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June 16, 2021

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City Council Recap 

City Council

Thanks to all who attended and gave comment during the June 15, 2021 City Council meeting, which took place via the Zoom videoconferencing platform in alignment with current public health recommendations and guidelines. We appreciate your vital input and are grateful to have such an engaged community. Thank you!

Kirkland City Council meetings are streamed live on the City of Kirkland Facebook page and the City YouTube channel, in addition to the livestream 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 meeting:

Study Session: NE 85th Street Station Area Plan

Over the past several months, community members have provided ideas and feedback on the future of the NE 85th Street Station Area, and a City Council Listening Session was held on May 26, 2021. At the June 15 Study Session, the City Council reviewed the staff-recommended alternatives that will be analyzed in the Fiscal Impacts and Community Benefits Analysis. The alternatives include a lower-growth alternative and a higher-growth alternative that fall within the range of alternatives already identified in the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS). For more information about the NE 85th Street Station Area Plan, go to

Business Items

Public Safety Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drone) Pilot Test Program Proposal

The City Council received a briefing on establishing a one-year Public Safety Unmanned Aerial System test program for the City of Kirkland. During the one-year testing period, this drone program would be utilized by three departments: Fire, Police, and Public Works. The Council provided feedback on the test drone program and requested additional information for further discussion and consideration at a future meeting.

Temporary Moratorium on Residential Tenant Evictions in Kirkland

The Council adopted, in a four to three vote, an ordinance providing for a temporary moratorium on residential tenant evictions in Kirkland due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Inslee’s statewide moratorium on residential tenant evictions related to COVID-19 is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2021, and it is not known whether that statewide moratorium will be extended. Kirkland’s ordinance, Ordinance O-4759, provides for a similar residential tenant eviction moratorium in Kirkland. The ordinance is based on the City Manager’s February 29, 2020 proclamation of emergency, ratified by the Council on March 3, 2020 through Resolution R-5411, and extends through September 30, 2021.

To view the Council discussions on these agenda items, visit: The full agenda packet and recording of the meeting are located on the City of Kirkland website at: The next City Council meeting is on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. 

Tell Us How You Want To Play In Kirkland!

𝗝𝗼𝗶𝗻 𝘂𝘀 𝟲:𝟯𝟬 𝘁𝗼 𝟴 𝗽.𝗺., 𝗧𝗵𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗝𝘂𝗻𝗲 𝟭𝟳, 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗮 𝘃𝗶𝗿𝘁𝘂𝗮𝗹 𝗽𝘂𝗯𝗹𝗶𝗰 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝘂𝗺 𝘁𝗼 𝗶𝗺𝗮𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝘂𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗞𝗶𝗿𝗸𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱’𝘀 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗸𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀. We need your input as we work to update the Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan, which is a six-year guide and strategic plan for managing and enhancing park and recreation services. The PROS Plan establishes a path forward for providing high quality, community-driven parks, trails, open spaces and recreational opportunities to benefit Kirkland community members and visitors.

For more information about the PROS Plan, opportunities to provide input, and to register for Thursday’s public forum, visit:

Parks Recreation and Open Space Planning

Pop-Up Programming in Kirkland Parks Expanded this Summer

Pop Up Dog Parks

The City of Kirkland announced that it is hosting pop-up park activities throughout the summer as part of its Summer Action Plan to provide additional temporary park amenities during the busy summer season. The two new pop-up activities are Pop-up Off-leash Dog Parks and Pop-up Sprinkler Parks.

The Pop-up Dog Park will rotate to three different park areas, are fully fenced, and will feature both a large play area and a small play area.

Pop-up Off-leash Dog Park Locations:

  • June - Juanita Beach Park (9703 NE Juanita Dr) located on the north side of the park, adjacent to the ballfields. Parking is available in the gravel lot nearby.
  • July - Heritage Park (111 Waverly Way) located on the north side of the park, near the tennis courts. Parking is available in the gravel lot nearby.
  • August- Snyder’s Corner Park (13267 Old Redmond Rd)·located at the corner of Old Redmond Rd and 132nd Ave NE near the Bridle Trails Shopping Center. Snyder’s Corner Park is undeveloped, and a temporary small parking area will be accessible off Old Redmond Rd.

For additional information please check out the website at Pop-up Off-leash Dog Parks.

