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December 30, 2020

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Coming up at Council

City Council

The Kirkland City Council’s next “virtual” meeting takes place Tuesday, January 5. The meeting uses video conferencing technology provided by Zoom in response to Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start plan to reopen Washington. The regular business meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. and is preceded by a 5:30 p.m. study session.

The agenda for the January 5 meeting will be available on the City website prior to the meeting at: Kirkland City Council agendas. The meeting can be viewed in real time via the live stream on the City website at: and is televised on Comcast Cable Channel 21 and Ziply Cable Channel 31.

Here are a few highlights from the upcoming meeting:

Study Session: Municipal Court Update

The Kirkland Municipal Court is a court of limited jurisdiction and an independent branch of government authorized by Washington State law to preside over all criminal misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors, as well as traffic, non-traffic and parking infractions, and select civil matters occurring within the city limits of Kirkland.  At the January 5 study session, the Council will receive an overview of the structure of the Municipal Court, discuss impacts of the pandemic on operations, and learn more about the upcoming implementation of a Community Court.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Proclamation

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an American Federal and Washington State holiday commemorating the birthday of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  In 1994, Congress initiated the King Holiday and Service Act, challenging Americans to transform the King Holiday into a day of community volunteer service in honor of Dr. King.  Day of Service activities are organized by a wide range of nonprofit and community organizations, educational institutions, public agencies, private businesses, and other organizations across the nation. By proclaiming January 18, 2021, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, all Kirkland residents and businesses will be encouraged to serve their neighbors and community on this day and throughout the year.

R-5434 Early Action Review

Following the tragic killing of George Floyd by a police officer on May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, numerous marches and rallies were held in Kirkland calling for an end to structural racism and for the City to demonstrate that Black lives matter.  On June 16, 2020, the Council directed the City Manager to develop a framework for the City’s response to the community and on August 4, 2020, Council adopted Resolution R-5434, committing to several actions related to examining and dismantling institutional and structural racism in Kirkland. At the January 5 meeting, the Council will receive a briefing on early actions conducted in 2020 to implement Resolution R-5434.

Council will accept live spoken commentary under 'Items from the Audience' or ‘Public Hearings’ at regular meetings via Zoom audio/video on a computer or telephone connection. The connection links are provided on each individual meeting agenda. Speakers are asked to limit their remarks to three minutes apiece, and no more than three speakers may address the Council on any one subject. However, if both proponents and opponents wish to speak, then up to three proponents and up to three opponents of the matter may address the Council. Zoom audience members will be alerted to ‘raise their hand’ virtually if they wish to address the Council at the appropriate time in the meeting. Written comments can be submitted to

Please call (425) 587-3190 and leave a message before 5 p.m. on the day of the Council meeting with any questions; City Clerk's Office staff will endeavor to return your call. 

For more information about the Kirkland City Council, please visit the Council webpage.

City Administrative Services Closed for Holiday

In observance of New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, City services normally accessible through email, the Our Kirkland Customer Service portal, and over the phone are unavailable after noon on Thursday, December 31, and all day on Friday, January 1. *Note: City facilities remain closed to the public in alignment with Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start Washington plan for reopening.

For more information about City services, visit our website

Happy New Year

Gov. Inslee Announces One-Week Extension of Statewide Restrictions

State of Washington

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced a one-week extension of the "Stay Safe–Stay Healthy" proclamation, along with the imposed statewide restrictions. The extension of the statewide restrictions will now expire on Monday, January 11, 2021. Current restrictions include:

  • Indoor social gatherings with people who do not live with you are prohibited, unless you quarantine for 14 days prior OR quarantine for 7 days and receive a negative COVID test result.
  • Outdoor gatherings are limited to no more than 5 people who do not live with you.

Please visit the Public Health - Seattle & King County website ( for the latest guidance and information about COVID-19. 

WA State Dept. of Health: "Coping with COVID" Podcast and Blog Series

Did you know that a pandemic is a type of natural disaster? Disasters have known impacts on our behavioral health. In this series of conversations, disaster psychologist Kira Mauseth, PhD and psychiatrist Doug Dicharry, MD discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts us – what we’re feeling, why we’re feeling it, and what we can do about it. Listen below or check out the blog series on the Department of Health's Public Health Connection blog.

Juanita Beach Park Bathhouse and Playground - Official Press Release

Juanita Beach

As of December 23, 2020, the new Juanita Beach Park bathhouse and playground are officially open to the public. While a few construction details still need to be completed, the modern-day bathhouse includes summertime restrooms with room to dress, all-season restrooms that are available for park visitors to use, outdoor showers, lifeguarding space, and space for non-motorized boating concessions. An opening celebration is planned for Spring 2021.

