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August 10, 2023

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Next City Council Meeting on Sept 5

next city council meeting sept 5 2023

The next regular meeting of the Kirkland City Council is on September 5, 2023.  More information about the meeting will be included in an upcoming edition of ‘This Week in Kirkland’ and on the City Council webpage.

Traffic Alert for the Downtown Car Show

Waterfront Car Show

The annual Kirkland Waterfront Car Show returns to downtown Kirkland on Sunday, August 13, 2023.  The event, which raises money for the Kirkland Downtown Association, is anticipated to draw in 10,000 car enthusiasts to Kirkland, so please plan ahead and expect traffic delays and restricted parking.   

Detours will be in place and the following closures will be in effect from 5 a.m. until 6 p.m.:

• Lake Street from Central Way to 2nd Avenue South 

• Main Street from Central Way to Park Lane 

• Kirkland Avenue from city dock to Main Street 

• Park Lane from Lake Street to 3rd Street 

• Lakeshore Plaza Parking Lot 

Event goers are encouraged to walk, bike, or carpool, and plan for their parking in advance. For public parking, go to For bus transportation, go to For permit information contact, Sudie Elkayssi, Special Projects Coordinator, City of Kirkland Parks & Community Services, 425-587-3347 or

Kirkland Fire Dept’s Wildland Program

Wildland Fire Collage

Even though wildfires aren’t an immediate threat to Kirkland, the Kirkland Fire Department (KFD) has pitched in to help around the region since 2018.  Through the Wildland Program, KFD has been assisting with regional wildfires by sending firefighters and vehicles when requested. There are two ways KFD might be asked to assist:

  • In large wildfires, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) may request personnel support such as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s) and Public Information Officers (PIO’s), or resources such as an aid car or firetruck.
  • For a Washington State Mobilization, there might be a resource request to all the fire agencies in Zone 1, which includes KFD, and the eastside from Bellevue to Snohomish County and east to Kittitas County.

When considering a resources request like this, KFD’s number one priority is the continued safety of the Kirkland community. KFD only fulfills a wildland request if they have enough firefighters and/or resources without compromising their service at home.

This year, KFD has already deployed 9 firefighters to wildfires around the region, including to Port Angeles, Shelton, Tonasket and Oregon.

When personnel are requested, KFD firefighters might be gone for up to two weeks and might get deployed a couple of times a year. About 30 firefighters at KFD participate in the Wildland Program and get extra training every year.

Thank you KFD for keeping Kirkland and our region safe!

Mark Your Calendars for Fall/Winter Rec Registration

Recreation Registration Fall and Winter 2023

Sweater weather may not be here yet, but now is the time to mark your calendar for our upcoming Fall/Winter Recreation Registration!  

NEW for this year… We now have designated registration for Kirkland residents and non-residents.  

Online & Phone-In:  

Kirkland Resident registration opens August 23 at 7 a.m.  

Non-Resident registration opens August 30 at 8 a.m.  

In-person registration is during business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  

For a digital copy of the Fall 2023 & Winter 2024 Recreation Guide, visit the City website.   

Questions? Call us at 425-587-3336 or email

Calling All Water-Loving Dogs!

See Spot Splash 2023

Your pup called and told us they really want to come to See Spot Splash, woof!  

Join us for our 3rd annual See Spot Splash event on Saturday, September 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your dog to splash and play at the Peter Kirk Pool, then head over to nearby Lee Johnson Field for some off-leash fun. This event will include vendor booths, music, and treats.  

Pre-register at or pay in person at the pool. Cost is $10 per dog. Participating dogs must be well behaved, show proof of vaccination, and be on a leash to enter.  

This event brought to you by the City of Kirkland and sponsored by Juanita Hills Animal Hospital.  

For event details, visit We hope you and your pup will join us!

Greater Downtown Kirkland Designation

Kirkland Downtown Aerial Photo by Chris Neir

It’s official – the Greater Downtown Kirkland area has been recently designated as an Urban Center. This recognition from the Puget Sound Regional Council makes it easier for the City to qualify for federal transportation funding in the area. This means possible federal dollars for pedestrian or bicycle projects in the future.  

The Greater Downtown urban center encompasses Kirkland’s historic downtown and the NE 85th Street Station Area. It is the second urban center in the City, after Totem Lake. To read more, visit this link.

470lbs of Apples Harvested from Historic McAuliffe Trees

city fruit volunteers august 2023 TWIK collages

Transparent apples, also commonly known as yellow or white transparents, mark the very beginning of our Pacific Northwest apple season. Transparents are a fairly common apple grown in the Greater Seattle area, with many of the older trees in our public orchards being planted for its culinary use.  

McAuliffe Park is one such public orchard that has a couple mature Transparent apple trees. This year, the trees were very productive! With the help of three City Fruit team members, eight community volunteers, and three park goers that dropped in to lend a hand, over 470 pounds of apples were harvested from the two apple trees in just a couple hours. Because Transparent apples are such a great cooking apple, the fruit was designated for processing into applesauce that will be shared with elementary schools throughout western Washington.  

Interested in helping to harvest some of the later-season varieties at McAuliffe? Join City Fruit on Friday, September 22 from 4 - 6:30 p.m. at McAuliffe Park, or email Tiare at for additional harvest opportunities. 