In addition to the Pop-up Sprinkler Park at Lee Johnson Field there will be two additional locations this summer. Pop-up Sprinkler Parks will be staffed by lifeguards, will be scheduled on Thursdays and Saturdays, and will run throughout the summer.

Pop-up Sprinkler Park Locations and Details:

  • Thursdays, July 8 – August 12 at Lee Johnson Field (202 3rd St) 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturdays, July 10-31 at North Kirkland Community Center (12421 103 Ave NE) 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturdays, August 7-14 at Everest Park - Field 1 (500 8 St. S) 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

These are temporary programs and are planned to only last through August 2021. We invite you to share your feedback at

Kirkland Honors and Celebrates Juneteenth

Kirkland Honors and Celebrates JuneteenthAt the June 15 City Council meeting, Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold read a proclamation proclaiming June 19, 2021 as Juneteenth in the City of Kirkland. Nikayla Rice, founder of Eastside Embrace, was present to receive the proclamation, sharing words of her own and inviting the community to Eastside Honoring Juneteenth, an event that takes place on Saturday, June 19, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 pm. at the Redmond Downtown Park. The event is sponsored by the City of Kirkland, the City of Redmond, Eastside Embrace, Eastside for All, and the Eastside Race and Leadership Coalition.

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth recognizes the day of June 19, 1865, when enslaved African Americans in Texas were informed by Major General Gordon Granger that they were “free,” ending 246 years of chattel slavery. This was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation which had become official January 1, 1863.

Today, Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas, a month marked with celebrations, special events, picnics, and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment and self-improvement and for planning the future. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are encouraged to join together to truthfully acknowledge a period in U.S. history that shaped and continues to influence our society today.

On August 4, 2020 the City of Kirkland passed legislation (R-5434) related to examining and dismantling institutional and structural racism in Kirkland. For more information, visit

Celebrate Kirkland’s Virtual 4th of July!

Virtual July 4 Celebration

The community is invited to join the City of Kirkland and the Kirkland Downtown Association for a virtual Celebrate Kirkland 4th of July event. This star-spangled Independence Day extravaganza kicks off at 8 a.m. on Sunday July 4 on the City Facebook page, the Kirkland Television YouTube channel, the KGOV Stream, Comcast Cable Channel 21 and Ziply Cable Channel 31, so choose your favorite viewing platform and prepare for an uplifting video experience starring the best Kirkland has to offer. You never know who or what you might see as past years of Celebrate Kirkland parade festivities are showcased in a dynamic, action-packed video premier highlighting the heart and soul of Celebrate Kirkland. This patriotic feature lets freedom ring as it honors our veterans and shines a spotlight on the City’s neighborhood associations, arts commissioners, elected officials, service organizations, classic car and hot rod enthusiasts, business leaders, and most of all, our amazing community members.

Please remember, as guided by Kirkland Municipal Code Chapter 11.60, the sale, possession and discharge of personal fireworks are prohibited in Kirkland city limits. Kirkland’s fireworks ban went into effect in 1999 to help eliminate property damage, injury, and fires, and to protect the natural beauty of our region. In general, public fireworks displays are allowed when properly permitted by the Kirkland Fire Department, but this year’s traditional 4th of July display is cancelled for the health and safety of our community. For more information, please call the Kirkland Fire Prevention Bureau at (425) 587-3650.

Fire Safety and Prevention

Boater SafetyWith boating season officially underway and the first day of summer right around the corner, the Kirkland Fire Department Prevention Bureau wants to share some tips to help keep our marina users and boating community safer.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Safety

Do you have working CO alarms inside your boat? You should! Often referred to as the “invisible killer,” CO is a colorless, odorless gas produced when fuels like gasoline, diesel and propane are burned. Boats have multiple sources of CO, and it’s important to realize that CO can remain in or around your boat at unsafe levels even with the engine off. Always have working CO alarms on your boat, test them frequently, and if the CO alarm sounds, move to a fresh air location right away.

Make sure your boat is well maintained. Poorly tuned engines produce more CO, which increases your risk of CO poisoning. Signs of CO poisoning include headache, dizziness, shortness of breath and nausea. If you ever suspect that you or a family member is experiencing CO poisoning, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Electrical Safety

Electrical shock drownings (ESDs) can occur when marina electrical systems leak electrical current into the water. Never allow your friends and family to swim near the boat, marina or boat launch ramp, and have your boat’s electrical system inspected each year by a qualified marine electrician.
Importantly, never use household extension cords near the water! Always confirm that your cords are intended for marine use. Always know where your main breakers are, both on the boat and at the shore power source, so that you’re able to respond quickly during an emergency.

