Kirkland is a city in King County, Washington. Effective June 1, 2011, Kirkland added approximately 33,000 residents by annexation. The population was 84,430 at the 2012 census estimate, which made it the 6th largest city in King County and the 12th largest city in the state. Features of the city include the unique downtown waterfront (the only Eastside downtown frontage along Lake Washington’s shoreline), with restaurants, art galleries, a 400 seat performing arts center, public parks, including beaches, and a collection of public art, primarily bronze sculptures.
Kirkland is the former home of the Seattle Seahawks; the NFL team’s headquarters and training facility were located at Northwest University in Kirkland for its first 32 seasons. The Seahawks moved to the new 19-acre (77,000 m2) Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton on August 18, 2008. Warehouse chain Costco previously had its headquarters in Kirkland (now in Issaquah); the city is the namesake of its “Kirkland Signature” store brand. Google has a development office in Kirkland. For other companies in Kirkland, see List of companies based in Kirkland, Washington.
The 1982 Kirkland National Little League team won the Little League World Series. That event is the subject of the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary Little Big Men. It also was the home to Little League’s 1992 Big League Softball World Series Champions representing the Eastside District Nine Leagues. Since 1999 Kirkland has been the home of the Little League Junior Softball World Series held each August at Kirkland’s Everest Park.
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