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May 26, 2021

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NOTE: City administrative offices will be closed Monday, May 31, 2021 in observance of Memorial Day.

Coming Up at City Council 

City Council

The Kirkland City Council’s next “virtual” meeting takes place Tuesday, June 1. 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! Kirkland City Council meetings are now 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 meeting:

Study Session: Public Development Authorities and New Tools to Create Workforce Housing in Kirkland

For many years, a key project in the City Work Program has been the creation of affordable housing. In 2018 the City Council adopted the Housing Strategy Plan, which identifies strategies to ensure that Kirkland has a diverse range of housing types to accommodate all economic segments of the community. At the June 1 Study Session, the City Council will receive a briefing on Public Development Authorities (PDAs), including the function and intended projects of the Community Roots Housing PDA, and discuss potentially inviting the Community Roots Housing PDA into Kirkland to create workforce housing.

Also at the Study Session, the City Council will review and provide feedback on the Park Board and Human Services Commission Work Plans.


Pride Month: The month of June is celebrated as Pride Month, to commemorate the Stonewall Riots that occurred following a police raid of the Stonewall Inn, a gay club, on June 28, 1969 in New York City. The event became a tipping point for members of the LGBTQIA+ community in response to police harassment, sparking a civil rights movement within the LGBTQIA+ community. In commemoration of the historic event, members of the LGBTQIA+ community and allies unite to celebrate the history of Pride and commit to continuing the fight for human rights. This proclamation affirms the dignity of Kirkland residents, employees, and visitors who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual. (LGBTQIA+).

National Gun Violence Awareness Day: Friday, June 4th is National Gun Violence Awareness Day, also known as Wear Orange. Wear Orange was started in 2015 to commemorate Hadiya Pendleton, a high school student from the south side of Chicago who marched in President Obama’s second inaugural parade. One week after the inauguration, Hadiya was shot and killed on a playground in Chicago. Orange was her favorite color and since then, orange has been the defining color of the gun violence prevention movement. For more information about National Gun Violence Awareness Day, see Information about the City of Kirkland Gun Safety and Community Safety initiatives can be found on the City’s website.

Business Items Include:

  • Art donation for Juanita Beach Park
  • Park impact fee policy discussion
  • Potential relocation of Snyder-Moody House
  • 132nd Square Park development project contract award
  • Budget adjustment for the Totem Lake Boulevard/120th Avenue NE preservation 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. 

In-Car Dining Presents: 'Roofless in Kirkland' Wednesday May 26th - 6:00 p.m.

In-Car Dining: Roofless in SeattleRide up in your convertible, lower your rooftop and order dinner with a view in support of our restaurants in a last hurrah for In-Car Dining at the free, one-hour stalls next to Marina Park! We hope to gather a community of convertibles to help close this successful program with an awesome In-Car Dining photo op. Of course you are most welcome to come and participate no matter what car you drive: the more the merrier!

The In-Car Dining program sunsets on Friday, May 28, to make room for summer activities. Thank you so much for your support of this fun initiative, meant to support our restaurants during ongoing occupancy restrictions. We appreciate you!

For more information, visit:

Enjoy 'Evenings on Park Lane' All Summer

“Evenings on Park Lane,” returned this week! Experience the amazing restaurants and shops of Park Lane on foot or by bike nightly from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. when the west end of Park Lane is closed to vehicles. This initiative runs through October 1, 2021 and is meant to expand outdoor capacity for businesses and increase foot traffic in the downtown core. Read the full press release here. Thank you for supporting Kirkland businesses!

Evenings on Park Lane

Small Business Essentials Starts Tuesday, June 1, with “Making a Quick Business Plan in Three Hours” 

Join Startup425 and Greater Seattle SCORE 1 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1 for the first of a five-workshop series meant to take your entrepreneurial aspirations from dream to reality.