For more information about the Kirkland Fire Prevention Bureau, visit our website at: We wish everyone a safe and happy summer on Lake Washington!

Keeping Freshwater Beaches Fresh Starts With You

The sun is shining, and it’s time to head to the beach! Thousands of people visit King County's beautiful freshwater beaches during the summer months. Everyone has a role in keeping King County's swimming beaches clean and the water safe.

Read more about the easy ways you can help.

Keep Fresh Water Beaches Fresh

Volunteer at Summerfest!

Kirkland Summerfest at Marina ParkChump Change Events is pleased to announce that Kirkland Summerfest is BACK for 2021!

Do not miss the triumphant return of this signature Kirkland event, held Friday, July 30 through Sunday, August 1 in the beautiful Marina Park and surrounding area! Kirkland Summerfest consists of nightly outdoor concerts, the Sip Kirkland - Washington Wine Festival, the Sails & Ales Beer Fest and the Summerfest Street Market. All set against the stunning backdrop of Lake Washington.

Do you want to get INSIDE the action? Summerfest is recruiting volunteers!

There are lots of fun volunteer opportunities at Summerfest in both the all-ages areas as well as within the 21+ beer and wine garden. Click the link below to find out what volunteer slots are available and signup!

What you get for volunteering:

  • Free admission to your choice of either Sip Kirkland or Sails & Ales Beer Fest, including a commemorative tasting glass (while supplies last) and ten tasting tokens. This benefit is for volunteers age 21+ only.
  • A sweet custom volunteer tee
  • A chance to help your community, practice your customer service and/or bartending skills
  • Fame, fortune, new friends and a chance to support local nonprofits.

We hope to see you at Kirkland Summerfest 2021!
Visit the event webpage at:

Customers Must Verify Eligibility to Use King County Recycling and Garbage Facilities

King County Service Area Map

Beginning June 16, 2021, the King County Solid Waste Division will require customers who come to a King County recycling and garbage facility to show proof they live or do business within King County's 37-city and unincorporated service area, which excludes the cities of Seattle and Milton. King County has a responsibility to ensure customers who pay to operate and maintain its solid waste system have access to these essential services. Self-haul customers arriving at a County garbage and recycling facility must show proof of residence or business by showing a government-issued ID, a utility bill, rental agreement, vehicle registration, job site invoice, business card or pay stub with the customer’s ZIP code. Learn more.

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.

The contractor is planning to work 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. starting Monday evening and ending Tuesday morning to repave the roadway.

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.


Upcoming Events

Kirkland Urban Pride Event  

WHO: Eastside (and beyond!) families

WHAT: Join shopping, living and dining destination Kirkland Urban as it hosts a free, family-friendly Pride event on Thursday, June 24 from 3:30-6 p.m. Festivities will include a Pride Parade beginning at 4 p.m. with dancers from local studios dressed in rainbow gear, a special performance by a local LGBTQ artist, stilt walkers, balloon twists, a live DJ and much more. Local dancers will perform dances created by pop-icon JoJo Siwa, who recently came out and has used her platform to help other LGBTQ+ teens find their way. Families are welcome to hang around from 3:30-6 p.m. to enjoy all of the festivities and a bite to eat from one of Kirkland Urban’s retailers. Kirkland Urban has partnered with Eastside Pride PNW and PFLAG Bellevue Eastside to hand out rainbow flags, bracelets, as well as offer up information and support for the community. Follow Kirkland Urban on social media (@kirklandurban on Instagram and Kirkland Urban on Facebook) for more details as they are announced, or visit

TICKETS: No tickets; free and open to the public

DATE: Thursday, June 24 TIME: 3:30-6 p.m.

Kirkland Urban
425 Urban Plaza
Kirkland, WA 98033

For more information visit the website.

Kirkland Recycle Batteries Event  

Household Battery Recycling Event
Saturday, June 19, 9am - 2pm
Kirkland City Hall parking lot, 123 Fifth Ave

Bring household batteries for recycling at this drop-off event! Alkaline, rechargeable, and button batteries are accepted. Please wear a face covering. See all event information at: