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April 7, 2021

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Council Recap

City Council

Thanks to all who attended and gave comment during the April 6, 2021 City Council meeting. Here are a few highlights from the meeting:

Study Session: NE 85th St Station Area Plan

At the Study Session, the City Council received a briefing on the results of the NE 85th St Station Area Plan Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) public comment period, current project status, and the project team’s proposal to address previous Council direction with additional tasks, including a fiscal impact and benefit analysis. Council provided direction for the project team to proceed with the supplemental scope of work, and to begin work to narrow the range of options presented in the DSEIS for purposes of the fiscal impacts and benefits analysis. Those “narrowed bookends” will be presented to Council for endorsement at a future meeting this spring. A summary of public comments received during the DSEIS comment period, and the presentation from the April 6 Council meeting are available on the Station Area webpage.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Proclamation

Sexual violence is a major public health, human rights and social justice issue. Find more information about national Sexual Assault Awareness Month efforts and resources here on the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) website.

Options for Park Lane Closure to Vehicles

The Council received a briefing from staff about cost and other impacts related to options for closing Park Lane to vehicles in the coming months. The Council is considering several options to support downtown businesses and social distancing amidst the continued phased re-opening, including closing the street to vehicles every evening to closing Park Lane all day and night. Similar to the Evenings on Park Lane which closed the street to vehicles overnight each evening during summer of 2020, this program would likely run from early summer to mid-to-late fall. Based on Council feedback at last night’s meeting, City staff will begin collecting feedback from the community about these options, including hosting a virtual community meeting in the coming weeks where all will be welcome to participate and give feedback. Input from the community will be brought back to Council in May to inform their decision on closing Park Lane to vehicles on specified dates and times during the summer of 2021. Please visit the City website for more information on how to provide feedback.

Other items included:

  • City Impact Fee Update
  • 2021 State Legislative Update #6
  • Urban Forestry Six-Year Work Plan
  • Surface Water Regulations
  • Animal Control Authority
  • 2021 Board and Commission Interview Selection Committee

For more information about Council meetings, including the Zoom link and instructions for providing public comment, please visit the City website. To view this council meeting or any past council meeting, go to Watch Council Meetings on the City’s website.

The next City Council meeting takes place Tuesday, April 20, 2021. 

Kirkland Stands with Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

The City of Kirkland stands with Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Racism, in any form, and against any group, has no place in Kirkland. Please see for an important message and resources.

커클랜드시는 아시아계 미국인 및 태평양 제도민과 뜻을 함께하며, 어떠한 유형의 인종차별도 절대 용납하지 않습니다.에서 중요 메시지와 자료를 확인해 주십시오.


เมืองเคิร์กแลนด์ยืนหยัดเคียงข้างชาวอเมริกันเชื้อสายเอเชียและชาวเกาะแปซิฟิก ไม่มีพื้นที่สำหรับการเหยียดเชื้อชาติไม่ว่าในรูปแบบใดและต่อกลุ่มใดๆ ในเคิร์กแลนด์ โปรดดูที่ สำหรับข้อความและแหล่งข้อมูลที่สำคัญ

Thành phố Kirland ủng hộ Người Mỹ gốc Á và người dân các đảo Thái Bình Dương. Phân biệt chủng tộc theo bất kỳ hình thức nào và đối với bất kỳ nhóm nào không được phép tồn tại ở Kirkland. Vui lòng truy cập để xem thông điệp quan trọng và các nguồn lực.

ទីក្រុង Kirkland ចូលរួមជាមួយជនជាតិអាមេរិកដើមកំណើតអាស៊ី និងអ្នកកោះតំបន់ប៉ាស៊ីហ្វិក។ ការរើសអើងពូជសាសន៍ ក្នុងទម្រង់ណាមួយ និងការប្រឆាំងនឹងក្រុមណាមួយ គឺមិនមាននៅក្នុង Kirkland ឡើយ។ សូមមើល សម្រាប់សារ និងធនធានសំខាន់ៗ។

柯克兰市与亚裔美国人和太平洋岛民同在。柯克兰市绝不容忍任何形式、针对任何群体的种族歧视。请访问 获取重要消息及资源。

Online Survey: We Want to Hear From You

Take the Online Survey!

