This Week: Housing Dashboard Launches | Parks Exploratory Committee | Deputy City Manager Receives Award

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August 18, 2022

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Next Regular City Council Meeting on Sept 6

City Council posing for picture with text: City Council Meeting Sept 6 at 7:30p hybrid meeting

The next regular meeting of the Kirkland City Council is on September 6, 2022. The regular meeting that would have been held on Tuesday, August 16 was cancelled for summer break. 

More information about the September 6 meeting will be included in an upcoming edition of ‘This Week in Kirkland.’ 

Deputy City Manager James Lopez Receives Award

Jim Lopez Deputy City Manager

The Washington City/County Management Association (WCMA) recently presented the Outstanding Assistant Award to James Lopez, City of Kirkland Deputy City Manager for External Affairs, at its annual conference this past week. 

The Outstanding Assistant Award recognizes outstanding achievement and exemplary work by a local government professional who provides valued assistance to a chief local government administrator/manager. Recipients of this award have made significant contributions in leadership.  

“Mr. Lopez has demonstrated extraordinary leadership over the past year in enhancing community engagement and outreach and for advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging,” said Kirkland City Manager Kurt Triplett.  “He has consistently turned high profile policy decisions into transparent, inclusive, and constructive public processes where both benefits and concerns are highlighted, ideas and interests are exchanged, and mutual understanding occurs. Jim is a talented, passionate, and dedicated public servant who works tirelessly to advance the goal of creating a welcoming community where everyone is heard and everyone belongs.” 

As Deputy City Manager for External Affairs, Lopez is responsible for the administration of the City’s economic development, civic engagement, and communications programs. 

Marilynne Beard, former Kirkland Deputy City Manager and past recipient of the award, presented Lopez with a plaque at the ceremony on August 11, 2022. 

The WCMA is a non-profit organization that serves to connect governmental managers around an exchange of ideas and information. The organization presents awards annually. 

For more information on the WCMA awards and professional recognitions, please visit WCMA. 

Kirkland Launches Housing Dashboard Map

Interface of dashboard showing housing data in Kirkland

The City of Kirkland has launched an interactive map for community members and City personnel to track housing supply and major housing development projects in Kirkland. The new Housing Dashboard lets users interact with housing data over time and view trends. 

Read more 

There’s Still Time to Apply to the Parks Funding Exploratory Committee

Help shape the future of Kirkland's parks and recreation! Apply to be on the Parks Funding Exploratory Committee (PFEC) through August 25, 2022.  

The PFEC's purpose is to make recommendations to the City Council in Spring 2023 regarding potential parks ballot measure(s) for placement on the November 2023 ballot.  

The first PFEC meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 15, 2022. PFEC will meet twice a month on Thursday evenings from September 2022 through February 2023. 

The City seeks applicants that reflect Kirkland’s diversity of age, economic status, neighborhood, family composition, policy perspective, languages spoken, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, neurodiversity, and physical, mental or sensory ability. Learn more and apply by August 25 at

a woman playing pickleball, a children's playground, and two women swimming at the community pool

Summer Safety Reminder for Outdoor Burning

Summer is still going strong, so it’s good to keep these tips in mind as you and your family enjoy summer vacations, camping, family reunions, picnics and barbeques:  

fire pit open fire

- Build outdoor campfires at least 25 feet away from tents, shrubs and anything that can burn.   

- Use propane, charcoal or wood pellet barbecue grills outdoors only. Indoor use can cause a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning. Place your grill well away from siding and deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.  

- Only use outdoor fireplaces and fire pits outdoors and at least 10 feet away from your home or anything that can burn. 

Protect Natural Spaces as a Green Kirkland Partner Steward

A person training a group of people in natural space stewardship

Did you know that a fun and dedicated team of 40+ super volunteers called Green Kirkland Stewards help engage our community in the restoration of over 500 acres of natural parkland in Kirkland?  

Come join the Green Kirkland Steward team! 

If you’re interested in joining this volunteer team and have time for an ongoing role leading stewardship events in Kirkland’s parks, please attend New Steward Orientation this September 2022! 

Stewards bring a diversity of interests, skill, and time to Kirkland's natural areas and receive training and support from the City of Kirkland. We encourage all that are interested to attend part one of orientation as an informational session.  

Visit the Green Kirkland Steward Orientation event page to sign-up for all three sessions: 

Session 1: Program Overview and Restoration (Online) - Tuesday Sept 13, 6 - 8 p.m. 

Session 2: Field Training in Best Practices (In-person) - Saturday Sept 17, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Session 3: Volunteer Management (Online) - Tuesday Sept 20, 6 - 8 p.m. 

To learn more about the Green Kirkland Partnership and the volunteer Steward position visit: 

This free training is open to the public and no experience required. Following orientation, you can apply to become a Green Kirkland Steward. 

