Master Plan Update
In November 2014, the City Council approved an agreement between the City and Seattle Tilth that will bring an Urban Farm to the Park and offer Master Recycling Composter trainings, organic gardening courses, cooking and nutrition programming, urban farming and connections with the Edible Kirkland and Kirkland Nourishing Network programs. Look for exciting opportunities in 2015!
The 2005 Adopted McAuliffe Park Master Plan was amended in 2008 due to a 2007 fire which destroyed the former "car barn" structure in the park. The original master plan intended to convert the former barn into a community event space. The draft revised master plan proposes to replace the barn with a new structure. Click Here to review the 2008 McAuliffe Park Master Plan Update
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McAuliffe Park is the site of one of the Kirkland area's oldest homesteads, with only two different families having owned the land since 1877. The property, encompassing 13 separate parcels located primarily on the northeast corner of NE 116th Street and 108th Avenue NE in Kirkland's South Juanita neighborhood, was home to a family-owned nursery and landscape business from 1957 until the City of Kirkland purchased it in 2001.
At the time of its purchase, Kirkland's mayor at the time commented that "this unique and incredibly beautiful property is a ready made park due to the extraordinary landscape and site development features which the McAuliffe's have created and nurtured on their property over the years. Now, the citizens of Kirkland and future generations will enjoy a park like no other in Kirkland's park system. This is the kind of park that people will be drawn to for a variety of reasons and discover something new each time they visit."
McAuliffe Park contains the following important elements within its nearly 12 acres
• A large forested area/native conifer grove dominated by maturing second growth Douglas fir trees with a range of deciduous tree species. A network of trails leads through this dense forest canopy on the northern portion of the site.
• Fountains, pools, and water features are a prominent part of the landscape.
• Well-groomed lawn areas are interspersed with trees and shrubs of remarkable quality and variety.
• Quirky, fascinating farm and Americana memorabilia dot the landscape - some obvious, some hidden.
Several residences and outbuildings, including:
• Former McAuliffe Residence - Daylight rambler, about 4,000 sq. ft., constructed in 1969. (currently functioning as a rental home)
• The Johnson Homestead, which includes a 1,000 sq ft rambler built in 1905 (currently functioning as a rental home), a detached 400 sq. ft. garage, and an historic barn (about 800 sq. ft.) built in the early 1900's.
• The "Carriage House", a 1,000 sq. ft. brick house built in the 1920's (currently functioning as a rental home)
• A combination Office/Car Storage Building, about 2,300 sq. ft.
• Large, newer Storage Barn, about 3600 sq. ft.
(Note: this structure later burned down in 2007)
• Expansive Carport Storage Structure, about 1,800 sq. ft.
• Plus several other smaller outbuildings, storage sheds, and garden structures.