Right downtown Kirkland in the heart of the city is the waterfront Marina Park. With almost 700 feet of waterfront and over 3.5 acres Marina Park is a wonderful place to come and enjoy one of the many sites and sound of the parks in Kirkland. There is on-site parking and wireless internet access which really makes it a perfect place for just about anything you would want to do.
The Marina itself has 77 slips and reservations are not taken so the spots come as a first come first serve type of moorage. Perfect though if you are coming from across the lake and want to have a quiet dinner in Kirkland along the waterfront. There is a boat launch which works on a pay per visit and card access options.
There is a beautiful gazebo that is available for rental for $75 t0 $100 for 3 hour blocks depending on how many guests and many times there are musicians and events in the park such as this one with the circus wonders at the park.
There are several Public Art sculptures and interpretive markers around the park including the “Puddle Jumpers”, “Home Coming” , and “Bicentennial Fountain”. Feel free to browse around and get a little inspiration of your own or stay for a warm afternoon supper because gas barbeques are allowed and there are picnic benches and stands around the park for just such an occasion.
This is also a great place for fishing off the dock. Bring your kids and your poles and try your hand at catching one of the many fish in Lake Washington. From the Marina Park you can also bike to several places around the city and there are routes marked from here to other parks in the area. Walk A takes you from Peter Kirk Park at the King County Library down Kirkland Avenue to Lake Street and then through Marina Park. Walk B is an extension of Walk A which is about 1.4 miles, giving you a little more distance and a chance to see David E. Brink Park as well as enjoy some of the shoreside public access paths the City of Kirkland created. Walk C which is 1.8 miles is also a continuing extension of Walk B and gives you the most fantastic views of the lake and mountains.
Whatever your need is for a park in Kirkland the Marina Park right on the water is a perfect spot to visit and relax.
From I-405, take the NE 85th Street exit (exit 18) toward Kirkland and turn slight right onto NE 85th Street / WA-908. Stay straight to go onto Central Way then turn left onto Lakeshore Plaza Drive. End at 25 Lakeshore Plaza Drive, Kirkland.
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