Identified as a high priority watershed by the Washington State Department of Ecology, The Totem Lake basin, in the Kingsgate neighborhood of Kirkland, WA, was selected for a stormwater retrofit to improve wetland health and function. 132nd Square Park, was selected as a perfect place to infiltrate upstream stormwater within the park, to alleviate pressure on Totem Lake, which presented new opportunities for additional park improvements. AHBL was selected to provide landscape architecture, civil and structural engineering, land use planning, and land survey for the stormwater retrofit, master planning, and park design process.
As always, the AHBL team got creative, using an array of public engagement strategies like an online forum, pop-up park events, door-to-door leaflets, and connections with youth sports leagues to gather input from a wide cross-section of park users. The final park design and development provides the City of Kirkland’s first, lighted synthetic turf field, along with, inclusive playground and play hill, all-season restrooms, additional picnic shelters, new storage buildings, some cool and inspirational artwork, and the ever popular and much needed additional parking.