We need your help in becoming a more transparent government! The City of Kirkland is creating new ways to share information with the community about how the City as an organization is performing. Please take our survey here.

This is part of a larger effort of ensuring the safety and respect of Black people and examining and dismantling structural racism in Kirkland. For more information on that effort, please visit the City’s website.

Beyond Recycling: The Challenge of Wasted Food

food waste - sound sustainable farms

Recycling is only one part of responsibly managing the waste from our community. What we do with our leftover food is just as important as our cans and bottles!

When food gets wasted, so does all the water and energy that went into growing, shipping, and preparing it. American families toss about a quarter of the food they buy. Shopping with a plan, storing food properly, and using the freezer can help.

Food that’s thrown away in the garbage breaks down very slowly. It takes up valuable space in the landfill, and releases methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Our landfill in King County captures the gas so it doesn’t get into the atmosphere and contribute to climate change, but it would be safer and simpler if we didn’t need to.

Composting food is far better for the environment than throwing it away. When you put food scraps in your gray food+yard waste cart, they’re turned into a rich soil amendment in a matter of weeks. Nutrients from the food are returned to the soil. Compost can also be used to filter pollution out of stormwater from roads, protecting salmon.

As part of the City’s Sustainability Master Plan, Kirkland has goals to reduce how much waste we throw away, and how much waste we produce overall. We need your help to meet them! See our tips for wasting less food and composting food scraps.

April is Earth Month and you are invited to celebrate with the City of Kirkland! Learn more about activities planned throughout the month at

30% of Food Goes to Waste

Thank You for Scooping!

Leash and Scoop Reminders

In February, the City of Kirkland relaunched the un-scooped dog poop reduction campaign, which uses yellow survey flags to raise awareness about how much un-scooped pet waste is left in our parks. This time around, the focus was on Juanita Beach and Peter Kirk parks, using the bright flags to indicate where un-scooped poop was discovered in a roughly four-week observation period. We’re happy to report that as a result of this increased awareness, un-scooped dog waste decreased 64 percent at Peter Kirk Park and 57 percent at Juanita Beach! Way to go!

Kirkland is the proud home to over 20,000 canine community members, who collectively contribute over 6,000 pounds of dog poop per day. Pet waste contains harmful organisms like E. coli, Giardia, and roundworms, which can be transmitted to people and pets if not cleaned up. Additionally, uncollected dog waste on sidewalks, parks, and in public places is unsightly, poses a health threat to people, pets, and wildlife, and pollutes local waters. This is why it’s so important for everyone to do their part and scoop their pet’s waste when they’re out and about in our parks and public spaces. To view the full report on this campaign, visit:

Huge thanks to local dog walker Nicole Rathje for letting us mingle with her pack! 

Grants Coming for Restaurants and Bars

Kirkland Restaurants and Bars Will Receive Relief

The new Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF), part of the recently passed American Rescue Plan Act, will provide $28.6 billion in grants to restaurants and bars in need. The Small Business Administration (SBA) will administer and disperse the RRF grants, but the program does not yet have an official launch date as of mid-March 2021. Those interested in obtaining RRF grants should keep a close eye on the SBA’s COVID-19 relief options web portal. Additional information can be found on the US Chamber of Commerce website here.

(re)STARTUP 425 provides businesses with free assistance in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The regional partnership can assist with loans, grants, lender relations, financial and other services. Our partners at (re)STARTUP425 offer free, one-on-one business assistance to Eastside businesses. The Business Response Team can help business owners and nonprofits navigate city, state, federal, and private economic relief programs related to COVID-19.

Sign up for more business updates through Kirkland eBiz News here.

Relief Coming to Kirkland Restaurants and Bars

Cornhole Classic Tournament on May 8

Cornhole Classic Tournament on May 8

What’s better than a classic game of Cornhole? To kick off our spring programs we are hosting the Cornhole Classic Tournament at Lee Johnson Field on May 8!

Whether you’re a backyard player or a tournament pro, our outdoor tournament will keep you on your toes. Grab a friend and put together a team. The winning team will be awarded prizes and bragging rights.

