Council Approves Fire and Emergency Medical Services Ballot Measure for November, COVID-19 Update, Join Us This Weekend on Park Lane, and More!

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July 22, 2020

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Council Recap

City Council

Framework for Kirkland to Become a Safe, Inclusive and Welcoming Community 

The City Council continued their discussion of Resolution R-5434: Affirming that Black Life Matter and Approving the Framework for Kirkland to Become a Safe, Inclusive and Welcoming Community Through Actions to Improve the Safety and Respect of Black People in Kirkland and Help End Structural Racism by Partnering with Those Most Affected.

The draft framework is available on the City website. 

A final Resolution will be brought back for discussion at the August 4 City Council meeting.

Fire and Emergency Medical Services Ballot Measure

The Kirkland City Council took final legislative action to place the ballot measure related to Fire and Emergency Medical Services on the November 3, 2020 general election ballot.

After months of discussion, extensive review by a community safety advisory group, and community outreach, the Council determined that though it is a very difficult time to ask for additional funding, it was important to move forward with the ballot measure. Their decision was guided by input from the community, public safety needs, the importance of improving emergency response times and the current and potential future impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

More information on the potential Fire and Emergency Medical Services ballot measure is available on the City website. You can also watch the discussion at last night's Council meeting.

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COVID-19 Update

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Since it first hit our community on February 28, COVID-19 has been a rapidly evolving situation requiring close monitoring and the ability to quickly adapt to new health and safety protocols as guided by county and state public health agencies. With the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases across the state, we wanted to provide our community with an update on things the City is doing to help keep our residential and business communities safe, along with the most recent information from the Governor’s Office.   

Updates from the Governor’s Office

At the end of June, Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman issued a statewide mandatory face covering order that currently remains in effect. As such, individuals are prohibited from entering a place of business without wearing a face covering, and businesses may not conduct in-person business with a customer in a public setting unless that person is wearing a face covering. There are specific exemptions, include those with certain medical conditions and children under two, and individuals may remove face coverings while eating or drinking at a restaurant.

In response to the continued increase of COVID-19 cases in Washington, there is an order that bans live entertainment across the state and reduces Phase 3 guidelines for social gatherings from 50 to 10 people. The order, which went into effect on Monday, July 20, implements a statewide prohibition on indoor and outdoor live entertainment, including drive-in concerts, comedy clubs and music in restaurants. King County is currently in Phase 2, and as of July 2, all phasal advancements are halted.  

For more information about face coverings and other orders, visit the Governor’s webpage.

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Updates for Kirkland Businesses

The City continues to maintain its online resource guide to help Kirkland businesses impacted by COVID-19. This library of resources contains information about numerous City-initiated actions, services and programs aimed at helping our businesses and our nonprofits survive this economic crisis.  

Ongoing support continues to be available to our business community through (re)STARTUP425’s Business Response Team. Businesses can access free technical advising to help navigate various state and federal relief grant programs, SBA loans and other financial assistance options to assist with employee retention and other needs. For more information on these services, please visit the (re)STARTUP425 website

Most recently, the City has established “Evenings on Park Lane,” to help support our downtown business community during the pandemic. Evenings on Park Lane closes Park Lane to vehicular traffic from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. seven days a week, transforming Park Lane into a car-free, pedestrian friendly environment that emphasizes safety, social distancing, and mask-wearing. Evenings on Park Lane restaurants and retail businesses are encouraged to apply for “Parklet” permits to use the parking stalls directly abutting their storefronts as extended food service and/or retail space. For the “Parklet” application and others, visit our website. Evenings on Park Lane extends through Labor Day.

Please visit our website frequently for updates and new programs.

Updates for Kirkland Residents

The City continues to maintain its online resource guide to help Kirkland residents impacted by COVID-19. This digital help center connects residents to services such as legal aid, housing assistance, resources for seniors and much more. The Kirkland Food Hotline remains activated and available to residents who cannot afford food. Residents in need can call 425-207-4777, and call center staff will make arrangements to have food delivered to them.  

City facilities remain closed to the public and City Council meetings are held via Zoom. For more information on how to participate during Council meetings, visit the City website.     

The Parks and Community Services Department continues to adapt to the changing COVID-19 landscape. While the parks remain open, volleyball and basketball courts are closed in accordance with the Governor’s Safe Start plan. Park Ambassadors have been deployed to help educate parkgoers on the importance of physical distancing and mask wearing. To-date Park Ambassadors have provided over 6,000 masks to park visitors! Additionally, community members are asked to respect our newly implemented special park hours at Juanita Bay Park, 132nd Square Park, Everest Park, Edith Moulton Park and Spinney Homestead Park, which give seniors and those in high risk categories the opportunity to enjoy our amazing parks with fewer visitors.

