As our neighboring cities enact bold redevelopments at the city centers, Kirkland's downtown core awaits action on a vision to transform the parking lot of Marina Park into 1 acre of a public plaza and reorient downtown toward the lake. The plan, referred to as Lakeshore Plaza @ Marina Park, was drafted in 2004, but a lack of action by previous councils let it take second priority to, among other things, annexation or Finn Hill, Kingsgate and North Juanita. Annexation has been the focus of city hall for much of the past decade. Other projects took a back seat to expanding the city from about 47,000 citizens to over 81,000 today.
Under blue skies and temperatures in the 80's, the annual Kirkland Classic Car Show rolled into town on Sunday. The gathering of auto enthusiasts, presented by Legends Car Club and the Kirkland Downtown Association, has become somewhat of a tradition in town. This year a beer and wine garden was added to the usual options of street fair foods one expects at summer events.
Here are some questions that have puzzled me as I’ve walked, run and biked around my downtown Kirkland neighborhood.
- Why does the Bank of America, at the corner of Lake Street and Kirkland Avenue, usually have an armed guard standing outside at the front door? (Black uniform, heavy boots and a bulletproof vest!!) Is downtown Kirkland considered a hot possibility for bank robbery attempts?
- Who’s cars are filling up the ParkPlace parking lot (on the northeast corner; Central Way and 6th)? After the 24 Hour Fitness moved, that part of the lot was empty, now it’s filled on a daily basis. Is someone renting all of those spots?
- What do they do at “our” Google? We know that Google has lots of business lines, but just what are the specialties at Kirkland Google?
- It’s curious to me that there are is no place to get an alcoholic drink at the Houghton Center. A cold brew would be nice after a hard day of shopping at the Metropolitan Market!!
The supersonic boom of the F/A-18 Blue Angels over Seattle is sure to thrill crowds during Seafair, but drivers are going to need to plan an alternate route to prevent their travel plans from going bust while the jets are airborne.
The Washington State Department of Transportation is required by the Federal Aviation Administration to close the Interstate 90 floating bridge five timesto drivers, walkers and cyclists this weekend while the Blue Angels practice for and perform at the Seafair Airshow.
WSDOT will close I-90 from Interstate 5 in Seattle to Island Crest Way on Mercer Island during practice flights and performances Thursday, July 31, through Sunday, Aug 3. Traffic will need to take alternate routes. Drivers should expect heavy traffic and delays in the greater Seattle and Bellevue areas.
Yesterday we got a sneak peak at the new Wyraqocha Peruvian Kitchen at 110 Central Way and had a chat with Lia Horna, executive chef and restaurant manager Cindy (sorry, forgot her last name) while they were working on the interior. The news: Wyraqocha will open in a few (read two or three) short weeks. The downtown Kirkland restaurant will feature a full bar serving cocktails and a latin fusion quinine. Locals have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Lia Horna's eatery, located at 110 Central Way.
Kirkland Summerfest needs heroes like you for a variety of roles that make the event so enjoyable for everyone. Join the fun of producing Kirkland's largest festival of art and music! Being a part of the Summerfest team is a great way to make new friends, get a cool t-shirt, and do something great for our community.
To volunteer, go to: www.eventbrite.com
FM Collective, featuring Ken Stringfellow of the Posies and members of Hey Marseilles, Cataldo, and Crème Tangerine, featured in CD to be released at Kirkland Performance Center and Columbia City Theater in the fall of 2014 benefiting the GRAMMY organization MusiCares, which provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need
The entire school of Fish Frolic fish will be on display in Marina Park during Kirkland Summerfest, August 8, 9, 10. Summerfest is Kirkland's largest festival of art and music for the whole family. Admission is free.
Learn more at www.fishfrolic.org
Tickets for the Kirkland Performance Center's new 2014-2015 season are on sale now. Learn more by downloading the KPC Season Brochure or by viewing the video below.
2014-2015 season highlights include:
● More than 45 shows with something for everyone: Indie Rock, Classic Rock, Celtic, Jazz, Folk, Comedy, Theatre, Dance, Holiday, Film, & Family
Kirkland’s overlay contractor began prep work today on 120th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 112th Street, two of the six arterials scheduled for overlay this summer. To prepare for the grinding, patching and repaving that will take place on these two streets in the next few weeks, Watson Asphalt’s laborers this morning were “lowering iron,” a process that removes the exposed four to five inches of sewer, water and stormwater utility iron.
The Kirkland Summerfest’s “Fish Frolic Along The Lake” was spawned at Kirkland’s Summerfest, 2013. Base fiberglass fish sculptures by artist Don Rothwell were given to artists to embellish in their own style. These beautiful works of art have been on display at Kirkland’s July 4th celebrations and the Reveal Celebration at Nytec, The final reveal of all sculptures takes place at the Kirkland Summerfest 2014 from August 8-10 and the final Gala Auction of the sculptures on Thursday, September 25 2014 at the Woodmark Hotel, Kirkland.
The Kirkland Rotary Club Donated $2,000 to Friends of Youth to help continue their good works on the Eastside. Terry Pottmeyer, Executive Director of Friends of Youth is receiving the check from Scott Becker, representing the Rotary.
Two local organizations working hard to improve our community. Hats off to the Rotary Club for making this donation. Kirkland is a better place because of your volunteer efforts.
Support the Rotary Club and purchase a Duck Dash ticket. The Duck Dash is a fun-filled family event which takes place in Marina Park on Sunday, August 10 during Kirkland Summerfest.
A slew of new restaurant and boutique shop openings have brought a renaissance to downtown Kirkland
It was only a few years ago that downtown Kirkland was in bad shape. Shopkeepers leaving town, stores boarded up on every street -- the signs of a small community ravaged by a dismal economy. Those days are now just a memory. Independent small business men and women are placing their bets on Kirkland, investing in our community and today, the number of new store openings is inspiring. Downtown Kirkland is where investment is being made and people are making their future.
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August 8-10, 2014
- 4th of July
- Carillon Point
- City Council
- City Hall
- Cow and the Coyote
- Cross Kirkland Corridor
- Cross Kirkland Trail
- Eastside Audubon
- Evergreen Hill
- Evergreen Hospital
- Finn Hill
- Fire Department
- Heritage Park
- Historical Society
- Houghton Community Council
- Juanita Bay Park
- Juanita Beach Park
- Juanita High School
- King County
- Kirkland Performance Center
- Marina Park
- Market Street
- Park Lane
- Polar Plunge
- Potala Village
- Public Works
- Summer Concerts
- Thank you
- Totem Lake
- Waste Management