Other Initiatives

Other Initiatives

DCNA has carried out many more initiatives, among them parks litter cleanup, backyard wildlife sanctuaries, garden tours, and others. Here’s a list of DCNA projects over the years:

  • Erosion control.  Planting and armoring banks to control erosion of the lower O. O. Denny Creek.
  • Trails.  Maintaining and improving trails in O.O. Denny Park
  • Beach restoration. Undertaking various activities to improve the beach areas at O.O.Denny Park, volunteers added their support to regular parks maintenance crews
  • Erosion protection. Intervening when the county decided to build a cement bulkhead by the beach waterfront, volunteers built a more ecologically sound timber bulkhead instead. Insisting that the county tightline water runoff from the 72nd NE and the north fork of Denny Creek, greatly reducing erosion and silting into the creek.
  • Kiosk. Designed and built a community kiosk in the O.O. Denny Park waterfront area to communicate with the public about the local environment, state and county, and DCNA activities.
  • Fish-ladder Signage. After revegetating the contruction site, volunteers designed and installed a series of signs captioned with the story of the fish ladder, several forest features and the history of a home site deep in the woods, at the site of the concrete bridge, a half-mile from the lake.
  • Salmon incubation. Built remote-site salmon egg incubator, installed in O.O.Denny Creek, incubating 5,000 Coho salmon eggs, and monitoring release of the fry each year for four years during spawning and hatching season, to help re-establish historical salmon run.
  • Creek enrichment. Trucked rotting, adult salmon corpses from Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and hand-planted them in the streambed during each of the four incubation years to increase nutrients for the salmon.
  • Backyard Habitats. The Holmes Point area becomes part of Kirkland’s initiative to complete a “Community Wildlife Habitat” program under the National Wildlife Federation, the first community to be certified on Seattle’s Eastside, in October 2009. It’s one of some 124,000 certified nationwide. Such habitats use little or no pesticides, fertilizers, or excess water.
  • Butterfly Garden. Designed and installed butterfly garden at the delta of O.O.Denny Creek in honor of Helen Schoen, with funds from DCNA Watershed grants and community donations.
  • Partnerships with other stewardship groups. Coordinated with the Lake Forest Park Steward Foundation, People for an Environmentally Responsible Kenmore (PERK), Stream Keepers, Thornton Creek Alliance, and other neighboring community organizations, to initiate community environmental awareness programs.
  • Partnerships with government. Participated and attended county environmental fairs, working closely with elected officials, especially Councilmember Jane Hague and her assistant, to carry out initiatives like the fish ladder, parks acquisition and enforcement of the SDO ordinance.
  • School & Youth partnerships. Interacting with the Lake Washington School District, including the Environmental and Adventure School, Discovery School and other local schools, on teaching workshops, as well as scouts and other local organizations.
  • Quarterly meetings. Coordinating periodic membership meetings, featuring guest speakers, audio and video presentations and community forums, on topics from eagles to traffic to fish sitings.
  • “Neighborly nights” – informal gatherings organized to showcase the interests and projects of the neighborhood’s most adventurous and enterprising residents.

These are just a few of the projects DCNA has undertaken, as friends, neighbors and residents continue to work together in preserving the area for themselves and future generations. During the last 20 years, the group has successfully conserved and enhanced local open space, managed parks and their uses, restored streams, and created a community of more than 800 members focused on creating a safe and beautiful place in which to live.

  • Tree and Hillside Protection. Through dedicated efforts of FHNA and council members, King County adopted a zoning ordinance to preserve trees and prevent erosion in the upper Denny and Holmes Point neighborhoods.
    Learn more about the program.
  • Denny Creek Fish Ladder. In 2006, FHNA completed a fish ladder, making the entire 1.3 miles of creek accessible to salmon. Populated by incubated Coho salmon eggs, the stream shows promise as an ecosystem for future generations of the Northwest’s signature fish species.

Learn more about our restoration efforts in the Denny Creek watershed
Francesca Lyman

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