For more information, visit our Parks Play it Safe webpage.  

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Shop Local Kirkland

Put on your mask and join us this weekend on Park Lane for some physically distanced fun in the sun!

Park Lane will be closed to vehicles from 6 p.m. on Friday, July 24, through 7 a.m. on Monday, July 27. This is a great opportunity to dine out and shop local in a safe, outdoor, physically distanced environment. Restaurants will be utilizing parking spaces for additional outdoor seating and merchants can bring their goodies out onto the sidewalk. So come down to Park Lane, show off your newest fashion forward face covering, and enjoy fabulous shopping, food, and cocktails.

Like the night-time closures on Park Lane, this is an effort to support downtown businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. It’s one of several efforts and initiatives the City has been exploring to support Kirkland businesses through this challenging time.

Park Lane will also be closed to vehicles on August 9. For more information, please visit our online newsroom.

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Make Sure Your Voice is Heard: Take our Biennial Community Survey by July 29

Last week, the City of Kirkland launched its online biennial Community Survey to gauge community attitudes about the quality of life in Kirkland, satisfaction with City government services, and priorities for the future.

A phone version of the community survey was recently administered to a statistically valid, random sample of Kirkland residents.

All Kirkland community members, whether they live, work, learn, or visit Kirkland, are encouraged to take the online survey, accessible by visiting: Kirkland Community Survey.  

For over a decade, the City has conducted a version of this survey every two years as part of its budget process. The results from both the online survey and the phone survey will be presented to the City Council in the coming months. The results will inform the Council about the community’s sentiments on various issues in Kirkland in preparation for the Council’s adoption of their 2021-2022 biennial budget later this fall.

The online survey will close at 12 pm on July 29, 2020. Results of past surveys can be found on the City’s website.

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Traffic Alerts for the Week of July 22 through July 28

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100th Avenue Northeast Closure

A short section of 100th Avenue Northeast, just south of its intersection with Simonds Road, remains closed until Aug. 13.

The all-day, all-night closure allows Kirkland’s contractor to replace the three-decade-old Cedar Creek culvert with a new 10-foot-wide, by eight-foot-tall concrete box culvert.

The new culvert will open nearly a mile of upstream habitat to trout, Coho and other salmon. It will also provide enough space for the 100th Avenue Northeast Roadway Improvement Project.

This future project will add two more automotive lanes, sidewalks and sidewalk-level bicycle lanes on both sides of the street between Northeast 139th and 145th streets.

The City is strongly encouraging commuters to use the official detour route—Northeast 145th Street, Juanita-Woodinville Road—while 100th Avenue Northeast is closed. To ensure drivers don’t speed through Juanita’s neighborhoods, the Kirkland Police Department is patrolling the neighborhood roads that connect 100th Avenue Northeast to Juanita-Woodinville Road.

Kirkland is promoting the detour route on the electronic reader boards, in the project flyer and on a pair of community signs its staff installed at the project’s limits. Additionally, Kirkland’s staff members will monitor the area during the closure, and if patrol emphasis is warranted, they will coordinate with the police department.


Cross Kirkland Corridor Mowing

The Cross Kirkland Corridor remains open to the public this week while Kirkland’s maintenance staff mows the grass and clears brush along the trail.

Trail users, however, may experience delays as they encounter the work crews, who are working from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The crews started at the south end of the corridor and have been working toward Northeast 124th Street in Totem Lake.


Neighborhood Safety Program Drivers should expect minor traffic delays at six locations this month while Kirkland’s contractor implements the 2019 Neighborhood Safety Program. NPM Construction is improving safety on Houghton’s 108th Avenue Northeast, Lakeview’s Lakeview Drive, North Rose Hill’s Slater Avenue, Norkirk’s Northeast 87th Street, Juanita’s Northeast 120th Street, and Kingsgate’s Northeast 132nd Street.


Totem Lake

Drivers will continue to have access to one northbound and one southbound lane on Totem Lake Boulevard between Northeast 124th Street and 120th Avenue Northeast until September, when Kirkland’s contractor expects to complete the Totem Lake Gateway project.

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108th Avenue Northeast

Drivers should continue to expect minor traffic impacts this month on 108th Avenue Northeast while a Kirkland contractor upgrades an aging water and sewer main along the north-to-south arterial.

Marshbank Construction is replacing the two systems—both more than five decades old—to increase their capacities to serve Kirkland’s growing population and to reduce the systems’ needs for maintenance.