If your mission is to become your own boss, this workshop is a bold step forward and a fantastic opportunity to practice intention. In this class, you’ll draft a unique value statement for your product or service in an interactive, supportive environment alongside other entrepreneurs. As part of the workshop, participants will receive real-time feedback from a SCORE small business mentor to help them finesse their value statements. Next, you’ll practice the “Lean Canvas” model to create the basic framework for your business plan! You will leave this class with tangible assets that you can use as you move towards implementing your small business dreams.

Why wait? Sign up today! Small Business Essentials workshops are available for $50 each workshop. Please visit: to sign up.

Startup 425 Small Business Workplan Workshop Series

Traffic Alerts

108th Avenue Northeast – Houghton/Lakeview

Drivers along 108th Avenue Northeast should expect traffic delays starting May 17 as Marshbank Construction returns to complete Kirkland’s upgrade of water and sewer systems.

Marshbank Construction will be repairing damaged curbs and sidewalk and rebuilding sidewalk curb ramps to improve the corridor’s overall accessibility for all users.

Marshbank will also pave 108th Avenue Northeast, between Northeast 53rd and 68th streets.


Cross Kirkland Corridor – Totem Lake

A detour around the Cross Kirkland Corridor between 120th Place Northeast and 128th Lane Northeast remains in effect while 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. 

Totem Lake Park is expected to be complete this summer and the Totem Lake Connector is expected 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.


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.

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

Junior Summer Day Camp  

𝗦𝘂𝗺𝗺𝗲𝗿 𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗹𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗶𝗴𝗻 𝘂𝗽 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗝𝘂𝗻𝗶𝗼𝗿 𝗗𝗮𝘆 𝗖𝗮𝗺𝗽! 😎☀️

  • Open to ages 5-8.
  • Camp runs 9-5 p.m., with extended care options available.
  • Campers will enjoy exciting camp activities, which include arts, sciences, sports, games, wacky special events, and guest visitors and entertainers.

Camp themes include Summer Snowstorm, Forces of Nature, Dumpster Diving, and more! Register today at

Get Ready! Earthquake Preparedness  

GET READY! How to Prepare for a Pacific Northwest Earthquake
with Author Deb Moller

Saturday, June 26, 2021 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Online Event. Register Here

For adults. For anyone living along the Cascadia Subduction Zone, the threat of a 9.0 mega-earthquake is real. Author Deb Moller puts it bluntly. “When the shaking starts, we’ll be living in the twenty-first century; when it stops, we’ll be living in the 1850s: no power, water, plumbing, phones or internet.”

FEMA recommends being prepared for two weeks of self-sufficiency after an earthquake of this magnitude. Deb Moller's handbook and this program will show you how to do just that.

In addition to being the founder of the earthquake preparedness organization, Cascadia Calling, Moller is a senior fellow at the Center of Excellence for Homeland Security-Emergency Management.

Reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities is available by request. Please contact the library at least seven days before the event for ASL interpretation, captioning services and/or other accommodation for online programs.

Send your request to

Get Ready!

Great Northwest 3 on 3  

STARs Unlimited Brings the Great Northwest 3on3 Basketball Tournament to Kirkland

After a year of uncertainty, nonprofit organization STARs Unlimited is excited to announce a premiere 3 on 3 basketball tournament in Kirkland. Registration is open now, so make sure you get a spot! The Great Northwest 3on3 takes place Saturday, July 31 and Sunday, August 1, at Northwest University. This all-ages tournament welcomes youth and adults for an athletic experience that the entire family will love! The divisions range from 4th grade boys and girls to competitive and recreational men's, coed and women’s divisions. The Great Northwest 3on3 offers a 4-game guarantee, skill and shooting competitions with prizes, dunk contest, special guest speakers, goodie bags for participants and trophies for the champions.

The tournament will be held in alignment with all public health mandates, guidelines and recommendations. Please check the Stars Unlimited webpage frequently to ensure that you know what to expect on gameday. For more information, including registration costs, visit the STARs Unlimited website.

Create your Gnomes!  

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

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