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                                City staff cut the ribbon in front of the facility.

Blake Peterson/staff photo City staff cut the ribbon in front of the facility.

Kirkland celebrates new parks maintenance facility

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Dec. 9.

On Dec. 9, around noon, city staff and Kirkland residents participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the opening of the new Parks Maintenance Center at 12006 120th Pl. NE.

The space will be used by the city’s parks and community services department as they work on projects and day-to-day operations.

“This facility will allow us to grow into the future,” Mayor Penny Sweet said.

Previously, the facility was an Office Max. The building, which has been renovated to meet the department’s needs, will act as a central location for equipment, supply and material storage for the city’s 50 parks. In 2011, North Juanita, Kingsgate and Finn Hill were annexed, resulting in 154 new acres of open spaces and parks in Kirkland.

In total, the building is 25,000 square feet. The size and location of the facility, according to a press release, shared by the city earlier this year, will likely reduce trips and travel times.

“This facility is the culmination of a long journey,” Lynn Zwaagstra, the parks and community services director, said.

From left to right: Kurt Triplett Lynne Zwaagstra, Toby Nixon, Kelli Curtis, Penny Sweet, Neal Black, Jay Arnold and Jon Pascal at the event. Blake Peterson/staff photo

From left to right: Kurt Triplett Lynne Zwaagstra, Toby Nixon, Kelli Curtis, Penny Sweet, Neal Black, Jay Arnold and Jon Pascal at the event. Blake Peterson/staff photo

Lynne Zwaagstra (left) and Penny Sweet (right) said a few words before the ribbon-cutting. Blake Peterson/staff photo

Lynne Zwaagstra (left) and Penny Sweet (right) said a few words before the ribbon-cutting. Blake Peterson/staff photo

Attendees walking through the facility’s renovated halls. Blake Peterson/staff photo

Attendees walking through the facility’s renovated halls. Blake Peterson/staff photo

Kirkland officials check out the garage at the center. In total, the building takes up 25,000 square feet. Blake Peterson/staff photo

Kirkland officials check out the garage at the center. In total, the building takes up 25,000 square feet. Blake Peterson/staff photo

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