New taxing district to fund ARC approved by council for November ballot

New taxing district to fund ARC approved by council for November ballot

At its July 21, 2015 meeting, the Kirkland City Council unanimously approved Ordinance O-4484 (PDF) placing a ballot measure before Kirkland voters on the November 3 General Election to create the Kirkland Aquatics and Recreation District that, if approved, would fund the proposed Kirkland Aquatics-Recreation-Community (ARC) Center.  Following discussion on proposed amendments to a companion ordinance, the City Council unanimously approved Ordinance O-4485 (PDF) that authorizes the City Manager to sign an interlocal agreement (PDF) with the Kirkland Aquatics and Recreation District should its creation be approved by the voters, which would ensure transparency and accountability.

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Construction closes sections of streets in Juanita and South Rose Hill

Two construction projects will close two sections of the City’s streets starting tomorrow. The first closure—a 50-foot section of 132nd Avenue Northeast, just south of Northeast 85th Street—begins and ends Friday, July 24. The road closure will not include any driveways on 132nd Avenue Northeast. Drivers intending to head east or west can use Northeast 80th Street. They can use 128th Avenue Northeast to head north or south.

The closure allows Kirkland’s Northeast 85th Street Improvements contractor to complete three to four days of work in one day.

The second closure is on Northeast 129th Place, a residential street off 100th Avenue Northeast. That closure begins July 27 and will continue to Aug. 14. Residents will still be able to access their homes through Northeast 127th Place, which turns into 100th Lane Northeast, Northeast 126th Street and 102nd Avenue Northeast. 

Kirkland is closing the road while its contractor, Razz Construction replaces a failing rockery along Juanita Creek. The existing rockery has allowed Juanita Creek to seep into the road, which has undermined its structural integrity.

Annual Highlands Neighborhood Garage Sale, July 25

The annual Highlands Neighborhood Garage Sale takes place Saturday, July 25 from 9 am to 2 pm. Dozens of homes will be selling a huge variety of items.

The Highlands neighborhood is located on the west side of 405 at NE 85th St and 114th Ave NE.

Cutthroat and Coho Salmon being moved during construction at Juanita Creek

The Watershed Company’s fisheries biologists Greg Johnston, left, and Sarah Sandstrom on July 21 capture fish—mainly Cutthroat and Coho Salmon—from Juanita Creek before construction crews de-water a short section of it near 100th Avenue Northeast and 129th Place Northeast. Johnston and Sandstrom captured more than 400 fish Tuesday—about 200 Cuttthroat Trout, 135 Coho Salmon and several other species.  

They distributed them 50 feet upstream and 50 feet downstream of the area from where they had collected them. The effort is part of the City of Kirkland’s capital project to rebuild the Juanita Creek rockery, a failing retaining wall that has allowed creek water to undermine the stream bank and the road. Crews need an empty creek bed to build the wall. To achieve that, Kirkland’s contractor will temporarily divert this short section of Juanita Creek into a pipe.  

CERT: Preparing for "The Big One"


Kirkland CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and the Kirkland Office of Emergency Management are now accepting registration for the Fall 2015 class.  This 8-week course will start on Thursday, September 10, 2015 and will be held the following 7 Thursdays from 6 to 9 PM at the Kirkland Seventh Day Adventist Church.  The Final Simulation Drill (required) will take place on November 14 from 2:30 to 9:00 PM. 

The CERT program educates residents in disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire suppression, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.  Using the training learned in the classroom and during the exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not available to help.

The cost for the 8-week course is $35 for those who live, work, or go to school in Kirkland; $50 for those outside of Kirkland.  Participants will receive a manual, helmet, reflective vest, backpack, and other emergency supplies.  The program is sponsored by Kirkland CERT, the Kirkland Office of Emergency Management, and the Greater Kirkland Citizen Corps Council.

To register, go to ; For information e-mail Christina Brugman at

City of Kirkland, Cascade Water Alliance host event to get you to think “We Need Water Because….”

Cutline: Cascade Water Alliance will have unique interactive wall that asks “We Need Water Because…” on display at Juanita Beach Park July 31 through August 4.

Cutline: Cascade Water Alliance will have unique interactive wall that asks “We Need Water Because…” on display at Juanita Beach Park July 31 through August 4.

