During October the membership hears from community leaders involved in hot topics in and around the city of Kirkland. First, Sheila Cloney provided Rotarians in update on the status of the city's proposal to close downtown's Park Lane to vehicular traffic in favor of pedestrian traffic and a park-like atmosphere. Business leaders and citizens alike gathered to oppose the change, forming the group Save Park Lane to focus the opposition efforts. The proposal drew media attention and the city council recently decided to shelf the proposal for the time being. Rotarians engaged in spirited discussion, similar to the broader community, regarding the merits and drawbacks of such a change.
The city of Kirkland is submitting to voters on the November ballot an Aquatics, Parks, and Recreation 2023 Ballot Measure to expand aquatics, parks, and recreation facilities, operations, and programs. The ordinance also describes the city’s plan to construct a new 86,000 square foot aquatic and recreation center at the former Houghton Park & Ride to be funded separately through the city's general fund. Ballot measure revenue would fund operations and programming at the facility. Ken MacKenzie is a community leader in the opposition to the ballot measure. Ken is the treasurer and board member of the Market Neighborhood Association as well as its representative to the city-wide Kirkland Alliance of Neighborhoods. Scott Morris is associated with Yes for Kirkland Pools & Parks and will provide rationale to support the measure.  Scott is the senior vice president and general counsel of Trilogy International Partners.