A patch of mud in the middle of 132nd Square Park’s soccer field dries in the unseasonably warm weather of March 20. The City of Kirkland is planning to install a stormwater system beneath this field that will consolidate and treat stormwater run-off from the surrounding 48.5 acres. The project will require a 10-foot-deep hole that is nearly the size of the soccer field. Kirkland’s leaders are seizing on this money-saving opportunity—as well as the need to expand park access—to replace the grass surface with synthetic turf.
UPDATES & INFORMATION
Update (March 25) --
The City of Kirkland is hosting an open house on Tuesday, March
26 to show early concepts of 132nd Square Park and to garner the public's feedback. The open house begins at 6 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The address is: 13220 NE 132nd St, Kirkland, WA 98034
Project staff are encouraging those who cannot participate in the live version of the open house to participate in the online version.
WHAT: The City of Kirkland is designing a project to better manage stormwater in the Totem Lake/Juanita Creek basin.
WHY IS THE STORMWATER RETROFIT NECESSARY?
At the same time, the City is planning to invest in the park’s ballfields, trail system and playgrounds. To ensure that those investments are compatible with the community's vision and the City's goals for the park, Kirkland's leaders are engaging the community in a master plan process.
Heavy rains and snowmelt can overwhelm the Totem Lake and Juanita Basin drainage system, resulting sometimes in flooded streets, sidewalks, and homes. The 132nd Square stormwater project aims to reduce the amount of stormwater that flows into Totem Lake, and to filter out many of the pollutants that drain with it.
WHY INVEST IN THE PARK?
132nd Square Park is one of Kirkland's seven community parks. As such, it must accommodate thousands of residents' desire to play ball. A turf surface enables people to play year-round, even in the wettest conditions.
The stormwater project will require contracted crews to dig up at least one of the ball fields in the park. This provides an opportunity for the City of Kirkland to save nearly $2 million on the installation of synthetic turf. The City will
engage with the community in a Park Master Planning process to ensure any improvements align with the city and community’s values and desires for the park. Kirkland’s leaders will continue to ask residents, business-operators and
stakeholders for their feedback throughout the process.
WHERE ARE WE NOW?
Kirkland is just beginning the design process. Members of its staff and City Council want to hear how Kirkland's residents use the park and what additional activities or facilities they would like.
March 2019 - October 2019:
City of Kirkland engages in master planning process with residents, stakeholders and business-operators.
March 2019 - February 2020:
Kirkland's staff and consulting engineers design the 132nd Square Park Stormwater Retrofit.
Spring 2020 - October 2020:
Kirkland's contractor begins construction on 132nd Stormwater Retrofit project.