That need is most urgent in the sewer line, which runs from Northeast 68th Street to Northeast 53rd Street. Settling soil has created a sag in the sewer line, allowing sewage to accumulate there and requiring maintenance crews to periodically flush the line.

The contractor is also replacing the water main between Northeast 68th and 60th streets.

Marshbank expects to complete the upgrades by spring of 2021. 


Upcoming Events

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Kirkland Wednesday Market presented by the Kirkland Downtown Association

3 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday through September 23

Marina Park

Face masks are required to enter the market.

The Kirkland Downtown Association Wednesday Market takes place 3 to 7 p.m. in Marina Park. Please see the new market rules. If possible, please order from market vendors in advance. More information about the Wednesday Market is available at

KPC at Home event

Kirkland Performance Center Presents: A Live Virtual Concert with Drew Martin

8 p.m., Thursday, July 23

Online, virtual event

KPC at Home presents a live concert with talented musician Drew Martin. You may remember Drew from his hugely popular opening set that hit the KPC stage in 2019.

A musician from Maui, Hawaii. Drew Martin shares songs and stories from the West Maui Mountains and the valleys that have inspired his music. His sound is a blend of Hawaiian slack key guitar and folk-blues.

While his musical influences are vast, the story of how it all began is simple: Martin starting playing guitar at age 11 when he first developed the urge to learn an instrument. Initially inspired by BB King, he decided he wanted to play at 3 O’Clock Blues. So he bought, “this funky Epiphone acoustic guitar for $80 and hasn’t stopped playing,” for the past 17 years.

This live performance can be seen on FacebookYouTube, or Twitch.

More on Drew Martin’s music can be found on Spotify and Bandcamp.

A big thank you to KPC's sponsors for this live performance: Steve and Gail Brilling!

Juanita Friday

Juanita Friday Market

3 to 7 p.m., every Friday through September 25

Juanita Beach Park

Face masks are required to enter the market.

Please allow for extra time as Public Health Seattle & King County is limiting the number of customers allowed in the market at any given time. Thank you for your patience! There are big changes this year so before you go, be sure to pre-order your purchases, check-out the drive-thru plans, and see how we'll be handling health & safety issues. And while we'd love to see everyone, if you're in a high-risk group please stay home and send a friend to do your shopping. 

Safer Summer for Events

Safer Block Styrofoam Recycling Event

North Kirkland Community Center (12421 103rd Avenue NE)

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 25

Accepted materials: white block Styrofoam (e.g. coolers and packing blocks). All tape and labels must be removed before the event. Materials must be clean and dry. Get more details.

Event safety procedures: please wear a mask and stay in your vehicle until it is your turn to unload.

This event will be popular, please be prepared for a wait!

Check out all of the Safer Summer Recycling Events on our flyer.

KAC event

Kirkland Arts Center presents Speak Up

Artists Call

Deadline: July 31, 2020

Speak Up is a digital exhibition that welcomes any form of artwork that addresses equality and equity in our current political climate. In creating a digital space for artists to show their work that connects to equality and equity, Kirkland Arts Center as an organization and a community hopes to learn, listen, and support artists that have been silenced by an oppressive system. We hope to spark important dialogues within this vast, intersectional topic and foster a sense of empathy within the arts and beyond. Visit the KAC Facebook page for more information!

All mediums and artists welcome!
Submit up to 3 pieces.
Your Instagram account must be public - and be certain you’ve tagged us, so we don’t miss your submission!

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Safer Plastic Bag+Film Recycling Event

North Kirkland Community Center (12421 103rd Avenue NE)

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, August 1

Accepted materials: carryout plastic bags, bread bags, plastic produce bags, overwrap, plastic packing bubbles, bubble wrap, etc. All tape and labels must be removed before the event. Materials must be clean and dry. Get more information. Questions? Email

Event safety procedures: please wear a mask and stay in your vehicle until it is your turn to unload.

This event will be popular, please be prepared for a wait!

Check out all of the Safer Summer Recycling Events on our flyer.

King County library

King County Library System presents: Finding a Father for Molly Using DNA

3 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 5

Online, virtual event

Presented by Jill Morelli, CG

Descendants knew Henry wasn’t the biological father of their mother, Molly, but who was? Left with so many candidates, oral tradition told an incomplete story. Only with the use of DNA, coupled with documentary evidence, was the father identified. Join Jill as she weaves together quantitative analysis with traditional genealogical research to solve the problem without jargon or scientific mystique!
Brought to you by the Kingsgate Library.

Registration required by 10 a.m. on August 4.