Unique, interactive display debuts July 31, Juanita Beach Park


In the midst of a statewide drought, Kirkland and the Puget Sound region have sufficient water for normal activities through planning, strategic investment and a commitment to serve its residents.  But it’s a critical time to remember to use water wisely while also understanding the need of water and how each individual values it. The City of Kirkland and Cascade Water Alliance (Cascade) invite you to a unique interactive display with the following prompt: “We need water because….”  The blackboard-like display will debut at Kirkland’s Juanita Beach Park on Friday, July 31, 2015 at 3 p.m.  As part of the debut, Cascade will have a water efficiency booth where residents may create their own home water conservation kit including water-saving showerheads, faucet aerators, toilet leak detection dye, shower timers, and more. Seattle Tilth will host a kid-friendly interactive watershed model to learn everyday ways to support clean water in Lake Washington.  A free kid’s craft activity of making rain sticks will be hosted by the City of Kirkland. These activities will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Park which is located at 9703 NE Juanita Drive. Those interested in sharing their thoughts online can post them at and #weneedwaterbecause. The cube-shaped wall will be on display through Tuesday, August 4,


“Kirkland is extremely blessed as a waterfront community and our drinking water quality is exceptional,” notes Kirkland Deputy Mayor Penny Sweet and Cascade Board Member. “This awareness campaign and community conversation is important and should resonate loudly with our community.” Deputy Mayor Sweet and City Council Member Doreen Marchione, alternate Cascade Board member will be at the kick-off event. 

As a member of Cascade, Kirkland purchases its water from Seattle Public Utilities (SPU). The water is then distributed to Kirkland residents through Kirkland’s water distribution system. SPU performs most of the sampling and treatment for Kirkland’s drinking water. The Kirkland Water Division operates and maintains the system’s water distribution lines, pump stations and storage reservoirs. 


The City of Kirkland has more than 12,000 connections serving families and businesses within almost 10 square miles. The City is served by more than 170 miles of pipe, three pump stations, two reservoirs and almost 1,900 fire hydrants.


“Our goal in this interactive display is to start our community talking about this important resource,” said Cascade CEO Chuck Clarke.  “Cascade is proud of its outstanding delivery of high-quality, good-tasting water to its residents and we are proud to help foster this discussion.  We look forward to hearing from those who get our water to tell us why it’s important to them.”


Cascade provides safe, clean, reliable drinking water to more than 350,000 residents and 20,000 businesses throughout Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Redmond, Tukwila, Sammamish Plateau and Skyway.  Collectively, its members have 275,000 connections, 1,600 miles of pipe, 60 pump stations, 25 wells, 11 treatment facilities and 25,000 fire hydrants – all always on and always at residents’ service.


For more information on the display, visit or #weneedwaterbecause.

Attain Housing Event to Raise Funds for Homeless Families in Kirkland


Attain Housing, a local agency that provides housing, support and hope for homeless families, will host its Annual Fall Dinner and Auction Event “Wish Upon a Star” on Saturday, September 26th at The Westin Bellevue.  This annual event raises much needed funds to support families as they move from homelessness to stable, productive and self-sufficient futures.  The event is sponsored by Windermere and will feature a silent auction as well as a fast paced and exciting live auction.  Donated items include the use of a Tesla for a day, overnight stays at first class hotels and a fabulous getaway to Palm Springs.

KOMO 4’s Elisa Jaffee will emcee the event and Auctioneer David Silverman will help to inspire the crowd to generously support the agency’s work.  Registration begins at 5:30 PM and the fun gets underway immediately, with the silent auction beginning at 5:45 PM.  Dinner and a program celebrating the successes of the families who have benefitted from the agency’s housing and support will begin at 6:00 PM.

Attain Housing is pleased to partner with many members of our community who have supported this event by generously donating items for the Auction. Register to attend at, or donate to support the event at

Cotton Hill Park Restoration Event; July 25

Please join the Green Kirkland Program and Earthcorps to help remove invasive plants in Cotton Hill Park. This park has been in restoration since 2008, and we are "this close" to finishing initial invasive removal throughout the park!

We provide tools and gloves.
Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, LONG PANTS, and LONG SLEEVES.
Bring water and food.
Come for any amount of time.
We'll be working in the shade.

Cotton Hill Park is located in the Highlands neighborhood at the intersection of 110th Ave NE and NE 98th St. 

Cotton Hill Park Restoration Event
Saturday, July 25
10 am to 2 pm