For many years the residents and downtown businesses of Kirkland
have discussed the potential of creating a
parking garage under Peter Kirk Park to increase the parking capacity downtown to serve the transit center as well as support economic and recreational activities. In the spring of 2017 the City decided to investigate whether such a structure was feasible from both an engineering and financial standpoint.
The City contracted with Becker Architects, led by Bob Becker who is the Principal Architect of the firm. Becker Architects completed a preliminary engineering and cost analysis and presented findings to the City Council in November of 2017. See the attached document on this webpage.
No action was taken by the City Council on the proposed concept and no further action by the City Council is anticipated at the time.
Underground Parking Garage
The initial concept evaluated what a reasonable maximum amount of parking could be that also allowed Peter Kirk Park to retain all of its open space and recreational uses. The potential project that was presented is for a two level underground garage consisting of 1,474 full size parking stalls. The price range for the full garage as conceived was estimated at between $86 million and $96 million.
Peter Kirk Park Enhancements
The high initial cost raised the question of whether there would ever be sufficient value from such an investment to make the project financially viable. The City asked Becker Architects to provide some additional concepts of how Peter Kirk Park might be enhanced to maximize the recreation and economic development benefits of a parking garage under the park. In particular the City asked for an evaluation of an aquatic and recreation center and for an all turf sports field at Peter Kirk as both of those ideas have been often raised in past discussions. Estimates for these new facilities and park enhancements ranged from $65 million to $80 million.