The ballot measure below was put to Kirkland voters in November 2015.
PROPOSITION 1 - was not ratified in November 2015
Formation of Kirkland Aquatics and Recreation District
Proposition 1 concerns formation of a metropolitan park district under chapter 35.61 RCW. This proposition would create the Kirkland Aquatics and Recreation District to fund construction, operation, maintenance and improvement of a proposed Aquatics Recreation and Community Center and other parks and recreation facilities; raise revenue by levying property taxes; contract with the City to perform its functions and provide oversight by a Citizen Advisory Committee to ensure accountability. Its boundaries would be the same as the City of Kirkland and the elected City Councilmembers would comprise its board.
As a result of extensive public outreach and feedback, a comprehensive evaluation of the City’s existing recreation programs and facilities, and an assessment of market conditions, the proposed recommended facility components include:
- Approximately 8,700 sq. ft. facility
- 13-lane competition/lap pool (25 yds. x 32 m)
- Recreation pool
- 250-person community hall/banquet facility
- Child watch area
- Classrooms, party room, activity and art rooms
- Wood floor studios
- Single-court gymnasium
- Fitness room
- Community spaces
- Administrative offices and other support spaces
The need for indoor recreation facilities for Kirkland’s growing population has been identified by residents for many years and confirmed by recent surveys. In 2014 and 2015, citizen surveys rated an indoor recreation and aquatics center as a high priority. In 2013, the City of Kirkland initiated a siting study for an aquatics center when the Lake Washington School District announced it would not fund the renovation or replacement of the Juanita Aquatics Center (Juanita High School indoor pool).
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