Open Houses set for October 24 & 25
The City of Kirkland is asking residents about what makes Kirkland's parks, trails, natural areas, and recreation facilities and programs great and what's needed in the future to make them even better. The Parks and Community Services Department is encouraging residents to either take a brief on-line survey or attend one of two upcoming open house events to share their experiences and opinions. To take the survey from now until October 28, go to www.kirklandwa.gov/parksopinionsurvey. The first open house will be held on Monday, October 24, 2011 at the North Kirkland Community Center, 12421 103rd Avenue N.E.; the second will be held on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at the Peter Kirk Community Center, 352 Kirkland Avenue. Residents can drop by either open house anytime between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Information gathered from the survey and open houses will help the City to improve its parks and programs and will help in setting priorities for future funding decisions.
The Kirkland Park Board is hosting the two open house events for citizens interested in sharing their views and learning more about the City's park system. According to Park Board Chairman Bob Kamuda, "Kirkland is a much larger community after the recent annexation and we're interested in how our citizens feel about their park system and recreation programs so that we can make plans for improvements, both now and in the future."
As a member of the recently established Park Funding Exploratory Committee, a group of nearly 50 citizens appointed by the City Council to consider and make funding recommendations on local park needs, Kamuda also is looking for feedback from residents about future funding priorities. "The Exploratory Committee is being asked by the Council to provide some strategic advice on funding priorities and mechanisms. The results of both the open houses and survey will help us make much better recommendations going forward," said Kamuda. For more about the Committee, go to www.kirklandwa.gov and search “Park Exploratory Committee.”