GOOGLE, CITY OF KIRKLAND AND SRM DEVELOPMENT OPEN NEW RECREATIONAL HAVEN ALONG CROSS KIRKLAND CORRIDOR
On Aug. 31, Google and Kirkland residents will celebrate a new, highly-anticipated recreational space, with the official opening of public amenities along the Cross Kirkland Corridor next to Google’s Kirkland campus. Thanks to a $3 million Google investment, what was once an abandoned railway has become a public open space with rich recreational attractions.
“After our new building is completed, Google’s Kirkland Campus will effectively be bisected by the Cross Kirkland Corridor,” said Darcy Nothnagle, Western Region Head of External Affairs for Google. “We wanted to invest in making our section of the Corridor a great place for neighbors and the community at large.”
The newly enhanced section of the Cross Kirkland Corridor provides neighbors, businesses and schools with new recreation areas that give the public opportunities for community gathering and exercise, including a sand volleyball court, children’s play structure, basketball court, Crossfit/TRX fitness section and zip line.
“The Cross Kirkland Corridor embodies Kirkland’s values to be a walkable, livable, and vibrant community,” notes Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen. “The interim trail is proving to be a wonderful connection between people and parks, businesses and schools, while promoting active living and alternate transportation,” said Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen.
The Cross Kirkland Corridor “Interim Trail” opened in early 2015. Google’s improvements include state-of-the-art recreational features, new sidewalks and landscaping. The work was completed by SRM Development in the summer of 2015 and is now open to the public.
Google celebrated the completion of the project at a public celebration event on Aug. 31 with Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen, U.S. Representative Suzan DelBene and other local dignitaries.