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Park Board


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.




Kirkland Park Board Members

Rosalie Wessels - 2019 ChairTerm expires March 31, 2022
Rosalie WesselsRosalie 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
Susan Baird-JoshiHaving 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 ButteUzma 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

Richard ChungBorn 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 HollandMike 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 
T
erm expires March 31, 2023

Heather McKnight
 
Term expires March 31, 2020

Daniel Triplett
Term expires March 31, 2021

 



You may contact the Park Board by emailing parkboard2@kirklandwa.gov or calling Heather Lantz-Brazil at (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
After Hours Parks Maintenance Needs
T. 425.864.3431