City of Kirkland to host cooling center during heatwave

Community members are also invited cool off at Kirkland’s beaches or splash pads.

To help community members prepare for the over 90-degree weather expected this week, the City of Kirkland’s Parks and Community Services Department is establishing a cooling center for July 26 and 27. The cooling center will be at Peter Kirk Community Center, located at 352 Kirkland Avenue.

Community members are welcome to stop by to cool off from 1 pm to 8 pm. Pet owners may be accompanied by their crated or leashed cat or dog.

The city says the cooling center may be open for additional days.

Shaded parking for community members who live in their vehicles will be available at Kirkland City Hall, located at 123 5th Avenue. Designated parking spots will be reserved for vehicle residents. City Hall restrooms are available during business hours from 8 am to 5 pm.

King County Library has two branches in Kirkland where community members can cool off during operating hours from 1 pm to 8 pm. Kirkland Library is located at 308 Kirkland Avenue. Kingsgate Library is at 12315 NE 143rd Street in Kirkland.

Community members can also cool off at Kirkland’s beaches or splash pads at these locations:

– Feriton Spur Park Splash Pads, Cross Kirkland Corridor at 5th Place South

– Kirkland Urban Splash Pads, 425 Urban Plz

– Juanita Beach Park, 9703 Juanita Dr NE

– Houghton Beach Park, 5811 Lake Washington Blvd NE

– Marina Park, 25 Lakeshore Plaza

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for the Seattle area, including Kirkland, beginning July 26th through July 29, due to dangerously hot conditions with high temperatures expected in the 90s. Extreme heat will significantly increase the risk of heat-related illnesses for much of the population, especially those who are heat sensitive and those without effective cooling or adequate hydration.