Aquatics Activities


The Peter Kirk Pool is the City of Kirkland's outdoor heated seasonal pool. Kirkland Parks and Community Services offers a wading pool for young swimmers.

Participants of all ages can take advantage of our classes and programs. These include swim lessons, lap swim, public swim, swim team, water safety courses, water exercise, and others. Classes and programs are available throughout the summer season.

Facility Closures Can Happen: Unscheduled facility closures can occur with limited notice. If you are concerned about facility closures, please contact the pool hotline at 425-587-3335

Please note:

The Peter Kirk Pool public swim closes at 4pm on Friday, July 21 and August 4 for Swim Meet. 
Pool is closed on July 4.
Pool opens for open swim at 3pm on August  6.

Pool Rules(PDF, 684KB)

For more information and to register for programs, please visit
2023 aquatics and swim registration starts on March 29, 2023 at 7:00 AM! 

Swim Lessons

Parent/Child Group Lessons, Preschool Group Lessons, Youth Group Lessons, Teen/Adult Group Lessons, and Private Swim Lessons available at the Peter Kirk Pool. 

What happens if it rains, do we still have class? 
Yes, we host class in the rain or shine.  The only time class would be cancelled is in the event of a thunderstorm, or an unscheduled facility closure. 

How does the waitlist work? 
Waitlist participants are added to classes in order of registration times.  Emails will be sent out to waitlist participants to sign up for their class. The spot will be reserved for 24 hours. If there is no response, we will move to the next participant on the waitlist. If you get the waitlist email and wish to register, use the link in the email or call 425-587-3333

Facility Closures Can Happen: Unscheduled facility closures can occur with limited notice. If you are concerned about facility closures, please contact the pool hotline at 425-587-3335.

Visit to view additional information on Swim Lessons

Deep Water Exercise Classes

Work at your own pace. Beginners to Advanced are welcome! Get a leaner, stronger body while having fun! Our professionally trained instructors will inspire you to move and burn calories, in a quick 60-minute muscle and core building in water workout.  Classes are available on Monday/Wednesday and Saturdays.

Visit for more information
about Deep Water Exercise Classes

Kirkland Orcas Swim Team and Craze Summer Swim League

Ages: 6-17
Season: June 20 – August 13
Practices: Monday – Thursday (mornings)

The City of Kirkland offers a recreational swim team that participates in the Craze Summer Swim League.  This league focuses on developing fundamental skills and instilling the value of a recreational activity that lasts a lifetime. 

My child is returning to the Orcas this year, when can I register my child? 
If your child swam on our swim team in 2022, they are eligible to return to Orca Swim Team. Returning Swimmer registration opens March 29 and closes May 19.  Register your child online at or by calling Loni Rotter at 425-587-3333. 

How can a new participant join the team? 
We host new participant tryouts on Saturday, June 10 at the Peter Kirk Pool.  Once passing the tryouts, names will be placed into a lottery, divided up by age group and gender. Names will be drawn, starting with the youngest age group, filling the available spaces on the team. 

Visit the Orca Swim Team page for more information

Kirkland AquaLeaders Program


Develop lifeguard and swim instructor skills, while building leadership experience that can be applied to a variety of occupations. AquaLeaders receive training and instruction in facility rules, policies and procedures, water safety and swim lesson instruction. Completion of the program is a prerequisite to volunteer as a Junior Lifeguard and/or Swim Instructor Aide for the Kirkland  Aquatic Service Program, weekdays in July and August.

New AquaLeader Training Dates:
•  Tuesday, June 27, 9-11am
•  Wednesday, June 28, 9-11am
•  Thursday, June 29, 10am-2pm

Returning AquaLeader Training Dates:

•  Thursday, June 29, 10am-2pm

New AquaLeaders will need to attend all three training dates to be enrolled in the program. If you attended AquaLeader training in 2022, you would only need to attend the Thursday’s Class. The first class will meet at the Peter Kirk Pool.

Visit for registration information about AquaLeaders

Kirkland Kids Triathlon

Kirkland Kids Triathlon- Swim, Bike, and Run at Juanita Beach 
This non-competitive, non-timed event provides an excellent opportunity for youth to experience the sport of triathlon. Athletes participate in 50 yard swim/splash, ½ mile bike, ½ mile run.  Registration will close August 5. Day of event registration is not available.  Wave one of the races will begin at 8:30am, the check-in and bike staging will start at 7:45am. All bikes must be staged by 8:30am.

