • ​Water to drink (note that there are no bathrooms available)
  • Wear long pants, long sleeves, sturdy traction boots or shoes (ground may be uneven or slippery)
  • Leather gloves if you have them (extras available)
  • Tools provided
  • Due to site conditions this event is not suitable for unaccompanied volunteers younger than 18 years old

More info at https://ckcvolunteers.weebly.com/

Orca final wednesdays

Transit and ORCA for All!

Wednesday, June 5, 1:30-3:30 p.m. 

City Hall Main Lobby

King County Metro will be onsite to help you with ORCA card services including youth ORCA cards, Regional Reduce Fare Permits, Senior ORCA cards, and regular ORCA cards. 

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.