Google on Wednesday unveiled the expansion of Feriton Spur Park in the heart of its 6th Street campus on the Cross Kirkland Corridor, part of the 42-mile Eastrail pedestrian and bike path from Renton to Snohomish.
Google and partners Kirkland Downtown Association, SRM Development, and the City of Kirkland commemorated the occasion with events, music, and remarks from Kirkland Mayor Penny Sweet, King County Council Chair Claudia Balducci, and Google site lead for Kirkland, Paco Galanes, according to a news release on the event.
The 2.8-acre park, at 509 6th St. South, is more than double the size before renovations started in spring 2021. Updates include an historic Northern Pacific Railway caboose occupied by Chainline Brewing, vegetable and fruit garden managed by Seattle Urban Farm Co. (which will donate harvests to local nonprofit Hopelink), a splash pad, pickleball court, paved trail, and an amphitheater.
The park is pursuing designation as a SITES-certified landscape. Such locations “help reduce water demand, filter and reduce stormwater runoff, provide wildlife habitat, reduce energy consumption, improve air quality, improve human health and increase outdoor recreation opportunities,” according to the program’s website.
The amphitheater, known as the Kalakala Amphitheater, features pieces of the Kalakala ferry that debuted in 1935. The ferry’s name, which is Chinook for flying bird, began a tradition for Puget Sound ferries to be given Native American names.
Pieces of the ferry also are used in sculptures located at the amphitheater and park entry.
“This extension of Feriton Spur Park is a delightful addition and increasingly activates this portion of the CKC (Cross Kirkland Corridor),” Kirkland Mayor Penny Sweet said at the event.
Google originally enhanced the section of the corridor running through its campus in 2015 with public recreation areas, including a sand volleyball court, children’s play structure, basketball court, Crossfit/TRX fitness section, and zip line.
Google celebrated the opening of its second Kirkland campus, Kirkland Urban, in April.