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July 29, 2021

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City Council

The Kirkland City Council’s next “virtual” meeting takes place Tuesday, August 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 August 4 meeting will be available on the City website prior to the meeting at: Kirkland City Council agendas. You can also receive meeting agendas in your inbox by subscribing to City Council Agendas on the Kirkland email lists subscription page.

More ways to watch!  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:

Preliminary Update of the 2021-2026 Capital Improvement Program: The City Council will review the proposed updates to the 2021-2026 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and related emerging issues and will provide direction regarding the proposed changes for Council adoption in December 2021.

Business Items:

Kirkland Avenue/Lake Street Intersection Improvements—Urban Design Update: To improve safety, reduce crossing times, and increase sight distance, the current project scope is to build a raised intersection, replace the ADA ramps, add curb bulbs, and modify the signal system. The City Council will provide direction about scope opportunities and other options regarding urban design features.

Juanita Drive Multi-Modal Improvements—NE 132nd Street Connection Concepts: The Juanita Drive corridor is an important north/south regional connection, and it is used by thousands of people driving, walking, or biking daily. In 2014, using an extensive stakeholder engagement process, the City completed the “Juanita Drive Corridor Study” which identified 33 connectivity and safety improvements for people who use the corridor. In 2018, the City completed the first 11 sidewalk, crosswalk, bike lane, and lighting safety improvements under the Juanita Drive Quick Wins Project construction contract. The City Council will provide additional direction about conceptual layouts for a connection along NE 132nd Street between 72nd Avenue NE and Juanita Drive NE.

2021-2022 Budget Adjustment: Capital Fund Beginning Balances and Authorized Position Adds: If City Council approves ordinance O-4764, it will amend the 2021-2022 Budget by updating the City’s four capital funds to recognize the starting fund balance. Approval of this ordinance also formally approves the conversion of 10 limited term employees (LTE) in the Planning and Building Department to full time employee (FTE) status. Additionally, this action would create one new FTE position in the Finance and Administration Department for the City’s Purchasing Agent position.

Rental Assistance And Tenant Protections: The City Council will consider utilizing some of its own funding to support a Kirkland rental relief program and determine if it would like to consider additional tenant protections.

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.

What to Expect When Visiting Reopened City Facilities

On August 2, 2021, City facilities will reopen for public in-person services. Please join us at Kirkland City Hall at 8 a.m. on Monday, August 2, for special welcoming ceremony as doors are once again opened to the community.

We wanted you to know what to expect when you come to a City facility, so we created this short video to help answer your questions.

  • When entering City facilities everyone is asked to do a quick contactless temperature check, review the COVID symptom list and wear a mask. Even if you are fully vaccinated, we ask you take this extra step to help protect staff and visitors that might not be vaccinated. Reusable Masks are available at entrances, just in case you don’t have one handy.
  • To help protect those that aren’t vaccinated please keep 6 feet of social distancing between you and others when in City facilities.
  • The City is taking additional efforts to keep facilities clean. Including extra janitorial services, having hand sanitizer available, and providing staff with cleaning supplies for use.
  • To protect everyone, some services have clear shields between staff and guests, and all City staff will be wearing face coverings during public interactions.

The City is committed to meeting the needs of our community so services will be available in person, online, or in a combination of methods. To learn more about City services, please visit us online at

Facilities Reopening

City of Kirkland Celebrates ADA Awareness Day

ADA Awareness Day imageThe Kirkland City Council proclaimed July 26, 2021 as ADA Awareness Day in Kirkland at its meeting on July 20. Americans with Disabilities Act Awareness Day commemorates the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, 1990. The law prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities, assuring them of equality of opportunity, full community participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency. By proclaiming July 26, 2021 as ADA Awareness Day in Kirkland, the City reaffirms its commitment to being a safe, inclusive, and welcoming community for people with disabilities and invited the community to celebrate the 31st anniversary of this civil rights law and the many contributions of individuals with disabilities to our community.

As a public agency, the City is required by federal law to evaluate its policies, programs, and services and identify barriers under the ADA. This evaluation is expressed in the City’s ADA Transition Plan. Beyond those projects identified in the Transition Plan, the City’s ongoing commitment to accessibility and belonging is demonstrated in various recent projects such as:

Read the full news release here. For more information about City of Kirkland accessibility accommodations, amenities, and resources, please visit

National Night Out is Next Week!

The Kirkland Police and Fire Departments encourage the Kirkland community to plan neighborhood events for National Night Out on Tuesday, August 3, 2021. Held annually on the first Tuesday in August, National Night Out is a nationwide campaign meant to enhance relationships between communities and first responders while promoting crime prevention, community building, and police-community partnerships.

Meant to lower barriers, bridge gaps, and bring people together, nothing captures the essence of community quite like National Night Out. Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide. In addition to block parties and cookouts, National Night Out provides an opportunity to interact with Kirkland’s law enforcement and fire service professionals.

Find the full news release on our website and visit our National Night Out webpage to learn more.

