March 21, 2024 - This Week in Kirkland - Text Version

Published on March 22, 2024

This Week: Council Recap | Blood Drive | Juanita Drive | Talk with a Cop

City of Kirkland Washington sent this bulletin at 03/21/2024 04:47 PM PDT 

March 21, 2024

The Podcast

Hear all about the upcoming "Talk of the Cop" from returning podcast special guest Officer Tiffany Trombley. Check it out.

City Council Recap

The Kirkland City Council met on March 19, 2024, in a hybrid meeting. Here’s a brief overview of some of the items from the meeting:

  • Council suspended exploration of a community pool ballot measure in 2024 and provided direction on potential interim uses of the Houghton Park and Ride while long-term plans are developed.
  • Council assigned the name “Raven Way” to the private access road for Juanita High School.
  • The Mayor Proclaimed March 17 – 23 National Safe Place Week in Kirkland. To read more, visit the City’s website.

Prior to the above business agenda, the Council held a Study Session consisting of a joint meeting with the Transportation Commission to discuss the Commission's 2-year Work Plan.

How to watch: Kirkland City Council meetings are streamed live and can be watched after the fact on the City of Kirkland Facebook page and the City YouTube channel, in addition to the livestream on the City website. Meetings are also televised on Comcast Cable Channel 21 and Ziply Cable Channel 31.

To watch the Council discussions on the specific agenda items outlined above, visit the City’s website. The full agenda packet with information on each item is located on the City’s website.

The next City Council meeting is on April 2, 2024.

Community Conversations

Northeast Recycling and Transfer Station

King County is collecting public comments on the Northeast Recycling and Transfer Station Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) which contains studies of two potential site alternatives and a no-action alternative. They are accepting public comment on the Draft EIS until April 9, 2024 online.

You can find out more information and read the Draft EIS at Northeast Recycling & Transfer Station Draft EIS Open House - King County, Washington.

How can I contact the City with questions, requests, or suggestions? 

You can always contact City staff through the Our Kirkland service portal, available on the web and mobile app. Submitting your comments through Our Kirkland ensures the right staff receives the information and can follow up with you.  

For more opportunities to provide feedback to the City, please visit our Community Conversations page.

Lend an Arm and Save a Life at the City Hall Blood Drive

Did you know that 6.6% of the population has O- blood type? This is the universal blood type that can be transfused to any patient. Bloodworks Northwest needs O- donors, and donors with all other blood types too! Be one of the one thousand donors that is needed each day to ensure our local hospitals have the blood inventory they need to save patients.

A blood drive will be at City Hall on Tuesday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 24. Book a Donation Appointment today!

Juanita Drive's Getting Safer

Big changes are happening along the Juanita Drive Corridor as part of the City's efforts to improve safety, traffic flow, and access.

SCI Infrastructure, the City’s contractor, is preparing Juanita Drive this week for a series of ambitious efforts. SCI Infrastructure plans this week to begin removing trees and upgrading the 79th Way Northeast water main.

The contractor will replace 39 of the trees it is removing, in accordance with traffic standards and the Kirkland Municipal Code, which requires more space between the trees than existed previously.

Some trees obstruct drivers' line-of-sight. Others were planted too densely, which impaired the health of them and surrounding trees.

To protect the health of the surrounding trees and to preserve drivers' sight-distance, the City reduced the number of replacement trees.

SCI Infrastructure, Kirkland's contractor, currently plans to replace those trees by early 2025.

Other actions on this project include closing 79th Way NE, adding a new left turn lane at NE 120th St, establishing a buffered bicycle lane, and creating a continuous sidewalk.

For more details about this project, and impacts to traffic, visit:

Kirkland is our home, where we work, where we shop and dine, and where we play. We love it here, and it’s such an amazing community to be a part of.

This sort of community doesn’t just happen – it’s guided by intentional and long-range planning efforts by dedicated and passionate City staff. But they can’t do it alone: they need your help to make sure we’re capturing your vision for Kirkland in the next 20 years. That’s right, 20 years (!).

Check out the new and improved K2044 Comprehensive Plan Update webpage! Learn more about Kirkland's 2044 Vision, and how we will guide growth over the next 20 years across topics including Land Use, Housing, Transportation, Sustainability, Public Services, Parks, Economic Development, and more.

Talk with a Cop

Get to know some of your neighborhood police officers at an informal meet-up especially for community members – Talk with a Cop!

Usually it’s coffee, but this time we’re changing it up. Come meet KPD officers at Nektar Juice Bar in Totem Lake on Wednesday, March 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

It’s your chance to ask questions, voice concerns or just chit chat with an officer.

Interested in a career in law enforcement? Kirkland Police Department is hosting the next round of Public Safety Testing on May 4th!

30 Community Members Just Learned CPR - Will You Be Next?

Thirty people packed the room at Fire Station 22 for our free CPR/First Aid training last week! Kirkland Fire and Medic One Foundation teamed up to teach community members about how to:

  • Perform CPR chest compressions
  • Stop an injury from bleeding
  • Prep a broken bone before help arrives

Our next CPR/First Aid Class is coming up April 11. These classes fill up fast, so don't wait!

Kirkland Fire Recognizes Its Own

Congratulations to Kirkland Fire Department members who’ve taken the next step or reached milestones in their careers! They were honored in a ceremony earlier this month, celebrated by their colleagues, family and friends.

