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June 15, 2023

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City Council Meeting Preview


The next meeting of the Kirkland City Council is on Tuesday, June 20, 2023This 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 June 20 meeting, which starts at 7:30 p.m.: 

Potential Ballot Measure Voter Pamphlet Pro/Con Committees – Council will consider authorizing the Pro and Con Committees to prepare voter pamphlet statements in favor of and in opposition to a potential Parks ballot measure should the City Council place a measure before the voters at the November 7, 2023 General Election.  

Middle School Master Plan Amendments – Council will consider approving Master Plan Amendment applications for Kirkland Middle School and Finn Hill Middle School. Each application is for construction of an addition to the existing school.  

2023 – 2024 Budget Adjustments - Council will consider approving an adjustment to the 2023-2024 biennial budget. The adjustments largely pertain to capital projects, new grants, and internal transfers related to capital project close-outs.  

Wireless Code Amendments – Council will consider adopting a new ordinance that would replace a current zoning code regulation regarding wireless service facilities in order to comply with new Federal Communications Commission regulations.  

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

Joint Meeting with the Senior Council - Council will hold a joint meeting with the Senior Council to discuss the Senior Council’s priorities and interests. Discussion items include affordable senior housing, aging in place, and universal design. 

Potential Parks Ballot Measure Discussion - the City Council will discuss a potential package of priority parks and recreation elements for funding through a potential ballot measure - such as an aquatics and recreation center, more year-round restrooms, among other additions - review funding options, and discuss potential parks and recreation ballot measure language and timing. 

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 June 20 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

Transportation and Housing Surveys

Add Your Voice to the Kirkland 2044 Conversation  

Envision what you would like to see in the future of Kirkland and take a moment to share with us! There are several ways to get involved:  

Take a Survey 

Housing & Human Services: What kinds of housing is most needed in Kirkland? What are the community’s priorities for social services and assistance? Share your thoughts to help us understand the community’s housing and human services needs as we plan for the next 20 years. 

Transportation: How should we get around Kirkland in the future? Tell us how you travel around the City now and how you want to travel around the City in the future.  

Join an Upcoming Planning Commission Meeting   

The Planning Commission advises the City Council on all matters relating to the Kirkland Comprehensive Plan and land use regulations. The Commission meets regularly on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chamber. On June 22, the Planning Commission will be discussing updates on the Land Use and Transportation chapters of the City's Comprehensive Plan.  

For more information about the Planning Commission, visit the City’s website. 

Our Kirkland

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. 

City Hall Closed for Juneteenth Holiday

Holiday Closure Juneteenth 2023

Beginning this year, Kirkland City Hall and public City Facilities and services will be closed all day Monday, June 19, in observance of the holiday. Previously scheduled recreation programs at City community centers and the Peter Kirk Pool will proceed. Fire, police, and other critical services will remain fully operational. City services normally accessible through email, the Our Kirkland service portal and over the phone will resume 8 a.m., Tuesday, June 20.   

The Juneteenth Holiday celebrates and commemorates the end of slavery in practice in the United States and the contributions of Americans of African descent to society.

KPD to Host Gun Safety Class

Gun Safety Class Trigger Lock

Kirkland Police Department (KPD) will be hosting an in-person Gun Safety Class on Wednesday, June 28, 2023, as part of the KPD’s ongoing efforts to increase firearm safety in the community. The class will focus on gun safety in the home. Community members can sign up on Eventbrite now. 

Celebrate the Grand Opening of Totem Lake Connector July 8

TLC Bridge

The City of Kirkland’s newly-built Totem Lake Connector (TLC) bike and pedestrian bridge is nearly complete. The community is invited to the grand opening celebration on Saturday, July 8, 2023, at 2 p.m. at the south end of the TLC bridge near LA Fitness. The new TLC bridge connects the two segments of the 5.75-mile Cross Kirkland Corridor currently separated by the wide and busy intersection of Totem Lake Boulevard and Northeast 124th Street. 

We are seeking volunteers to help with the TLC Opening Celebration! If interested, please contact Rosalie Wessels at 


Beware of Lost Pet Scam

lost dog poster

Cruel scammers are preying on the heartstrings of owners with lost pets. Scammers are searching social media sites for ‘lost pet’ posts, contacting the pet owners, pretending to be with an animal shelter that’s found their pet - and requiring owners to pay over the phone to get them back. These scammers even know how to spoof the callback number of pet shelters, so don’t be fooled! 

