The Kirkland 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 the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm in Council Chambers located in City Hall - 123 Fifth Avenue.
Rosalie Wessels - 2019 Chair, Term expires March 31, 2022
Rosalie has served on Park Board for four years, beginning in 2015. Rosalie grew up in Kingsgate, playing little league at 132nd Square and Juanita Beach Parks, and even got married at Heritage Hall. Not surprisingly, Rosalie’s favorite park is Heritage Park and Hall. When the opportunity arose to join the Park Board, and help shape the future of a City known for its parks, Rosalie jumped at the opportunity. She was elated to be offered the position by City Council. Her time on the board has been full of park activity, the Aquatic and Recreation Center proposal process, master plans for Edith Moulton and Totem Lake Park, the long process of designing and finally permitting the replacement for Juanita Beach Bathhouse, opening Josten Park and Edith Moulton Park, and many, many other exciting ideas to improve the parks for all people, with even more improvements coming in the next few years.
Susan Baird-Joshi - 2019 Vice Chair, Term expires March 31, 2021
Having moved to Washington State from Kansas in 1990, Susan and her husband, Sanjaya Joshi, purchased their north Juanita home in 1993. Two of their three sons graduated from Juanita High School, and their youngest is a junior at JHS. Twice she won the Washington State PTA Outstanding Advocate award. She completed Wood Badge through Boy Scouts of America, Chief Seattle Council. She has been a leader for many children and adult ministries at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, Kirkland, most recently with Lutheran Peace Fellowship. Her concerns about Kirkland's quality of life and accessibility for all residents; a desire to improve the parks' facilities and environment; and a goal to participate in public service are what motivated her to apply for the Kirkland Park Board.
She holds a Certificate with Distinction in Data Science from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Masters of Librianship, focusing on business and library information systems. She has spent her professional career in database, web and software development, with an emphasis on project management and data science. Her vertical markets include life sciences and health care, education, climate change and public policy. She holds a Master of Arts in History from the University of New South Wales, Kensington, Australia, and a Bachelor of Arts in History/Journalism and Mass Communications/Pre-law from Kansas State University, Manhattan.
Uzma Butte Term expires March 31, 2022
Uzma Butte first moved to Kirkland in 1992, and has lived on the Eastside since 1989. She is an educator and enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures and their histories. She has two children, who are now adults. Uzma and her son are both Huskies. She and her husband, are avid boaters, and are thankful for the public marina we have in Kirkland.
Her favorite park is the Marina Park, but when her kids were younger, they used to go to Houghton Beach Park, so they could go on the play structure, and then swim as well! Uzma and her family have many wonderful memories of hanging to there.
Richard Chung Term expires March 31, 2020
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Richard moved to Kirkland in 2004. He has lived in both the Moss Bay and Finn Hill neighborhoods, and currently resides in downtown Kirkland. Along with his wife and mini schnauzer, they've explored almost all of Kirkland's parks, and enjoy taking classes offered by the Parks & Community Services department. Richard also manages a team of folks (with very little hand-eye coordination) in the adult beginner volleyball league. His favorite park is OO Denny Park. As a member of the Park Board, Richard hopes to help maintain, improve, and make Kirkland's Parks & Rec "great again".
Mike Holland Term expires March 31, 2021
Mike is 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!
Amanda Judd Term expires March 31, 2023
Amanda and her husband moved to Kirkland in 2010, residing in the Moss Bay neighborhood and then, most recently, Finn Hill. Professionally, Amanda has spent 17 years in the behavioral health and human services field working to connect marginalized youth and adults to resources and recovery services. Recognizing the privilege she has in calling such a beautiful and thriving city home, Amanda has actively volunteered and engaged in community-building efforts. She has served on her neighborhood association board, volunteered as a coordinator for Crossing Kirkland, participated in the Neighborhood Safety Program, and participated in Kirkland Alliance of Neighborhoods (KAN). Amanda is thrilled to serve on the Park Board. She recognizes that Kirkland’s parks and community services are a treasure and represent the best of our community. As we anticipate continued growth in our population density, ensuring effective green spaces and recreational activities is going to be key in maintaining Kirkland’s sense of community.
Heather McKnight Term expires March 31, 2020
Heather has called Kirkland home for 3+ years. Since living in Kirkland, Heather has explored many of Kirkland’s parks. Aside from the beauty green spaces offer, she values the opportunities parks provide the community to connect with each other and with nature. She believes parks play a vital role in the health & wellbeing of the community. Heather lives in Houghton and she loves living in a location that is both walkable to area parks & shops while being close to public transit.
Heather’s professional background is in human resources/change management and she is active in the community. Also a bit of an adventurer, Heather and her husband sailed 8,000 miles as part of a 2-person crew on 37-ft vessel completing passages from CA to Mexico, French Polynesia and ultimately, Hawai`i. Houghton Beach Park & Marina Park are currently her favorite parks!
Daniel Triplett (Youth Member) Term expires March 31, 2021
Daniel Triplett has lived in the Seattle area since 2004, and moved to Kirkland in 2010. He is a Junior at Juanita High School and attends Cascadia College through the Running Start Program. Daniel has been on the Sammamish Rowing Association's Competitive Boys Team for 3 years and spends most of his spare time rowing, rain or shine. When not at school or on the water, Daniel enjoys exploring the Kirkland parks and running on the Cross Kirkland Corridor. His favorite park is McAuliffe Park where he walks (on a leash!) his two Corgis, Samwise and Theodore. He hopes to help keep Kirkland parks as amazing as possible for current and future residents.
You may contact the Park Board by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or
by calling Heather Lantz-Brazil at (425) 587-3302