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July 27, 2023

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City Council Meeting Preview


The next meeting of the Kirkland City Council is on Wednesday, August 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 August 2 meeting, which starts at 7:30 p.m.: 

Council will discuss preliminary options for potential next steps on three items:   

  • Automated External Defibrillators in parks,  
  • Boards and Commissions Code of Conduct update, and  
  • Allowing electric scooters, segways, or similar electric-assisted vehicle along the Cross Kirkland Corridor (CKC) 

For each item, Council will direct staff on whether and how best to move forward.   

Council will also receive a special presentation from Dr. Amy Morrison, President of the Lake Washington Institute of Technology.  

Meeting details:     

The agenda for the August 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.

This Week’s Headlines

Flags at Half-Staff for Bill Hoover

Kirkland to Fly Flags at Half-Staff to Honor BC Bill Hoover

City of Kirkland flags will be flown at half-staff in honor of Training Battalion Chief Bill Hoover, who, along with his wife, Kristy, passed away on July 21 in a car accident while traveling out of state.  Flags will be fly at half-staff until sunset on the date of interment, which has not yet been determined.  The City is working in coordination with BC Hoover’s family on next steps. Read more.

Houghton Beach Reopens

Houghton Beach Reopened for Water Activities 

Houghton Beach Park has been reopened for swimming, wading and other water activities, by recommendation of Public Health – Seattle & King County. The beach had been closed to swimming for one week due to elevated bacteria levels. Read more 

Be Safe While Swimming

safe swimming infograph

Thank You to Recent Blood Donors!

bloodworks donate while its hot

To the 8 first-time donors, and all the repeat givers: THANK YOU for helping save lives during the July 19 & 20 Bloodworks Northwest pop-up blood drive at City Hall!  With your help, they collected 60 units of blood which will go directly to local hospitals to maintain a stable supply.    

Missed this drive and want to donate? Sign up for the August 29-31 drive at North Kirkland Community Center.  

Meet Our Seasonal Park Rangers

Summer Park Rangers

This summer you may notice a few more helpful folks in your parks! The City of Kirkland Parks Department has new seasonal park rangers. The park ranger team includes full-time park ranger Betty and new seasonal rangers Maddie and Tyler. 

Betty has more than 30 years of public safety, customer service, corrections and animal control experience. She loves working with our diverse community and enjoys the life experience that it brings. 

Maddie attends Central Washington University. She loves being a seasonal ranger because she gets to connect with the Kirkland community and help them safely enjoy the many parks that make this City a beautiful place to live. 

Tyler is a student at Western Washington University and has always had an affinity for the outdoors. Tyler says it’s been amazing getting to be in the Kirkland parks all day long and hopes to see you out there!

The park ranger program works to ensure a safe, welcoming, and positive experience for all park users in Kirkland’s parks and natural areas. As ambassadors for Parks and Community Services, park rangers provide education, enforcement, and safety resources around park rules, environmental hazards, and park services.  

Say hello when you see them and be sure to reach out if you need their assistance as they are always happy to chat about our parks! 

More information about the program can be found on the City of Kirkland Park Ranger Program website  

Orange Slime?

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Support Victims of Domestic Abuse

Need DART Volunteers

The Kirkland Police Department is looking for dedicated volunteers to join their Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART).  DART volunteers assist with crisis intervention and support to victims/survivors of domestic violence after there has been police involvement, and throughout the duration of the court process.  

