The North Kirkland Community Center. Reporter file photo

The North Kirkland Community Center. Reporter file photo

Kirkland to host community parks workshops

Public input will help the city decide how to fund future programs.

The city of Kirkland is hoping that hundreds of residents come out to workshops next week to help prioritize park and recreation programs, as the Parks and Community Services department plans for its next budget, and for the future.

The interactive workshops will be led by GreenPlay, a nationally renowned parks and recreation consulting firm, and involve small group discussions. This is all part of an overarching project called the cost recovery study, said Parks and Community Services director Lynn Zwaagstra.

“We have hundreds upon hundreds of programs, services and facilities and they’re all valued by community members differently,” she said.

The purpose of the workshops is for city staff to collect the community’s input on the degree to which each of its parks, recreation programs and services benefits has a community — versus an individual — benefit.

Staff will use this input to help them develop a resource allocation and cost-recovery philosophy to present to Kirkland City Council later this summer.

“We allocate our limited resources based upon what the community values as core services, so we need to make sure we’re allocating resources according to those values,” Zwaagstra said.

The city hopes to gather and evaluate the input by August to inform the ongoing budgeting process and come up with a short- and long-term implementation strategy for potential changes. There has been a growing demand for parks and community services due to population growth and development in the city, though the department’s budget has been static since 2010, Zwaagstra said. The community voted to support a levy for the Green Kirkland Partnership and parks maintenance in 2012.

“We already know our community loves our parks, recreation programs and facilities,” council member Jon Pascal, chair of the Public Works, Parks and Human Services Committee, said in a statement. “But now we get to dig deeper into the real value residents put on individual aspects of what we offer as a city. The input we gather will guide the future of Kirkland and the way we improve the quality of life in our community for generations to come.”

Refreshments and prizes will be offered at each of the four 90-minute workshops. They will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. on June 4 at North Kirkland Community Center multi-purpose room, from 7-8:30 p.m. on June 4 at Peter Kirk Community Center multi-purpose room, from 4-5:30 p.m. on June 5 at City Hall Peter Kirk room and from 10-11:30 a.m. on June 6 in the Peter Kirk Community Center lobby room.

Space is limited; residents are asked to RSVP by registering for a workshop online at www.kirklandwa.gov, or by phone at 425-587-3300. Staff will accommodate as many interested residents as possible and add additional workshops as needed.

More in News

Reporter file photo
Police investigate officer response to 911 call

The investigation comes after officers may have improperly responded to a call from Menchie’s.

King County Flood Control District approves 2019 Budget on Nov. 5. Photo courtesy of King County Flood Control District.
King County Flood Control District approves $93 million budget

The 2019 District Budget will maintain current flood protection services.

The Council recognized the AFIS program as it celebrates 30 years of assisting law enforcement throughout King County. Councilmembers, AFIS staff and King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht join AFIS regional manager, Carol Gillespie. Photo courtesy of King County.
King County Council recognizes Automated Fingerprint Information System

For three decades, AFIS has helped law enforcement solve thousands of cases.

Sarah Yount, former YES client, speaks at YES’s 50th anniversary celebration on Nov. 2. Madison Miller/staff photo.
Youth Eastside Services celebrates 50 years

YES celebrates 50 years of providing youth and family behavioral health services.

Nude suspect blocks traffic, fights officers | Police blotter

The Kirkland police blotter for Oct. 25 through Nov. 1.

Sky Metalwala has been missing for seven years. Photo courtesy of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Police plead for help in search for missing boy

Sky has been missing since Nov. 6, 2011 and turned 9 years old on Sept. 2.

Protesters chant “What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!” at the intersection of Northeast 124th Street and 124th Avenue Northeast Thursday evening. Kailan Manandic, staff photo
Kirkland locals rally in national protest to protect Mueller

Protesters across the nation respond to former Attorney General Jeff Session’s resignation.

From L-R: Panelist Roderic Camp from Claremont University, William Beezley from University of Arizona, Linda, and Guillermo Sheridan from UNAM-Seattle touched on the subject of U.S.-Mexico relations on Nov. 1 at Northwest University. Stephanie Quiroz/staff photo.
Northwest University hosts public academic conference

NU partners with National Autonomous University of Mexico to discuss U.S.-Mexico relations

Most Read