Kirkland unveils David E. Brink Park renovations

The renovations to David Brink Park were intended to improve access, safety, and habitat.

The City of Kirkland celebrated the renovation of David E. Brink Park with a ribbon cutting on July 15. This waterfront park is located at 555 Lake Street South just South of downtown Kirkland.

When the project began in 2021, The City of Kirkland said the renovations to David Brink Park were intended to improve access, safety, and habitat.

“This shoreline renovation project increased our connection to the water with a new accessible path and pocket beaches and improved the safety for humans and young salmon with a new grated pier decking,” said Mayor Penny Sweet in prepared remarks. “We restored this park’s natural beauty with the softened shoreline and enhanced the ecosystem with native plants.”

The project included a new accessible pathway from Lake Washington Boulevard to the water’s edge at the north end of the park, as well as softened shorelines with the replacement of failing bulkheads at the north and south ends of the park. The renovations improve habitat for native salmon, increase direct access to the lake, and the new path allows greater access to the park and its scenic views of Lake Washington, Seattle, and the Olympic Mountains.

This project, which had a projected value of over $1.5 million, was funded in part by a $500,000 Aquatic Lands Enhancement Account grant from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. The City of Kirkland also received prior funding from the RCO in 1973 and 1993 for acquiring land for this park.

“We are thrilled to reopen this park for the community to now fully enjoy all that it offers – from beautiful views to water access,” said Director of Parks and Community Services Lynn Zwaagstra. “The project was the result of successful collaboration between the City, Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office, and the community.”