Sidewalk Tending and Trimming Tips

Right of Way Trimming Vegetation This Not That

There is so much beautiful green adorning our lovely city. While we like to see our region’s lush plants, overgrown vegetation can cause issues. Keeping sidewalks, right-of-ways, and property lines trimmed and groomed makes getting around safer, especially with school starting up again next month.  

Here are some things to keep in mind as you trim and tend:  

  • It is the property owner's responsibility to maintain the area adjacent to their property, including trimming or removing plants that overhang or obstruct sidewalks, streets, or alleys and keeping sidewalks clear of debris.  
  • The full width of the sidewalk should be free of vegetation and debris for the safety of pedestrians. Be considerate of our neighbors using strollers, wheelchairs, or who may be visually impaired.  
  • To request the pruning of a tree in the right-of-way, contact the Planning and Building Department at (425) 587-3600.  
  • Blowing or moving leaves and debris into the street is prohibited and increases the risk of storm drain flooding, creates hazardous driving conditions, and slows down the street sweepers. Dispose of your yard waste responsibly.  

For information about sidewalks and roadways, trees, mowing and more, visit our Streets and Grounds webpage. 

Free Haircuts, Backpacks, and Supplies for Students

Communities in School Block Party 2023

Mark your calendars for a Back to School Block Party at Juanita High School on August 26 from 1 – 3 p.m. 

Join the party and get ready for the new school year! Get a free haircut, backpack, and school supplies (while supplies last) thanks to a partnership with Communities in School Renton and Lake Washington School District. 

Want to help and have the means to donate? Contribute to the Backpack Drive accepting donations July 15 – August 15. Highest needs items include mechanical pencils, notebooks, markers, colored pencils, and more. To learn more or to donate, reach out to Communities in Schools Renton at or (425) 278-8582.

Traffic Alerts

08-16-23 Market Street Closure 16 ave and 19 ave Northbound

Market Street Northbound Closure 

The Northbound driving, bike lane and sidewalk along Market Street will be closed August 16 to September 6 on Mondays to Fridays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for extensive storm system and road work. Please plan to use alternate routes. Detour signs will be posted.   

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Two upcoming road closures near Totem Lake Blvd and NE 132nd St.  

  • From 8 p.m. Friday, Aug 11 through 5 a.m. Monday, Aug 14, Totem Lake Blvd NE at NE 132nd St will be closed.  
  • From 8 p.m. Friday, Aug 18 through 5 a.m. Monday, Sept 4, NE 132nd St will be closed between 116th Way and Totem Lake Blvd NE.  

See images for more details, and visit the WSDOT project webpage.

Upcoming Events

Kingsgate Library

Summer Meals at Kingsgate Library  

Date: Monday – Friday, now thru August 30  

Time: 12 – 1 p.m.  

Location: Kingsgate Library, 12315 NE 143rd St  

Nourish your body and brain while you read this summer. Enjoy a FREE lunch and be a Summer Reader! No registration required, while supplies last.  

For more information, visit  

Outdoor Summer Movies Flyer 2023 Aug 12

Outdoor Summer Movie Series 

Date: Saturday, August 12 - our last one of the summer! 

Time: 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. showings  

Location: Heritage Park, 111 Waverly Way   

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a FREE double feature on our giant LED movie screen. Saturday, August 12 we’ll be showing “Luca” and “Ticket to Paradise” at Heritage Park located at 111 Waverly Way. Movies will start at 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. Don’t forget to bring your snacks and water! The Outdoor Summer Movie Series is sponsored by Ziply Fiber. For more info, please visit or call 425-587-3330.  

3 Park Rangers 2023

Park Ranger Booths

Date: Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13 

Time: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. 

Location: Edith Moulton Park

Come meet your Park Rangers in-person! Learn about available Park services, how to license your pet, how pets can safely be in our parks, and other handy information.

See more info about our Park Ranger Program.


Weekend Writers Critique Group at Kirkland Library  

Date: Saturday, August 14 

Time: 12 - 1 p.m. 

Location: Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave 

Are you a writer? Bring your poetry or prose of all genres to share with others. Receive encouragement, ideas for improvement and motivation to keep going. Bring 10 or less pages of your writing. All levels welcome. 

For more information, visit  

Juanita Market Shopping Bag

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: 

It’s National Farmers Market Week! Live cooking demos at 4pm and 5:30pm with Chef Lauren Jackson, “Touch a Tractor,” and JFM tote bags at the Info Booth while supplies last! Entertainment: The Travelling Ukuleles 3-5p, John Salzano 5-6p, and The Halau Hula O Makanaokalani dance group 6-7p, sponsored by Parkshore Juanita Bay. Kids booth by Kirkland Kids Dentistry. 

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Upcoming Blood Donation Drive 

Date: August 29 - 31 

Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  

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

The need for blood doesn’t take a summer vacation, that’s why The City of Kirkland is hosting another community blood drive, August 29-31. Make a blood donation appointment before you take your next trip out of town, and help make sure lifesaving blood is there for the patients who need it, in all of our Pacific Northwest hospitals. Donors must be 16 years old to participate. Register today. 

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 - 132nd Square Park

Learn about steps you can take to be safe in, on, or around waterfronts this summerTune in to hear from experts in our Office of Emergency Management, Fire Department, and Parks Aquatic Program.

Let’s Chat Water Safety Pool Staff with Safety Tips