Youth Volunteers: Per City requirements those under age 18 must have an adult over 18 attend all trainings and host events as a Steward alongside you 

Help Update the Surface Water Master Plan

People paddleboarding with text: Virtual Open House Surface Water Master Plan Update Aug 31

The creeks, lakes, and scenic views of waterways in Kirkland help make it such a great place to live, work, and play. Maintaining clean water and healthy habitat while reducing flooding and ensuring functioning infrastructure is essential to the quality of life for the residents, businesses, and wildlife that call Kirkland home.  

Kirkland is releasing the draft Surface Water Master Plan update next week and we want your feedback! Join us for an online open house Wednesday, August 31 at either 11 a.m. or 7 p.m. to learn about the draft plan and provide input.  

The Surface Water Master Plan is a strategic plan for managing Kirkland’s stormwater, creeks, lakes, and wetlands for our community and for future generations. 

For more information about the Surface Water Master Plan and to RSVP for the online open house, visit 

Apply by Sept 1 to Join the Domestic Abuse Response Team

A purple ribbon with text: Kirkland Police Department Domestic Abuse Response Team

The Family Violence Unit of the Kirkland Police Department (KPD) is actively recruiting compassionate volunteers to join their Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) program.  

DART volunteers provide crisis intervention and support to domestic violence victims after there has been police involvement. The volunteers also assist victims during the court process that follows by providing information, referrals, and resources.   

Interested applicants must demonstrate a commitment to helping victims and families who have experienced domestic violence (DV). Prior experience in social services is preferred, but not necessary.   

Free crisis intervention training will be provided in October, including an orientation to KPD, DV 101, DV laws, the criminal justice system, community resources, safety planning, and the effects of domestic violence on children. Each volunteer will also participate in a patrol officer ride along. They will work both in the office and in the field.   

If interested, please fill out a Volunteer Application online. Under “Interest in Volunteering” choose “Public Safety/Emergency Services” and specify “DART” in the description box.  

See more information about Volunteer Opportunities at the City.  

Last Chance to Win with Community Ride

A man walking to a public transit vehicle with text Take Community Ride by August 31 for a chance to win

Less than two weeks left for your chance to win a $50 gift card with Community Ride! Simply take a Community Ride trip by August 31, and you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win a gift card to La Corona, Gyro World, I Love Bento’s, or The Guest House Restaurant. You’ll receive five entries for your first ride and one entry for every ride after.  Winners will be drawn from a raffle in September and will have two days to claim their prize. 

Community Ride is an on-demand service that takes you anywhere in the Juanita service area!  Download the app and learn more at  

Traffic Alerts

Lakeview Drive – Lakeview  

Kirkland’s 2022 street paving contractor is maintaining intermittent lane-closures on Lakeview Drive between its intersections with Lake Washington Boulevard and Northeast 64th Street.  

Watson Asphalt is repairing damaged curbs and upgrading curb ramps that are out of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  

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

safety trainees putting out a controlled fire

Kirkland Office of Emergency Management CERT Class  

Haven’t taken a Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) class before? Join the Fall 2022 CERT class and learn about emergency preparedness, disaster first aid, live fire suppression, and more. 

The classes will be on September 20, 22, 27, and 29 from 6 to 9 p.m., with a drill on October 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Registration is $25 for Kirkland residents. 

Find more details and sign up at   

a heat pump system

Energy Smart Eastside Heat Pump Workshops 

Thinking of ways to prepare your home to keep cool in the heat?    

This summer, eastside residents have an opportunity to learn about and purchase discounted heat pump systems through Energy Smart Eastside, a multi-city energy efficiency program.     

Heat pumps are highly efficient cooling and heating systems that use less energy than traditional electric heating systems and can result in lower utility bills.   

To qualify for the Energy Smart Eastside discount, attend a free, 1-hour virtual workshop.   

Read more, and register for an upcoming workshop, at: 

safety throw ring with text Be a Lifesaver. Donate.

Blood Drive  

Date: August 29 – 31, 2022  

Location: North Kirkland Community Center, 12421 103rd Ave NE  

The summer season is tough for our community’s blood supply. Book an appointment today and spend just one hour donating one pint of blood to save a life. Thank you!    

Appointments are required.   

For more information, and to schedule an appointment, visit BloodWorks NW. 

Evenings on Park Lane information sandwich board

Evenings on Park Lane   

Date: Every Evening through October 2, 2022   

Time: 6 – 11 p.m.   

Location: Park Lane, Downtown Kirkland   

A local favorite, Evenings on Park Lane is back and will run through October 2, 2022. The west end of Park Lane between Lake Street and Main Street will be closed to vehicles nightly from 6 to 11 p.m and open to people walking and wheeling until the Park Lane restaurants close for the night.   

What an enjoyable way to stroll downtown and shop local.   

For more information, please visit the City’s webpage for Evenings on Park Lane.   

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

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