Firefighter Promotions: Evan Hurley promoted to Lieutenant; Chris Bailey promoted to Captain

Retirements: Chris Martin, 27 years; Ken Henderson, 32 years

Service Recognition: Mark Jung, 32 years

Interested in becoming a firefighter? Learn more about Kirkland Fire Department

Parks Job Fair is March 30

Mark your calendar and attend our Parks Job Fair! Over 150 positions are open. Positions are available in Park Maintenance, Aquatics, Camps, Special Events, Recreation Leads, Recreation Attendants, and more. The Job Fair is at the North Kirkland Community Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Apply while you're there! On-site interviews for most positions! Bringing a resume is helpful but optional for most positions.

Visit for more information and a complete listing of available jobs.

Traffic Alerts

I-405 and NE 85th St Quarterly Update Meeting

Want to learn more about what’s happening with the I-405/NE 85th St Interchange and Inline BRT Station Project? Join representatives from WSDOT, Graham, Sound Transit, and City of Kirkland for an online community meeting from 12 to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26. We will share construction updates and answer questions. The meeting will be recorded for those who can’t attend on March 26.

Learn more and register:

Lake Street Pedestrian Scramble

Puget Sound Energy’s crews are continuing to work from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. in various locations of the Lake Street and Kirkland Avenue intersection.

Power outages are planned, and affected customers are being notified.

A week after Puget Sound Energy completes its utility relocation, Kirkland’s contractor will begin the process of transforming the Lake Street and Kirkland Avenue intersection. 

It plans to close down the intersection on April 1, or very soon, thereafter.

Kirkland staff continue to identify micro-solutions that will ease the burden of construction on the downtown merchants.


Main Street Closure

Main Street will be closed now through March 29 from the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

NE 87th Street will be closed for a water vault and waterline installation. Full closure of NE 87th Street is anticipated beginning Monday, March 18 until May for work performed by WSDOT’s contractor Graham. To ensure that there’s enough space for two lanes of traffic along the detour, the contractor will place 24/7 temporary “no parking” signs for the duration of the closure:

  • South side of NE 88th St from 114th Ave NE to 116th Ave NE
  • East side of 114th Ave NE from NE 87th St to NE 88th St

Learn more about this WSDOT project.

Juanita Drive

Kirkland’s Juanita Drive corridor improvements contractor is closing 79th Way Northeast’s intersection with Juanita Drive until March 26, while its crews upgrade a water main beneath 79th Way Northeast. Drivers should also expect intermittent lane-closures for the next year along Juanita Drive, between 79th Way Northeast and Northeast 133rd Place.


Fifth Avenue South and Eighth Street West

Kirkland's 5th Avenue South and 8th Street West water main contractor is alternating traffic until mid-April on 8th Street South and a short section of Railroad Avenue.

Strickland and Sons crews are working from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Search “5th Avenue water” on

100th Avenue Northeast

Kirkland's 100th Avenue Northeast corridor improvements contractor is alternating traffic at various locations between Northeast 137th and 145th streets.


Upcoming Events

🚀 The Kirkland Pitch Competition is your chance to witness groundbreaking business ideas and connect with local entrepreneurs! 🌐 Reserve your tickets now for an evening of inspiration and innovation. #KirklandPitchCompetition Register to attend:

For women in King County interested in Fire Service: Join Kirkland Fire Department, King County EMS (Emergency Medical Services), Shoreline Fire and a dozen other King County agencies for a weekend of hands-on Fire and EMS activities - it’s your opportunity to explore a career in the Fire or EMS service! The weekend will include interactive activities, discussion panels, live demos, and networking with EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians), Firefighters, and Paramedics from around our region. 

Workshop: April 20 and 21, 2024, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days

Host: Shoreline Fire Department

Apply by March 24, 2024

Must be 18+ to apply, King County residency preferred

Questions? Email:

Spring 2024 CERT Class

Dates: April 25, 27, 30, May 2 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. and May 4 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Location: Upon registration

Cost: $25 for City of Kirkland residents.

CERT (Community Emergency Response Training) is a hands-on training that teaches people how to prepare their homes and neighborhoods to respond to a disaster.

Learn skills like fire suppression, disaster first aid, search and rescue techniques, assisting professional responders, responding to suspected terrorist incidents, reducing survivor stress, and preparing individuals and communities for emergencies.

Sign up for the Spring CERT class here!

Kirkland Police Hosts Public Safety Testing

Date: Saturday, May 4

Location: Kirkland Justice Center, 11750 NE 118th St

Have you ever thought about serving your community and building great relationships with community members? Kirkland Police Department (KPD) invites you to take the first step to becoming a police officer - by taking the written Law Enforcement test on May 4!

KPD is hosting the test, administered by Public Safety Testing, at the Kirkland Justice Center.

Sign up here!

Find out more about working at Kirkland Police Department.

Sound Bath Class

Registration is now open! Experience deep relaxation in this Restorative Sound Bath class brought by Ethereal Sound & Wellness. Let go of stress and tension as the calming sounds guide you into a meditative state, allowing you to heal through vibrations of sound.

Class Schedules:

  • April 2, 2024
  • May 7, 2024
  • June 18, 2024
  • August 13, 2024

Classes held at Heritage Hall - 203 Market St, 98033. Doors close promptly at 6:30pm, please try to arrive 10 minutes before.

Pre-registration is required -

For more events from the City, visit our Community Events page. For up to date happenings around Kirkland, visit  

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Video Spotlight

Is exploring Kirkland Parks on your March list? Hop on over to the vibrant Totem Lake Park.