The Feriton Spur Park expansion at 509 6th St. S in Kirkland has been unveiled. Google and its partners Kirkland Downtown Association, SRM Development and the City of Kirkland commemorated the occasion with an event on July 13.
The 2.8-acre park is more than double the size before renovations begin in the spring of 2021. Recent updates include a Pacific Northwest Railway coaster, manned by local favorite Chainline Brewing.
Chainline’s newest location, Chainline Station, will serve coffee, beer, wine and snacks. Also new is a large vegetable and fruit garden run by the Seattle Urban Farm Company, which will donate the harvest to the local nonprofit Hopelink. The park now has a wading pool, a 44-foot pickleball court, a 16-foot-wide paved pathway, and an amphitheater.
Through park practices that protect ecosystems, the park is pursuing SITES certification and aiming for SITES Gold.
The amphitheater, known as the Kalakala Amphitheater, features parts of the Kalakala ferry which debuted in 1935. William Thorniley, publicity manager for the Puget Sound Navigation Company, chose to name the ship Kalakala – a Chinook word meaning flying bird. This started a tradition for Puget Sound ferries to be given Native American names. The Boar was once used as a passenger ferry between Seattle and Bremerton, and later in life became a fish cannery in Alaska.
In addition to the amphitheater, pieces of the ferry are also used in the Kalaka entrance sculpture. Amber Mikluscak, lead landscape architect at The Watershed Company, designed the rooms.
The park renovation is the latest upgrade along the Cross Kirkland Corridor, which runs through Kirkland and connects to the larger Eastrail system. Google originally upgraded the section of CKC running through its 6th Street campus in 2015 with public recreation areas including a sand volleyball court, children’s play structure, basketball court, Crossfit and TRX fitness and a zip line.
“This beautiful park along the Eastrail represents another part of a long-held dream come true for the people of Kirkland and all of King County,” said King County Council Chair Claudia Balducci. . “Once again we are proving that the Eastrail-Cross-Kirkland Corridor is more than just a trail. It’s a place to gather, celebrate, create, exercise and build community. I am deeply grateful for the vision and perseverance of the leaders of city and county government and the private sector who have all come together to make this incredible space possible.