Recreation Scholarship Program Expanded!, What's coming up at City Council, and City Seeks CIO

View as a webpage

this week in kirkland

August 1, 2019

city of kirkland washington

Parks Department expands Recreation Scholarship Program

Parks Department Logo

The Kirkland Parks and Community Services Department’s scholarship program now includes more opportunities for Kirkland residents to receive income-based scholarships to access all programs.

Kirkland residents, regardless of age or ability, can now apply for scholarships to cover 50 percent, 75 percent or 95 percent of any Parks Department recreation program. Previously scholarships were only available up to 25 or 50 percent of the cost of the program. All scholarships are based on income verification. Scholarship applications are available online at

“Income shouldn’t be a barrier to people being active,” said Councilmember Toby Nixon. “We hope that these scholarships will help ensure that every Kirkland resident has the opportunity to access programs where they can be active and social in a positive environment.”

Funding for the increased scholarship opportunities have largely come from donations from corporate employee giving programs that have been collected over time. However, the new scholarship program makes it possible for any community members to donate to the scholarship fund.

“Donating to the scholarship fund is a great way for community members to support other community members. Your donation will have a tangible impact on one of your neighbors,” said Nixon.  

All information provided in the application is confidential.  Scholarships are available to all residents of the city of Kirkland.  Residents may apply for scholarships for themselves or any member of their household of which they have guardianship and verification.

Residents who wish to donate to the scholarship program can do this online through the City website at   

What's coming up at City Council

What’s Coming Up at City Council

The Kirkland City Council holds its next business meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7. Normally scheduled on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, next week’s meeting takes place on Wednesday so that our elected officials can participate in our community National Night Out events on August 6. In advance of the official agenda, which will be available in its entirety on the City website later this week, here are a few notable items slated for discussion:

Totem Lake Gateway Contract Award

The Council will vote to award the construction contract for the Totem Lake Gateway Project, a multifaceted transportation improvement project that will rehabilitate Totem Lake Boulevard between N.E. 124th Street and 120th Avenue N.E., overlay 120th Avenue N.E. from Totem Lake Boulevard to N.E. 128th Street, construct new 10-foot sidewalks along the east side of 120th N.E., and overlay Totem Lake Boulevard from N.E. 124th Street to N.E. 128th. This project addresses long standing deficiencies in the structural integrity of Totem Lake Boulevard and its construction is largely funded by a $4.8 million grant awarded by the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board (TIB).

Rose Point Lift Station Contract Award

Council will vote to award a construction contract for the Rose Point Lift Station Improvement Project, which replaces an aging wastewater lift station built in the early 1970s with a modern, lower maintenance facility. This $2.2 million project will reduce lift station operating costs, allow for remote system monitoring, and help provide reliable, efficient and effective wastewater service to residents.

Future Metro RapidRide 1027 Briefing

The Council will receive a briefing from City staff on the planned King County Metro (Metro) RapidRide line 1027, a new bus rapid transit service expected to begin in 2025. Founded in 2010, RapidRide bus lines are faster than conventional bus lines because they stop less frequently, utilize bus-only bypass lanes and transit signal priority. Currently, Metro operates six RapidRide routes, named Line A through Line F, and plans to add seven additional routes by 2027.  Corridor 1027 is a through-Kirkland route connecting Totem Lake to South Bellevue/Eastgate and will be named “Line K.”

Totem lake gateway map

City seeks applicants for Chief Information Officer


The City of Kirkland, Washington is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO).  The CIO is the Director of the Information Technology Department and manages Information Technology functions in accordance with professional and administrative standards, municipal ordinances, industry best practices, and general established policies. This position helps the City Council, City Manager’s Office, and City staff use technology to achieve their goals. The CIO is also responsible for keeping existing and necessary City technology and communications systems operational, keeping City data safe, secure, and available, and for helping the City upgrade existing and implement new technology as appropriate.

To learn more about the requirements of the position and to submit an application visit the Chief Information Officer job listing on the GovJobs website. 

Upcoming Events


Kingsgate Park Stewardship Event

Saturday August, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Kingsgate neighbors and friends, please join the Green Kirkland Partnership and help volunteer to kick-off forest stewardship at Kingsgate Park.

This park features beautiful rustic trails winding through a stand of mature conifer and deciduous trees with wonderful tree canopy just perfect for summer! Your help is needed to cut and pull invasive ivy from these majestic trees – bring your team and learn more about this neighborhood gem of a park. All tools and training are provided, and no prior experience is necessary.


Please register on the Green Kirkland website to find out more.


Summer Sundays on Park Lane!

Come down to Park Lane to shop, sip and stroll all day Sunday. 

The Bothell Jugglers will delight from 2:30 to 4:30 pm

Non-stop music from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. including beloved troubador Bob from 1 to 3 p.m. and singing sensation Jennifer Rae most of the day.

National Night Out Flyer

National Night Out

Tuesday, August 6, 6 to 8 p.m.

Kirkland Justice Center and various neighborhoods

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

NNO at the Kirkland Justice Center 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.

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.

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.

pet-a-palooza flyer

Pet-a-palooza Road Show

Wednesday, August 7, 2 to 7 p.m. at Marina Park 

Friday, August 9, 3 to 7 p.m. at Juanita Friday Market


Join us for a 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! Enter into a raffle for fabulous pet prizes (must have a licensed pet in Kirkland). 

emergency management logo

Can you hear me now? Communicating during an emergency.

Tuesday, August 13, 6 to 7 p.m. 

City Hall, Peter Kirk Room 

The power's out, there's no cell service, and you're fresh out of homing pigeons. During a big disaster, normal methods of communication may be out of service for hours or even days. Do you know how to communicate with your loved ones when this happens?

Come learn about resilient ways to communicate during an emergency, from low tech solutions to ham radio equipment, as well as how to make an emergency plan so even when you can't talk, your loved ones still know what to do during a disaster.

Sign up online:

community police academy

Kirkland Community Police Academy

Applications Due Friday, August 30

The Kirkland Police Department is accepting applications for the 2019 Community Police 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 Police 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! For more information about the Community Police Academy or to download the application, please visit our website at: Kirkland Police Department Community Academy.

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.

Orca final wednesdays