This Week: Fire Station 27 Groundbreaking | Feriton Spur Park Celebration | David E. Brink Park | National Night Out

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July 14, 2022

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City Council Meeting Preview


The next regular meeting of the Kirkland City Council is on July 19, 2022.  This will be a hybrid meeting, and community members are welcome to attend the meeting in person or via Zoom. Limited socially distant seating will be available in the Council Chamber, as well as some limited overflow seating.  

Here’s a brief overview of some of the items on the agenda for the July 19, 2022 Council meeting:  

Study Session – Transportation Commission Workplan: The City Council will meet jointly with the Transportation Commission to review and discuss the proposed 2022-2023 Transportation Commission Work Plan.  The Kirkland Municipal Code defines the Commission’s mission as “to advise the public works department, city manager, and city council in leading the city’s efforts to create and maintain a transportation system that enhances the economic, social, and environmental quality of life in our city now and into the future.”  Following the study session, staff will integrate any amendments requested by the Council into the Work Plan and return at a future meeting with the final version of the Work Plan for Council adoption. 

Study Session – Preliminary 2023-2028 Capital Improvement Program: The City Council will review the Preliminary 2023-2028 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and related emerging issues.  The City of Kirkland Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is a plan that addresses construction, repair, maintenance and acquisition of major capital facilities and equipment. The CIP is the City’s six-year funding plan for building, maintaining and improving the roads, sidewalks, public buildings, parks, and other fixed assets. Based on Council direction at the July 19 study session, staff will return to the Council study session on October 4, 2022. Final Council adoption of the CIP will occur on December 13, 2022. 

Google Development Agreement: The City Council will consider approving a Development Agreement between the City and Google. The Agreement supports development of a catalyst project as contemplated by the NE 85th Street Station Area Plan and its Form-based Code, adopted by the Council on June 28, 2022. This follows a study session conducted by the Council on July 6 and a public hearing conducted on July 11, 2022. Pursuant to RCW 36.70B.200, a development agreement may be approved by ordinance or resolution of the Council following such a hearing.  

Reproductive Healthcare and Marriage Equality: The City Council will consider a in support of codifying comprehensive reproductive healthcare, including abortion, and marriage equality in the Washington State and United States Constitutions.  

Revenue Sustainability and Equity Study Final Report: The Council will receive the final Revenue Sustainability and Equity report from the City’s consultant and will give feedback on the revenue options proposed within the report.  This feedback will be taken into consideration as part of the City Manager’s proposed 2023-2024 Biennial Budget.   

Meeting details:  

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 July 19 meeting will be available on the City website prior to the meeting on the Kirkland City Council agendas webpage. You can also receive meeting agendas in your inbox by subscribing to “City Council Agendas” on the Kirkland email lists subscription page.   

How to watch:   Kirkland City Council meetings are streamed live and can be watched after the fact 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.  

How to participate:   Members of the public wishing to address the Council may do so in-person or via Zoom during the “Items from the Audience” part of the agenda. That part of the agenda occurs at the beginning of the Council’s business meeting at 7:30 p.m. Information on the updated comment sign up process to provide comment to the City Council, and on attending the meeting virtually, is available on the  City Council webpage  

Written comments can be submitted to For additional questions, please call the City Clerk’s Office at (425) 587-3190.  

Community Conversations

Spare 10 minutes and Tell Us Your Thoughts  Kirkland’s biennial Community Survey is open and will help the City gauge community attitudes about the quality of life in Kirkland, satisfaction with City government services, and priorities for the future. All Kirkland community members, whether they live, work, learn, or visit Kirkland, are encouraged to take the online survey before it closes at 12 p.m. on July 20, 2022. Thank you!   

Changes to City Council Meetings during August There will be one City Council meeting in August on Wednesday, August 3. The meeting is rescheduled from its regular first Tuesday to Wednesday, August 3 because some Councilmembers like to attend National Night Out block parties on August 2. The regular meeting on the third Tuesday, August 16 is cancelled for summer break. City Council meetings will resume as normal in September.  

How can I contact the City with questions, requests, or suggestions? 

You can always contact City staff through the Our Kirkland service portal, available on the web and mobile app. Submitting your comments through Our Kirkland ensures the right staff receives the information and is able to follow up with you.  

For more opportunities to provide feedback to the City, please visit our Community Conversations page. 

Our Kirkland

Kirkland Ca$h a Success for Local Hotels and Small Businesses

Woman holding a food box and payment voucher

The first Kirkland Ca$h program ended June 30 and supported local hotels and businesses with nearly 700 Kirkland Ca$h certificates generated from hotel stays from April through June 2022. This added up to more than $17,000 in community currency certificates issued to benefit local businesses. 

Read more.

Outdoor Summer Movie Series Begins this Saturday

Outdoor Movie Series promotion flyer

Kirkland Parks and Community Services is hosting their Outdoor Summer Movie Series for the next five weeks, July through August, with five double-feature movies. The first event is on Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Juanita Beach Park (north), with a showing of “Moana” at 3 p.m. and “Captain America: The First Avenger” at 6 p.m. The movie series is sponsored by Ziply Fiber. 

