Fall Recreation Registration | Burn Ban | Win a Coffee Card | Thanking The Piper | City Hall For All

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August 18, 2021

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Fall Recreation Registration Opened August 17

Kirkland Parks and Community Services invites you to register for fall programs! Sign up for preschool classes, adult sports and fitness classes, van trips and more. Visit us online at www.kirklandparks.net or call us at
(425) 587-3336. Programs take place at Peter Kirk and North Kirkland Community Centers and local parks throughout Kirkland.

Recreation Registration

Kirkland Fire Department Issues Stage Two Fire Safety Burn Ban

Burn Ban ImageEffective Friday, August 13, the Kirkland Fire Department has issued a stage two fire safety burn ban which prohibits recreational fires until further notice.

In response to continued hot/dry weather, high fire danger throughout King County, and the ongoing commitment of many local wildland firefighting resources outside the region, the King County Fire Chiefs, King County Fire Marshals, and jurisdictions throughout King County have joined together to issue a stage two burn ban covering all parts of King County. This means all outdoor fires, including recreational campfires, cooking fires, and ceremonial fires, are prohibited. Propane or natural-gas fired grills, fireplaces, fire tables, and other gas-fired appliances may continue to be used along with charcoal grills. Please use caution when disposing of charcoal remains.

“This ban will be in place until further notice due to the continuing hot and dry weather conditions we are experiencing,” said Fire Marshal Mark Jung.

The fire marshals are carefully monitoring the fuel moisture content and energy release component of wildland fuels in the area. When these measures return to more typical values, the ban will be terminated.

Development and Permitting Questions? Virtual Appointments Now Available

Development Services Virtual App To help answer your general development and permitting questions, the City of Kirkland Development Services now provides virtual appointments with Planning and Building, and Public Works staff. This is a pilot program that provides an additional opportunity to meet directly with staff from 3 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. You will be able to receive answers to basic questions regarding Kirkland zoning, building, and development requirements.

The virtual appointments are for 15 minutes and are conducted using Microsoft Teams with the ability to choose from available meeting times and services. Schedule an Appointment Now

If you have questions about a specific permit, please contact the reviewer directly. Contact information can be found by looking up your project on MyBuildingPermit.com.

Share Your Thoughts with City Staff at the Kirkland Wednesday Market

Public Outreach Booth

Tasty fresh fruits and veggies, beautiful bouquets, and public participation! Join the City of Kirkland at this week’s Kirkland Wednesday Market and provide input on multiple planning efforts that are in progress. City staff will be on hand to hear from you on the Parks PROS Plan, the Surface Water Master Plan Update, and the Everest and Moss Bay Neighborhood Plans. The Kirkland Wednesday Market takes place from 3 to 7 p.m. at Marina Park.

Skip the Waste, Win a Coffee Card!

Stay hydrated without the waste this summer by bringing your own reusable water bottle! To thank you for choosing reusable, we're giving away two $25 gift cards to Urban Coffee Lounge. Enter the prize drawing by emailing recycle@kirklandwa.gov a photo of your reusable water bottle somewhere in Kirkland -- at a park, in your neighborhood, on a trail, at a local business, on your bike or the bus, anywhere you go in Kirkland! One entry per person. Enter by August 31. See where you can refill your reusable bottle, and learn more about the prize drawing, at kirklandwa.gov/bottlerefill.

Refill you bottle and win!

Thanking the Piper: Kirkland Resident Plays for the Community

The Lone Piper

For many, the bagpipes elicit an emotional response that resonates deeply. That powerful, one-of-a-kind skirl sparks an uncommon blend of both sorrow and happiness, mesmerizing listeners as it soothes souls, spreads hope, inspires connection and brings joy. Kirkland resident and Redmond Firefighter Steve Gengo enjoys being the bringer of that joy, playing his bagpipes in different parks and public locations throughout Kirkland, Redmond and beyond. He plays for free, he plays at sunset, and he plays for anyone who cares to listen. He might even take a request or two.

While not necessarily musically inclined, Steve picked up the bagpipes a little over four years ago, motivated by their profound historical reverence and long-standing ties to the fire service. For police and firefighters, the bagpipes are steeped in tradition, used to honor the memory of those who have lost their lives in the line of duty, to build community, and to commemorate special occasions.

Watch for the full story on the City of Kirkland Facebook page.

Save the Date! City Hall for All September 18 

Be part of creating a more equitable Kirkland where everyone has a sense of belonging. City Hall for All 2021 features important and collaborative discussions about how communities are shaped through planning and how to lift up all voices and get involved in these processes. Virtual presentations will start at 10 a.m. Watch for more details coming soon at www.kirklandwa.gov/CityHallforAll.

City Hall For All

Traffic Alerts

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.

Visit www.kirklandwa.gov/totemlakeconnector

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.

The Totem Lake Connector is expected to be complete in fall 2022.

Visit www.kirklandwa.gov/totemlakeconnector or www.kirklandwa.gov/totemlakepark.

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.

Visit www.kirklandwa.gov/firestation24

Upcoming Events

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!

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!

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 https://bit.ly/35Mis7B
For tournament rules visit: teamsideline.com/sites/kirklandwa/downloads