National Night Out

S.T.A.R. Offers 14 Week EMT Training Program This Fall

EMT Training Program

𝗛𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗻 𝗘𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗰𝘆 𝗠𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗧𝗲𝗰𝗵𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗻 (𝗘𝗠𝗧)?

We're sharing a message from our partners at the Public Health - Seattle & King County Emergency Medical Services program as they offer Strategic Training and Recruitment (S.T.A.R.) spots in their upcoming fall 14 week EMT course.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training opportunities are available for individuals who excel at working in diverse communities. The program is encouraging people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, and veterans to apply and help Public Health - Seattle & King County Emergency Medical Services better represent the communities it serves. The scholarship covers all course expenses. Upon completion of the program, a path to obtaining certification and a career are provided.

For an application or additional information, please contact

𝗔𝗽𝗽𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗱𝘂𝗲: 𝗔𝘂𝗴𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝟵, 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭

City Inducts Longtime Kirkland Resident Wes Carpenter into Plaza of Champions

Wes Carpenter Plaza of Champions InducteeSurrounded by family, friends, supporters, and members of Kirkland’s elected body, third-generation Kirkland resident, decorated Vietnam war hero and tireless community advocate Wesley “Wes” Robert Carpenter was formally inducted into the Kirkland Plaza of Champions on July 24, 2021. A rare honor, only 23 individuals/groups have been inducted since 1988, making Wes the 24th honoree. Commemoration at the Plaza of Champions is reserved for the best of the best, honoring those whose extraordinary achievements have had lasting and meaningful impact on Kirkland, and whose connection to Kirkland is resolute. Read the full news release on the City’s website.

Peter Kirk Pool 10-Visit and Season Passes are Back!

Peter Kirk Pool PassesKirkland Parks and Community Services is excited to share that 10-Visit and Season Passes for the Peter Kirk Pool are BACK!

Season Passes: Season passes can now be purchased online at or over the phone at 425-587-3360. *Note: Season passes are not available for purchase at the pool office. Season passes will be available for use 24 business hours after purchase date. All passes will be kept in the pool office. Passes that are outside the pool office will not be accepted by the pool.

Individual Season Pass (1 Adult/Youth) – $132.00  Includes:

  • Unlimited pool admission for ONE named person on membership card.
  • Good for public swim & walk-in lap swim.
  • Pass holders must be in line to enter pool – no pass line at this time.

NOT VALID FOR: Reservation Lap Swim, Swim Lessons, Water Exercise, and Rentals.

Household Season Pass (2 Adults & 4 Children) – $348.00  Includes:

  • Unlimited pool admission for TWO adults and any dependent and/or grandchild age 18 and under.
  • Good for public swim & walk-in lap swim.
  • Pass holders must be in line to enter pool – no pass line at this time.

NOT VALID FOR: Reservation Lap Swim, Swim Lessons, Water Exercise, and Rentals.

10-Visit Passes: Passes can now be purchased at the pool office. Passes will be valid when they are purchased. Once purchased, passes will be available, made, and stored in the pool office. All passes will be kept in the pool office. Passes that are outside the pool office will not be accepted by the pool.

10-Visit Pass – $54.00  Includes:

  • Good for public swim & walk-in lap swim.
  • Admission—one punch for one entry at any one public swim session and/or walk-in lap swim session.
  • Pass holders must be in line to enter pool – no pass line at this time.

NOT VALID FOR: Reservation Lap Swim, Swim Lessons, Water Exercise, and Rentals.

More at:! Contact Kirkland Parks and Community Services with questions.

Refill Your Reusable Water Bottle!

Reusable Water BottlesDid you know a single-use plastic bottle produces 3x the greenhouse gas emissions and uses 3x the energy compared to refilling a reusable bottle with tap water? The single-use bottled water Americans drank in 2016 produced as many greenhouse gas emissions as 2.5 million cars. 🤯

Cut your waste and skip the emissions! Drinking from a reusable water bottle uses 85% less energy and reduces climate impacts by 79%. A reusable water can be used hundreds of times, and is way better for the planet. Refill your own bottle instead of buying single-use water.

See where you can refill bottles in Kirkland at

Traffic Alerts

Residential streets – Bridle Trails, Central Houghton, Highlands, North & South Rose Hill

Sections of more than 40 residential streets in the Bridle Trails, Rose Hill, Houghton and Highlands neighborhoods will each close for six hours between July 29 and Aug. 3 while a Kirkland contractor applies slurry seal to them.

To see the street-by-street schedule, visit

98th Avenue Northeast – Juanita

Late-night and early-morning travelers should expect lane-closures from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., starting Monday along 98th Avenue Northeast, between Forbes Creek Drive and Northeast 116th Street, while Kirkland’s contractor establishes the street’s lanes.

Until then, Lakeside Industries will be directing traffic around 98th Avenue Northeast’s lane-closure from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Search 98th Avenue Northeast repairs on

108th Avenue Northeast – Houghton/Lakeview

Drivers along 108th Avenue Northeast should continue to expect traffic delays into July as Marshbank Construction completes Kirkland’s upgrade of water and sewer systems.

