Community members are invited to attend the naming ceremony on Saturday, October 13
A ceremony officially naming the pavilion at Marina Park in honor of Kirkland’s first City Manager, Al Locke, will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Marina Park, located at 25 Lakeshore Plaza.
The City Council approved naming the pavilion the Al Locke Pavilion at their regular meeting on March 20. Al Locke became Kirkland’s first City Manager in 1965 and served for 20 years. Prior to his arrival, the site where Marina Park lies today was a dumping ground for raw sewage and was not fit for swimming or boating.
“A talented city manager has a vision for the city, and works with the council and community to effect investments that make life better for our residents,” said Mayor Amy Walen. “Mr. Locke’s vision, creativity and drive resulted in the extensive community park system that we enjoy today.”
Locke crafted Kirkland’s first master plan for parks, setting the stage for the City to receive a federal grant which funded the development of Kirkland’s iconic downtown waterfront park in 1970. In his time as City Manager, Locke expanded Kirkland’s park system from less than 30 acres in 1968 to over 70 acres in 1980, including 12 acres of waterfront parks.
Locke saw Lake Washington as Kirkland’s front door, and he visualized parks, activity centers with play areas and a pavilion. Locke’s efforts as City Manager made this a reality, and the pavilion at Marina Park ultimately became the logo of the City of Kirkland.
For more information on the naming ceremony occurring on Saturday, October 13, contact John Lloyd, Parks and Community Services Deputy Director ator 425-587-3309