Evenings on Park Lane - Summer 2021

Photo of flowers in flower pot on Park LaneFriday, October 1 was the final Evenings on Park Lane of the 2021 season! Thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed our pedestrian friendly environment this summer. 

At a Glance: Evenings on Park Lane 2021

What: Evenings on Park Lane 2021
Where: The west end of Park Lane between Lake Street and Main Street 
When: Every evening from 6 p.m. to restaurant closure (approx. 11 p.m.) 
Start Date: Monday, May 24, 2021
End Date: Friday, October 1, 2021 (Friday, October 1 is the final closure of the summer)

The City of Kirkland announced the return of “Evenings on Park Lane,” which started on Monday, May 24, 2021 and runs through October 1, 2021. This initiative is meant to expand outdoor capacity for businesses and increase foot traffic in the downtown core by closing the west end of Park Lane to vehicles nightly from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Press Release: "Evenings" 2021 

In April, the City launched a broad and comprehensive engagement effort to collect feedback about the four options for opening Park Lane to people walking and wheeling during specific days and times from early May through October, 2021. In addition to a survey, City staff held a virtual community meeting from 5:30 to 7 PM on Monday, April 19, 2021, to discuss the proposed options and receive input from community members and other stakeholders.

Thanks to everyone who took our survey, attended our community meeting, and gave comment during the Council meeting! We appreciate our engaged community. The City Council received your feedback during its Council meeting on Tuesday, May 4. After discussion, Council approved a modified version of Option 1, which emulates last year's "Evenings on Park Lane," but instead of overnight, the street will be open to people walking and wheeling every evening from 6 PM until the Park Lane restaurants close for the night. Like last year, the street may also be opened to people walking and wheeling all day during permitted special events downtown.

View Park Lane Engagement Report to Council

Our outreach efforts were deployed on April 7, 2021. Interested community members had four ways to engage with City staff and leadership as they worked to provide feedback to the City Council to help them make an informed decision about Park Lane. Thank you to everyone who gave feedback during this process! 

How Will Parking be Impacted?

The proposed closure of Park Lane to vehicles will impact a total of 17 parking stalls on Park Lane. One of those stalls is ADA parking. 5 of those stalls were used for Parklet/restaurant seating in 2020.

Park Lane map image with parking

Other Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Park Lane located?

Park Lane is located in Downtown Kirkland between Lake Street and 3rd Street. Known as an “American woonerf” – which loosely translates to “living street” – Park Lane is a charming thruway that invites pedestrian exploration day and night.

How should I get there?

In the spirit of the traffic alteration, we encourage you to walk, bike, carpool, or take transit. Bus routes 255, 248, 235, and 234 will bring you right to the entrance of Park Lane on 3rd Street. 

Where is the best place to park?

All city-owned parking is free on Sundays and holidays, including street parking, the Peter Kirk Municipal Garage that is located under the library, the Wester Lot on 3rd Avenue, Marina Park, the Lake & Central lot, and at City Hall. Pay parking lots are located throughout downtown, including the Voda Parking garage on Main Street at Park Lane. For more information on parking in Kirkland, visit our downtown parking information webpage. All lots can be found on our public parking map(PDF, 2MB).

What about ADA parking?

ADA parking spots are available at multiple locations downtown. See the public parking map(PDF, 2MB) for specifics. 

Where can I find public restrooms?

Public restrooms are available at Marina Park, Peter Kirk Park and in the Kirkland Library on 3rd Street. 

Feedback is always welcome. Please let us know your thoughts on Evenings on Park Lane. 

Comment via Our Kirkland 

About Park Lane

Park Lane with people walking and colorful Hispanic art

Park Lane in downtown Kirkland was originally designed to be a "flexible street" and has previously been closed to vehicles during select special events. In coordination with the downtown community last May, the City started "Evenings on Park Lane" where the street was opened to people walking and wheeling overnight beginning at 6 PM. This allowed more outdoor space for restaurant seating and retail while also providing greater social distancing for pedestrians. Park Lane provides a pedestrian pathway between Kirkland’s downtown waterfront to the transit center, Peter Kirk Park and Kirkland Urban. Since its introduction in 2019, opening Park Lane to people walking and wheeling has been a collaboration between the City of Kirkland, community members, and neighborhood associations to provide accessibility, mobility and a strong sense of place for people, while enhancing the volume of shopping and other business activities.

As it looked towards spring and summer, the Kirkland City Council wanted to revisit the idea of opening Park Lane once again to people walking and wheeling. In order to inform Council’s decision, the City asked for community input on proposals that rendered Park Lane pedestrian-only during certain time periods, and on the preferred duration of the street closure to vehicles. Options for closure to vehicles included no closure, all-day closure, all-day closure on weekends, holidays and evenings, and closure on evenings only. 

Historical Background

2021

At its April 6, 2021 meeting, the City Council reinforced its request to hear from all voices and to collect input from all those potentially impacted by the closure of Park Lane to vehicles during the summer months of 2021. The Council stressed the need for full information, so that they can make an informed choice. The key to full information is a broad level of input from both residents and businesses. Council requested that multiple avenues for feedback be created to capture the sentiments of all who are interested, in particular those who have concerns. 

The matter was returned to the Council on Tuesday, May 4. 

April - City Council considers Park Lane closure to vehicles on April 6, 2021

May - City Council is presented with engagement findings

 

 

2020

Evenings on Park Lane

During the summer of 2020, in response to imposed capacity limits on businesses by Governor Inslee’s office due to the COVID-10 global pandemic, the City Council voted to support Evenings on Park Lane, closing the west end of Park Lane to vehicles each evening between Lake Street and Main Street to from 6 PM to 7 AM, seven days a week, from July 2 through November 17, 2020. Initiated as a proposal by community task force ‘Outside the Walls,’ a business support group formed in response to the pandemic, City departments and staff developed and provided permits to support various strategies identified by Outside the Walls for all Kirkland businesses. These included "Evenings on Park Lane" and applications for temporary Sidewalk Cafés; temporary for Kirkland restaurants to expand outdoor seating into adjoining on-street parking stalls; processes for expanded outdoor café seating or outdoor retail space. The City also purchased or produced various items to support the conversion of parking stalls to parklets, designating pick-up/drop-off stalls, and various signs. Finally, to support downtown businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, the City. The results of an online survey with over 700 responses indicated that the program was generally well received from Park Lane restaurants, retailers, and the broader community.

January - City Seeks Feedback on Summer Sundays Pilot News Release

2019

Summer Sundays

Park Lane closures were first initiated in 2019 through a program called Summer Sundays on Park Lane. This pilot program began in June and continued through September. Opening Park Lane to people walking or wheeling was inspired by residents hoping to create an atmosphere where community members could gather, shop, stroll, and dine in a casual car-free environment. During Summer Sundays, Park Lane was closed to vehicles from 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and Kirkland guests and community members were invited to come and check it out. 

April - City Council Agenda clarifying "Car-Free Sundays on Park Lane" 

May - Summer Sundays News Release

 

 Park Lane in the dark with bicycle and lights