Date: Friday, August 18, 2023
Time: 8:30am-11:00pm
Location: Juanita Beach
Ages: 3-12
Fee: Residents $35/ Non-Residents $42
Register at: or call 425-587-3336


Guarded Swimming Beaches

Lifeguarded Swimming Beaches

Lifeguards are on duty daily from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM June 28 - September 4. All beaches will have beach rules and lifeguard on duty signs will be posted when lifeguards are on duty. 

Please note: Beaches are not open till 3pm on Sunday, 8/6/23 due to our annual Lifeguard Games.  

Kirkland Parks Beach Rules(PDF, 161KB)

No Lifeguard On-Duty: If there is inclement weather, or the air temperature is under 65 degrees, lifeguards will not report to the beaches.

Beach Bacteria Testing: Beaches are tested weekly by King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, if a beach tests high for bacteria, the beach will be closed, and there will be no lifeguards on duty. For testing information please visit 

Waterfront Swim Test: Children 12 and under at Houghton, Waverly, and Juanita Beaches are required to pass a waterfront swim test in order to swim beyond the shallow water buoy line. Testing is at the discretion of the lifeguard. If you need a waterfront swim test, please speak with any of the lifeguards on duty in the lifeguard office.

Kirkland Beaches Waterfront Swim Test(PDF, 641KB)

Lifejacket Loaner Station: All of our swimming beaches have lifejacket loaner stations at the lifeguard office. If a lifejacket is needed, please speak with any of the lifeguards on duty in the lifeguard office to check out a lifejacket.

Kirkland Beach Lifejacket Loaner Station(PDF, 598KB)

Camps and Groups: Groups larger than 15 are encouraged to contact the City of Kirkland 48 hours in advance of an intended visit. Please call 425-587-3333.

Hours and Locations of Beach Lifeguards

We have three guarded swimming beaches, Houghton Beach, Waverly Beach and Juanita Beach. All beaches have designated swim areas marked and all lifeguard offices offer a free lifejacket loaner program. All children 12 and under must pass an open water swim test before crossing the shallow water buoy line.

Houghton Beach Park

5811 Lake Washington Boulevard


Houghton Beach Swimming Area has a long pier and a large dock with good shallow areas for children.


Waverly Beach Park

633 Waverly Way


Waverly Beach has a swimming area completely enclosed by a "U" shaped sunbathing dock. This area offers a shallow water swimming area for smaller children, and a deeper water swimming area.

Juanita Beach Park

9703 NE Juanita Drive


Juanita Beach has a designated swimming area completely enclosed by a "U" shaped dock, with shallow beach and dock entry swimming areas.

Pop-Up Sprinkler Parks

Sprinkler Park
Looking for a FUN, FREE way to cool off?

Join us this summer at Lee Johnson Field for our annual Sprinkler Park Thursdays! We offer a variety of sprinklers, suitable for all ages, set up for everyone to enjoy! This program is free for all ages and takes place on Thursdays during July and August at Lee Johnson Field at Peter Kirk Park.

When: Thursdays 11am-2pm from July 6, 2023 –  August 10, 2023.
Where: Lee Johnson Field (202 3rd Street, Kirkland, WA 98033)

Temperatures must be above 70 degrees for Sprinkler Parks to be open. Our Facebook page and our inclement weather hotline (425-587-3335) will be updated in the event that sprinkler park is cancelled for the day. Parking is available in the parking garage under the library. All children 10 and under must be supervised by an adult.  

Peter Kirk Pool Rental

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Pool Rentals - Rent The Pool


2022 Details

Fees are based on hours of use and include set up and take down. Lifeguards, pool toys and party deck space included in rental. Rentals must be made at least 14 days in advance. Pool Rules(PDF, 684KB)   Rental Guide(PDF, 431KB)

Friday/Saturday/Sunday Evenings 5:30-8:30PM
Sunday Mornings 10:00-11:30AM 

Rental Fees  1.5 Hours    3 Hours   
 Both Pools  $360  $575
 Main Pool  $290 $464
 Wading Pool   $160 $256


Reservation Occupancy:
There is a maximum of 310 people in the facility which includes in-water and on-deck. The Main Pool has a maximum occupancy of 270. The Wading Pool has a maximum capacity of 40. The wading pool is designated for children 6 years of age and under and their guardian 18 years of age and older. Please register the number of members in your party while reserving time.

Rental Information:
• All pool rules are in effect
• Pool Floats are not allowed, only Coast Guard Approved Lifejackets are permitted
• Outside food and drink welcome (no venders allowed)
• Glass is not permitted in the pool facility
• The Peter Kirk Pool offers tables, chairs, deck space, lifeguards, and lifejackets

To reserve the pool please visit or call us at 425-587-3333. Full Payment due at the time of reservation.
Pool Rental Registration begins Wednesday, March 29, 2023 at 7AM.