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April 28, 2021

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Coming Up at Council

City Council

The Kirkland City Council will hold a special meeting on Thursday, April 29 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The next regular City Council meeting takes place Tuesday, May 4. The meeting uses video conferencing technology provided by Zoom. 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 May 4 meeting will be available on the City website prior to the meeting at: Kirkland City Council agendas.

More ways to watch! Starting on May 4, Kirkland City Council meetings will be streamed live on City of Kirkland YouTube and Facebook. In addition to the live stream on the City website. Meetings are also televised on Comcast Cable Channel 21 and Ziply Cable Channel 31.

Here are a few highlights from the upcoming May 4 meeting:

Study Session

Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) Update Draft Review: At the study session that begins at 5:30 p.m., the City Council will review the draft Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) which is the guiding document for an emergency management program in Washington State. This plan outlines the roles and responsibilities of City departments and key staff during disasters. Feedback from the City Council and department leaders will help finalize the plan and maintain the City’s eligibility for federal disaster grants.

Resolution R-5434 Equity Gap Analysis Update: The City Council will also receive an accelerated update on the City’s progress conducting a comprehensive organizational equity assessment to identify gaps in diversity, equity, and inclusion in all areas of City policy, practice and procedure as directed in Resolution R-5434. The update is also designed to help inform persons considering running for public office either on the Kirkland City Council or Houghton Community Council about the City’s preliminary findings and likely conclusions as they apply to local elected leadership. The memorandum is structured in four sections: 1) History of the Kirkland City Council and Houghton Community Council, 2) Overview of the Organizational Equity Assessment, 3) Preliminary Observations, and 4) Next Actions.


Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Proclamation: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is observed annually in May to celebrate the contributions that generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have made to American history, society, and culture.

National Correctional Officers Week Proclamation: National Correctional Officers Week is an annual week-long celebration of the professionalism, dedication and courage exhibited by Correctional Officers as they perform increasingly complex and demanding roles, celebrated this year from May 2 to May 8.

Affordable Housing Week Proclamation: Affordable Housing Week from May 9 to May 15 is an annual initiative sponsored by the Housing Development Consortium to highlight the need for affordable housing in King County.

Business Items

Park Lane Summer 2021 Options – Engagement Results: The City Council will receive the findings from the community engagement process on options for closure of Park Lane to traffic during summer 2021 and provide direction to staff.

Google Phase III Public Improvements Use and Maintenance: The City Council will consider two agreements related to the construction and maintenance of public improvements within the Cross Kirkland Corridor with the owner(s) of the immediately adjacent real property comprising the existing and presently being developed Google campus.

Kirkland Avenue/Lake Street Intersection Improvements: The City Council will receive an update about the Kirkland Avenue/Lake Street Intersection Improvement Project and provide direction on whether to expand the scope of the project.

The full agenda and details will be available on the Kirkland City Council agendas page. 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. Please see for more information on how to provide spoken comments. Written comments can be submitted to For additional questions, please call the City Clerk’s Office at (425) 587-3190. 

Transportation Choices to Help You Do Your Part in Earth Month🌎

The City of Kirkland is dedicated to building and sustaining a thriving community by creating a livable, walkable, vibrant, accessible, and sustainable Kirkland for all residents. Wherever you are, you can reduce your impact, connect to our planet, and be a part of a collective effort to celebrate Earth Month. Transportation is the largest source of carbon emissions and no matter where you live, travel by car or airplane contributes heavily to our shared carbon footprint. We can do better in 2021!

During the COVID-19 pandemic, when most people are restricted in movements and activities, it has become even more clear how much we all value fresh air, clear skies and time spent outside. Personal responsibility and community caring can effect global change. While practicing social distancing, try a form of active transportation, like walking or biking, when you run your next errand. Walk to a neighborhood restaurant to pick up takeout or try biking to the grocery store– it is good for your health, your wallet, and the planet. By making these green choices, you are doing your part in helping us maintain the quality of life, the clean air, and majestic views from mountains to Sound.

Earth Month Transportation Choices

Make A Difference! Apply for a City Advisory Board by May 4

For anyone who has wanted to have a voice in important decisions that affect Kirkland and work with others to make a positive difference in the community, the City of Kirkland strongly encourages applying for a city advisory board by Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

There are opportunities to fill vacancies on several of its advisory boards and commissions which are responsible for formulating new ideas, gathering information, hearing and receiving public comments, analyzing complex issues, and making recommendations for specific projects and policies.

