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December 29, 2021

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City Hall New Year's Day Closures

In observance of New Year’s Day, City facilities will be closed 12 to 5 p.m. Thursday, December 30 and all day Friday, December 31. Fire, Police, and other critical services will remain fully operational during this time. Please visit our website for more information about City services. Have a safe, warm and happy New Year! 

Holiday hours

Frosty Forecast – Stay Informed and Key Contacts

Snow Plow

We’re in for several more cold days, with snow in the overnight forecast and sustained freezing temperatures heading into the weekend. We appreciate the patience of our community as we work through this winter storm system. Our crews are already out working hard to clear our priority route streets and prepare for additional snowfall anticipated overnight. Per our Snow Response Plan, our crews focus first on the “lifeline” routes in and around Evergreen Hospital, some fire stations, the Kirkland Justice Center, and freeway interchanges in the Totem Lake area as their top priority. They then move to the remaining arterial streets throughout the city, then onto collector streets as they are able. 

For sustained freezing temperatures like we have been experiencing, we approach road treatment in stages. Our crews have been mindful of changing conditions throughout the days and nights, and they adapt their approach to provide the best roadway conditions as possible given the micro-conditions they are in. Our goal is to get down to pavement, but plowing down to pavement is not always possible due to the presence of thicker ice. Intermediate steps of applying sand and salt are often how we get there.

Even if your neighborhood street hasn’t been plowed, please don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1 if you are experiencing an emergency. Our police and fire first responders are actively responding to calls, and they get assistance from our Public Works crews if needed to reach you.

We approach every event with the utmost dedication to helping keep our community safe, and we take our responsibility before, during, and after events very seriously. We have deployed all available resources in alignment with the City’s Snow Response Plan, and we appreciate the dedication and commitment of our crews.

Please continue to be prepared if you need to go out and stay aware of conditions. Here is some important information to keep in mind for the next few days:

➡️ If you’re able to do so, consider staying home until the roads are clear and safe for traveling, or consider using public transportation. Visit the King County Metro website for more information on bus service during inclement weather.  

➡️ If you do need to go out, the most up-to-date info on road closures can be found in the newsroom on our homepage.  

➡️ And check street conditions with the City’s nearly 30 real-time traffic cameras, accessed here

➡️ If you’ve been out and about in your vehicle, please park in your driveway or garage to give our snow plow crews and first responders access to the street. If a vehicle blocks snow and ice response activities, police may utilize towing services to clear roads of these vehicles.  To check if Kirkland Police removed your vehicle, contact the NORCOM dispatch non-emergency number at 425-577-5656.

➡️ In Kirkland, it’s the property owner's responsibility to clear the sidewalks next to or in front of their home or business.

➡️ If you are experiencing an emergency, don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1.  Our police and fire first responders are actively responding to calls, and they get assistance from our Public Works crews if needed to reach you.

Puget Sound Energy:

To report a power outage or view the power outage map, download the PSE app or visit the PSE website, or call Puget Sound Energy at 1-888-225-5773.  For tree issues on or near power lines, contact PSE at 1-888-225-5773 to report.

Waste Management:

Track WM Service Alerts for Kirkland here:  

Stay Informed:

The most important thing you can do is stay informed and arm yourself with information.

➡️ For road conditions beyond Kirkland: WSDOT Twitter @wsdot_traffic 

➡️ Updated weather warnings from the National Weather Service Seattle office at: National Weather Service Seattle Twitter @NWSSeattle 

➡️ Important information from the City will continue to be posted on our website

Thanks, and continue to be stay safe out there, Kirkland!

Prepare Your Pipes for Freezing Temperatures

Unprotected pipes can freeze, leaving you with no access to water. Even worse, they can crack or break, leaving you with potential flooding and costly repairs.

How to Protect Pipes

  • Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Keep outside valves open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
  • Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces.
  • Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas.

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night.

How to Thaw Frozen Pipes

  • Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.

See Ready.Gov for more winter weather tips.

Prevent your pipes from freezing

Warming Centers and Overnight Shelters

Cold Weather shelter

The King County Regional Homelessness Authority is maintaining a list of warming centers located throughout King County, including in Kirkland and Bellevue, and can be found on the KCRHA website.

Current open warming centers in Kirkland and the surrounding area include:

  • Peter Kirk Community Center, 352 Kirkland Ave
  • The Sophia Way Helen’s Place, 8045 120th Ave NE, Suite 200
  • The Sophia Way Sophia’s Place (women or women with children only), 3030 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue
  • New Bethlehem Place, 8045 120th Ave NE, Suite 100

Looking Ahead to Next Week After the Storm

With the end of this winter storm on the horizon, the City begins to prepare for the transition from plowing, sanding and deicing to sweeping. While freezing temperatures are expected through New Year's Day, the current forecast calls for warmer temperatures starting on Sunday bringing a strong likelihood of rain. Please check out this video for more details on the City's storm recovery efforts. Thanks and stay safe!

Snow response

Coming up at Council

City Council

The Kirkland City Council’s next meeting takes place Tuesday, January 4, 2021 via 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 January 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 pagePlease note: City Council meetings will remain virtual until further notice.

