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A Message From The Mayor

As your Mayor and your neighbor, I’m proud to call Kirkland my home, and I just know that you feel the same. There is truly no other place like Kirkland. We share an exceptional community. Our quality of life has not gone unnoticed. You might know that you are living in a city that was ranked fifth out of 50 “Best Places to Live” in the United States by Money Magazine. Kirkland offers so much. Our lakefront and parks are the treasures of the region. Our community-led events mean that many exciting adventures await you. Our business districts are located throughout our neighborhoods, so you will always

City Council The City Council is Kirkland’s governing body and is comprised of seven nonpartisan members who are elected by the voters of Kirkland to serve “at large”

Amy Walen have necessities nearby. Our commitment to going green means that you can depend on a sustainable future. The service of our hardworking police, fire and EMT professionals mean that you will always be looked after. Our “small town feel” makes us unique, and we invite you to get involved in this very connected community. All of this, and you, create a city that is a great place to (not representing a district or ward). Council members are elected every two years to serve four-year terms. The mayor and deputy mayor are elected among the members to serve two-year terms. Kirkland operates under the

live and to raise a family. Kirkland’s future is happening now. With the redevelopment of Kirkland Urban and Totem Lake Malls, the transformation of the Cross Kirkland Corridor, the expansion of our thriving business districts, and an ambitious plan to invest in our infrastructure, your city is thriving. Our legislative advocacy efforts paid off in the 2015 Legislative Session with Kirkland’s priority projects receiving significant funding, including construction of new general purpose ramps at Northeast 132nd Street/I-405 Interchange in Totem Lake. To ensure the security of the future of this city and to grow on the success of what was built by those who came before us, the City Council makes decisions that protect and invest in the community, with a clear vision for Kirkland’s future: livable, walkable, vibrant and green. We pride ourselves on connecting with you. We listen and we respond with solutions. The city is constantly developing ideas, executing plans, “council-manager” form of government which means all legislative and policy-making powers are vested in the City Council. The council employs a professionallytrained public administrator and a city

using feedback and adapting to change. As Mayor of Kirkland, I take great pride in promoting a decisive, responsive government. We have adopted this pledge: The City of Kirkland provides an exceptional customer service experience through listening, responding and working together to find solutions”. For information about how you can get more involved, please visit the city website at www.kirklandwa.gov. Amy Walen, Kirkland Mayor team at City Hall, we will continue to protect and enhance our beautiful city. The collaboration that makes our city so special is not possible without you, the engaged, passionate residents and businesses that we are so fortunate to have. The city of Kirkland appreciates you and hopes that you enjoy life in this, our beautiful home. 

Amy Walen is the mayor of the city of Kirkland. manager to carry out the policies it develops. Kirkland City Hall is located at 123 Fifth Ave., Kirkland. For information, call (425) 587-3001 or email citycouncil@kirklandwa.gov.

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City Facts With more than 87,000 residents, Kirkland is the 12th-largest city in Washington state and is known for its parks. It boasts 50 city parks and six county or state parks. Parks make up 25 percent of the city’s 17.81 square miles. The city is named for one of its main founders and many places in Kirkland bare his name, including Peter Kirk Park in downtown Kirkland. The downtown core is centered around Lee Johnson baseball field. The very first settlers reportedly arrived in Kirkland in the 1860s and the city would later become a hub for logging, farming and boat building. The city is broken up into neighborhoods, all of which have either a neighborhood association or community council. The neighborhoods include Finn Hill, Juanita, Evergreen Hill (Kingsgate), Totem Lake, North Rose Hill, South Rose Hill/Bridle Trails, Norkirk, Highlands, Market, Moss Bay, Everest, Central Houghton and Lake View. In 2011, the city annexed the three neighborhoods to the north, effectively doubling the size of the city. The city also purchased the old BNSF rail line that runs for 5.75 miles north/south, turning it into a biking and walking trail called the Cross Kirkland Corridor. Kirkland is also the former home of Costco, where the company named its Kirkland Signature brand for the city before moving to Issaquah, WA.

