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October 9, 2015
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Kenmore City Council Meeting Schedule
The Kenmore City Council welcomes your participation in the process of local government. Council meetings are held the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Mondays of the month at 7:00 PM at the Kenmore City Hall, Council Chambers, 18120 68th Ave. NE, Kenmore. These meetings are open to the public, and public comments are accepted at the beginning of the meeting.

Connect More + Play More in Kenmore
The City of Kenmore is dedicated to providing opportunities for children and adults to stay healthy. Recognized as a "Playful City USA," Kenmore has been expanding parks and improving & constructing pedestrian and bicycle facilities since its incorporation in 1998. But we can do more.
Imagine Kenmore is a community conversation about how Kenmore residents can play more and connect more through expanded parks and safer streets and trails.
In the past few years, the City has developed a parks plan and a transportation plan which represent the community's vision for parks, recreation facilities, and transportation in Kenmore through the year 2035. Recommendations include more waterfront access, active recreation facilities, and many other projects. The City also has a six year Capital Improvement Program that shows the timing of Parks and Transportation projects that are funded or partially funded. The City is asking residents to help determine if any unfunded projects should move forward in the next few years, since there are limits on what can be paid for with current funding sources. We're also looking for new ideas from residents.
This community process will help determine which projects the City funds first, as new revenue sources are considered.
Fall 2015: The City is asking for public input in October through a Community Workshop, interactive online map, outreach at events, and online survey. We will also hold a randomized phone survey.
Winter 2015-16: The City will develop a priority project list and develop cost estimates based on the community's feedback, later bringing this list back to the community for another round of input in January. In addition, the City will examine options for enhanced funding for parks, bicycle, and pedestrian facilities.
Spring 2016: The City Council will review a list of priority projects and potential funding sources and will work with City staff to determine the best way to make these projects a reality.
For more information on the Imagine Kenmore initiative, visit
Jack V. Crawford Skate Court Opening Celebration
October 10, 11:00 AM
Come join us at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Jack V. Crawford Skate Court at Kenmore City Hall on Saturday, October 10 at 11:00 AM. There will be live demonstrations by Skate Like a Girl and Grindline, music, and more. U.S. Representative Suzan DelBene will be in attendance for this special event. The design of the new skate court at City Hall is the result of collaboration with the community.
Emergency Preparedness Workshop
October 10, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Join the Kenmore and Lake Forest Park communities for an emergency preparedness workshop. The event will be held at Northshore Fire Department Station 51 from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM and will focus on neighborhood watch groups. Additional topics include basic emergency preparedness kits, emergency communications, water purification, generator operation and safety, cribbing and lifting, fire extinguisher use, CERT, gas and water shutoff, water purification, and alternative heat. Registration is required; contact Vickie Fontaine at 425.776.3722 or
Wallace Swamp Creek Park Nature Walk
October 12, 9:00 - 11:00 AM
The final nature walk at Wallace Swamp Creek Park is Monday, October 12. The free walks are lead by volunteer leader Linda Phillips and include a 1.5 to 2 hour walk over two miles of paved and primitive trails through the 25-acre park. This is a fantastic opportunity to observe and learn about the more than 35 different species of birds in the area. Meet at 9 a.m. at the kiosk at Wallace Swamp Creek Park parking lot, 19851 73rd Ave NE to register. Or more information, call City Hall at 425-398-8900. 

PSE Sponsored Kenmore Block Party
October 15, 3:00 - 6:30 PM
There's a party on your block.... and you're invited! Puget Sound Energy is hosting a "Brighter City" block party to celebrate Kenmore's vibrant business community!

When: Thursday, Oct. 15, 3-6:30 PM
Where: 192 Brewing, 7324 NE 175th Street, Ste. F, Kenmore.

