Mayor Penny Sweet honored for service, update on 6th Street, accepting applications for 2019 Community Academy, join discussion on community policing, National Night Out, Pet-a-palooza and more!

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July 17, 2019

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Honoring Mayor Penny Sweet for 20 years of creating community through “Celebrate Kirkland"

Photo of Mayor Penny Sweet and the Kirkland City Councilmembers with Rep. Larry Springer at council meeting

On Tuesday, July 16, the Kirkland City Council honored Mayor Penny Sweet for her 20 years of tireless dedication to “Celebrate Kirkland,” the nonprofit organization that created and continues to organize Kirkland’s annual 4th of July Community Celebration.

The recognition was given in the form of an official proclamation read by Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold.

Sweet and her husband, Washington State Representative Larry Springer, joined with other community leaders in 1999 to craft a 4th of July celebration that truly brought the community together. “Celebrate Kirkland” was founded, bringing a vibrant parade and a host of family-friendly Fourth of July festivities centered directly in the heart of Kirkland’s sparkling waterfront Marina Park.

Today, Celebrate Kirkland works in partnership with the Kirkland Downtown Association to coordinate the event, with Mayor Sweet as the driving force. Every year, her perseverance unites a vast team of volunteers who work together to ensure that the event comes together seamlessly.

Join us in thanking Mayor Sweet for her hard work and incredible dedication to the Kirkland community!

Final phase of Sixth Street work begins August

Map of 6th Street Construction project

The rehabilitation and repaving project will wrap-up the City’s work along the corridor

Lakeside Industries plans to begin construction in early August on the Sixth Street corridor’s last major improvement project: rehabilitating and repaving the roadway from Fourth Avenue to Northeast 68th Street.

Crews will begin the two-month process by rebuilding non-compliant curb ramps and by removing the utility lids—commonly known as manhole covers—from utilities that are in the street.

The contractor will work between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., as well as from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Lakeside plans to complete most of the loudest tasks during the day, and will schedule less loud tasks, such as paving and striping, at night.

Senior Project Engineer George Minassian, Ph.D., P.E., will be on-site in a community question booth near the Cross Kirkland Corridor at 9 a.m. every Tuesday to monitor work and to answer questions from the community. The booth will be located on the northeast corner of Sixth Street’s intersection with the Cross Kirkland Corridor.

Kirkland’s project staff will attend the August 18 Everest Neighborhood Picnic to collect feedback and answer questions.

The Kirkland City Council awarded the Sixth Street rehabilitation project contract to Lakeside Industries at its July 16 meeting.

For more information about the Sixth Street rehabilitation and repaving project, please visit the project webpage at: Sixth Street South Rehabilitation Project.

Join the conversation on community policing in Kirkland

The City of Kirkland is seeking to better understand the community’s expectations on community policing, which is the law enforcement philosophy that emphasizes relationships between the police and community members. These relationships help our police officers engage with residents to prevent crime from happening, instead of only responding after incidents occur.

City staff are hosting two upcoming focus groups to learn from community members about their ideas and expectations for community policing:

July 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. at City Hall

August 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kirkland Justice Center (part of National Night Out)

Please visit the City’s webpage for more information on this civic conversation on community policing.

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 (, Director of Human Resources (425-587-3210), as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event.

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Kirkland Police Department accepting applications for 2019 Community Academy

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The Kirkland Police Department is excited to accept applications for the 2019 Community Academy, a dynamic, eight-week series meant to give Kirkland residents a firsthand look at the inner-workings of the Kirkland Police Department.

The 2019 Community Academy takes place 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday evening starting on September 18 and running through November 6, 2019. The series includes fun, focused instruction on a variety of law enforcement-related topics including patrol officer training, investigations, K9, special response, use of force, firearms, DUI enforcement, traffic enforcement and more! The academy is taught by Kirkland police officers and other department personnel, each showcasing their individual areas of expertise.

The academy is free to attend! Applications are due by Friday, August 30.

“The Community Academy is a unique way to truly get to know your police department,” said Neighborhood Resource Officer (NRO) Deana Lansing. “We welcome the opportunity to share our world in a way that’s inclusive, inviting, and a serious amount of fun!”

Academy instruction combines in-class lectures with hands-on activities including exhilarating live training simulations and the opportunity to investigate a mock “crime scene.” Additional components include a K9 demonstration and tours of department facilities. Community Academy participants must be at least 21 years of age, must live or work in Kirkland, and have no prior felony convictions. Academy objectives include enhancing police-community relationships, encouraging Kirkland residents to partner with law enforcement to help make Kirkland a safer place, and to provide residents with a greater understanding of police functions.

The series concludes with an official graduation ceremony in which academy participants are awarded a certificate of completion signed by Police Chief Cherie Harris. Class size is limited to 20 participants, so apply today!

For more information about the Community Academy or to download the application, please visit our website at: Kirkland Police Department Community Academy. Completed applications can be submitted via mail or email. Contact NRO Lansing at: with any questions!

National Night Out 2019 is Tuesday, August 6

The City of Kirkland invites residents and guests to attend the National Night Out Against Crime 2019 neighborhood block party, a fun and memorable community-building event meant to promote police-community partnerships and bolster neighborhood camaraderie!

