Kirkland, Washington

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Kirkland is a city in King County, Washington, United States. It is a suburb of Seattle on the Eastside (of Lake Washington). The population was 45,054 at the 2000 census; its estimated 2006 population of 46,476 makes it the 9th largest city in King County and the 19th largest city in the state.[4] Effective June 1, 2011, Kirkland will add approximately 33,000 residents by annexation, making it the 6th largest city in King County and the 12th largest in the state.[5]

Features of the city include the unique downtown waterfront (the only Eastside downtown frontage along Lake Washington's shoreline),[6] 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 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), hence the "Kirkland Signature" store brand. Prominent companies such as Bungie Studios (developer of the Halo, Marathon, Myth and Oni video game series) have headquarters in Kirkland, and Google has a development office; see List of companies based in Kirkland, Washington.

Kirkland had its moment in the limelight when 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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