On October 13, 2015, the Board of Directors of the Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce voted to support Kirkland's Prop 1 to build the Aquatic, Recreation and Community Center in the Totem Lake area. Building the ARC will be a taxpayer financed investment in economic development and quality of life. The population of Kirkland is expected to grow substantially over the next 10 years, particularly in Totem Lake, which will see a drastic increase in new housing units.
This project will also include a large event space, which is a big need for many groups in Kirkland. The market has not supplied a 250-person meeting and event space which is needed to have auctions and dinners in Kirkland, and give work to Kirkland event planners, restaurants and caterers. Redmond and Bellevue have benefited from Kirkland's lack of event facilities, so it is time to have a place for these events in our city.
The pool will be the center of swim meets drawing customers to our hotels, restaurants and shops. By adding to Kirkland's quality of life the ARC will help us attract other excellent employers like Google. This is done without impairing the city's ability to fund needed fire stations and roads. For these reasons, the Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce endorses Kirkland Prop 1.
Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors