The City of Kirkland is officially closing all City parksfrom 2 p.m. today, Saturday, October 15, until 12 Noon on Sunday, October 16, because of expected high winds and storm damage. This is a precautionary measure to ensure falling limbs or uprooted trees do not put people in danger. Not all City parks have gates, so if a City park does not appear to be closed, please stay out of the area for your own safety.
“This closure applies to Kirkland’s many waterfront parks as well,” said City Manager Kurt Triplett. “High winds and waves, while tempting to view, can be deadly. Please stay away from the shoreline. These precautions are being taken to keep our residents safe.”
City departments have been preparing for the predicted storms all week. The Public Works department is working extra shifts, tools have been sharpened, generators fueled and the entire team is ready to deal with nature’s force. The Parks department staff is on-call to assist as necessary. Police, Fire, Public Works and Parks have all been coordinating with the City’s Emergency Management team which is monitoring the events closely.
Information will be released on the City website,www.Kirklandwa.gov as it is available. Follow the City’s Facebook account atwww.facebook.com/kirklandwa.gov and Twitter@Kirklandgov for immediate updates. Report downed trees and flooding to Pubic Works by calling 425 587-3900. For emergencies dial 911.