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Northwest University and the Lake Washington Institute of Technology also call Kirkland home. The largest employer in the city is EvergreenHealth hospital with more than 5,000 employees. Kirkland has become a home for tech start-ups and Google recently completed the second half of a new complex that straddles the Cross Kirkland Corridor. Everest Park in the Everest neighborhood is home to the Junior Softball World Series during August. The championship is broadcast on ESPN.

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Lake Washington School District’s goal is to ensure academic success for all students The Lake Washington School District (LWSD) is thriving and school districts in the state, Lake Washington’s enrollment stands at growing. This year, 25 district schools received Washington 27,830. Based on our trends, enrollment is projected to grow to more Achievement Awards, more than any other district in the than 32,000 by 2030. state! Our district vision is Every Student Future Ready: Successful passage of a bond measure in April 2016 will help the Prepared for College, Prepared for the Global Workplace, district to reduce overcrowding and enhance learning environments Prepared for Personal Success. for students. We also continue planning for the subsequent bond Development and tangible growth is occurring across all of measures upcoming in 2018, 2022 and 2026 to fully implement the the communities served by the district. The City of Kirkland projects recommended by a citizen task force and to ensure that we is a wonderful community in which to live, work and raise a have classroom space through the 2030 school year for our family. With the continued support of the community, the ever-growing student population. district makes student learning and success our top priority. As superintendent of the LWSD, I am proud to serve the families of Kirkland. The LWSD is committed to our goal of ensuring academic On average, Lake Washington students score 16 percent higher in reading and 22 percent higher in math than their Dr. Traci Pierce success for every student. As our communities grow, our district grows and as our district peers across the state on state accountability grows, so does our measures. Annual test scores are just one measure of student unwavering commitment to performance. The district’s strategic plan includes specific serving the students and families in indicators and highlights of our work toward achieving the following five Kirkland. strategic goals:

• Goal 1: Ensure academic success for every student • Goal 2: Provide safe and innovative learning environments • Goal 3: Recruit, hire and retain highly effective personnel • Goal 4: Use resources effectively and be fiscally responsible • Goal 5: Engage our communities As our district grows, we are committed to maintaining our focus on ensuring academic success for every student and providing safe and innovative learning environments. As one of the largest and fastest growing

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Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce The Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce is an A fun community host – we bring Chamber members independent, non-profit organization of businesses together to party and play after work. and individual members working together for the The Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce envisions betterment of business, community and lifestyle. Our Kirkland as a prosperous community with opportunities office houses Kirkland’s Visitor Center and the Kirkland for people to fulfill their economic goals and contribute Downtown Association. to the betterment of the community. We are your advocate for new business relations, The Kirkland Chamber provides the leadership necessary economic opportunities and sustainable growth. for a favorable business climate, forges public-private We are your representative on public policy, City partnerships whenever possible, and fosters a positive Council meetings, community affairs and small community identity. business issues. Join the Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce today We are your conduit to connect with scrappy and start your business growth opportunity now. Bruce Wynn entrepreneurs and innovators . Give us a call at (425) 822-7066 or email us at info@ We are your bridge to philanthropy, volunteerism and kirklandchamber.org. community involvement. Connecting people - our monthly meetings allow Bruce Wynn is the executive director of the Greater Kirkland you to meet other business owners and hear from influential leaders Chamber of Commerce and can be reached at brucew@ in the business community. kirklandchamber.org or by calling (425) 822-7066. An opportunity - to get involved in the growth and development of the Kirkland community. An advocate - for our growing marketplace, for your business. A front office - greeting visitors, new residents and business prospects. A unified voice - speaking out, and acting in the best interest of the community. Kirkland Classic Car Show an annual A community conscience - stimulating improvement of the quality event put on by Kirklands Downtown of life for all citizens. Assocaiation. Reporter file photo

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Kirkland Events Children’s Concerts at Juanita Beach Park

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Evening Concerts at Marina Park

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Kirkland Parks It has been said that parks reflect the soul of Kirkland. From the serene vitality of Juanita Bay Park’s wetlands to the constant vibrancy in downtown’s Peter Kirk Park, Kirkland’s park system provides something for everyone – and then some. Gleaming waterfront parks provide access to the natural beauty and never-ending wonders of Lake Washington. Neighborhood parks offer refuge from the daily grind as well as a chance to meet and play with our neighbors. The city also purchased the section of old BNSF rail line through Kirkland to create the Cross Kirkland Corridor, a trail for walkers and cyclists. First-class recreation and cultural facilities present diverse opportunities for personal growth, performance and pleasure.