Interested Kirkland residents, or those meeting the eligibility requirements, are invited to apply by submitting an application to the City Clerk by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. Eligibility requirements differ for each board or commission. Visit the Current Recruitment Positions page or call the City Clerk’s Office at 425-587-3190 to learn more about each board and find the community service application. Members of the advisory boards are appointed by the City Council. Virtual interviews will be held on the evenings of May 24 and 25, 2021.

Read the full news release here.

Boards and Commissions

ShakeAlert® Comes to Washington on May 4

The ShakeAlert® Earthquake Early Warning system will go live in Washington state on May 4, completing the West Coast rollout of the new technology. The system operated by the U.S Geological Survey in cooperation with the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network is capable of giving residents seconds of warning before earthquake shaking arrives.

This may provide you SECONDS to Drop, Cover and Hold on. No downloads required! 

It may not sound like a lot, but that's enough time to help get a pet or a young child to safety. It's also plenty of time for utilities to trigger automatic valve closures to prevent gas main explosions or water bursting from pipes. It's time for sensors to lift doors on fire stations so fire trucks can get out. It's enough time for a doctor to stop a surgery.

Learn the specifics during the upcoming public webinar at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 29!
Visit the Washington Emergency Management Division website for more information. 

Shake Alert

Calling All Kirkland Teens: Please Take the Needs Assessment Survey

Calling All Teens! Needs Assessment SurveyThe Kirkland Youth Council is conducting its first ever needs assessment survey to better understand and hear from their peers. This feedback will be used to shape the workplan for the Youth Council as well as the youth-related services and programs the City offers. All teens who live, attend school, or spend time in Kirkland are encouraged to complete the survey. Each participant will be offered one hour of community service for their time spent on the survey. Reponses will be collected through April 30, 2021. For more information, please contact Regi Schubiger, City of Kirkland Youth Services Coordinator at

Share the Future of Transportation Survey

PSRC is conducting a survey on the Future of Transportation in support of the development of the Regional Transportation Plan.

The survey is open to everyone. It asks questions about telework, travel after the pandemic subsides, transportation features around home and work, as well as special needs transportation services.

The Regional Transportation Plan will describe how the region will meet transportation needs into the future, addressing existing needs and expected growth. The plan will outline investments the region is making to improve all aspects of the transportation system – from roads, transit, rail, ferry, bicycle and pedestrian systems – and ensure the safe and efficient movement of people and goods.

The survey is available in English, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Traditional Chinese.

Please share the link. We want to hear from you!

The Future of Transportation

i-CERV Offering Two Opportunities to Help Our Neighbors in Need!

i-CERV Offering Two Opportunities to Help Our Neighbors in Need!

The Ismaili Community Engaged in Responsible Volunteering (I-CERV) is putting its core values of generosity, compassion and sharing into action by hosting two upcoming food and essentials drives to help eastside families in need.

There are two opportunities to give! Stop by the Ismaili Jamatkhana in Kirkland between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Saturday, May 1 or Saturday, May 8 to drop off your donations. Recommended donations include soup, cereal, oatmeal, pasta, sauce, rice, peanut butter, granola bars, shelf-stable milk, canned goods like tuna fish and chili, and other nonperishable food items. Household essentials are also welcome, including diapers, cleansing wipes, baby food, paper towels and toilet paper.

These events are contactless with COVID-19 health and safety protocols in place. i-CERV drives are a safe, fun and uplifting way to donate to those in need! Donors simply drive-through the collection area, pop their trunks, and let the volunteers do the unloading and hauling. Event organizers ask that donors please wear facial coverings while on site.

Both collection events are in partnership with the cities of Kirkland and Bellevue, the Lake Washington, Bellevue and Northshore school districts, Friends of the Children Seattle, Nourishing Networks, the YMCA, the Boys & Girls Club and the Kiwanis Club of Bellevue.

If you have questions about this event, contact Tasnim Rehamani at 206-981-6860. The Ismaili Jamatkhana is in the Totem Lake area at 12505 115th Ave NE, Building D, which is west of the Kirkland Justice Center and near Jasper's Off-Leash Dog Park.

We hope to see you there!

Summer Recreation Registration Starts May 4th

Registration Begins Today! Register online at or call us at 425-587-3336.

Programs include:

  • Aquatics
  • Adult Sports
  • Summer Camps
  • Virtual Fitness Classes
  • And More!

Parks Program Registration

Important Information for Restaurants/F&B Businesses

Food & Beverage Business Revitalization FundThe Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) applications will open Monday, May 3, 2021. Eligible businesses can register to apply for the grant application portal beginning this Friday, April 30th here. Information about the RRF, eligibility, documents and application details can be found here.

