PARK LANE | KIRKLAND, WA
Owner/Client: City of Kirkland
SvR Role: Civil Engineering & Landscape Architecture
Construction Cost: $2 million (est.)
Start Date: 2008
End Date: 2011
SvR designed the two-block Park Lane corridor in downtown Kirkland. The community wanted Park Lane to be a flexible urban corridor that would maintain vehicle access while creating a plaza for community activities and events. Park Lane is often closed to vehicular traffic for regular events throughout the year including farmers’ markets, street dances, and art walks. The guiding principles for the project were to improve visual connections, enhance Park Lane as a regional destination, encourage economic vibrancy, ensure equitable access for all and create high performance landscapes.
Low impact development strategies designed for Park Lane include rain gardens, pervious concrete, tree retention, and Silva Cells with bioretention soils. Additionally, the new design incorporated wider sidewalks, additional trees and vegetation, and other public amenities. These improvements were retrofitted within limited existing right-of-way. A pilot portion of the street was taken to 100% PS&Es and built. The remainder was developed to 30% and awaits development.