Park Board

Marina Park 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 4th Wednesday of every month at Kirkland City Hall, located at 123 5th Avenue.

Next Park Board Regular Meeting

Date: June 26, 2024
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Rose Hill Room, Kirkland City Hall 

Agenda and Meeting Materials: 

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


Note: The City of Kirkland appreciates the interest of our community members 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

Mike Holland - Chair (Term Expires March 2025)

Mike HollandMike 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!

Amy Ambrosini - Vice-Chair (Term Expires March 2026)

Amy AmbrosiniAmy Ambrosini moved to Kirkland in 2019. With a background in engineering and business, Amy currently works in biotech manufacturing. Her favorite park is her family's currently most frequented park, Phyllis A. Needy Houghton Neighborhood Park. Amy is thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to Kirkland by serving on the Park Board. 



Tara Bobbarjung - Youth Member (Term Expires March 2025)

Tara Bobbarjung Tara Bobbarjung has lived in Kirkland for her entire life, and is proud to call it her home. She attends Lake Washington High School, where she is an ASB officer and Vice President of the Green Team. She has been vegan since 2020 and is passionate about the environment and social justice. Her favorite park is Marina Park, as she loves the view of Lake Washington. Tara is excited to serve on the Park Board and give back to her hometown community.


Juliana Born (Term Expires March 2028)

Born, Juliana.jpg Juliana Born has been a resident of Kirkland since moving back to the Pacific Northwest in 2021. She loves the variety that Kirkland parks have to offer, but she spends most of her time at Juanita Beach and North Kirkland Community Center Parks playing with her two boys. She has spent her career in education. First as a Elementary teacher and then in various roles for an educational supply company. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and volunteering for her sons' various sports leagues.

Tammy Cohen (Term Expires March 2026)

Picture of Tammy Cohen Tammy Cohen moved to Kirkland WA from western New York at the end of 2017, trading harsh winters for the milder, always green Pacific Northwest. She and her husband chose the Norkirk neighborhood 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 enjoys 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.

Katherine Kearny (Term Expires March 2027)

Kathy Kearny

Kathy Kearny has raised her family on Finn Hill for 27 years, with the last nine on the Juanita side of the hill. When her daughters were younger, she spent countless hours at the old train-themed playground of North Kirkland Community Center Park. Now that her kids have grown, her favorite park is Juanita Bay Park with its boardwalks and abundant wildlife. Kathy comes from a finance background and in addition to the Park Board, serves on the boards of two local nonprofit organizations that focus on children and families.


Jared Silvia (Term Expires March 2028)

Jared Silvia Jared Silvia has been a resident of the Finn Hill neighborhood for five years. He, his wife, and his eight-year-old daughter enjoy several of the waterfront parks in Kirkland, especially OO Denny, Juanita Beach, and Juanita Bay. He is passionate about making sure our parks can serve the growing population and serve as a focal point for community building. Jared has spent his career in various roles in the energy and cleantech sectors, most recently as a founder of a solar energy startup. He has served on the board of the Cleantech Alliance, is a volunteer mentor for the University of Washington Foster School and CoMotion, is an active board member for the Juanita Elementary PTA, and volunteers as a youth sports coach when he can.


Crystal Thimsen (Term Expires March 2025)

Crystal Thimsen has lived in Kirkland for twelve years. Professionally she has worked in the environmental industry for many years and started a position with Seattle Parks and Recreation as an Environmental Analyst in 2020. When asked to pick her favorite Kirkland park she had many including 132nd Square Park, Marsh Park, Terrace Park and enjoys taking walks through Edith Moulton Park.