Come to this free event and enjoy fun activities for the whole family:
* Exciting prizes provided by local businesses
* Food and beverages 
* Get showered in free energy efficient upgrades in PSE's cash cube shower booth
* Meet PSE energy advisors and learn how to get your home winter ready
* Face painting, balloon creatures and more!
 See Flyer here
Jack V. Crawford "Courtesy is Contagious in Kenmore" Day
October 24, 9:00 AM - Noon
The City will host the annual "Courtesy is Contagious in Kenmore" Day, a fun park clean-up event on October 24 in honor of Kenmore's first Mayor Jack V. Crawford. Volunteers are needed to help with weeding, planting, mulching, and picking up trash from 9:00 AM to noon at Log Boom Park, 17415 61st Ave NE. Volunteers should dress for the weather, wear closed toed shoes, and bring work gloves if possible. The City will provide equipment and refreshments. For more information on how to register, contact Volunteer and Events Supervisor Cindy Shelton at or 425.398.8900.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Photo courtesy of Covington Domestic Violence Task Force

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the City of Kenmore is helping spread awareness through the Purple Light NightsŪ campaign. Purple Light NightsŪ is the inspiration of the Covington Domestic Violence Task Force in King County and is meant to increase the awareness of domestic violence issues and its affects upon children and families and provide education on building healthy relationships. This is done through the presence of purple (black) lights in house windows and the City of Kenmore is giving away a limited supply of lights. Stop by City Hall to pick up your light today. For more information on Purple Light NightsŪ, visit   
Washington State Disaster Preparedness Month
October is Washington State Disaster Preparedness Month and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio Month. NOAA Weather Radio provides emergency alerts about approaching hazards, providing a useful resource in emergency situations. To be prepared for a disaster, you should keep your emergency kit handy- complete with water, battery-powered radio, and first aid kit. Make sure your family has a plan in place for where to meet or how to contact each other. For more important information, visit
I-405 Communities in Motion

King County Metro's "In Motion" initiative is coming to Kenmore! The program encourages King County residents to expand their transportation horizons by helping them increase their use of travel alternatives. Ideas include carpooling to your child's soccer game, grocery store, or school. Every car trip we eliminate is beneficial and through taking a pledge, you can help save gallons of gas and have a positive impact on the environment. There are also ways to earn rewards by recruiting others to participate and by sharing your stories and pictures. Registration opens early October. For more information, visit
King County Metro's In Motion website.
Sound Transit 3 Progress
We are happy to announce that transit projects for SR 522 - Bothell Way have cleared a key hurdle in the Sound Transit 3 (ST3) process. On August 27, the Sound Transit board approved a list of ST3 "priority projects" that included bus rapid transit for SR 522 and NE 145th Street, transit parking and access improvements along SR 522, and a light rail study for the corridor.
This milestone comes after months of advocacy on the part of the City, neighboring jurisdictions, local businesses, and the citizen-led coalition, 522 Transit Now! The advocacy will continue: the next step is to make sure SR 522 projects stay on the ST3 project list.
To show your support, join the 522 Transit Now! coalition - visit or
Tips to Traveling Safer
The fall and winter months bring fewer hours of daylight and as everyone prepares to walk, bike, and drive in the dark more frequently, we encourage everyone to read these helpful safety tips.
* Wear light colored reflective clothing such as vest or jackets when walking or biking
* Have a red rear reflector on the back of your bike along with a front white light for visibility
* Drive with headlights on
* Wear sturdy shoes when out in the rain, along with reflective clip on lights or a headlight
* Cross the street at marked intersections with flashing lights or reflective crosswalks
* Always wear a helmet when on a bike and a seatbelt when in a car
For additional tips, visit

Construction of the north side improvements to SR 522 between 61st Ave NE and 65th Ave NE are expected to be completed by the end of October! Beginning next week, construction will begin on the south side of SR 522 between 61st and 65th Ave NE. The next phase of improvements will include: 
  • A new traffic signal at the intersection of SR 522 and 61st Ave NE. 
  • Road widening and new sidewalk on the south side of SR 522 from 61st Ave NE to 65th Ave NE.
  • Realigned and regraded 61st Ave NE south leg between SR 522 and NE 175th St.
  • Utility undergrounding, new water main and retaining walls. 

Keeping you informed
We will work to keep you informed of what to expect throughout construction. Check the project website for the latest updates ( and feel free to contact us with questions:

Want to get more involved?
Contact Kenmore Business Alliance Chair Annie Harkess
Kenmore Key Bank Branch Manager
7830 NE Bothell Way, Kenmore, WA 98028

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