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CKC Bench Donation Program


  • Please review program information and guidelines below.
  • Personally visit the Cross Kirkland Corridor to determine your preferred bench location.
  • Inquire about the location and bench inventory by contacting Blair Daly, CKC Coordinator, at
  • Consider plaque content.
  • Complete the CKC Bench Donation Program Form, attach payment in full, and submit the form as instructed.
  • Expect to be contacted by the City within ten business days from receipt of request.
  • The donation process, from receipt of the donation through to notification of installation, is approximately three months.

Prices of Benches
The price of a bench includes the purchase of a new bench or the refurbishment of an existing bench, an initial bronze plaque, installation, and 15 years of routine maintenance and repairs. The price of a new bench or a refurbished bench is the same. Refurbishment of an existing bench is done at the time of the donation or when next necessary. Refurbishment includes the replacement of the back and seat of the bench and installation of the initial plaque. Purchase, installation, maintenance, repairs, and plaques are provided by the City of Kirkland Public Works Department.

Price if City staff need to pour a concrete pad for the bench to sit on: $2,100.00
Price if a sidewalk or concrete pad is already in place: $1,650.10

Contributions must be made in full at the time of the request. The donation process formally begins once the entire donation amount is received. Locations are not held without full payment received. (Note: Cash or checks are accepted but credit cards are not accepted. Checks can be made payable to the City of Kirkland.)

The bench shall vest with the City and the City may remove, relocate and shall otherwise have sole control over the item.

The City of Kirkland is a municipal organization. Donations may be tax-deductible. Contact the IRS or a tax advisor for confirmation.

Multiple Donors
If several individuals are collectively making a donation, a single point person is necessary to serve as the primary contact and decision maker for the account. Checks can be individually submitted and individual receipts can be provided. If less than the price of a bench is received, options for the collected amount can be discussed with the donors’ primary contact. If more than the price of an item is received, the additional funds will be applied towards general Cross Kirkland Corridor maintenance. The primary contact is responsible for plaque content as well.

How to Choose a Location for the Bench
The Cross Kirkland Corridor is 5.75 miles long. You can choose one of the preapproved bench locations, or make a request to obtain approval for a new location. Please contact Blair Daly, CKC Coordinator, at (425) 587-3877 or for a list of all Kirkland Cross Kirkland Corridor preapproved bench locations.

Bench and Plaque Design
Bench styles are predetermined and specific for the Cross Kirkland Corridor.

A single bronze plaque, measuring approximately 2” in height by 7” in length, is included in the price of a donation for a bench. Plaques are furnished by the City, with the content proposed by the donor. The plaque is most often mounted on the backrest of a bench. Plaques can contain up to five lines of text, however three or less lines are recommended, as three lines or less are easier to read. Plaque font style is SMALL CAPS and TIMES NEW ROMAN. A standard line border surrounding the plaque is included in the design. Plaque content is encouraged to be positive and is subject to review and approval by City staff. Spelling and content accuracy are the responsibility of the donor. The plaque process includes opportunity for proof reading by the donor.  Provide plaque content at the time of placing a donation by filling in the appropriate section of the donation form.

Only one plaque of a 2” x 7” size is allowed on each or bench.

Upon request by the original donor, an existing plaque can be removed (by the City) and a new replacement plaque can be purchased by the donor through the City (and installed by the City). The cost of a new plaque would be the then current cost of a plaque.

Donation Installation Timeline & Acknowledgment
A bench donation may take three months depending on receipt of materials, location needs, staff availability, and weather. Upon completion of a donated item, the donor is notified and a receipt is sent by mail. In an effort to publicly acknowledge donations, the City of Kirkland Transportation Commission is informed of completed donations on a monthly basis within Kirkland’s Transportation Commission Update and a list of the previous year’s donors is also compiled and published annually.
Maintenance and Duration of a Donation
All donated benches are maintained on a routine basis by the City. Initial installation or refurbishment, routine maintenance, and placement of a bench is guaranteed for a 15-year period. After the 15-year period, existence and/or maintenance is not guaranteed and the disposition of the gift is at the sole discretion of the City of Kirkland; however, the bench will not be resold and the plaque will not be removed by the City (unless requested by the donor).

Unfortunately vandalism can occur. Benches are inspected annually. Sanding and staining is done biannually. Should extreme vandalism occur in-between routine maintenance, the Public Works Department will make every effort to make the furnishing whole, or, if needed, will replace necessary elements. If the location of a particular bench is subject to a high level of vandalism, is found unsafe, or if the Corridor enters a reconstruction phase, whenever possible the donor will be contacted and the item may then be moved to an alternative mutually agreed upon location.

Sometimes donors do move out of the Kirkland area and wish to take the donation plaque with them as they leave. Upon written request from the original donor, City of Kirkland staff can remove a plaque and provide it to the donor. The donated item would then be reinstated as vacant for others to have an opportunity to request to donate.

How To Donate
After reviewing the guidelines detailed above, complete the CKC Bench Donation Program Form. Follow the instructions provided on the form. Attach payment to the completed form and submit as instructed. (Note: Cash or checks are accepted but credit cards are not accepted. Checks can be made payable to the City of Kirkland.)

Thank you for considering Kirkland’s Cross Kirkland Corridor for your donation!