Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan

  • Project typeStrategic Plan, part of Kirkland's Comprehensive Plan
  • Project scheduleJanuary 2021 - April 2022
  • Contractor nameGreenPlay LLC

UPDATE (10/18/2021):

The Online Community Survey for Kirkland's Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan is now open and ready for your thoughts! Access the survey by visiting The survey is available in multiple languages and closes November 11, 2021.

Please take 10 minutes to participate in this important survey so we can hear more about your needs for Kirkland's parks and recreation. Your survey responses will help guide the update of Kirkland's PROS planning process. In September, GreenPlay in conjunction with RRC Associates (RRC) mailed a statistically valid survey to 5,000 Kirkland residents to get the needs and opinions of both non-users and users of parks, recreation facilities, and programs in the community. RRC will tabulate the results from both the mail-in statistically valid survey and the online survey separately and expects to have enough responses to measure community priorities quantitatively.

The PROS Plan team is continuing to review the Americans with Disabilities Act evaluation reports on all relevant facilities, programs, and services to identify existing and future accessibility needs.

An Athletic Field Demand Survey was sent to 55 athletic field user groups and stakeholders on August 4, 2021. The data compiled from the survey will be used to provide recommendations regarding the use of fields, reconfiguration of current fields, and the construction of new fields to meet demand. Improvements to the field allocation process will also be addressed to improve equity and meet the unmet needs of users that are not currently being served. Preliminary findings were presented at the City Council study session on October 5, 2021.

What is the PROS Plan?

The Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan is a six-year guide and strategic plan for managing and enhancing park and recreation services. It provides a vision for Kirkland’s park and recreation system and establishes a path forward for providing high quality, community-driven parks, trails, open spaces and recreational opportunities. The PROS Plan creates a framework that will allow the City to respond to new opportunities as they arise, and to ensure that parks, facilities and recreation programs meet the needs of Kirkland’s residents, employees and visitors now and into the future.

When will the PROS Plan be updated?

The City of Kirkland will be updating the PROS Plan in 2021. The current plan was updated in 2015 to comply with State grant eligibility requirements. The PROS Plan needs to be fully updated to reflect substantial growth and changes in the community and to the park system. Three additional scopes of work will be conducted and integrated into the PROS Plan:

  • Community needs assessment
  • ADA evaluation and transition plan
  • Athletic field use and demand analysis study

How can I get involved?

Public Forums

Event    Date/Time    Presentation    Video    FAQ Comments 
1st Public Forum   June 17, 2021 at 6:30 PM    PROS-Plan-1st-Public-Forum-Presentation.pdf(PDF, 2MB)     1st Public Forum Video    FAQ-Comments-from-Public-Forum-1.pdf(PDF, 70KB)  
2nd Public Forum   December 2021             
3rd Public Forum   March 2022             

Off-Leash Dog Areas

On Wednesday, September 29, 2021, community members were invited to attend a virtual community conversation meeting about dog off-leash areas.

Pop-up interviews in the parks: Catch the Butterfly

We invite you to tell us your park and recreation stories at pop-up interviews in Kirkland Parks in July.

A large blue human-sized butterfly will be visiting Kirkland Parks to collect your stories and feedback. Tell your neighbors and try to catch her!

Event   Date/Time    Location 
Juanita Friday Market    July 9 - 3 PM to 5 PM    Juanita Beach Park
Fluttering on the Shoreline   July 15 - 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM   David E. Brink Park 
Playground   July 17 - 1 PM to 3 PM   Totem Lake Park
Sprinkler Park   July 22 - 1 PM to 3 PM   Lee Johnson Field
Juanita Friday Market   July 23 - 3 PM to 5 PM   Juanita Beach Park
Sprinkler Park   July 29 - 2 PM to 3:30 PM   Lee Johnson Field
SummerFest (KidZone)    July 31 - 1 PM to 2:30 PM    Marina Park


How do you want to play in Kirkland?  Throughout 2021, we will be hosting focus groups, interviews, community conversations and survey opportunities so that, as a community, we can imagine the future of Kirkland’s parks, recreation and open spaces. Keep checking this page for more information, and in the meantime, be sure to sign up for our email list. Please also share the information with your neighbors.

Together, let’s play it forward!