  • Check-in begins at 6 pm, bags start flyin' at 6:30 pm
  • Round-robin tournament
  • Bags and gloves will be provided
  • Register online at 

Moss Bay And Everest Neighborhood Plan Updates

Moss Bay and Everest Neighborhood Plans

In 2021, the Moss Bay and Everest Neighborhood Plan chapters of the Kirkland Comprehensive Plan will be updated to guide the future vision and policies for how each neighborhood should manage growth over the next 8-10 years within the context of the citywide policies. To learn more about the update process, attend the virtual Planning Commission meeting on April 8, 2021 at 7:00 pm or the City Council meeting on April 20, 2021 at 7:30 pm when the Council will be briefed on the process and schedule. See the Planning Commission or City Council webpages for meeting information.

To learn how you can participate and sign up for updates, visit the City’s project webpage at or contact:

Moss Bay Plan: David Barnes, or 425-587-3250
Everest Plan: Janice Coogan-Swenson,, or 425-587-3257

AFTS Data Incident Update

AFTS, the City of Kirkland’s former utility billing vendor, confirmed that City of Kirkland data was not among the data exfiltrated by the ransomware threat actor. The City of Kirkland has received an executive summary of the forensic investigation that AFTS’s outside cybersecurity vendor conducted in response to the ransomware incident they experienced on February 4, 2021. Based on the contents of that executive summary and based on separate representations made to the City of Kirkland by AFTS, we are pleased to report that the City of Kirkland data AFTS had in its possession during the ransomware attack was not impacted by the incident. City of Kirkland utility billing is now processed through different vendors.

For more information, please read the full update and see AFTS Data Issue FAQs.

More LWSD Students Headed Back to In-Person Classes

Many middle and high school students in Lake Washington School District head back to in-person instruction on April 19. We have two important reminders for parents:

First, our school zone safety cameras at John Muir Elementary/Kamiakin Middle School, and Rose Hill Elementary have been recently reactivated. Don't forget to slow down so that our students are safe when they walk and bike to school. More information on this program is available on the City’s website.

Also, our School Resource Officers will be back in Kirkland’s middle and high schools. When Kirkland voters passed Police Proposition 1 in 2018, it allowed us to make several enhancements to public safety and community services, including providing School Resource Officers (SROs) in Kirkland middle schools. The SRO program is a partnership between the Kirkland Police and the Lake Washington School District. To help us understand how the SRO Program is performing, we’re also developing a public dashboard about SROs as part of the City’s work around R-5434. Take our survey to give input on how the City should display SRO data: To learn more about the School Resource Officer (SRO) program, visit our SRO Program webpage.

Back to School for LWSD

Traffic Alerts for April 7 Through April 13

Road closure

Totem Lake

Commuters should expect delays on Willows Road Northeast this week while Interwest Construction’s crews pave the new trail that will eventually connect the Cross Kirkland Corridor to the Redmond Central Connector and Eastrail.

The contractor is paving the trail April 6 and repaving a short section of Willows Road Northeast on April 7.


Cross Kirkland Corridor

A short section of the Cross Kirkland Corridor remains closed while a pair of Kirkland contractors use it to make progress on two of Totem Lake’s most ambitious capital projects. Kirkland’s Totem Lake Connector contractor is preparing for the construction of a pedestrian and bicycle bridge this week.

Part of those preparations include establishing a walking and bicycling bypass route around a short section of the Cross Kirkland Corridor between 120th Place Northeast and Northeast 124th Street. Kraemer North America’s crews will be using that section—along with others—for construction.

Meanwhile, Kirkland’s Totem Lake Park contractor is maintaining its closure of the Cross Kirkland Corridor, between Totem Lake Boulevard and 128th Avenue Northeast.

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Northeast 132nd Street

Drivers commuting along Northeast 132nd Street, between 100th and 97th avenues northeast should continue to expect minor delays this month while Kirkland’s Fire Station 24 contractor installs a stormwater drainage line, as part of the Fire Station 24 construction.


North Rose Hill/South Rose Hill

Drivers should expect construction this week along various sections of Northeast 75th Street and 128th Avenue Northeast while Kirkland’s Neighborhood Greenways contractor closes lanes to establish a variety of traffic-calming features.


