Park Board

Marina Park.JPG The Park Board is established by the City Council to act in an advisory capacity on issues pertaining to Parks and Community Services. Members of the Park Board serve a 4-year term, with the Youth Representative serving a 2-year term. Park Board meets at 7:00 PM on the 2nd Wednesday of every month in Council Chambers at City Hall.


Next Meeting

Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - Regular Meeting

Time: 7 PM

Location: Virtual Meeting

Community members may join the virtual meeting through the Zoom link below or via telephone by calling US: 206-337-9723 or 888-475-4499 (Toll-free)

Join Virtual Meeting
Meeting ID: 966 5128 0263
Passcode: 164278

Agenda and Meeting Materials:

2021-04-14 Park Board Packet(PDF, 4MB)

Agenda and Meeting Packet will be posted approximately 1 week before meeting

Public Service Announcement: In response to guidance from Public Health Seattle-King County, we encourage members of the community to implement social distancing as much as possible and in the interim use the following methods to interact at the Park Board meeting. The virtual meeting audio will be recorded and posted on the City's website.

Note: The City of Kirkland appreciates the interest of our citizens and values public involvement. We make every effort to make the recordings of our meetings available soon after each meeting is completed. However, due to technical difficulties that may occur with our digital recording system it may take up to four days for a recording to become available online. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


Meet the Park Board members

Susan Baird-Joshi - Chair (term expires 03/31/2021)

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Having moved to Washington State from Kansas in 1990, Susan Baird-Joshi and her husband, Sanjaya Joshi, purchased their north Juanita home in 1993. Two of their three sons graduated from Juanita High School, and their youngest is a junior at JHS. Twice she won the Washington State PTA Outstanding Advocate award. She completed Wood Badge through Boy Scouts of America, Chief Seattle Council. She has been a leader for many children and adult ministries at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, Kirkland, most recently with Lutheran Peace Fellowship. Her concerns about Kirkland's quality of life and accessibility for all residents; a desire to improve the parks' facilities and environment; and a goal to participate in public service are what motivated her to apply for the Kirkland Park Board.

She holds a Certificate with Distinction in Data Science from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Masters of Liberianship, focusing on business and library information systems. She has spent her professional career in database, web and software development, with an emphasis on project management and data science. Her vertical markets include life sciences and health care, education, climate change and public policy. She holds a Master of Arts in History from the University of New South Wales, Kensington, Australia, and a Bachelor of Arts in History/Journalism and Mass Communications/Pre-law from Kansas State University, Manhattan.

 Susan served as the 2020 Park Board Chair.

Amanda Judd - Vice Chair (term expires 03/31/2023)

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Amanda Judd and her husband moved to Kirkland in 2010, residing in the Moss Bay neighborhood and then, most recently, Finn Hill.  Professionally, Amanda has spent 17 years in the behavioral health and human services field working to connect marginalized youth and adults to resources and recovery services. Recognizing the privilege she has in calling such a beautiful and thriving city home, Amanda has actively volunteered and engaged in community-building efforts.  She has served on her neighborhood association board, volunteered as a coordinator for Crossing Kirkland, participated in the Neighborhood Safety Program, and participated in Kirkland Alliance of Neighborhoods (KAN).  Amanda is thrilled to serve on the Park Board.  She recognizes that Kirkland’s parks and community services are a treasure and represent the best of our community.  As we anticipate continued growth in our population density, ensuring effective green spaces and recreational activities is going to be key in maintaining Kirkland’s sense of community.

Amanda served as the 2020 Park Board Vice Chair.

Uzma Butte - Member (term expires 03/31/2022)

Uzma-Butte.jpegUzma Butte first moved to Kirkland in 1992, and has lived on the Eastside since 1989. She is an educator and enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures and their histories. She has two children, who are now adults. Uzma and her son are both Huskies. She and her husband, are avid boaters, and are thankful for the public marina we have in Kirkland.

Her favorite park is the Marina Park, but when her kids were younger, they used to go to Houghton Beach Park, so they could go on the play structure, and then swim as well! Uzma and her family have many wonderful memories of hanging there. 

Tammy Cohen - Member (term expires 03/31/2022)

Picture of Tammy Cohen Tammy Cohen moved to Kirkland WA from western New York at the end of 2017, trading harsh winters for the more mild, always green Pacific Northwest. She and her husband chose Norkirk to be near downtown and close to the lake; and to have easy access to all the amenities that Kirkland offers. They also calculated that the walkability would be a great draw for their five adult children to come and visit, and they haven’t been disappointed!

Tammy is a health and human services senior fundraising executive of more than 25 years. Most recently she retired from the Stroum Jewish Community Center of Greater Seattle as senior director of advancement to focus on the needs of her aging parents and the joys of travel. She believes her roles in philanthropy and management make her a strong advocate for Kirkland residents as she serves on the Park Board.

Tammy enjoys volunteering to decorate downtown for the July 4th Parade and volunteers at Summerfest and other outdoor festivals. She enjoy walking and biking along the Cross Kirkland Corridor, swimming laps in the outdoor pool, and boating on Lake Washington. Tammy and her husband Barry are expecting their first grandchild and they look forward to exploring each and every playground in Kirkland when the time comes. Tammy’s favorite park is Heritage Park.

Mike Holland - Member (term expires 03/31/2021)

Mike-Holland.jpgMike Holland was excited to begin his role on the Parks Board starting in April 2019.  He retired in 2017 from an information technology leadership role within our local King County government and hopes to use some of those skills as a member of the Parks Board.  Mike and his family have resided in our great city for about 39 years.  Both his son and daughter graduated from the UW and still live in the Seattle area.  In his spare time, Mike is an outdoor enthusiast who is an avid hiker and road biker.  Crestwoods Park is his favorite park and he takes his three-year-old granddaughter there three times a week (weather dependent).  The park has a wonderful playground, lots of open green space for kids to play, plus acres of wooded trails to enjoy!

Roshan Parikh - Member (term expires 03/31/2024)

Parikh, Roshan.jpg Roshan Parikh moved to Kirkland in 1967 and graduated from Lake Washington High School, earned a Bachelors Degree from the University of Washington, a Masters Degree from Seattle University, and is a CPA as well as a Chartered Financial Analyst. Professionally most of his career he served as the treasurer of a not-for-profit healthcare system.  Roshan’s children also grew up in Kirkland and graduated from Lake Washington High School and from the University of Washington, and someday we hope a third generation will love Kirkland as much as us.

An outstanding feature of, and central to Kirkland’s character, is its system of parks and the city personnel who over generations develop, enhance and maintain these crown jewels of our community. Integrating the philosophy of conversation, health and wellness and social equity to all of Kirkland and to integrate these goals to other city decisions related to development, population growth, transportation, human services is essential to keep this city a desirable place to live for our generation and for those yet to come.

Roshan’s favorite string of parks runs from Waverly Beach Park through Heritage to Marina, David E. Brink, Marsh and Houghton Beach Park.