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Kirkland Fire and Building Dept. From its incorporation in 1905 with a population of 400, Kirkland has grown to a population of more than 82,000 and 18 square miles. Kirkland Fire and Building Department employs approximately 121 employees who are involved in a diverse range of activities. The department provides 24-hour coverage for fire suppression, technical rescue and emergency medical.

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Union Building Through the Kirkland Teen Union Building (KTUB), the YMCA strives to meet and exceed the social and cultural needs of young people, while offering resources to help them to become active, caring and responsible community members. KTUB offers classes for youth, as well as programs, including an art studio, voyager recording studio, computer lab, cafe, lounge, games, stage and showroom. KTUB is located at 348 North Kirkland Ave., Kirkland. For information, visit www.ktub.org or call (425) 822-3088.

Since 1951, Friends of Youth has been helping young people in challenging circumstances get their lives back on track. Today, Friends of Youth positively impacts over 5,500 youth and young adults ages 6-24 and their families each year, operating facilities and programs at 20 sites in seventeen cities across the Puget Sound region. In addition to operating the only overnight youth shelters on the Eastside, the organization offers youth development initiatives, in-home family support for young parents of newborns, parent education, youth and family counseling, substance abuse counseling, therapeutic foster care, residential treatment and transitional housing for homeless young people and teen mothers. Friends of Youth is located at 13116 NE 132nd St. in Kirkland. For information, visit www.friendsofyouth.org or call (425) 869-6490.

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Your neighborhood police department Thank you for choosing Kirkland as your home or your place of business. As your new police chief, I have the extreme honor of leading a full service police department that is committed to community problem solving and public safety. One hundred professional and exceedingly capable men and women have taken an oath to serve and protect you. This department was first accredited by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs in 1999 and is reaccredited every four years; most recently in 2011 and our 2016 accreditation is in process. This speaks to our continued commitment to holding high professional standards. Today, the department has highly trained officers and support staff who serve on the Regional Special Response Team (SWAT), Regional Crisis Negotiation Team, K-9 Unit and Crime Analysis. It has resources dedicated to family safety including the Family Violence Unit, Domestic Abuse Response Team, a Neighborhood Resource Officer and we have expanded our School Resource Officers in order to have dedicated personnel at both high schools. Our Neighborhood Resource Officer acts as a liaison between Kirkland neighborhoods and the police department, identifying and resolving matters of concern. Specialized patrol services are led by the Traffic Unit and supported by the Traffic Fatality Investigations Team and parking enforcement officers. The department plays a vital role in special event planning, providing public


safety support during community wide events. We are co-located with the Kirkland Municipal Court which allows more efficient police, court and corrections services. The Kirkland Police Department is committed to building positive relationships with residents, business owners and visitors. I encourage you to become involved with your police department. Some avenues of involvement are our annual Cherle Harris Citizens Academy, our Police Explorers Program, our Chief For A Day Program and annual Car Show to benefit our Police Explorers. We also train volunteer domestic violence advocates, who help victims and their families, participate in the National Night Out neighborhood events and coordinate the Speed Watch volunteer program. For more information about these programs, go to www.kirklandwa.gov/police . I am thankful for the support the department receives from the community. We remain committed to serving you with honor. Cherie Harris is the Chief of Police for the city of Kirkland. Kirkland Municipal Court (425) 587-3160 Kirkland Police Department (425) 587-3400 police@kirklandwa.gov

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The city of Kirkland opened the new Kirkland Justice Center in June of 2014, which includes a new Municipal Court and Police Station. It is located at 11750 and 11740 NE 118th St. in the Totem Lake neighborhood.

