This Week: Council Preview | Parks Ballot Survey | Fire Station Tours | Tree Rebates | I-405 Closure

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April 27, 2023

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City Council Meeting Preview


The next meeting of the Kirkland City Council is on Tuesday, May 2, 2023. This will be a hybrid meeting, and community members are welcome to attend the meeting in person or via Zoom. 

Here’s a brief overview of some of the items on the Business Agenda for the May 2 meeting, which starts at 7:30 p.m.: 

2023 Neighborhood Safety Program – Council will review the Neighborhood Safety Program 2023 project recommendations.    

2023 State Legislative Update Council will receive an eighth and final update on the City’s 2023 State Legislative Priorities.    

Prior to the above business agenda, the Council will also hold a Study Session starting at 5:30 p.m., where they will discuss:   

Houghton Village - Council will discuss plans for upgrading the former PCC space at Houghton Village to prepare for future occupant(s), as well as consider an option for a potential long-term tenant once the site is redeveloped.  

Regional Crisis Response (RCR) Agency Update – Brook Buettner, new Executive Director of the RCR Agency, will introduce herself to Council. Council will discuss and select a Council delegate to represent at the RCR Principal's Assembly.  

Tax Increment Financing Update - Council will receive an update on the status of tax increment financing and provide feedback on a draft ordinance to create a tax increment area.

Meeting details:     

The business meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. and is preceded by a 5:30 p.m. study session. The agenda for the May 2 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, which starts at 7:30 p.m. Information on the 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 also be submitted to For additional questions, please call the City Clerk’s Office at (425) 587-3190. 


Community Conversations

Our Kirkland

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

Need to report a pothole?  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 can follow up with you.  

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

Community Invited to Shape Potential Parks Ballot Measure

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The City has published an online survey on expanded aquatics, parks, open spaces and recreational opportunities in Kirkland. Community members can access the survey at now through May 11.   

Feedback from the community will help inform the City Council’s decision on whether to move forward with placing a measure on the ballot to create an aquatics and recreation center, more open space and trails, expanded recreation programs, and parks facilities.

Read more.

Requests Open for Fire Station Tours and Firefighters at Events

Firestation 24

The Kirkland Fire Department is happy to announce that fire stations are once again open for public tours, and community members can also request firefighter participation at their community event!

A few things to remember:

  • We ask for at least 25 days notice before the desired date of your fire station tour or firefighter appearance request 
  • Fire station tours are available Monday to Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on an approved basis.
  • All requests will be fulfilled based on available resources. Please note: KFD may not be able to fulfill a request due to limited resources. 

Request a fire station tour or request firefighter participation at your community event here: 

We look forward to seeing you soon! 

Celebrate Arbor Day with Our Tree Rebate Program

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In the spirit of Arbor Day tomorrow, the City of Kirkland is excited to share that tree rebates and pre-paid certificates are still available through 2023! The City program provides up to $500 per property for planting qualifying trees on your property.  

Rebates and certificates can also cover the necessary amounts of compost and mulch during planting, as well as watering bags to help your new trees thrive in the summer.  

Trees help prevent flooding in our neighborhoods, provide shade for our homes, and help filter pollutants to provide clean water for Lake Washington. Planting trees is an easy, affordable way to help the environment on your own property. 

Learn more and apply now at 

Juanita Friday Market Seeking Vendors and Volunteers

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We are looking forward to the 2023 season of the Juanita Friday Market! 

The Market will be held on Fridays from 3 – 7 p.m. at Juanita Beach Park starting June 2, 2023 through September 29, 2023. We are accepting vendor applications and are also looking for friendly faces to join our volunteer team.  

Learn all about the market and apply to be a volunteer or vendor on our website at

Got questions? Please email  

Calling All Senior Artists for the 13th Annual Senior Art show| Ages 50+

Senior Art Show - Events banner June 2 2022

The Kirkland Senior Council will be mounting its 13th annual senior art show at the Kirkland Merrill Gardens, June 8 - June 22, 2023, showcasing senior artists who are pursuing their artistic passions. The show will exhibit paintings, drawings, photography, sculptures, and quilts. Artists who are 50+ are invited to submit their work. For more information or to request an application, please email the Senior Council at or call the Peter Kirk Community Center at 425-587-3360. 

Dates: June 8 - June 22, open daily for drop ins
Location: Merrill Gardens, 14 Main St S
Cost: FREE 


I-405 Lane Closures for Bridge Repair Work

I405 lane closures bridge work april 2023

Four nights of repairs on three bridge decks on I-405 in Kirkland starts Saturday, April 29. Please plan for some delays. 

