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Park Funding Exploratory Committee

The Park Funding Exploratory Committee is a City Council-appointed group of citizens which began meeting in September, 2011 and was asked to consider and make recommendations regarding funding to help meet the capital, maintenance, and operational needs of the City’s park, open space and recreation system. The Committee is comprised of nearly 50 citizens representing a broad array of key community stakeholders and is chaired by City Council member Amy Walen.

The first phase of the Committee's process involved gathering and interpreting information about the goals, issues, needs, and priorities of Kirkland’s park, open space and recreation system; directing public outreach strategies such as citizen surveys and focus groups; exploring funding alternatives such as a park bonds and levies; and preparing conclusions and recommendations for Council consideration.

Some of the major issues the Committee was asked to consider include:

  • the merits of placing ballot measure(s) to voters in either 2012 or 2013;
  • the Eastside Rail Corridor;
  • sustainable funding for Green Kirkland;
  • community recreation center;
  • park and open space needs of the newly-annexed neighborhoods;
  • the future of Finn Hill Park and Recreation District (O.O. Denny Park);
  • preservation of the historic Kirkland Cannery Building;
  • the future of the Totem Lake park property.

The City Council will be considering the Committee's recommendation through the middle of 2012.  Any ballot measure that would be presented to Kirkland voters for the November General Election would need to be submitted to King County by August 7, 2012.

Below are the committee's scheduled meeting dates and related documents:

September 13, 2011
  Committee Overview
  Presentation: Park Funding Considerations
  Meeting Summary

October 11, 2011
  Presentation: Budget Overview
  Presentation: Parks, Recreation & Open Space Plan
  Presentation: OO Denny Park/Finn Hill Park & Recreation District
  Meeting Summary 

November 8, 2011
  Parks and Recreation Public Opinion Survey and Open House Results
  Presentation: Indoor Recreation Facility
  Presentation: Kirkland Cannery Building
  Presentation: Green Kirkland Partnership
  Meeting Summary

December 13, 2011
  Project List
  Presentation: Totem Lake Park
  Staff Report: Eastside Rail Corridor
  Presentation: Eastside Rail Corridor
  Presentation: Maintenance and Operations of Kirkland Parks
  Discussion: Committee Recap and Next Steps

January 10, 2012
  Presentation: Financing Options
  Discussion: Overarching Principles
  Survey Results

January 24, 2012
  Handout: Funding Scenarios A & B
  Handout: Project List (including funding mechanisms)
  Worksheet: Funding Scenario Evaluation Form
  Spreadsheet File: Funding Scenarios (Excel file - requires MS Excel to open)

February 6, 2012
  Small Group Scenarios

February 13, 2012
  Draft Funding Scenario
  Draft Guiding Principles for Recommendation
  2002 Park Bond and Maintenance Levy Project List
  2002 Park Bond Accomplishments (Flyer printed 2007)

March 6, 2012 City Council Study Session
  Agenda Packet Item: Park Funding Exploratory Committee Recommendation

May 30, 2012

Links to documents referenced in meetings:

Committee Roster
Contact committee members through Cheryl Harmon at or (425) 587-3302.

Parks Department Hours:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday
123 5th Ave  Kirkland, WA 98033

General Inquiries
T. 425.587.3300 | F. 425.587.3303