Kirkland Park Rules

Know before you go! Learn the park rules so you and others can enjoy your visit to Kirkland parks.

Park Hours

  • Waterfront parks open at sunrise and close at 10 p.m.
  • All other parks open at sunrise and close at 11 p.m.
  • Off-leash dog areas open at sunrise and close at sunset.
  • Parking lots are typically locked overnight, usually from sunset to 8 a.m.

Alcohol and Smoking

  • Consuming alcohol in any park is not allowed. Exceptions may be made for permitted special events and facility reservations
  • Use of marijuana is prohibited.
  • Smoking/vaping tobacco is allowed in designated areas, but you are responsible for properly disposing extinguished cigarette butts and cartridges.


  • Your dog and other pets must be leashed at all times, unless they are in a designated off-leash dog area.
  • You must be in control of your pet at all times.
  • Your dog is not allowed to enter swimming areas.
  • Pets must be licensed.
  • You are responsible for picking up after your dog and properly disposing of its waste.
  • Teasing, annoying, or injuring animals (including all wildlife) is prohibited.
  • Do not feed waterfowl or other wildlife.

See also Off-Leash Dog Areas

Beaches and swimming


City of Kirkland has established a busking permit process, allowing approved buskers to perform at designated parks and other City-owned locations.

Busking is currently allowed in two designated parks located at Juanita Beach Park and Marina Park and in Kirkland public right-of-ways with a two-hour time limit at any location. 

Learn more about Busking Rules and Permits



  • Overnight camping is not allowed.

Drones and Other Remote-Controlled Devices

  • The use of battery-powered, remote-controlled drones, vehicles, planes, etc. is not allowed. 


  • Open fires (including bonfires) are prohibited.
  • You may bring a personal gas/propane barbeque to the park, as long as it is used in a location that is safe for park visitors, the landscape, and facilities. A drip pan is required.
  • Barbequing with charcoal is only allowed in existing designated charcoal barbeques. 

Fireworks and Weapons

  • Fireworks are prohibited in Kirkland city limits unless it is a properly permitted display. Call the Kirkland Fire Prevention Bureau at 425-587-3650 for more information.
  • You may not use firearms, air guns, B.B. guns, slingshots, bows and arrows or any other propelling device in any park.


  • Littering on any public property or in waterways is prohibited. Take your trash home with you or use the receptacles available in most parks. If garbage doesn’t fit completely within a trash bin (like pizza boxes), please dispose of off-site.
  • Dumping refuse or green waste (such as branches and leaf trimmings) on park land is prohibited.


  • Do not prune, remove, or otherwise disturb vegetation in parks or City open spaces.
  • Do not encroach on park property through the installation of temporary or permanent building or landscaping features such as lawns and fences.

Motorized Vehicles and Parking

  • Motorized vehicles are not allowed on park lawns, pathways, or trails.
  • Vehicles may not be left in parking lots overnight.
  • Parking lots are typically locked overnight, usually from sunset to 8 a.m.

Noise and Amplified Sound

Off-Leash Dog Areas

  1. Off-leash dog areas are open from dawn until dusk.
  2. All dogs must be actively supervised by their owner or handler, who are responsible for the behavior of dogs under their supervision.
  3. Owners and handlers must clean up after dogs and properly dispose of pet waste.
  4. Dogs must be leashed when outside of the designated off-leash area. This includes parking lots and other areas of parks.
  5. Dogs in heat, aggressive dogs, and sick dogs are not allowed in off-leash dog parks. Leash and immediately remove from the area any dogs displaying aggressive behavior.
  6. All dogs must be up to date on vaccines and licensed.
  7. Do not bring or leave personal belongings in off-leash areas.

Learn more about Off-Leash Dog Areas


Picnic Areas/Shelters

  • You may rent picnic areas/shelters.
  • When not reserved, picnic areas/shelters are available for use on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • You are responsible for cleaning up the picnic area and disposing your trash.
  • Groups larger than 15 people are required to get a park use permit.

Sales of Goods or Services in Parks

  • Unless you have a concession contract with the City of Kirkland Parks and Community Services, you may not
    • Sell food, beverages, or merchandise
    • Provide classes or other services
    • Use park facilities for advertising a business, product, or service.

Use of Athletic Fields

  • Organized use of an athletic field requires a permit. Please see the Athletic Field Use Policies.
  • Drop-in use of an open, unprepped field by a few individuals (not organized sport programs) is allowed on open athletic fields.
  • Do not use an athletic field that has been prepped for use, has a "Field Closed" sign, or is so wet that use may cause damage.
  • Golf and archery are not allowed in any park.


  • Both motorized and non-motorized boats are prohibited from being within 300’ of swimming areas or swimming docks, unless they are involved in a rescue or lifesaving emergency. Parks with swimming areas or swimming docks include Houghton Beach, Waverly Beach, David Brink, Marsh, and Juanita Beach.
  • You may not enter the Juanita Bay Park wildlife habitat area, whether by boat (motorized or non-motorized), raft, floatation device, or swimming. Juanita Bay Park and the waters adjacent to the park are a wildlife habitat area. The boundaries of the wildlife habitat area are marked by warning signs posted on buoys.
  • Motorized boats may tie off/moor only at Marina Park and Second Avenue Dock.
  • You may launch your trailered boat year-round from the Marina Park Boat Launch and from O.O. Denny Park from April 1 through October 31.
  • You may launch your non-motorized small watercraft (kayak, paddleboard, etc.) by hand at O.O. Denny, Juanita Beach, Houghton Beach, and Marina Park. 

What should I do if I see a rule being broken?

  • If you see behavior that makes you feel unsafe or if you have concerns about the safety of others or property, call 911 immediately.
  • If you observe something that requires attention from park staff, call 425-587-3300 or submit your request via OurKirkland.