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund, part of the recently passed American Rescue Plan Act, will provide $28.6 billion in grants to restaurants and bars in need. For the first 21 days that the program is open, the SBA will prioritize reviewing applications from small businesses owned by women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. Following the 21-day period, all eligible applicants are encouraged to submit applications.

More Resources
Restaurant Revitalization Fund program guide
Restaurant Revitalization Fund sample application (SBA Form 3172)
Frequently asked questions: FAQ about the Restaurant Revitalization Fund [Updated 4/22]. This FAQ can be translated into additional languages here (select language on the right).
Get FREE help with applications from our Business Response Team

Traffic Alerts

Cross Kirkland Corridor – Totem Lake

A detour around the Cross Kirkland Corridor between 120th Place Northeast and 128th Lane Northeast remains in effect while a pair of Kirkland contractors use it to make progress on two of Totem Lake’s most ambitious capital projects: renovation of Totem Lake Park and construction of Totem Lake Connector pedestrian and bicycle bridge. 

Kirkland’s leaders expect Totem Lake Park to be complete this summer and the Totem Lake Connector to be complete later in 2022.

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Cross Kirkland Corridor – Everest/Moss Bay

Cross Kirkland Corridor travelers will continue to encounter a short detour around the trail between Seventh Avenue South and Sixth Street South as construction of the Feriton Spur Park expansion continues. 

The short detour will direct travelers to a protected pathway along Fifth Place South. The park’s developer, SRM Development, expects the detour to continue for five months. During that time, SRM Development will restrict parking along the north portion of Fifth Place South.

SRM Development expects to open Feriton Spur Park to open to the public in September. The new park will extend the developed section of the Cross Kirkland Corridor to Sixth Street South with 14 improvements, including a pickleball court, urban farm and the corridor’s first bathroom. 

Feriton spur

Northeast 132nd Street - Juanita

Drivers commuting along Northeast 132nd Street, between 100th and 97th avenues northeast should continue to expect minor delays while Kirkland’s Fire Station 24 contractor and Puget Sound Energy work in the street to connect and upgrade utilities for the new Fire Station 24.


Multiple locations - 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. on weekdays until mid-May.

Upcoming Events


Kirkland Conserves and Waste Management

Virtual Tour of the Cascade Recycling Center

5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 28

Take a special behind-the-scenes tour to see where your recycling goes once it leaves the curb. Virtually tour Waste Management’s recycling facility in Woodinville. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Hosted by Waste Management.

Register at: Recycling Tour

Gnome Sweet Gnome  

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐆𝐧𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐒𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐭 𝐇𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐫𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧!😍

During the month of May gather your friends and family together and construct a gnome house, for fun, comradery, and prizes.

Categories include:

  1. Best home that honors your cultural heritage
  2. Most unique
  3. Most modern home
  4. Best use of foliage
  5. Best use of stones
  6. Best use of sticks

Once you create your gnome home then you will place it in a park of your choice for all to see. Submit a photo of your creation, the park location, and choice of category to Prizes will be given to each category winner on June 2nd.


  • Use all organic material sticks, stones, foliage found on ground
  • Build no bigger than 12" x 12" squared
  • Keep homes at ground level, off of walkways
  • No profanities used in any way
  • Small figurines are permitted

Register for FREE at

Looking for gnome home supplies? Stop by our Gnome Home Supply event this Saturday from 11-2pm at North Kirkland Community Center. You will find sticks, moss, pine cones, bark, and more for FREE!

North Kirkland Community Center
12421 103rd Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98034

Parks registration  

Kirkland Parks & Community Services Registration for Summer Programs!

7 a.m., Tuesday, May 4

Register at: Kirkland Parks

We're Back! Registration for in-person and virtual summer programming will begin at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. Registration will be available at or by phone at (425) 587-3336.

We strive to offer recreation programs that are welcoming and inclusive for all. Recreation Scholarships are available to Kirkland residents. Scholarship applications can be submitted at any time during the year, with limited enrollment beginning on Tuesday, April 27, 2021. Limited spots are available for scholarship recipients for summer 2021 programs – applications should be submitted earlier if possible.


King County Library System presents How to Get RainWise! + Contractor Meetup

5 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 4

Online event

Learn how RainWise rebates for rain gardens and cisterns combat pollution! This webinar will cover the area storm water problem and the solutions we’re using to solve it. You will also have a chance to meet RainWise contractors and ask them questions about their future RainWise projects.

Please register no later than May 3,