The vision for Totem Lake Park establishes a cooperative interaction between existing wetland habitat and recreational uses in this unique ecology and diverse habitat. The lake itself becomes a centerpiece for a re-envisioned neighborhood with residential units overlooking the site. Surrounding cafes and restaurants have terraces that face the lake, providing a perfect opportunity for brunch outside while viewing 90 different species of birds that frequent the area. A stroll on the new loop pathway and boardwalks provides sensory opportunities to see public artwork developed in collaboration with the artist and habitat layers rich in wildlife. The play area is 100% accessible and inclusive, and incorporates unstructured play equipment that fosters physical engagement as well as social interactions. The project also links to the Cross Kirkland Corridor, a multi-modal trail master planned by Berger Partnership that unites Kirkland’s neighborhoods.
ASLA, Washington Chapter, Honor Award, 2023