From 11 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday, northbound I-405 at NE 85th will fully close with traffic using the collector-distributor lane there to detour around the work. Then from 9 p.m. Sunday (April 30) to 5 a.m. Monday (May 1), southbound I-405 between NE 124th and NE 116th will be down to one lane, with the toll lane open to all (as it is every weekend). The ramps from NE 124th to southbound I-405 will also be closed with traffic detour to NE 116th. 

Later in the week, from 9 p.m. Wednesday (May 3) to 4:30 a.m. Thursday (May 4), the right two lanes of southbound I-405 at 228th St. SE in Bothell will close with traffic using the toll lane (which is open to all between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. during the week). The ramps from SR 527 will also be closed with traffic detouring to NE 195th. Finally, at 8 p.m. Thursday (May 4) to 5 a.m. Friday (May 5) the left two lanes of southbound I-405 at 228th St. SE in Bothell will close. 

For more information, visit WSDOT's website.

Farewell Snowplows – See You Next Season!

Snowplow Migration send off 2023

Every spring, around this time of year, the mighty snowplows of Kirkland migrate back to their arctic nesting grounds. Just like geese migrating south for the winter, we say ‘goodbye for now’. Enjoy your summer hibernation, and we’ll see you again upon the return of the wintery weather!

Traffic Alerts

I-405 at 85th Street and NE 124th Street 

Four nights of repairs on three bridge decks on I-405 in Kirkland starts Saturday, April 29.  

From 11 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday, northbound I-405 at NE 85th will fully close with traffic using the collector-distributor lane there to detour around the work. Then from 9 p.m. Sunday (April 30) to 5 a.m. Monday (May 1), southbound I-405 between NE 124th and NE 116th will be down to one lane, with the toll lane open to all (as it is every weekend). The ramps from NE 124th to southbound I-405 will also be closed with traffic detour to NE 116th.

Northeast 132nd Street/Juanita High School – Juanita 

People who are driving, walking or riding bicycles on Northeast 132nd Street will encounter road continued construction with a uniformed police officer controlling the intersection at the Juanita High School access road to the school. 

The project is building a new right turn lane into the High School to increase traffic flow during peak times.  

Drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists will encounter continued construction as WSDOT’s contractor builds a new interchange for Interstate 405.  

116th Avenue Northeast remains closed, north of Northeast 132nd Street until May. A detour is in place for vehicles. Pedestrian access will remain open on 116th Avenue Northeast throughout construction.  

The eastbound lanes on Northeast 132nd Street will be closed from 111th Avenue Northeast to 116th Way Northeast for daytime construction work.  This closure will begin on Monday, May 1 and is expected to complete the sewer line installation work.  A detour is in place for vehicles.  The eastbound lane will open for traffic on the weekends. Pedestrian access will remain open along Northeast 132nd Street.   

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

Drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists will encounter construction at the intersection of Northeast 124th Street and 116th Avenue Northeast. For the week of April 24, construction hours are expected to be from 8 p.m. to 2 p.m. as the contractor works to pour the concrete sidewalk panels in the WSDOT controlled intersection area.  Construction will return to night work for the week of May 1 to pave the intersection. 

The project builds a new southbound to westbound right-turn lane from 116th Avenue NE, while also improving pedestrian facilities along the westside of 116th Avenue Northeast. This project will be complete by summer. 

Upcoming Events

spring recycling collection event May 2023

Spring Recycling Collection Event 

Date: Saturday, May 13 

Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Location: Lake Washington Institute for Technology, 11605 132nd Ave NE 

Kirkland's recycling collection events allows residents to dispose of recyclable items that are not accepted through recycling collection services or product stewardship programs. All items collected will be reused or recycled. 

For more information, visit the event page. For questions about this event, please contact us at 425-587-3812 or 

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Cascade Water Alliance – Water Efficiency Spring Series  

Join an upcoming Cascade Water Alliance gardening class to learn how to have beautiful, healthy landscapes while using water efficiently. 

Upcoming topics include: Edible Natives, Small Space Gardening, and Irrigation and Effective Moisture Management.  

All classes are virtual, free, and on Tuesdays at 7 p.m.  

Learn more and register at 

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

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Video Spotlight

Want to dig into the engineering details of the Totem Lake Connector bridge? Check it out:

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