The Heathman Hotel in Kirkland has decorated a live, 11-foot spruce tree in its lobby that will be donated to the Kirkland Parks Department after the holidays for planting in Everest Park.
In the meantime, the hotel is inviting guests, diners at its restaurant Trellis and the public to come and enjoy it.
“They offered to donate the tree and we gladly accepted,” said Michael Cogle, Kirkland deputy parks director. “It’s very nice of the Heathman. They’ve always stepped forward to help us out.”
For more than a year Heathman employees spent a day each month volunteering to work at Kirkland’s Heritage Park. See a previous Kirkland Patch story about that here.
The tree is a Serbian spruce, considered one of the more graceful spruces, with thin arching branches, a thin trunk and light green to blue-green needles. Cogle said the parks department is considering two or more locations for the tree at Everest Park, which is in the Everest neighborhood near Houghton and better known as one of the city’s better baseball parks.
The Heathman, of course, is a luxury boutique hotel in downtown Kirkland that has earned many honors, the most recent being ranked 88th best hotel in the World by Conde Nast Traveler magazine.