The contractor’s crews are working 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. between Northeast 53rd and 68th streets to replace the maintenance hole lids they removed before they began the paving process.


Totem Lake Boulevard – Totem Lake

Totem Lake Boulevard, between Northeast 124th Street and 120th Avenue Northeast, will close from 11 p.m. Thursday to 4 a.m. Friday while Kirkland’s Totem Lake Connector contractor re-locates equipment.

Kraemer North America is establishing a detour.

Meanwhile, drivers can still turn onto westbound Northeast 124th Street from southbound Totem Lake Boulevard. But they can’t use the right-turning slip-lane that connects the two streets to do so.

The slip-lane remains closed this month while Kirkland’s Totem Lake Connector contractor continues the process of building the pedestrian and bicycle bridge that will connect the two ends of the Cross Kirkland Corridor that are separated by its intersection with Northeast 124th Street and Totem Lake Boulevard.

The City is detouring commercial trucks around the intersection.


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’s Totem Lake Connector contractor uses the corridor to build the pedestrian and bicycle bridge.

Totem Lake Park is expected to be completed this summer and the Totem Lake Connector is expected to be completed 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 is directing 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 parallel, on-street 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. 

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

Drought Resilient Garden  

Cascade Gardener: Five Steps Toward a More Drought Resilient Garden
Thursday, July 29, 7 p.m. (this is an online event)
To register, visit:

With warmer growing seasons becoming more the norm in the Pacific Northwest, tactics to conserve water while preserving vegetation is becoming even more essential. Moving past the basics of planting drought tolerant gardens, this talk will explain how different gardening practices can influence drought resiliency of all types of gardens. Learn how making some simple adjustments to a variety of garden tasks throughout the year can help build a more drought resilient garden.

About Christina: Christina is a horticulture consultant and educator with over 40 years experience in landscape management and garden care. She brings an emphasis on sustainable garden practices that work in sync the cycle of the seasons to her teaching and writing. She holds degrees in horticulture from Michigan State and the University of Washington and is an ISA Certified Arborist®. She is author, with Mary Robson, of Pacific Northwest Month-by-Month Gardening, Cool Springs Press 2017.

Free Summer Meals for Kids and Teens  

Mondays – Fridays | Now until August 27
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
12315 NE 143rd Street, Kirkland, WA 98034 | 425-821-7686

Nourish your body and brain while you read this summer at the Kingsgate Library!

Visit the webpage for more details!

Kirkland Urban Kids  


Event Type: Kids/Outdoor Fun

PopUp StoryWalk Summer Diverse Book Series at Kirkland Urban
July 31 – August 19 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

From July 31 to August 19, Kirkland Urban is hosting a PNW-fav interactive experience – PopUp StoryWalk! The ‘Summer Diverse Book Series’ will be displayed outside of the Kirkland Urban Plaza for children and families to enjoy at their leisure. The experience is free and open to the public, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

PopUp Storywalk is a local program aimed at encouraging a lifelong love of learning and appreciation of the outdoors and is designed to rotate a variety of children's books as it travels to different destinations. This will be the second time PopUp StoryWalk is available at Kirkland Urban.

Admission: Free | Tickets Required: None
Venue Information:
Fountain Court
425 Urban Plaza, Kirkland, WA 98033

Cornhole Classic Tourney  

Kirkland Cornhole Classic Tournament
Friday, August 6, 7 p.m.

Under the lights at Lee Johnson Field, join us for a cornhole competition for the ages! Limited space available, sign up your team early to reserve a spot.

Bags start flyin' at 7:00 p.m. Check-in begins at 6:30 p.m. at Lee Johnson Field on Friday, August 6.

  • Round Robin Style Tournament
  • Championship shirts to the winners
  • We provide the cornhole bags
  • $20/Team for Residents
  • $24/Team for Non-Residents

Register today at

Grass Volleyball Tournament  

Sun, Set, & Spike Grass Volleyball Tournament
Wednesday, August 25 and Friday, August 27

Join us for our first Sun, Set, & Spike Grass Volleyball Tournament at Lee Johnson Field at Peter Kirk Park!

We will be hosting a round robin tournament on Wednesday, August 25 and Friday, August 27. We will be offering a COED and Women's division. COED teams must have 2 men and 2 women to participate.

This is a 4 on 4 tournament and all levels are welcome! Team managers will register their team under the division of their choice. Game times will be sent out one week before the tournament starts.

The winning team from each division will win a prize!

Register your team today at
For tournament rules visit:

3 on 3  

The Great Northwest 3on3

Stars Unlimited

July 31 and August 1 - Registration open NOW!

This tournament takes place on Northwest University’s beautiful campus and invites competitive basketball teams from all over the state and beyond. The divisions range from 4th grade boys and girls to competitive and recreational men's, coed and women’s divisions! This tournament 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!

For more information about this event, please visit the event website! Are you interested in volunteering? Reach out to event organizer Jason Waltman at: