(June 30) - The fencing is down and the park is open!
(May 27) -- The material ordered for the shoreline stabilization has been delayed. We now anticipate the park opening by the end of June.
(May 5) -- The labor strike over winter impacted our ability to deliver the project on schedule. During the extended construction period, it was realized that strong wave action would require a more robust shoreline for extreme weather at specific locations, so we are making those improvements prior to opening the park. We expect to open the park in mid-June, as our contractor has ordered additional materials for shoreline stabilization at the south end of the park to handle the storm surges the park experienced after the unusually high lake level this winter.
The extended park closure will allow the hydroseeded section of the lawn time to become established in order to best handle the upcoming summer activity. Unfortunately for seed germination, the region continues to experience below-normal temperatures. Heat is a vital component for grass seed to germinate. The middle section of the park was hydroseeded as it was cost prohibitable to sod the entire park.
(Feb. 7) -- Work begins today to remove large poplar tree at Brink Park. The discovery of contaminated soils early in the project and the subsequent soil mitigation has led to the need to remove the large poplar tree on the southern border of the property. During the over-excavation of the contaminated soil, major roots were cut back, and the drip line was impacted. These conditions, combined with the age of the tree and installation of mitigation materials to stabilize the slope will significantly reduce re-establishment of root growth to the north and west, led to the decision to remove the tree. The project called for the removal of 10 trees, however, through collaboration with the contractor, one evergreen magnolia on the north property line was retained. The retention of the evergreen magnolia and removal of the aged poplar has a net total of ten trees being removed and ten trees being planted. We are currently unable to forecast a completion date for this project as we await the resolution of the concrete truck drivers' strike.
(Jan. 12) -- Work is on schedule for project completion in March. The grass will require an establishment period before the park will fully open.
(Aug. 17) -- Work is expected to begin on Monday, August 30, 2021.
(July 1) -- City Council, at their June 15 meeting, awarded the construction contract to Wyser Construction Company. Work is expected to begin on David Brink Park, which will close the waterfront park, by early-August. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board awarded a $500,000 Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account (ALEA) grant to the City to support the shoreline renovation project.
(May 5) -- Bids will be opened for this project today. Construction is expected to begin in July, with the park being closed through the end of the year.
(March 25) -- Kirkland Engineering is working with the Planning and Building Department to obtain permits for this project. The project is expected to begin this summer and will close the park to the end of 2021.
(Nov. 5) -- The City of Kirkland expects contractors to begin bidding in January for an opportunity to renovate David Brink Park.
The City is improving safety and access for community members by removing its failing bulkhead, expanding its beaches and by repairing sections of the park's sidewalks and piers.
It's also improving habitat along the park's shoreline.