DART volunteers’ primary responsibilities include: follow-up phone calls to survivors of violence, providing information about the criminal justice process and crime survivors’ rights, community referrals to other survivor service programs, assisting survivors at the police station after a domestic violence incident, and meeting a survivor at a safe location to provide support. Requirements:   

  • Must complete 20 hours of required training, including a patrol officer ride-along 
  • Ability to maintain calm in stressful situations and project a professional image/positive attitude 
  • Valid driver’s license and proof of insurance 
  • Access to a personal vehicle and agree to abide by the applicable rules as outlined in the City’s Volunteer Handbook 
  • Strong listening and problem-solving skills 
  • Ability to work independently 
  • Ability to successfully complete criminal history/background check including a Computer Voice Stress Analyzer (CVSA) test similar to a polygraph 
  • Must be able to work some weekday and weekend evenings 
  • Must be able to attend monthly meetings  
  • Must be able to do at least 1 shift per month (each shift averages 2-4 hours) 
  • Must be 21 or older 

To apply, please complete the City of Kirkland ongoing volunteer application indicating your interest in public safety/emergency management (DART Program), and a DART Addendum by August 10. 

Return Your Ballots by August 1

voting ballot drop box city hall

Reminder to get your ballots in! Ballots are due August 1 at 8 p.m. sharp for the King County Primary Election.   

Kirkland has two ballot drop boxes:   

  • City Hall located at 123 5th Ave and
  • Kingsgate Library located at 12315 NE 143rd St. 

Drop boxes close August 1 at 8 p.m. sharp! To learn about candidates and measures, view your voter registration information, and to track your ballot, visit King County Elections 

For questions and assistance, contact King County elections at or (206) 296-VOTE (8683). 

Traffic Alerts

I405 and 132nd interchange August September closure

I-405 and 132nd St Interchange Project Area

Beginning Friday evening, August 18, through September 4, NE 132nd St will be closed between 116th Way NE and approximately 118th Ave NE. The closure will be for crews to install the new roadbed, culvert for Juanita Creek realignment, two roundabouts, sidewalks, and paving. More information can be found on the Interchange Project WSDOT webpage.

This summer, crews will continue installing sanitary sewer line and fish culverts within the I-405/NE 132nd St Interchange project area. This work will require some temporary lane and road closures throughout the summer as well as a shift of traffic lanes along Northeast 132nd Street to the south. Details for each of the temporary traffic changes can be found on the Interchange Project WSDOT webpage.

  • Totem Lake Blvd NE will be reduced to one lane during the day on weekdays
  • Closure of Totem Lake Blvd NE at NE 132nd St in late July
  • Traffic and pedestrian route shifts along NE 132nd St, 116th Ave NE and Totem Lake Blvd NE starting in late July 

Upcoming Events

Juanita Friday Market Poloroid

Juanita Friday Market

Date: Fridays thru September
Time: 3 - 7 p.m.
Location: Juanita Beach Park, 9703 Juanita Dr NE 

This Week at Juanita Friday Market:
Enjoy entertainment sponsored by Parkshore Juanita Bay:

  • Bonnie Burch and Paul Ostler from 3 to 5
  • John Frost from 5 to 6:30
  • The Murthy Brothers from 6:30 until 7

The Busy Lil Bees Kids Booth, sponsored by Kirkland Kids Dentistry, will include face painting.

Come with family and friends to get this week’s produce and flowers while enjoying a great evening of market, music, hot food, the playground, and the beach!

See you at the Juanita Friday Market!

Outdoor Summer Movies Flyer 2023 July 29

Outdoor Summer Movie Series 

Date: Saturdays thru July 

Time: 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. showings 

Location: Juanita Beach Park, 9703 Juanita Dr NE  

The City of Kirkland Outdoor Summer Movie Series is Back! Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a FREE double feature on our giant LED movie screen. On Saturday, July 29 we will be showing Super Pets and Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore. Don’t forget to bring your snacks! The Outdoor Summer Movie Series is sponsored by Ziply Fiber. For more information, please visit or call 425-587-3330. 

CERT participants at a fire extinguisher activity

Join an Upcoming CERT Class  

Join the upcoming 2023 Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) class and learn about emergency preparedness, disaster first aid, live fire suppression, and more. The class is on August 8, 10, 15, and 17 from 6 to 9 p.m., with a drill on August 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.    

Registration is $25 for Kirkland residents. Find more details and to sign up visit:

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

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