The total project will cost Kirkland Development about $900,000, according to a presentation given to city council members, who unanimously voted to approve the plans.
“From a park service perspective, they really value this improvement because it really restores the entire waterfront park area and they gain additional parking,” Quinton said.
The grass lots are occasionally used for parking for special events, and for the next three years, they’ll be unavailable, but access along the paved path to the Confluence Land Bridge and the Old Apple Tree Park will continue.
Construction is due to begin this fall on the Kirkland Development project.
“Once they have staging, they can begin early work,” Quinton said.
When the new parking lots are completed, two of the three existing parking lots on National Park Service land east of Who Song & Larry’s will be turned into lawns. The most easterly lot will remain and be improved then, also.