The City of Kirkland Parks Department is collaborating with Tilth Alliance (formerly Seattle Tilth) to establish a new Learning Garden at McAuliffe Park, a historic farm originally established in 1887.
In early 2016, King Conservation District awarded a $13,903 grant to Seattle Tilth for development of new educational programs at McAuliffe Park, including urban farming in the new learning garden and restoration of nearly two acres of forested area.
City of Kirkland Presented with 2015 Local Government Award
King Conservation District presented the City of Kirkland with the 2015 KCD Local Government Award in recognition of the Green Kirkland Partnership, which allied with nonprofit partners, businesses, and volunteers to restore more than 400 acres of natural areas.
Over the past decade KCD has provided the City of Kirkland with $469,000 in grants and services, including support for the development and implementation of Kirkland’s “20 Year Forest Restoration Plan” and support for their work with local landowners to prevent stormwater pollution. Through the Green Kirkland Partnership, the City of Kirkland has allied with nonprofit partners, businesses, and volunteers to restore more than 400 acres of natural areas.
King Conservation District supported Kirkland’s participation in a consortium of cities sponsoring the Washington Native Plant Society’s Native Plant Stewardship Training and Restoration Program. Currently KCD is partnering with the City of Kirkland on the development of the McAuliffe Park Learning Garden and other community food projects.
As part of KCD’s Urban Forestry Program, Kirkland was one of five cities selected for focused technical assistance to enhance their urban forest. KCD and the City of Kirkland are also collaborating on a vision to preserve Totem Lake a prized natural area for the community.