City of Kirkland Parks and Trails Overview
Bridle Trails State Park Sometimes called “the wilderness in the city,” this day use park is a popular Seattle area destination. The 482 acre park is known for its riding trails, summer weekend horse shows, and music events. Bridle Trails Park Foundations’ annual Party in the Park is a community favorite. A state Discover Pass is required for parking on site. Features include 28 Miles of horse and hiking trails, a 1.6-mile-long self-guided interpretive trail, and a picnic area
Cross Kirkland Corridor Trail The Cross Kirkland Corridor (CKC) interim trail is a ten-foot-wide, 5.75-mile crushed gravel trail that runs from the South Kirkland Park & Ride, at the City’s southern boundary, north through the Totem Lake Business District. It’s part of the 42-mile Eastside Rail Corridor, which runs from Renton to Snohomish. The Kirkland trail opened in early 2015 and is popular with walkers, joggers, and bike riders. It connects users to schools, parks, eight of the city’s 13 neighborhoods, two of its major transportation hubs, and three business districts. The CKC embodies Kirkland’s vision of being a walkable, livable, connected, and sustainable community.
Marina Park, located at 25 Lakeshore Plaza, Marina Park is open year round. Its downtown Kirkland locale, close to restaurants and shops, make it a popular destination. The park features a sandy beach, lawn and picnic tables and memorial benches, restrooms, outdoor sculptures (Puddle jumpers, the Home Coming, Bicentennial Fountain), and stunning Lake Washington and Seattle views. Its open-air pavilion is center stage for summer concerts and special events like the city’s Independence Day Celebration and Kirkland Uncorked, Summer Concert Series and Summerfest. The Marina Park dock has moorage with 60+ slips, a tour dock and boat-launch.
Peter Kirk Park is most known for its lit up Lee Johnson field, Peter Kirk Park offers something for everyone. Located in the core of Kirkland, the park is adjacent to the Kirkland Transit Center, performing arts center, library, teen center, and community center. Wireless internet access, children’s playground, skate court, basketball court, tennis courts, pathways, picnic tables, benches, open lawn areas, Peter Kirk pool (seasonal), public art, restrooms, and a parking garage are some of its many features.
Heritage Park is an icon on Market Street in Kirkland, Heritage Hall is on the historic landmarks registry and its adjacent park grounds offer interpretive displays, trails, open lawn areas, tennis courts, benches, and small climbing rocks.
Houghton Beach Park, located at 5811 Lake Washington Boulevard, is open year round. The park is nestled between Carillon Point and downtown Kirkland along Lake Washington Boulevard. In addition to providing perfect respite for joggers, Houghton Beach is also a pleasurable walking destination from downtown Kirkland with its world-class views of Seattle and Lake Washington. Its popular with sports enthusiasts as it features a swimming beach, kayak put-in and beach volleyball court. The 75 foot dock is perfect for fishing. This park includes 900 lineal feet of waterfront and sandy beach for those who want to splash in the water, or swim, on hot summer days. Other park amenities: picnic tables, a playground, benches, grassy area and public restrooms.
Waverly Beach Park is a waterfront park with an enclosed swimming area and public boat dock, picnic tables, benches, restrooms, children’s playground, open lawn area, enclosed swimming area, and a windsurfing area with stunning Seattle views..
Juanita Beach Park includes a public beach with enclosed swimming area and seasonal life guards on duty, picnic tables, children’s playground, public dock, beach volleyball, seasonal restrooms, outdoor showers, and changing rooms, lighted tennis courts, little league ball fields, access to Juanita Creek, open lawn areas, and horseshoe pits.
Marsh Park, located at 6605 Lake Washington Blvd NE, is a fine lakeside park accessible via sidewalk and includes a small parking area and ample street parking. Visitors can picnic, fish, sunbath, take dip in the lake – or just drink in the view of the sparkling lake vista, with Seattle and Olympic Mountains beyond, as the sun sets. The 4+ acre park includes public restrooms, benches, picnic tables, a dock, grassy areas, chess tables and 575 lineal feet of shoreline.
Terrace Park, located in the northeast corner of the Lakeview neighborhood, is a simple park with a basketball layup court, playground, benches and a spacious grassy area for Frisbee, a flag football game or to play with your dog. There is ample parking at the park, and it’s easy to assess on foot as well.
Yarrow Bay Wetlands, located at NE Points Dr & 101st Way NE, encompasses Evergreen Point, Hunts Point and Yarrow Point as they meet up with Lake Washington. The wetlands is over 70 acres and best explored by canoe or kayak. Put your watercraft into the lake at Houghton Beach and paddle south to reach the wetlands. There’s a channel accessible from the lake that will allow you to paddle in and explore. The interpretive trail that accompanies the wetlands skirts apartments and condo – while it has interpretive signage and benches along the way it’s a short walk that only takes about 10 minutes.