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 upcoming meeting agenda:

Study Session: Draft Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Five Year Roadmap: The Council will be discussing the preliminary draft Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Five Year Roadmap. This draft document is based on the work of the City’s equity consultant who has been conducting an equity gap assessment as part of the City’s work of Resolution R-5434. Based on Council feedback and direction, staff intend to update the preliminary draft Roadmap informed by community feedback and return to Council in the first quarter of 2022. 

Proclaiming January 17, 2022 as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service: The Mayor, on behalf of the Council, will proclaim January 17 as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.  Community members interested in participating in the Day of Service can join the Green Kirkland Partnership for a day of environmental stewardship. Green Kirkland is hosting three events this year at South Rose Hill Park, Juanita Beach Park, and Crestwoods Park. All events are open for additional volunteers and teams to help plant trees, pull invasive weeds, and nurture Kirkland’s parks in celebration of Dr. King’s legacy of community service. More information can be found on the City’s website under Community Events.

Tree Code Amendment – Framework for Completion: The Council will review Part 2 of the draft amendments to Kirkland Zoning Code Chapter 95 (also known as the “Tree Code”).  These include moderate/major amendments with a focus on a Landmark Tree mitigation and private property owner tree removals. 

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.

Filling a Need at Congregations for the Homeless


Congregations for the Homeless, one of the City's human services agency partners, has an immediate need for the following items to be delivered to the men's shelter located at Lincoln Center in Bellevue.

Desired items include:

  • Large to 3X men's coats
  • Blankets
  • Hand and toe warmers
  • Boots
  • Towels

Please find more information on the Congregations for the Homeless website. Congregations for the Homeless is located at 515 116th Ave. NE in Bellevue. If you have any questions, please reach out to them at:

Traffic Alerts for December 30 - January 5

124th Avenue Northeast - North Rose Hill

Franchised utility operators, such as Ziply and Comcast, are continuing to relocate their utilities this week along 124th Avenue Northeast, between Northeast 116th and 124th streets.

Crews are generally working from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but may work some nights from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. This work may be impacted by the snow.

After Ziply relocates its fiber optic lines, other utility operators, such as Comcast, will begin relocating their utilities through February.

The City of Kirkland is coordinating the utility relocations as part its ambitious effort to improve the 124th Avenue Northeast corridor.


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 City expects the Totem Lake Connector to be complete by December 2022.


Northeast 120th Street - North Rose Hill

Drivers traveling Northeast 120th Street between Slater Avenue and the Lake Washington Institute of Technology may have noticed the project has not progressed as expected. The contractor is awaiting the resolution of the concrete worker strike to proceed with construction.


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 through January. During that time, SRM Development will continue to restrict parallel, on-street parking along the north portion of Fifth Place South.   

SRM Development expects Feriton Spur Park to open to the public in 2022. 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 at I-405 – Juanita/Kingsgate

The Washington State Department of Transportation’s contractor, Graham Contracting Ltd., expects to be on-site intermittently to conduct pre-construction activities for the site such as potholing, surveying, and clearing vegetation.  

Drivers may experience lane-shifts and potential shoulder or lane-closures on Northeast 132nd Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For questions about these closures, call the project hotline at 425-224-2433. 


Fun in our Winter Wonderland

Huge thanks to our Parks Maintenance crew for grabbing this great picture of our community members sledding at McAuliffe Park! 


Upcoming Events

Green Kirkland MLK Day

Join the Green Kirkland Partnership for a day of stewardship on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day

Monday, January 17, 2022

Times Vary

Green Kirkland has three events looking for volunteers and teams to help plant trees, pull invasive weeds, and nurture Kirkland’s parks in celebration of Dr. King’s legacy of community service.

All tools and training provided. All ages welcome following the youth volunteer policy on the website.

Please bring a face covering (mask) to wear anytime when social distancing is not possible at these outdoor events.

Pre-registration is requested from participants.

Follow the links below to register and learn more.

Stewardship Events on MLK Day – Monday, January 17, 2022

This event is hosted by the Green Kirkland Partnership and City of Kirkland Parks and Community Services Department.

Polar plunge

Kirkland Parks and Community Services presents the January Jump! Polar Bear Plunge

Saturday, January 22, 2022

12 to 2 p.m. at Houghton Beach Park

Kirkland Parks and Community Services invites the community to participate in the January Jump! Polar Bear Plunge. This brand-new community event takes place 12 to 2 p.m., Saturday, January 22, 2022, and features vendor booths, cornhole, a best plunge costume contest, and trivia on our new giant LED screen! Take an icy cold splash with friends and family and then warm up with coffee and cocoa from the Kirkland Kiwanis. If a frigid dip in the lake isn’t your style, sign up for the virtual plunge, which is available for a $10 donation to the Recreation Scholarship Fund!

Get all the details at the Polar Plunge event page!


Kirkland Performance Center presents Jake Shimabukuro

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

7 p.m. at Kirkland Performance Center

Join KPC on Wednesday, January 26 at 7 p.m. for a LIVE performance by ukulele master and Kirkland Performance Center favorite, Jake Shimabukuro.

With only four strings, Jake Shimabukuro is a humble master whose mission is to connect and inspire people. Whether one on one or in front of an audience of thousands, Jake shares a deep emotional connection with the listener that is open, magical and transcendent. Often referred to as the Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Lee and Michael Jordan of his craft, Jake delivers performances around the world with an out-of-the-box blend of stunning virtuosity, deep musicality and a natural entertainer’s flair.

Visit the KPC website for tickets!