Hosted by the Kirkland Police Department, the National Night Out (NNO) 2019 neighborhood block party takes place 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, August 6, at the Kirkland Justice Center. NNO is free to attend and includes a delicious barbecue dinner, activities for kids, police and fire vehicle displays, touch-a-truck, tours of the Kirkland Justice Center and much more! Meet your Kirkland police officers and firefighters, City leadership and Police Chief Cherie Harris.

“National Night Out is such an incredible opportunity for our first responders to build relationships with the community members they serve every day,” said Police Chief Cherie Harris. “Everyone is welcome, so bring your family and join us in celebrating this important annual event. Dinner is on us!”

National Night Out Against Crime is held every year on the first Tuesday in August. This year marks the 36th year of NNO, with over 16,000 communities participating across the United States.

For more information on NNO, please visit the National Night Out webpage at: For more information about NNO in Kirkland, or to request first responder attendance at your neighborhood event, please visit our website at: National Night Out in Kirkland.

Logo and graphic for 2019 National Night Out neighborhood block party at the Kirkland Justice Center

Shoreline Master Program update: Community invited to public meeting on July 25

The City of Kirkland invites community members to attend a joint public meeting held by the Kirkland Planning Commission and the Houghton Community Council to provide feedback on the proposed amendments to the Kirkland Shoreline Master Program (SMP).

The meeting takes place at approximately 7 p.m. (or as soon thereafter as possible) on Thursday, July 25, at Kirkland City Hall in Council Chambers. During the meeting, community members and stakeholders may speak or submit written comments. In advance of the meeting, written comments may be submitted to the Houghton Community Council and/or the Planning Commission in care of Joan Lieberman-Brill of the Planning and Building Department. 

Please refer to Permit No. CAM19-00026 and include your name, mailing address, and email address.

The Houghton Community Council's public meeting is to allow the community council to make recommendations to the Planning Commission and the City Council. The Planning Commission's hearing is the official hearing of the City. The Planning Commission will prepare a recommendation to the City Council to help inform the City Council’s final decision on the amendments.

The recommendation will be presented at an upcoming City Council meeting. The date of the council meeting has not been set.

The SMP is a set of land-use policies and regulations that guide how Kirkland’s shoreline properties are used and developed. The SMP must be updated every eight years to assure consistency with changes to state law, to address consistency with the City’s Comprehensive Plan and development regulations, and to otherwise improve the City’s shoreline regulations. The periodic update process is required by the Washington State Department of Ecology, as part of the Shoreline Management Act (SMA).

More information on the SMP, including the final draft of the proposed amendments for the 2019 periodic update, is available for viewing on the City website at:

Photo of ducks and turtles on a log at Juanita Bay Park

Introducing the Pet-a-palooza Road Show

Join us at Edith Moulton Park from 12 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, for our premier Pet-a-palooza Road Show event! Meet Kirkland's Animal Control Officer Jennifer Matison, get a free leash, and learn more about the benefits of licensing your pet! 

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Upcoming events

Juanita Friday Market

Juanita Friday Market

Every Friday June 7 to Sept. 27, 3 to 7 p.m.

Juanita Beach Park, 9703 N.E. Juanita Drive

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.

Waste Management graphic for recycling and shredding event


"Think Green" Neighborhood Recycling and Reuse Event

Saturday, July 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Northshore Community Church

Bring your unwanted clothes, linens, electronics, Styrofoam, books, dishes, games and paper for shredding. We'll recycle it all for FREE! For more information about this event, please visit the Facebook event page at: Think Green!

Northshore Community Church is located at 10301 N.E. 145th Street in Kirkland. 

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Port of Seattle Commission Meeting 

Tuesday, July 23, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Kirkland City Hall, 123 5th Ave.

The Port of Seattle is holding its July 23 commission meeting at Kirkland City Hall. Commission meetings are open to the public. All authority of the Port of Seattle is vested with the Commission in its actions as a public body under state law. Five Commissioners, elected at large by the voters of King County, serve four-year terms to govern the Port, lead all inter-governmental functions, and oversee the Executive Director. The Commission vests authority with the Executive Director and delineates Commission and ED responsibilities through the Delegation of Responsibility and Authority.

For more information about the Port of Seattle, visit:

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Earthquake "Proof" your home

Tuesday, July 23, 6 to 7 p.m.

Kirkland City Hall, 123 5th Ave.

Is your home ready for the Big One? If a major earthquake shook your home today, would you still have a safe place to live?

This class will cover the basics of earthquake-"proofing" your home, from securing furniture to easy ways to check the structural integrity of your building.

Come learn how you can take practical, affordable steps to help protect your household in the event of an earthquake.

Sign up online:

rocket to mars


Rockets to Mars: Past, Present and Future

Tuesday, August 6, 7 p.m. 

Kingsgate Library

For adults.

Mars has long been of interest to people on Earth, having been identified by the Egyptians as a wanderer on a planet, more than 3,500 years ago.

Mariner 9 in 1971 was the first mission to Mars. Viking 1 and Viking 2 were the first to land on Mars in 1976. Hear all about Mars exploration and the rockets that got the spacecraft and landers there, and future plans for human ventures.

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