Read more.

Fire Station 27 Groundbreaking

City and Fire Department leaders broke ground this week at the new site of the soon-to-be-built Fire Station 27, on the corner of NE 132nd St and 121st Way NE. Station 27 is being relocated to the eastside of I-405 to allow KFD to respond more efficiently to the Kingsgate and Totem Lake neighborhoods. 

Councilmembers holding shovels at a celebratory groundbreaking

Pictured from left to right: Councilmember Toby Nixon, Councilmember Neal Black, Councilmember Kelli Curtis, Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold, Councilmember Amy Falcone, Mayor Penny Sweet, City Manager Kurt Triplett, Deputy Fire Chief Dave Van Valkenburg, Fire Chief Joe Sanford. 

The new, two-story Fire Station 27 will feature three and-a-half bays, eight sleeping rooms, dedicated space for decontamination, bunker gear, basic life support and supply storage.  

The new 16,000 square-foot station is expected to be completed by summer 2023. 

Fire Station 27 is one of five fire stations Kirkland's residents voted to renovate, relocate or build to ensure the City's emergency response maintains pace with growth within the city and the region as part of Fire Prop 1.

Feriton Spur Park Expansion Celebration

It was a gorgeous day to celebrate the opening of the Feriton Spur Park Expansion! 

City leaders and crowds of community members gathered to check out the new park amenities that stretch out across the Cross Kirkland Corridor and the new Google campus, including a splash pad, a vegetable garden to benefit Hopelink, an historic railway caboose occupied by a local brewery, and an amphitheater featuring artwork made out of pieces of the historic Kalakala ferry. 

The new park expansion is located at 509 6th St. S in Kirkland. 

Kirkland City Councilmembers were joined by councilmembers from Bellevue and Redmond, King County Council Chair Claudia Balducci, State Representative Larry Springer, and other community leaders.  

Councilmembers posing for picture at Feriton Park opening celebration

David E. Brink Park Now Open; Celebrate on July 15

Kirkland community members are invited to a celebration and ribbon cutting for the newly renovated David E. Brink Park on Friday, July 15 at 3 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Come and explore the park’s new pocket beaches, improved access to the water, accessible pathway, and salmon-friendly pier. This renovation project was funded in part by a grant from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. 

David E. Brink Park is located at 555 Lake Street South. There is street parking in front of the park. Find more details on the event page. 

people at a waterfront park

Join Kirkland's 'Become a Firefighter Workshop'

Have you ever considered a career in firefighting?  The Kirkland Fire Department has a great opportunity for you!

Attend our all-day workshop to learn more about this exciting career and let KFD cover the costs of your firefighter exams.

Kirkland Fire is encouraging people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, and veterans to apply and help us better represent the communities we serve.  Applications are due Monday, August 15th by 5:00 PM (PST).

For more information, visit the Kirkland's Join the Fire Department page. For questions, e-mail Paisley Stenerson at

firefighter hosing off a fire

National Night Out Reminder - Apply by July 18!

adults and children interacting with police officer and police car

For National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2, block party permit applications and requests to invite police officers, firefighters and/or City Councilmembers must be received by July 18 

If you would like to request City Council, police, corrections, and/or firefighters at your block party on private property, fill out the National Night Out First Responder Request Form. Members of City Council and first responders from the Kirkland Police and Fire Departments attend community events between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. While police and fire personnel will make every effort to attend your event if invited, please note that the availability of the City's first responders depends on emergency call volume. 

Events that include a road closure require a permit. To request a road closure, submit a National Night Out Block Party Permit Application, due by July 18. Block party fees will be waived for National Night Out events held on August 2, 2022. Applicants must live on the street to be closed and serve as the event contact. 

For more information visit:  

#NationalNightOut #NNO2022 #kirklandpd 

KPD Hosts Second Guns for Gift Cards Exchange July 20

a gift card on a pile of guns

After Kirkland Police Department’s first successful ‘Guns for Gift Cards’ exchange in June, KPD will host its second voluntary ‘Guns for Gift Cards’ event on Wednesday, July 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kirkland Justice Center. 

The first event on June 25 successfully removed 91 unwanted firearms from our community, from 45 residents who voluntarily gave them up in exchange for $11,375 in useful Visa gift cards. 

No registration is required for the Guns for Gift Cards exchange. Proof of Kirkland residency, such as a utility bill, is required to participate. Police staff will only visually review an address to confirm Kirkland residency. Participant identity is otherwise anonymous, as personnel will not log any identifying information. 

KPD’s Guns for Gift Cards exchange will occur at the Kirkland Justice Center (KJC), located at 11750 NE 118th Street in Kirkland. Please note there are security cameras at the KJC for public safety. 

