Peter Kirk Students Enjoy Field Trip to Park Lane

Peter Kirk Elementary School’s second graders participated in an interactive ecology lesson on Friday on Park Lane.

From the Park Lane project staff, the 80-plus students learned about stormwater—where it comes from and how most of it drains directly into Lake Washington without treatment. They also witnessed several of the devices the City of Kirkland is using on Park Lane to prevent stormwater pollution from draining into the lake.

Those devices include porous brick pavers that allow stormwater to drain through them and bio-retention cells that ensure tree roots have plenty of loose, moist soil through which to chase stormwater.

Of course this was a field trip of second graders. And the highlights for many of those second graders were stops at Sweet Cakes, where they purchased a $1 cupcakes, at Simplicity ABC, where they received a gift bag of toys and at a 20-foot banner of the art project they completed last fall. 

That art project was led by arts docent Stacy Mehlberg, who taught the second graders one-point perspective and asked them to use the technique to create an image of a street. The assignment rendered more than 80 different interpretations of one-point perspective. 

FastSigns of Kirkland, printed 20 photographed images of the resulting artwork, along with the artists and the artists’ commentary about the artwork. 

Readers can view the artwork by visiting Park Lane or by visiting the Park Lane webpage at