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Take the Sound Transit survey by April 29
The public comment period for Sound Transit’s ST3 candidate projects ends April 29.  A final plan will be released in June 2016, and voters (from King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties) will vote on the plan in November 2016. This is your last chance to complete the survey and send your thoughts to Sound Transit.
•    Take the ST3 survey by Friday, April 29,
•    Attend the Sound Transit Open House in Redmond April 27 5:30-7:30 – Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center,
•    Email,
•    Mail comments to Sound Transit at 401 S. Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98104,
•    Call Sound Transit at 206-903-7000,
•    Join the social media conversation Use #ST3.
On April 19, the Kirkland City Council sent Sound Transit a response to both the Draft ST3 System Plan released on March 24 by the Sound Transit Board, and the March 24 letter to Kirkland sent by Board Chair Dow Constantine and the three Eastside Sound Transit Board Members (which can be seen starting on page 7 of the 11 page Sound Transit Update packet material for the April 5th Council meeting).  To watch the City Council’s deliberation of their April 19 Sound Transit letter, go to Watch Council Meetings and select the April 19, 2016 meeting video. For specific questions on the City’s efforts regarding ST3, please email or call 425-587-3800. For more information about the ST3 ballot, go to

City maintenance and Police work together to keep the CKC free of graffiti
City crews finished removing the trash and also painted out all of the graffiti that was behind the I405 overpass wall along the CKC. Police will be keeping an eye on the area to stop this from happening in the future.   See before and after photos on the CKC Facebook page.

Preferred Puget Sound Energy (PSE) 115 kilovolt transmission line proposed for the CKC and Eastside Rail Corridor
PSE owns a utility easement over the full length of the rail-banked portion of the Eastside Rail Corridor (including the CKC). In Kirkland, PSE has a proposed 115 kilovolt transmission line route alignment along the CKC, 120th Avenue NE and NE 124th Street.  PSE’s preferred route (as shown on the PSE website) goes along Willows Road NE from Redmond to NE 124th Street where it jogs north to the Eastside Rail Corridor and follows the corridor into Kirkland’s segment (the CKC) at NE 132nd Avenue NE.  The route follows the CKC to 120th Avenue NE and leaves the CKC to go north on 120th Avenue NE to NE 124th Street to connect to the Juanita Substation lines.
PSE plans to submit permit applications for this portion of the project by summer 2016.  They anticipate beginning construction of the transmission line in 2017.  PSE went through an extensive community involvement process in 2011 & 2012 to select a route, with representatives from the City and the Kingsgate, Juanita, and North Rose Hill neighborhoods helping to develop the recommended alignment. Since 2012, the project has been on hold while additional options were pursued with the City of Redmond. The Kirkland City Council will receive an update from PSE at their May 17, 2016 meeting.

Saving Our Trail from Invasive Plants
On April 17, forty volunteers from the Save Our Trail group spent two hours removing invasive scotch broom along a section of the Cross Kirkland Corridor at NE 59th Street. Scotch broom and other invasive plants choke out native plants, making our parks and green spaces less healthy and attractive for plants, animals, and people. See photos of the trail work on the CKC Facebook page.

Join the Kudos Kirkland group to remove scotch broom:
Monday, May 9
10 am to noon
at NE 87th Street (7th Avenue)

Wear: long sleeves, sturdy shoes
Bring: gloves, folding type pruning saws, loppers, clippers, and water
For more information, contact Kari Page at or call 425-587-3011.

Recently completed! Stairs and bicycle runnel at NE 68th Street and the CKC
Another new connection is complete along the CKC.  Located on a school walk route to Lakeview Elementary School, this NE 68th Street connection enables children to cross this busy arterial via the CKC bridge and enter the school campus on the north end of the campus (where SRM Development built and paid for a trail connection to Lakeview Elementary School).  The concrete steps and runnel are complete and open to the public.

Feriton Spur to inherit Kirkland Parks rules for sharing the Volleyball Court
The Kirkland community is enjoying Feriton Spur and all of the amenities the area along the CKC has to offer. In an effort to ensure the growing number of visitors have equal access and enjoyment of the Volleyball Courts, the City of Kirkland suggests the following guidelines during peak hours:
    Games are played to 25, win by 2
    Winning teams play no more than 2 consecutive games
    Teams must allow challengers
    Challengers place a personal item near the net pole
Signs outlining these rules will be posted during the spring and summer season.

Coming soon! New CKC trail map
Since the opening of the Interim Trail in January of 2015, community volunteers, businesses, and city crews have created or improved thirteen trail connections.  That makes a total of twenty five trail connections (with the on street connections built with the interim trail) on the 5.75 miles of City owned trail. With all these new trail connections and because we have nearly run out of the first edition of the trail map, it is time to publish a new map.  This time, the trail map will be enlarged and posted on the trail as a form of wayfinding. Watch for the signs to appear along the trail later this spring.  For more information, contact Kari Page at or call 425-587-3011.

No Brown Bag lunch in May
The next brown bag lunch will be announced in a future CKC newsletter. The brown bag lunch is a great way to get information about upcoming projects and plans on the CKC and to provide input on issues important to you. Brown Bag lunches are open to the public. For more information, contact Kari Page at or call 425-587-3011.

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