Participants are asked to bring unloaded guns they wish to trade in for Visa gift cards and to follow these rules: 

  • Stay in your vehicle when you arrive at the KJC 
  • Gun(s) must be unloaded 
  • Gun(s) must be in the trunk or backseat of your vehicle, or otherwise out of reach 

Depending on the type of gun(s) relinquished, participants may receive gift cards worth $25.00 to $250.00. 

For more information about Guns for Gift Cards, see the Kirkland Police Department webpage. 

Drop Off Tricky Recyclables on July 23


Recycle household electronics and old clothes at this free recycling event hosted by WM and the City of Kirkland. Damaged clothing and worn out textiles can be repurposed as rags or insulation -- bring them for recycling, don't throw them away!  

Shredding of confidential papers is also available. Residents are encouraged to take advantage of this free shredding service instead of shredding at home. Paper shredded at home must be thrown away, while papers shredded at an event are able to be recycled because they don't need to be sorted from other materials. 

The event will be held at Lake Washington Institute of Technology on Saturday, July 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or until trucks fill up. At past events, some trucks have filled before the listed closing time.  

As part of our new waste collection contract with WM, each year residents will be able to drop off tricky recyclables at WM Neighborhood Recycle and Reuse events like this one. Drop-off recycling options complement our curbside services by providing easy options for items that cannot be recycled in carts. 

See more details and all accepted items on the event page. 

Spans Installed at the Totem Lake Connector Bridge

Overnight on Monday and Tuesday, the spans over Totem Lake Boulevard were installed on the Totem Lake Connector Bridge.  Our contractor, Kraemer North America, was so efficient working on those two nights, they have canceled the planned closure of Totem Lake Boulevard for the remainder of the week.  

The Totem Lake Connector will be a bicycle and pedestrian bridge that will connect the two ends of the 5.75-mile Cross Kirkland Corridor currently severed by one of Kirkland’s most complicated intersections: Totem Lake Boulevard and Northeast 124th Street. 

The current color of the pedestrian and bicycle bridge spans is primer.  The entire bridge will be painted near the end of construction in 2023. 

construction crew erecting a pedestrian bridge

Get Up to Date on WSDOT’s I-405 and 132nd Street Interchange Project

map of I-405 in Kirkland

Join WSDOT for an online project update for the I-405 – NE 132nd St Interchange Project on July 20.  

WSDOT is building a new on-ramp to northbound I-405 and a new off-ramp from southbound I-405 at Northeast 132nd Street in Kirkland. This project will improve access to the Totem Lake regional growth center and surrounding neighborhoods in Kirkland. It will also provide a new route to access I-405, creating an alternative to using local streets and helping reduce pressure on heavily congested nearby interchanges.   

You’re invited to join an online project update to hear about progress made so far, learn more about the upcoming work, ask questions of the project team, and learn how to stay informed. This meeting will be held online via Zoom.   

Wednesday, July 20, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.   

Register here.  

Reach out to WSDOT if you’re facing barriers to participation and need accommodations to participate fully in this online meeting. If requesting accommodations, please reach out by July 11 so your request may be accommodated.  

Traffic Alerts

Northeast 124th Street – Juanita

Night construction continues on 116th Avenue Northeast at Northeast 124th Street, where a Kirkland project to improve traffic flow at the intersection is in process.

Interwest Construction is working from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday to create a new southbound right-turn lane from 116th Avenue Northeast onto Northeast 124th Street. They have encountered a number of underground conflicts that have showed some aspects of the project.   

The contractor is also building a wide sidewalk with street trees and street lighting along the northwest side of 116th Avenue Northeast.


Northeast 132nd Street at I-405 – Juanita/Kingsgate

Drivers will encounter traffic control that will be in place into fall as the Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) contractor begins the first phase of major construction, including the removal of trees in the project area.   

Travel lanes on Northeast 132nd Street have shifted south, and left turns are prohibited except onto Totem Lake Boulevard for drivers traveling westbound and into Woodlake Apartments for drivers traveling eastbound.   

WSDOT is building a new on-ramp for northbound Interstate 405 traffic and a new off-ramp for the interstate’s southbound traffic. The project will enhance sidewalks and bicycle lanes and will create roundabouts at the ramps’ Northeast 132nd Street intersection.

For questions about this traffic control or this project, call WSDOT’s project hotline at 425-224-2433.


Upcoming Events

outside of the KDA building

KDA Open house 

Date: Monday, July 18 

Time: 4 – 6 p.m. 

Location: Kirkland Visitor Center, 400 Urban Plaza Suite 135   

Chat and mingle with some of the Kirkland Downtown Association team and board members and learn about the bold plans for the future.  

This is a chance to meet and greet with the community and learn about how the Kirkland Downtown Association visitor center can be a supportive resource for the community and visitors as a whole. 

There will be light beverages, snacks and Bundtinis' in thanks to our friends at Anything Bundt Cake, in Downtown Kirkland. 

The Open House is free to the public and for the entire community. Bring your friends, families and neighbors! 

For more details, visit the event page.  

For more events from the City, visit our Community Events page. For up to date happenings around Kirkland, visit 

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