Visitors are invited to enjoy the 22-acre park’s many features including 1,000 feet of shoreline, two new picnic pavilions, and a new historical public art installation coming in 2021. The playground’s synthetic turf and play elements are designed to be accessible to people of all abilities.

“Working on this project has been a great joy,” says City of Kirkland Parks and Community Services Director Lynn Zwaagstra. “People of all ages and abilities can enjoy the park as it was originally intended: with space to gather, enjoy the views, and have clean, modern, and comfortable facilities.”

The term ‘bathhouse’ pays homage to the history of Juanita Beach Park. The first half of the twentieth century brought vacationers from Seattle to Kirkland, where families would dance to the jukebox in the bathhouse and sun themselves on the shore.

“Juanita Beach Park has a rich history and is one of Kirkland’s most popular parks,” said Kirkland Mayor Penny Sweet. “This project has been a wonderful opportunity to preserve that history and improve the park amenities for generations to come.”

Construction began January 2020, by Synergy, Inc., a family-owned construction company in Woodinville. The new bathhouse was designed by Patano Studio Architecture. All improvements are consistent with the parks master plan.

For more information, please visit the project’s webpage. Safety guidelines and information about what park facilities are currently open under the Governor’s Safe Start plan can be found at:

Major Traffic Revision at 68th Ave NE in Kenmore Starting January 4

Kenmore project 1

Starting Monday, January 4 and until October 31, 2021, the existing west (southbound) bridge on 68th Ave N.E. across the Sammamish River will be closed for demolition, retaining one lane in each direction on the east bridge. Alternative routes and/or adjustments to commute schedules are recommended when possible. 

This City of Kenmore project provides a structurally safe new bridge with a higher capacity, a new bike lane, pedestrian pathways, and a viewing platform to enhance traveler experiences. For questions please contact or call 425-201-4147. Visit the project website at for more information and to sign up for updates.

Kenmore project 2

Shop Local Kirkland Rolls Out In-Car Dining

SLK logo

In November, the City of Kirkland launched, a new digital main street filled with options for supporting local businesses, nonprofits, art organizations and service entities. SLK is a multifaceted effort meant to inspire consumers to support our small business community, while helping our small businesses transform digitally so that they're able to survive and thrive in an online as well as physical marketplace.

Now, Shop Local Kirkland has rolled out In-Car Dining, a unique opportunity to enjoy your favorite take-out while admiring the gorgeous views of Marina Park. Designated In-Car Dining spots located along Lakeshore Plaza convert your car into a family-friendly, safe dining room and support our local restaurants at a critical time. Several participating restaurants offer In-Car Dining Delivery right to your car door. Visit the Shop Local Kirkland website and select "In-Car Dining" to see a list of participating restaurants. 

In-Car Dining is growing with new restaurants being added!

In Car Dining

NE 85th St Station Area Plan: Community Workshop and Comment Period Launch Next Week

Your chance to provide feedback on a once-in-a-generation transit-oriented development project begins next week!

Earlier this year, the community came together to share their vision for the Station Area Plan around the I-405/NE 85th Street Interchange. Based on that input, initial concepts were developed for land use, mobility, infrastructure, and environmental considerations. These initial concepts were presented to the community in June and we received valuable feedback. The Planning Commission and the City Council considered this feedback in developing three Station Area Plan alternatives for study. When the final plan is adopted, it will likely include a mixture of ideas from the three alternatives.

In the next phase of the project, we are asking for your input on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS). The Draft SEIS is a detailed analysis of each potential Station Area Plan alternative and will look at possible impacts and mitigation measures across elements such as air quality, aesthetics, stormwater management, transportation, housing, public services, and more. With input received through the below events, the City will begin to make decisions about which parts of each alternative should, or should not, be incorporated into the final Station Area plan.

Virtual Community Workshop: Thursday, January 7, 2021 from 6 - 8 pmCommunity members can learn about the Station Area Plan and provide feedback to the project team. Registration is required in advance.  Register for the workshop now! 

Draft SEIS Comment Period: January 5 – February 5, 2021.  The Draft SEIS will be available on the project website January 5, 2021.  Review and provide comments to by February 5, 2021. 

You can learn more about the project, register for the community workshop, and view all published documents at the project website:

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Traffic Alerts for the Week of December 30 through January 5

Totem Lake

Interwest Construction has closed Willows Road Northeast to southbound traffic, north of its intersection with Northeast 124th Street.

The four-week lane closure continues until Jan. 11, when the City of Kirkland contractor plans to close Willows Road Northeast completely until Jan. 22. Interwest will rely on 141st Avenue Northeast and Northeast 124th Street to detour traffic around the closure.

This project, referred to as the Willows Road Regional Trail Connection, will complete a gap in King County’s regional trail network, progressing toward a more complete network that connects the Totem Lake and Redmond urban centers, the Woodinville Wine Country and the Willows Road high-tech corridor.