City of Kenmore (Juanita Drive)
The City of Kenmore is closing a two-block section of Juanita Drive from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., starting March 24 and continuing until mid-May.

Kenmore is closing the arterial between Northeast 153rd and 155th places while its contractor continues to make progress on a mile and a half of sidewalk and bicycle lanes. After 3 p.m., Juanita Drive will be open to one lane, two-way traffic controlled by portable traffic signal.


Upcoming Events

Creating Your Digital Presence  

Join Startup425 at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13, for “Creating Your Digital Presence” by digital transformation expert Chaitra Vedullapalli.

Chaitra is a global phenomenon, known for her expertise in digital transformation, diversity and inclusion, economic access for women, business leadership and strategy development. In this free class, you’ll get tangible skills that you can use to build a successful digital presence for your business. You’ll learn best practices for website, social and video, what channels you need to consider when developing your online presence, how to build a strategic plan, and much more.

Register for this free opportunity at or on the Eventbrite page.

Startup425 is an initiative of Kirkland, Bellevue, Issaquah, Redmond and Renton in partnership with the Port of Seattle. Startup425’s mission is to support creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship on the Eastside. More at:


Recycling 101 Webinar
5:30 - 6:30 p.m., April 14
Online event - registration required

Learn what you can recycle and how recycling works at this webinar with your City of Kirkland Recycling Team. Get your recycling questions answered! See more about recycling events here.

Scavenger Event: Into the Woods  

L𝗼𝗼𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝗳𝘂𝗻? 𝗝𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗪𝗼𝗼𝗱𝘀 𝗦𝗰𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗿 𝗛𝘂𝗻𝘁 𝗻𝗲𝘅𝘁 𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗸𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝘁 𝗡𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗵 𝗥𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝗛𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗪𝗼𝗼𝗱𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱𝘀 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝗸. 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗵𝘂𝗻𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝘂𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝗔𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗹 𝟯𝟬

  • Follow the clues, find the evidence cards located at North Rose Hill Woodlands Park, collect the letters you find from the evidence cards, and solve for the final answer.
  • The final question will be sent to all participants on April 30. Submit your answer by May 5 to for an opportunity to win a prize.
  • Prizes include: Nature journal, Nature Guide Book - birds, plants, northwest, Flower Press, and Binoculars!

Open to ages 9-13. Register today for FREE at!

Kitty Contest  

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐚𝐭'𝐬 𝐌𝐞𝐨𝐰 𝐨𝐟 𝐊𝐢𝐫𝐤𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐯𝐢𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐜𝐚𝐭 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐢𝐬 𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐧𝐨𝐰. 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐟𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐨𝐟𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐲 𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐧 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐬.

Register your beloved cat in one of the six categories at

Then submit a photo of your cat to Indicate which category you want to enter and include your name and your cat's name.
Pictures will be uploaded to our Facebook page for voting. Voting will take place between April 26 and April 29. The cat with the most Facebook “LIKES” in each category wins.

Winning cats not only get bragging rights, but also a $25 Gift Card compliments of Denny's Pet World. Additional prizes from Bluedog Designs and Seatown Sweets will also be awarded to the cat that receives the most Likes overall.

𝗖𝗔𝗧𝗲𝗴𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗹𝘂𝗱𝗲:

  • Smitten Kitten- under 9 months
  • Best AARP- over 10 years
  • Garfield-like-fat and sassy
  • What’s New Pussycat?- Tom appeal
  • Duchess-regal lady
  • Hell Cat-overly enthusiastic

Register online at

Friendly Virtual Event: KU Kids At Home  

WHO: Eastside (and beyond!) families

WHAT: Join us on at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 10 for Kirkland Urban’s virtual event KU Kids At Home! Julie from Clown Buggie Entertainment takes over Kirkland Urban’s Facebook page ( to host a craft-a-long creating spring flowerpots and answering questions along the way. To participate, you can pick up a free craft kit on Wednesday, April 7 from Plantiful, Vinason or Lounge by Topgolf, while supplies last. We ask that you please respect the maximum of one craft kit per family. Follow Kirkland Urban on social media (@kirklandurban on Instagram and Kirkland Urban on Facebook) for more details as they are announced, or visit

No tickets; free and open to the public

Saturday, April 10

10 a.m.

Live on Kirkland Urban’s Facebook page