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August 11, 2021

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Beat the Heat at a City Cooling Center

Cooling Center

The City of Kirkland is activating cooling centers to help our community members stay safe and cool during this week’s predicted high temperatures. Air-conditioned cooling centers will be available 12 through 8 p.m. Thursday, August 12 and Friday, August 13 at City Hall and the Peter Kirk Community Center (352 Kirkland Ave.). Both cooling centers offer a safe, welcoming space, open to any community members and their pets (leashed dogs and crated cats) who need relief from the heat.

Please help spread the word! City cooling centers feature socially distanced seating, tables and water. For City Hall, please enter at the lower (south) entrance.

Cooling center hours and locations are as follows:

  • 12 through 8 p.m., Thursday, August 12 at the Peter Kirk Community Center (352 Kirkland Ave)
  • 12 through 8 p.m., Thursday, August 12 at Kirkland City Hall (123 5th Ave)
  • 12 through 8 p.m., Friday, August 13 at the Peter Kirk Community Center (352 Kirkland Ave)
  • 12 through 8 p.m., Friday, August 13 at Kirkland City Hall (123 5th Ave)

Guidelines for City Cooling Centers

  • Cooling center guests must complete a COVID-19 screening before entering City facilities.
  • Facial coverings will be required indoors.
  • Guests will be asked to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between themselves and people outside of their household.
  • Leashed dogs and crated cats are permitted, however, pets must be under owner control at all times and any pet-related “accidents” must be cleaned up by the pet owner.
  • Community members are also encouraged to seek relief from the heat at local restaurants, stores, malls and movie theaters and in shady areas in parks.

To cool off in the water, open swim is available at the Peter Kirk Pool at reduced capacity due to COVID-19 restrictions. Kirkland’s swimming beaches Houghton Beach, Waverly Beach and Juanita Beach have lifeguards on duty, however, Houghton Beach is currently closed due to elevated bacteria levels. Please use caution: Washington waters are often cold enough to cause muscles to cramp or cause cold water shock, even on the hottest summer day. Water safety tips can be found at

Remember to stay cool, stay hydrated and always be alert to the signs of heat exhaustion, which include heavy sweating, clammy skin, weak pulse, fainting and vomiting. For more information about how to stay safe in the hot weather, visit the Public Health – Seattle & King County webpage at:

For a list of cooling centers open in King County and other jurisdictions, visit the King County Office of Emergency Management webpage.

Blood Donors Needed to Support the City of Kirkland Pop Up Blood Drive

Donate Blood and Win!The City of Kirkland is partnering with Bloodworks Northwest to host a blood drive 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, August 30 and Tuesday, August 31, at the North Kirkland Community Center.

Help us save lives! Local hospitals need a constant supply of blood to help patients experiencing traumas, organ transplants, and cancer treatment. Bloodworks needs 1,000 donors daily to keep Pacific Northwest hospitals stocked. Join the effort to engage 120 donors in two days this summer!

For the month of August, Bloodworks donors will automatically be entered to win a foldable Oru kayak and pack, including Wonitago kayak paddles and an Onyx universal paddle vest. You must be over 18 to win. The lucky winner will be contacted by phone or email on or about Friday, September 10, 2021. They will have 48 hours to accept the offer. Please visit the Bloodworks “Donate and Win” page for more info!

Donating blood is an essential and encouraged activity critical to sustaining community healthcare. Your one-hour donation appointment is a safe action. All donors must book appointments, wear face masks, and check in with photo ID. If you have questions, please call 800-398-7888.

Visit the Bloodworks Northwest website to book an appointment. The North Kirkland Community Center is located at 12421 103rd Ave NE in the Totem Lake area. Please see for more information on steps Bloodworks is taking to keep our donors and staff safe.

Kirkland Arts Center Celebrates with Open House

KAC Open HouseThe Kirkland Arts Center is excited to invite the community to attend reSTART, an end of summer celebration and open house. This event takes place 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, August 20 at the KAC, located in the historic Peter Kirk Building (620 Market Street).

This celebration is family-friendly, offering activities and a preview of KAC’s fall programming. Highlights of the evening include children’s art activities from 4 to 5:30 p.m., teaching artist demos from 5 to 6 p.m., and from 6 to 6:30 p.m. an architecture tour of the Peter Kirk Building. The architecture tour is available by reservation only. Please RSVP here if you wish to join the architecture tour!

KAC looks forward to seeing you! Learn more about the event at the KAC website.

Snyder’s Corner Park Pop-up Dog Park is LIVE!

