The City of Kirkland’s first city-wide block party is set for 12-3 p.m. on Sept. 9.
The event, known as “Crossing Kirkland,” is designed and put on by the Kirkland neighborhood associaitons.
The family-friendly event will feature six stations along the Cross Kirkland Corridor interim trail with food truck vendors, games, crafts and exploration activities.
“Our residents show their love of Kirkland in a variety of ways,” said Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold in a press release. “We’re excited this event provides an opportunity for celebration that so many residents feel about Kirkland.”
Crossing Kirkland grew out the “For the Love of Kirkland” community event held on Jan. 23. Among the various ideas generated during the workshop, the event that would become Crossing Kirkland garnered the most votes.
The Crossing Kirkland event will consist of six stations, each hosted by a different neighborhood. A station map on the Crossing Kirkland website shows exact locations. A shuttle will also be available for transportation assistance.
Station 1: Feriton Spur/Google hosted by Moss Bay
Food: Chainline Brewing Company, Ezell’s Famous Chicken, kettle corn
Activities: Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission Art Cart, vintage fire truck, fishing for prizes, bean bag toss, scavenger hunt redemption.
Station 2: Kirkland Ave hosted by Everest Neighborhood
Food: Tacos el Guero
Activities: balloon artist, corn hole game, face painting, Kirkland Bicycle tune up station.
Station 3: 7th Ave/NE 87th St hosted by Norkirk & Highlands Neighborhoods
Food: JJ Froyogo frozen yogurt, Green Tree Mediterranean food
Activities: horse shoes, water balloon toss, Bassline Fitness activity, Ham Radio demonstration.
Scheduled Event: “What is…” mural unveiling at 1 p.m.
Station 4: 110th Ave NE hosted by North Rose Hill Neighborhood
Food: El Argento Argentinian food
Activities: bouncy house, “Who Is Kirkland” quiz, Spanish Simon Says, chopsticks challenge.
Station 5: 111th Ave NE hosted by Finn Hill Neighborhood
Food: Bumbu Truck Indonesian food
Activities: invasive species display, photo booth.
Station 6: NE 112th St hosted by Evergreen Neighborhood
Food: Maelstrom Brewing Company, Pinckney Cookie Café, HP Smokehouse BBQ
Activities: plant and animal identification, climbing wall, rain gutter regatta, scavenger hunt redemption.
Although not a part of the Crossing Kirkland event, the Kirkland Police Department Explorer Benefit Car Show will also occur from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the same day. The Car Show will occur at the Kirkland Justice Center, just a couple blocks past Station 6 of Crossing Kirkland.
“It’s inspiring to see the enthusiasm and hard work being put into planning this volunteer-led event,” Arnold said in the press release. “This celebration really reminds me of what it means to be a part of the Kirkland community.”
As it is a volunteer event, community volunteers are still needed to help plan stations in advance and to set up and run stations and activities on the day of the event. For questions and to get involved, contact Jonathan Heuer at firstname.lastname@example.org or Theresa Demeter at Theresa.email@example.com.
Crossing Kirkland will also feature a celebration of the completion of the CKC mural underneath the 85th Street overpass. Mayor Amy Walen will be joined by Ryan James, Chair of the Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission, and artist team Jake “DKoy” Wagoner and Mike Lucero at 1 p.m. at the mural site. The Mayor and guests will speak briefly and will complete the mural by filling in the final answers to the questions of “What is love? What is life? What is happiness? What is family? What is beauty?”
The Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission selected creative team Wagoner and Lucero to install the large format mural when the duo responded to an artist call to create an ephemeral, community art project that celebrated the CKC, reflected Kirkland as a community and engaged the community throughout the project.
During the mural’s installation from Aug. 2-16, community members were invited to express their thoughts in response to prompts. Additional spaces for community responses are being added for the Crossing Kirkland event.
The mural is made possible with funding from 4Culture and was the Cultural Arts Commission’s first project in implementing the Cross Kirkland Corridor Art Integration Plan.
“If you haven’t yet experienced the interim trail, Crossing Kirkland is a great opportunity to get out and meet your neighbors while seeing our section of the Eastside Rail Corridor,” Arnold said in a press release. “Yet even for the seasoned CKC-user there will be plenty of opportunities to connect to your community through sharing food and engaging in fun activities.”
The Crossing Kirkland event is supported by the following businesses and organizations: Google, McLeod Autobody, B-Seen Apparel, SRM Development, City of Kirkland, Chainline Brewing Company, Maelstrom Brewing Company, Kirkland Bicycle, Lady Yum, Ben & Jerry’s Kirkland, Metropolitan Market, Purified Water to Go and Bassline Fitness.
For more information on the Crossing Kirkland event or the Cross Kirkland Corridor, contact Senior Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator Kari Page at firstname.lastname@example.org or (425) 587-3875.