August 2022

Sat, Sept. 17: 10th Anniversary Celebration!

Time: 3:00pm through Sunset

Kirke Park turned 10 Years Old in the summer of 2022! We had a great celebration on Saturday, September 17, 2022, with lots of fun activities, including music, games, face-painting, cake walks, and a presentation honoring Friends of Kirke Park founding members. Friends of Kirke Park donated a new 12-foot picnic bench, which now sits in the north end (near the p-patch); FOKP also installed a plaque in the Secret Garden to honor Barbara Hainley, one of Kirke Park’s founders.
Many, many thanks to Seattle Department of Neighborhoods/Small Sparks, Seattle Parks Foundation, and Groundswell NW for their support.

Schedule of Events


3:00-4:00: Sølje Sisters
4:00 – 4:30: Presentation Honoring Kirke Park Founders, followed by a tour of the Secret Garden
4:30-5:30: Seattle Civic (Polka) Band
5:30 – 6:30: Whozyamama Cajun Band
7:30pm: School of Rock

Many thanks to all our wonderful musical groups! We set up a “bandstand” in the corner of the big lawn near the tree, so music fans could enjoy the music from their blankets on the lawn (we provided a couple chairs, too) — dancers had to be sure their patch of ground was level!

Grilled hot dog were available from 4:30pm to 7pm

Other activities:
• Running Around! Our street was closed except to local traffic from 1:00pm to 9:00pm
• Cake Walks! We held Cake Walk competitions between musical acts (we also had a few “extra” small cupcakes so all participants could get a little treat). Many thanks to all our cake bakers!
• Face Painting! A face painter set up “shop” between 3pm and 5pm — so fun!!
• Art Everywhere! We set buckets of chalk all around the park so local artists could decorate the sidewalk and garden/orchard walls

• Games! Neighbors brought game like corn hole and table-top Connect Four, and the face painter brought a bunch of punch balloons.
• Alas, there was no movie, after all. We’re hoping to have some movies at the park next summer.

Thank You Neighbors for a Wonderful Kirke Park Celebration!

There’s still time to make a tax-deductible donation to the Friends of Kirke Park Fund, through the Seattle Parks Foundation, to support future events at Kirke Park.

Saturday, August 27: Work Party

9am to Noon.

In preparation for Kirke Park’s 10th Anniversary celebration, we are hoping to spiff up the picnic area on the north end of the park, weed around the playground area, and spread some wood chips. We’d love to have some help!