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Kirkland seeks funds to repair Progress Flag crosswalk before city's Pride

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Since being unveiled, the Progress Flag crosswalk by Kirkland's Marina Park has been damaged at least four times by spinning car tires, paint, and graffiti. The Kirkland Parks & Community Foundation (KPCF), Amazon, and the City of Kirkland are partnering to repair and resurface the piece with methyl methacrylate, a more durable material that is easier to mend and regularly used on the city's bike lanes and crosswalks.

The KPCF is raising funds via its website, with a goal of $5,000, and Amazon is adding three dollars to every one donated. Erika Mascorro, diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging manager for the City of Kirkland said the goal is to repair the piece before June 7, the day of the City's Pride event at the park, though progress on the project is contingent on the weather and availability of materials.

"The City would like the LGBTQIA+ community to know we believe that everyone has the human right to love who they choose and [that] we support the community. The City will always uphold its strong values of being a safe, inclusive, and welcoming community where everyone feels like they belong," Mascorro wrote in an email to the SGN.

The project aligns with the Kirkland City Council's goals for 2023 and 2024, one of which is creating inclusive and equitable community; a flyer about the goals specifically lists gender identity and sexual orientation.

Kirkland's community Pride celebration will be held on June 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Marina Park. It is open to all ages and will feature free refreshments and a resource fair. There will also be an after-party at Moss Bay Hall starting at 7 p.m.