Kirkland is a city in King County, located on the edge of Lake Washington. A suburb east of Seattle, its population is approximately 93,010, which made it the sixth-largest city in the county and the thirteenth-largest in the state. The city's downtown waterfront has restaurants, art galleries, a performing arts center, public parks, beaches, and a collection of public art, primarily bronze sculptures.
Kirkland was the original home of the Seattle Seahawks. Costco, the Warehouse chain, previously had its headquarters in Kirkland. While Costco is now headquartered in Issaquah, the store brand "Kirkland Signature" owns its name to the city.
Kirkland's neighbors are Redmond, Bellevue Juanita, and to the north, Kenmore, Woodinville, and Bothell. Seattle, which is west of Kirkland, is accessible through State Highway 520.
Lake Washington School District serves Kirkland and Redmond and parts of Bothell, Woodinville, and Sammamish. The school district operates Juanita High School and Lake Washington High School.
During the summer, residents of neighboring cities flock to Kirkland's many waterfront parks on Lake Washington. Kirkland has neighborhood parks as well, contains a corner of Saint Edward State Park, and abuts the equestrian Bridle Trails State Park. The waterfront parks are linked by a paved trail, which is open until dusk. Juanita Beach Park is another major park in Kirkland and is a tourist attraction. Kirkland has three art galleries downtown.