For more information, visit:

Willows road


A City of Kirkland contractor is closing Northeast 116th Street’s center turn-lane through February while its crews upgrade a series of crosswalks near McAuliffe Park and A.G. Bell Elementary School. The center lane will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each work day.

Westwater Construction is also closing an additional lane from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., with flaggers maintaining the flow of two-way traffic.

This project improves pedestrian safety in the Juanita neighborhood with a total of four upgraded crosswalks along Northeast 116th Street, between 104th Avenue Northeast and 113th Place Northeast. These improvements will increase safety for those walking between destinations north of Northeast 116th Street, like McAuliffe Park, and destinations south of the Northeast 116th Street, like Alexander Graham Bell Elementary School.



Marshbank Construction suspended work starting mid-December and will return in spring to repave 108th Avenue Northeast, from Northeast 53rd Street to Northeast 68th Street.

This project involved Marshbank replacing water and sewer 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.


Upcoming Events


Kirkland Arts Center

Registration Open for December Intensives/Winter 

Online, virtual classes plus live in-studio

Check out exciting offerings from new instructors and renowned returning instructors, like Michael Ottersen! Learn more about wheel throwing, charcoal portrait drawing, collage making, ceramics, painting, mixed media creation, and much more! Many classes available via Zoom, with some in-studio offerings available as well. 

For more information on winter classes, visit the Kirkland Arts Center website! To dive right in and register for classes, visit the class catalog

Kirkland parks

Kirkland Parks & Community Services presents: New Year's Day Kids Celebration on Thursday, December 31

12 p.m. Thursday, December 31

Online event

Visit the New Year's Day Kids Celebration Facebook Event Page on Thursday, December 31, or Friday, January 1, and get ready to party! This free, interactive virtual event will give you and your kids the chance to prepare some tasty treats, hear a special New Year's story, create some nifty crafts and toast 2021 Kirkland style!

Recommended supplies for the snacks include apple cider, ginger ale, pretzel rods, chocolate chips and sprinkles. For crafting, you'll want a balloon, paper towel tube, confetti, decorations, crayons, markers, stickers, a jar, ribbon, construction paper, paper and pen. These items will be used to make a New Year Popper and a 2021 Wish Jar.

This celebration kicks off at noon on Thursday!  


Chump Change presents the 2021 Polar Bear Plunge - COVID-19 Edition

All day, Friday, January 1

Marina Park, or another frigid Kirkland beach of your choice

Kirkland's beloved Polar Plunge event will proceed!

Not exactly as normal, but it will proceed. And what better time to put an old year behind us than on January 1, 2021? That said, crowds of plungers should not congregate at Marina Park as they have in the past. Organizers of this unofficial event ask that you plunge throughout the day and post your photos online with the hashtag #kirklandplunge. 

Plunge at Marina Park, or another chilly Kirkland beach! 

For more information about the plunge, visit the Chump Change website. Safety guidelines and information about what Kirkland park facilities are currently open under the Governor’s Safe Start plan can be found at:

Parks virtual trivia

Kirkland Parks & Community Services Hosts Trivia Night in honor of National Trivia Day

7 p.m. Monday, January 4

Online event

Kirkland Parks and Community Services is celebrating National Trivia Day by hosting a fun-filled trivia event based on the famed television series, "The Office." This themed trivia night takes place 7 p.m., Monday, January 4 and is open to anyone who would like to compete. Participants will play three rounds with 10 questions each round. The winner gets a grand prize and, of course, bragging rights! If you love everything Dunder Mifflin, you are invited to join this free event at


Kirkland Performance Center: A Virtual Concert with Chris King & the Gutterballs

8 p.m. Thursday, January 7

Live, virtual show

Chris King & the Gutterballs know the secret to creative success; movement is key to progress. Whether by gusts of tornado-wind or rubber against the road, to push forward is all there is in life, buoyed and scarred by love. The band infuses this propelling urgency in all of its performances, into all of its songs and it starts with King’s dynamic, uncorked-fire-hydrant voice.

The band, Chris King on guitar and vocals, Malcom Roberts on Bass, and Tom Meyers on drums, have released three full-length records, Hidin' Out in 2014, Cocktails in 2016, and most recently, Pain Waves in 2019.

Visit the Kirkland Performance Center Facebook page to view this livestream. 

Color Your World

Kirkland Parks & Community Services presents "Color Your World!"


Online event

Skin comes in many different colors, and all are beautiful. Draw a picture of yourself, show us the color of your skin, hair and eyes. Let us see how beautiful and proud you are!

Email your picture with your name to Your art will be featured on the Kirkland Parks & Community Services Facebook page!