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Kirkland News Room

City Celebrates New Parking Lot

Addresses needs of downtown shopping district and honors former mayor

Contact: Stephen Padua
Public Works Department

KIRKLAND, Wash. – The City will celebrate the new parking lot along 3rd Avenue just south of City Hall at a ribbon cutting tomorrow, June 13, at 12:30 p.m. This 84-stall lot is scheduled to officially open Tuesday, June 20, and will be available to downtown employees with a valid parking permit Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The lot will be open for free public parking after 5 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends and holidays.

This lot will be named “The Wester Lot” in honor of former Kirkland mayor, the late John Hansford Wester, who once owned the property. Mr. Wester was an architect and builder who designed, among other buildings, the Antique Mall and the arch that remains in Heritage Park. He has been credited for much of Kirkland’s downtown development from 1915 through the 1930s.

In coordination with the new lot opening, the City has expanded the hours of paid parking in the Lakeshore Lot at Marina Park. The new paid parking hours will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a four-hour time limit.

These changes to parking address two major issues raised by downtown businesses and residents: the availability of parking for downtown employees and the availability of parking for customers for downtown businesses. The Wester Lot offers more parking options for downtown employees during the week and public parking in the evening and on weekends. In the Lakeshore Lot, charging for parking throughout the day will help increase turnover, making it easier to find a parking place in this popular lot. The change to the Lakeshore Lot will also make it consistent with the Lake and Central Lot hours and reduce confusion around parking fees and hours.

Revenue from parking fees support ongoing efforts to enhance the parking opportunities for those who work, shop and live in Kirkland. 

For questions, please contact Stephen Padua, Transportation Planner in the Public Works Department, at or 425-587-3800.