This scam has been reported in Everett, Lake Forest Park and Edmonds. If your pet gets lost and someone calls you claiming to be from a shelter that has your furry family member, hang up and call the animal shelter they claim to be with, directly.  

The City of Kirkland contracts with the Everett Animal Shelter to care for lost pets if their owners can’t be found immediately. The shelter would not make pet owners pay in advance to claim a lost pet, nor would they make them pay over the phone. 

One of the best ways to ensure that a lost pet gets back home is to license your pet! Everett Animal Shelter will contact owners of animals wearing traceable ID, such as a pet license or microchip. If your pet has been lost, check the Everett Animal Shelter’s “Lost and Found Pets” web page to report and/or look for your pet. All Lost Pet reports are also put in Everett Animal Shelter’s “Lost Pet Book” on-site at the shelter.  

Everett Animal Shelter holds stray animals for 72 hours to give owners time to find their lost pets, before they’re made available for adoption. Contact Everett Animal Shelter at 425-257-6000 or Kirkland Animal Control at 425-577-5656 about a lost pet. 

We Need YOU to Help Celebrate Kirkland

Celebrate Kirkland flyer 2023

Back for its 24th year, the Celebrate Kirkland 4th of July Parade is accepting applications for volunteers and parade entries.  

YOU can be a part of this beloved community celebration. We couldn’t pull off this event without you.  

Volunteers are needed to keep spectators safe along the parade route, help veterans participating in the parade, carry banners in the parade, decorate and set-up for the event, help clean-up afterwards, and more. Learn more and register to volunteer with us 

We are still accepting parade entries for floats, community organizations, performance groups and others who’d like to be in the parade. Get your group together, view the parade entry guidelines, and apply to be in the parade 

For more info, check out 

Find a Teen Program Today

Kirkland Teens Logo

Year-Round Teen Programming… Yes Please! For the first time in a decade, Kirkland is offering year-round teen programming. Gather your gaggle of friends and get outdoors with Kirkland’s Teen Outdoor Adventures (TOA’s). Hiking, river floating, kayaking, snowshoeing and outdoor yoga are a few of the TOA's you can join. No need to worry, our monthly Teen Nights are still going with some Kindness Days and special events sprinkled in throughout the year.  

Check out our Teens Program webpage to register and get more information. 

Consider Adding Additional Housing to Your Property

missing middle housing dadu program

Want some rental income or need some additional space for a family member? The City has a new program to make it easier to create a detached accessory dwelling unit (DADU) on your property. The Pre-Approved DADU Program offers a faster and more affordable way to add housing by offering lower cost design fees and an expediated permit review.

For more details, visit the program page 

132nd Square Park Grand Re-Opening

132nd square park render

Save the Date to celebrate the grand re-opening of 132nd Square Park! Join us on Saturday, July 15 - festivities begin at noon with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1:00 p.m. 

  • Explore the playground, the zip line, the reflexology path, new labyrinth and more
  • Take a guided tour of the park, learn about the stormwater vault, and more! 

Upcoming Events

Eastside Honoring Juneteenth poster 2023

Eastside Honoring Juneteenth  

Date: Saturday, June 17  

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.  

Location: Juanita Beach Park, 9703 NE Juanita Drive  

Join us in celebrating the national holiday Juneteenth - Day of Freedom!  

The event will feature Delbert Richardson and his Unspoken Truths American History Traveling Museum. Additional speakers include Paula Sardinas, President and CEO of FMS Global Strategies and the WA Build Back Black Alliance, and Dwight Jones Sr., Microsoft, Author of A Black Journey in Tech.  

For more information, visit Eastside for All.  

Juanita Market Roots Shoots

Juanita Friday Market  

Date: Fridays through September  

Time: 3 - 7 p.m.  

Location: Juanita Beach Park, 9703 NE Juanita Drive  

This favorite Friday fare for foodies and families features fresh fruit, flowers, and fresh goods! Enjoy some baked goodies, hand crafted confections, beverages, as well as offerings from local artisans and crafters. Come on down to Juanita Beach Park to enjoy sunshine and fun vibes!  

For more information, visit  

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 - Pride Flag Raising

Kirkland City Councilmembers and staff gathered outside City Hall on June 1 to raise the Intersex-Inclusive Progress Pride Flag as a show of support for the LGBTQIA+ community and our commitment to creating a welcoming place where everyone feels they belong.  

Kirkland City Hall Pride Flag Raising 06012023