From Our Founder

Sally Otten, Executive Director

Parks are an integral part of our lives and shape our community. After living overseas for 17 years I appreciate the richness and diversity we have here in Kirkland more than ever. Raising two young boys in Hong Kong had a lot of advantages but finding parks and open spaces was a challenge; if you were lucky enough to find some grass – you couldn’t walk on it.

After returning to Kirkland in 2007 and engaging in numerous conversations with various members of this community, one theme kept showing up; as wonderful as our parks are, there are always ways to make them better. The key would be if there was enough community interest.

So the Kirkland Parks Foundation (KPF) was born, built on a crowd funding platform with the goal of giving the citizens in Kirkland a vehicle through which they can conceptualize, plan, fund and implement projects in our parks that are be beyond the scope of the good work the Kirkland Park Department already does.


I’m pleased to serve as the Executive Director for the first 2 years to build infrastructure and gain momentum in the community. KPF really belongs to the citizens of Kirkland and it’s up to you to make it what you want it to be. If you have an idea or desire, fill out our contact form, we’d love to hear from you!

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