Creating the Finn Hill Park and Recreation District

Creating the Finn Hill Park and Recreation District

When it looked like one of our beloved, local neighborhood parks, O.O. Denny Park, could be at risk of development, citizens throughout the neighborhood, with help from DCNA, wasted no time—banding together to save it. The county nearly closed the park for want of funds to maintain it, so DCNA organized and led a community effort to propose that a local park and recreation district be funded to maintain and operate the park. As a result of DCNA’s campaign, voters a small levy on local property taxes, to fund a new parks commission, the Finn Hill Park and Recreation District [FHPRD], and elected five residents as commissioners.

The park is actually owned by the city of Seattle, as a result of a bequest by the widow of O.O. Denny, and must continue to be used as a public park according to the terms of her will or it will transfer to the Children’s Home Society. Keeping the land preserved as a park, under a park district, preserves Denny’s widow intention.
http://finnhillparks.net/pages/FHPR%20History.pdf
Francesca Lyman

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