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Trail projects
The CKC just keeps getting better. Here are some of the projects that are making it happen.

Trail Connections
The Neighborhood Safety Program (NSP) has provided funding for stairs at NE 68th Street and improvements to trail connections at 116th Avenue NE and at NE 60th Street. Coming soon are connections at Forbes Creek Drive, at 2nd Avenue/10th Street, at 8th Street S/Railroad Avenue, and at 111th Avenue NE. Have suggestions on ways to create pedestrian and bicycle access to and from the Corridor, such as pathways, trails, and sidewalks? Send them to ckc@kirklandwa.gov.

Two additional connections were built with savings from the construction of the interim trail and volunteer labor: NE 64th Street and NE 55th Street.

The City Council allocated Capital Improvement Program funding to complete the bridge and walkway connection to the Houghton Shopping Center just south of NE 68th Street.

SRM Development built connections at 7th Avenue, at 6th Street, and at Lakeview Elementary School.

Large Capital Projects
Safety, and connecting the trail to transit and the region, is a high priority. The City has leveraged more than $3.5 million dollars in state and federal grants to match the $7.5 million dollars of Capital Improvement Program funding for the following large capital projects:

Art on the Corridor
Building off the CKC Master Plan (completed in 2013), the Cultural Arts Commission has lead efforts to imagine how art in a variety of forms including performance, interactive, ephemeral and permanent, can be incorporated into the Corridor experience with the creation of the Cross Kirkland Corridor Art Integration Plan (PDF-8 MB). Share your ideas about art on the Corridor by emailing arts@kirklandwa.gov. Stay updated on public participation opportunities by visiting the Cultural Arts Commission page or signing up for the Kirkland Arts E-bulletin.

Kalakala
In early 2015, the City of Kirkland purchased several pieces of the historic Kalakala Ferry, which was built at the Lake Washington Shipyards (present day Carillon Point) in 1935. A committee with members from the City’s Cultural Arts Commission, Park Board, Transportation Commission, interested citizens, and Kalakala advocates has formed to develop concepts, seek artists, and raise funds to refurbish and eventually install the historic pieces on the Corridor. To learn more about the committee’s efforts, contact Ellen Miller-Wolfe at 425-587-3014 or emwolfe@kirklandwa.gov.

Sustainability
One of the CKC Master Plan goals is to “Foster a Greener Kirkland.” A green and sustainable Corridor will be a healthy and attractive place for people, plants, and wildlife. It will safeguard and enhance water and soil quality, recreation opportunities, connections with nature, multi-modal transportation options, maintenance practices, environmental education, culture and art, and economic opportunities.

In May, 2015, The City of Kirkland’s Green Team hosted an interactive workshop, or “ecocharrette” to explore the ecological opportunities within the CKC.

Experts in transportation policy, recreation, storm water management, landscape architecture, climate and energy, urban agriculture, urban fish and wildlife, development and construction, urban forestry and vegetation, environmental education, and representatives of eco-certification programs participated.

Top opportunities from this exercise included the following:

  • Provide leadership in sustainable development through holistic planning, design and construction of the corridor, and use of best practices.
  • Include interpretive elements that reflect the corridor’s cultural history and local stories.
  • Collaborate with tribes on opportunities to restore the landscape and share their history and traditions through storytelling and interpretation.
  • Use certification to demonstrate environmental integrity, establish metrics, inform, and promote green/sustainable development.
  • Develop east-west linkages that extend the pathways further into the City and provide connected green corridors for people, fish and wildlife.
  • Establish standards that strive for water re-use and energy self-generation, and minimize or eliminate the use of pesticides/herbicides, etc.
  • Use of traffic calming measures that place pedestrian and cyclist use as the highest priority.
  • Include resources to make the use of the trail an easier option for all ages and abilities.
  • Protect and restore functional habitat for foundational and facilitator species, with emphasis on salmon and riparian areas.
  • Encourage greater housing density, local food and retail businesses and community spaces to activate the trail, as well as connections between existing adjacent gathering spaces, schools and neighborhoods.

Maintenance and planting plan
Kirkland’s Public Works Department maintains the Corridor. Maintenance tasks include litter removal, refilling mutt mitt dispensers, graffiti patrol, invasive plant removal, trimming vegetation, and repairing trail and fence damage. Waste Management maintains the garbage receptacles. For more information, contact PWServiceRequest@kirklandwa.gov.

See you on the CKC!