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Social Services Attain Housing Attain Housing’s vision is to assist individuals and families on the Eastside who are facing a homelessness crisis by providing housing and services to help families become stable and self-sufficient. Attain provides housing and services for homeless and at-risk families in East King County. Attain has 32 units of housing in Kirkland and Bellevue, and provides case management and program support for its client residents, and for program participants living in housing owned by others. Attain also offers assistance to families through a weekly community supper program, holiday programs, and referrals to resources. Attain Housing is located at 125 State St. in Kirkland. For more information, visit www.attainhousing.org or call (425) 576-953.

Kirkland Arts Kirkland Performance Center The Kirkland Performance Center enriches, educates and entertains through performances that ignite the imagination and connect audiences and artists. The KPC recently underwent a renovation thanks to a grant from the city of Kirkland, updating its facade and portions of the interior. The KPC is located at 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland. For more information about upcoming performances, visit www.kpcenter.org or call (425) 893-9900.

Hopelink Hopelink offers an integrated array of programs that enable families in crisis to make progress toward and achieve self-sufficiency. These programs include food, housing, family development, adult education, financial education, transportation, energy assistance and emergency financial assistance. Hopelink’s five centers each offer food banks, plus food deliveries to elderly and disabled individuals who are homebound. Related programs include education and seasonal activities. Hopelink also offers an emergency feeding service, which delivers bags of food to schools, religious institutions and community centers to provide to families in need. The Kirkland/Northshore Foodbank is located at 11011 120th Ave. NE. To learn more about Hopelink’s programs, visit www.hope-link.org or call (425) 889-7880.

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Studio East Studio East creates opportunities for young people to discover and explore the performing arts. Studio East is located at 11730 118th Ave. NE, Suite 100 in Kirkland. For information, visit www.studio-east.org or call (425) 820-1800.

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Support for youth and families in Kirkland and across East King County Growing up has always been hard. Between trying to fit in while finding out who you are, doing well in school or extracurricular activities, and meeting family expectations, kids and teens have a lot on their minds. Sometimes, the challenges of growing up are complicated by even bigger issues: depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, dating violence, bullying, drug or alcohol use, peer and family relationship issues, and more.The truth is that many Eastside families are impacted by issues like these. Among Eastside youth, one out of five high school seniors say that they’ve used illegal drugs within Patti Skelton-McGougan the past 30 days. One out of three 10th graders have experienced depression in the past year. And one out of five 10th graders say that they’ve seriously considered suicide. That’s where Youth Eastside Services (YES) comes in. Since 1968, YES has been a lifeline for youth and families struggling with issues that impact their well-being. YES’ mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment services help heal families, and our education and prevention services — like our Success Mentoring program — help stop issues before they interrupt lives. YES has an office in Kirkland next to Juanita Beach Park. We have on-site counselors at the Kirkland Teen Union Building (KTUB) and several Kirkland-area schools. We have two additional offices in

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Kirkland Farmers Markets

Juanita Friday Market The Juanita Friday Market runs from 3-7 p.m. on Fridays, beginning in June through October. A visit to the market is a perfect way to start your weekend. The beautiful beach location provides an ideal setting for a fun family picnic. The farmers market features Washington’s finest local produce and goods. You will find an array of local vegetables, fruits, flowers, handcrafted items, specialty foods and bakery products. For questions/information, call (425) 587-3385 or email FridayMarket@ kirklandwa.gov.

Kirkland Wednesday Market open every Wednesday between June and September from 2-7 p.m. Reporter file photo

Kirkland Wednesday Market The Kirkland Wednesday Market is held from 2-7 p.m. every Wednesday, beginning in June through September at Marina Park. All market vendors guarantee that their products are grown and/or produced in Washington. The market holds a variety of community events throughout the market season, including sprouts story time and an autumn celebration. For more information, visit www.kirklandmarket.org.





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Community Centers

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North Kirkland Community Center offers a varity of classes and services for the community. Reporter file photo

Peter Kirk Community Center 352 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland (425) 587-3360 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday

North Kirkland Community Center 12421 103rd Ave. NE, Kirkland (425) 587-3350 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday

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Kingsgate Library 12315 NE 143rd St., Kirkland (425) 821-7686 Open hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m - 5 p.m.



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