Snyder's Corner Pop-up Dog Park

The third and final installment of our Summer 2021 Pop-Up Off-Leash Dog Park series is open and ready for your pups to enjoy! The newest pop-up is located at Snyder’s Corner Park, right at the corner of 132nd Ave NE and Old Redmond Road (6720 132nd Ave NE). There is a great parking area! Enter the parking lot from Old Redmond Road and get ready to have some fun.

Like our other pop-ups, the off-leash area features two separate spaces, one for larger dogs and one for smaller pups.

In June, the City announced that it would host pop-up park activities, including Pop-up Off-Leash Dog Parks and Pop-Up Sprinkler Parks, throughout the summer as part of its Summer Action Plan to provide additional temporary park amenities during the busy summer season. These are temporary programs and are planned to only last through August 2021.

We invite you to share your feedback at

Temporary Reroute of Metro Transit Route 255 

Riders of Metro Transit Route 255 are impacted by a temporary reroute that began August 9 and extends through September 5. WSDOT has closed the Montlake Bridge to vehicles for that period. The bridge sidewalk remains open for people walking and biking.

Metro’s service advisory explains that Route 255 riders who normally transfer to Link Light Rail at the University of Washington Station may want to consider transferring to Metro routes 257 or 311, or Sound Transit Express Route 545, at the Evergreen Point Freeway Station to continue to downtown Seattle. Route 255 will continue serving UW Station, but it may take longer to get there.

Metro riders can always sign up for route-specific alerts notifying them of changes, including for Route 255.

Metro Rider Alert!

Traffic Alerts

Street paving – Highlands

A City of Kirkland contractor repairing curbs and upgrading curb ramps along 112th Avenue Northeast, between Northeast 87th and 97th streets.


Street paving – North Rose Hill

Kirkland’s 2021 street paving contractor is directing traffic on 124th Avenue Northeast while its crews prepare the arterial for street paving later this summer.


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.

Search 98th Avenue Northeast Repairs on

Totem Lake Boulevard – Totem Lake

Kirkland’s Totem Lake Connector contractor plans to close Totem Lake Boulevard’s northbound, curb-lane from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. while removes a crane from the construction site.

Totem Lake Boulevard’s slip-lane remains closed 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.

City leaders expect the Totem Lake Connector to be complete in fall 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

Mexican Serenata  

Mexican Serenata by Centro Cultural Mexicano
Saturday, August 14, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Marina Park

Are you guys ready for the Mexican Serenata?? This brand-new event by our wonderful friends at Centro Cultural Mexicano takes place Saturday, August 14 in Marina Park!!

Stop by from 4 to 6 p.m., for an evening of music and dancing! This is a new event for Kirkland, and we are so excited! Mexican Serenata is free to attend and everyone is invited - all ages are welcome. Visit the event page Mexican Serenata for more information.

We'll see you there!

Kirkland Uncorked  

Kirkland Uncorked by Bold Hat Productions
August 27, 28 and 29, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (2 7 p.m. on Friday)
Marina Park

Kirkland Uncorked is back in 2021! This signature Kirkland event takes place August 27, 28 and 29, 2021 in scenic Marina Park (25 Lakeshore Plaza Drive). Kirkland Uncorked is not only a weekend long celebration of world-class Washington wineries, but is also a benefit for the Homeward Pet Adoption Center.

The festival is split into two parts, a 21+ tasting garden and an all ages street fair. The tasting garden features wine tasting, live music, and a Saturday grill-off. The street fair features the Uncorked market, the CityDog Dog Modeling Contest, and a Saturday food truck feast. Don't miss out on all the fun!
Visit the Kirkland Uncorked website for exact times!

Cascade Gardner: Made in the Shade  

Cascade Gardener: Made in the Shade
Thursday, August 12, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. (this is an online event)
To sign up for this event, Register Here.

Beautiful plants and designs for dry shade under large trees, cool shade next to the house and how to light up dark corners in your garden with shade loving foliage plants. Includes planting in layers and under the skirts of other plants, saving water by using plants that thrive in dry shade and how to arrange plant material. Plant material list included along with inspiration from amazing low maintenance shade gardens..

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 for Eastside (and beyond) families

Kirkland Urban Beach-Themed Kids Event
August 14 | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Families are invited to join Kirkland Urban for a beach-themed KU Kids event! For this month’s craft, Julie from Clown Buggie Entertainment will be at Kirkland Urban’s Fountain Court to lead kids in creating sand art and painting frisbees, answering questions along the way! This event is free and open to the public, and craft kits will be provided upon arrival. Families are also invited to stick around afterwards to enjoy Kirkland Urban’s water feature, with towels provided as supplies last.  For more information: Visit here

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

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: