Local Parks grants help protect these symbols of vibrant communities, providing places for families to gather and play and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle in an era when people spend increasing amounts of their time inside. The WWRP is the largest source of local parks funding in Washington, helping communities fund the acquisition, development, and renovation of vital recreation areas and green spaces.
The City of Kirkland will use this grant to develop 810 feet of boardwalks and environmental interpretive features ion the 18-acre Totem Lake Park. Construction of the boardwalk provides an important link between the Cross Kirkland Trail and the Totem Lake business district. The Totem Lake neighborhood contains Kirkland’s only urban center, a designation by the State Growth Management Planning Council, which means it’s a focus of regional growth and is expected to incorporate high density housing and employment. By 2030, Totem Lake is expected to grow from 5,544 people to 9,800, and double its housing units to 6,000. Kirkland has identified protecting and enhancing Totem Lake Park as a key economic development strategy and a priority project in the city’s Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Plan. The City of Kirkland jointly manages the park with its owner, King Conservation District. Kirkland will contribute more than $1 million.