City diving head first into Aquatics, Recreation, Community Center

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2nd Open House on future Aquatics, Recreation, Community (ARC) center presents refined site drawings; preliminary traffic study results

Public Open House Aug. 12, No. Kirkland Community Center, 6 to 8 p.m.

Last month, residents got a first look at preliminary conceptual designs for a future aquatics/recreation/community (ARC) center at an Open House hosted by the City’s Park Board.  A second and closer look will be made possible at a follow up Open House on August 12 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Displays on proposed aquatic uses, recreation programs, community spaces and conceptual building plans will be available for comment. Additionally, refined architectural schematics of building concepts for the North Kirkland Community Center and Juanita Beach Park sites and preliminary traffic study results will be available. The drop-in Open House will held at North Kirkland Community Center12421 103Avenue NE. rd  Information about the study is available at www.kirklandwa.gov/kirklandarc.

Since the fall of 2013, the City’s Parks & Community Services Department, with support from The Sports Management Group, have been studying the proposal to have an ARC center that would meet the needs of the Kirkland community.  The Study was initiated following the announcement last summer by Lake Washington School District that the pool at Juanita High School would be closing.   Following site analysis and public input early this year, two primary sites were identified for a possible aquatic and/or recreation facility:  Juanita Beach Park and the North Kirkland Community Center site.

The Park Board will receive an update on the Study at its September 10 meeting and the City Council will hold a second study session on September 16.  To receive email updates on the Kirkland Aquatics/Recreation Community (ARC) Center study, visitwww.kirklandwa.gov/kirklandarc.