Honoring the Legacy of Doreen Marchione and Jessica Greenway, Park Registration Opens Friday,and Houghton Beach Closure

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August 8, 2019

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City Council honors legacy of former Councilmembers Doreen Marchione and Jessica Greenway

In the month of July Kirkland lost two former City Councilmembers, Doreen Marchione and Jessica Greenway. The following is a joint statement from the City Council honoring the contributions and legacy of both of both of these devoted public servants.


Doreen Marchione exemplified what it means to lead a life devoted to the service to others. As an elected official for the cities of Redmond and Kirkland she brought leadership, a commitment to collaboration, and a relentless dedication to improving the lives of those in need. In her 15 years as CEO of Hopelink, Doreen worked tirelessly to improve the lives of tens of thousands of community members in King and Snohomish counties. During her tenure, she oversaw an increase in the number of residents HopeLink assisted, from 20,000 to 50,000 served annually.

The City of Kirkland was incredibly fortunate to be the beneficiary of Doreen Marchione’s leadership during her eight years on the City Council. Doreen brought a culture to the council that was focused on collaboration, accountability, and collegiality.  Her work led to the development of the City’s comprehensive ethics policy and the creation of the City’s new Human Service Commission.  Her impact on the City Council continues to have a tremendous influence today. Her dedication to public service, to advocating for those in need, and to mentoring future leaders, particularly women, is inspiring. Our community was blessed to benefit from her leadership.  

Doreen Marchione passed on Saturday, July 27, 2019. 

Further, the City Council remembers and honors former Kirkland City Councilmember Jessica Greenway. 

Greenway found extraordinary beauty in the black and white world of numbers. Her keen ability to understand and embrace the complexities of municipal budgets, financial sustainability and fiscal responsibility, was an asset to the council and to the City. A Kirkland resident for over 30 years, Jessica loved her community deeply. That love rendered itself as community advocacy and service, which began in the late 1980s when she helped found the North Rose Hill and Bridle Trails Neighborhood Association and served as the association’s first president. She subsequently served on the Park Board, Planning Commission and finally the City Council, where she selflessly helped guide our City for a total of eight years.

Her shrewd knack for numbers helped lay the groundwork for the 2011 annexation, and her devotion to community wellness drove her desire to make sure the City’s 30,000 new residents felt welcomed and fully integrated into the Kirkland community. Jessica was a visionary, always looking into the future and working proactively to ensure the continuity of what she referred to as the “Kirkland Quality of Life.” 

Jessica Greenway passed on Friday, July 19, 2019. 

Like Doreen Marchione, Jessica Greenway’s positive influence is forever weaved into the tapestry of the Kirkland community. The City Council is endlessly grateful for their service.   

Fall 2019/ Winter 2020 Parks Registration Opens Friday, August 9

Fall 2019/ Winter 2020 Parks Recreation Programming Guide

Registration for Kirkland Parks programming will open this Friday, August 9, at 6 a.m. on Kirklandparks.net.

Registration had previously been scheduled to open on Thursday, August 8, but a nationwide vendor outage caused the City to delay registration.  

We look forward to getting you registered for our exciting fall and winter programming!!

Houghton Beach closed due to high bacteria levels

Houghton Beach was closed yesterday, August 7, until further notice due to high bacteria concentrations in Lake Washington. 

Crews from the King County Water and Land Resources Division tested the water Wednesday, August 7, and found that the levels of bacteria exceeded the thresholds for closure. King County crews will sample the beach today, Thursday, August 8. Per King County protocol, the beach will remain closed for a minimum of three days. 

Houghton Beach will reopen when bacteria levels return to a safe range. 

To find out more about the science behind the beach closures view the video below. Though the video below is about Juanita Beach, much of the science behind the closure is still applicable. 

For more information on what determines whether a beach is closed visit the King County website and search for Swim Beach Monitoring Program. Updates about Houghton Beach will be posted to the City’s News Room webpage

Juanita Beach Closure Video Cover

Thank you for joining us at National Night Out!

What do you get when you combine delicious food, unique activities, happy community members, police officers and firefighters?

You get National Night Out, a rewarding community-building experience aimed at increasing neighborhood safety and building positive relationships between first responders and those they serve. 

Held every year on the first Tuesday in August, this year’s NNO celebrations took place Tuesday, August 6, in neighborhoods across the City. In addition to the many individual neighborhood events, the Kirkland Police Department hosted a free neighborhood block party from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kirkland Justice Center. The event featured a bouncy house for kids, free pizza, hotdogs, cake, chips and beverages, games, a step-and-repeat photo area, tours of the Kirkland Justice Center and much more!

Guests were invited to feel the weight of SWAT gear and learn more about what it means to serve on the City’s Special Response Team – a multijurisdictional unit called the North Sound Metro Team. Families learned about evidence collection and were given the chance to dust for fingerprints, explore the inside of an aid car, police car and our Animal Services patrol vehicle. Guests were also allowed to experience what it’s like to be handcuffed by City corrections staff!

Various department assignments were showcased, and everyone was welcome to touch, experience, play, and most of all – have fun! 

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to celebrate National Night Out with us at the Kirkland Justice Center! The City would like to extend a gracious message of thanks to Pagliacci Pizza in Juanita for its generous donation of delicious pizza, to community members Tim and Leslie Tinti for volunteering their time to serve our hungry guests, and to the Kirkland Police Explorer post for everything they did to help ensure that the event was a success!

Kirkland Explorers and Family

Upcoming Events


Pet-a-palooza Road Show

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). 


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: bit.ly/EmComm19

CERT Rodeo

CERT Rodeo!

Saturday, August 25, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

Kirkland City Hall

Join the Kirkland Office of Emergency Management (OEM) for the inaugural Kirkland CERT Rodeo! Yeehaw!
Come refresh, practice, and casually compete in CERT skills and get to know other CERTs in your neighborhood and OEM staff, and at the end of the day you'll get to lasso yourself a sweet treat.

This event is open to people who have completed Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. Priority registration will be given to City of Kirkland residents.
For more information contact OEM at KirklandEM@kirklandwa.gov or (425) 587-3391. Learn more about CERT at kirklandwa.gov/cert.

For safety reasons, the CERT Rodeo is only open to people who have completed Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. The next CERT class in Kirkland starts September 17, learn more at http://bit.ly/KirklandCERT19.


police community academy

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 Police Academy.

Becoming american

Becoming American

Kingsgate Library

Tuesday, September 17, 6:30  to 8:30 p.m.

Join a celebration of National Welcoming Week, bringing together immigrants, refugees, and native-born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone. More information at kcls.org/BecomingAmerican.


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.