Finn Hill Announcements & Upcoming Events

Finn Hill Announcements & Upcoming Events

Dear Finn Hill friends and neighbors:

Happy holidays, everyone. Here are some announcements about upcoming events – and some updates about City projects that affect Finn Hill:

Public Meeting: On realignment of Sandburg/Thoreau/Juanita elementary school boundaries

Date & Time: Monday, December 15, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Location: Juanita High School Commons

As you may know, the Lake Washington School District is looking at proposals to realign the boundaries of several elementary schools serving north Kirkland, including Sandburg, Thoreau, and Juanita. A public meeting to review and solicit comments on the realignment options is scheduled for Monday at Juanita High. You can learn more about the boundary initiative here on the LWSD website: click on the link under the “Juanita Learning Community” bullet for details about the options being considered and for an input form. Comments can be submitted through December 19.

Looking beyond its immediate plans for elementary school boundary realignment, the LWSD is setting up a task force to assess long-term facilities needs. FHNA board members Jon Pascal and Pierre Guerts are among those who will participate on the task force.

Sunday, December 21, 3:30 – 5:00pm: Christmas Ships and bonfire at O.O. Denny Park

Don’t forget that the Christmas ships will stop at O.O. Denny Park at 4pm to serenade our neighborhood. We’ll continue our tradition of welcoming their arrival with a roaring bonfire on the park lawn, and FHNA will offer free hot chocolate to the assembled revelers. This is a terrific family event. Make it part of your holiday tradition!

Juanita Drive safety improvements funded by State DOT:

The Washington State DOT has awarded $1.1 million to the City of Kirkland to fund “quick win” safety improvements for Juanita Drive. While details for the project haven’t yet been released by the City, improvements are likely to include bike lane enhancements, cross walks, and lighting upgrades. Many of the ideas for these “quick wins” came from Finn Hill residents who participated in City workshops as well as from FHNA board members Pierre Geurts, Ted McCagg, and Jon Pascal who served on the advisory panel for the Juanita Drive Corridor Study. The City website has a copy of the full report, covering the “quick wins” that the State is helping to fund and a variety of longer term improvements for Juanita Drive.

Fire Station – City Council asks staff to focus on 2 sites for new station to serve Eastern Finn Hill and Juanita neighborhoods:

At a November 18 study session, the City Council reviewed 6 potential sites for a new fire station to replace existing Station 24 on 84th Avenue and to provide better service to Eastern Finn Hill and the Juanita neighborhood. The sites are located on 100th Avenue between Simonds Roads and 132nd Street and on 132nd adjacent to the intersection with 100th Avenue. The Council  prioritized two sites: (1) a church property on the SE corner of 100th and 132nd and (2) the Rite Aid property on 132nd just  west of 100th (and directly north of Juanita Elementary). The City staff will now analyze the cost and feasibility of these parcels in more detail. You can read the staff report regarding the 6 sites presented to the Council here (scroll to pages 4-16 of the council meeting packet) and you can watch the study session as well (about 60 minutes).

Aquatic Recreation Center (ARC)

FHNA’s annual members’ meeting in November featured a presentation on the ARC by City Parks & Community Services Director Jenny Schroder, along with commentary from Juanita Neighborhood Association Co-Chair Karen Lightfeldt. In brief, the City is looking at a variety of possible sites for the ARC facility, in addition to the North Kirkland Community Center and the north side of Juanita Beach Park (both of which are opposed by the Juanita Neighborhood Association). A great meeting summary appears on the FHNA website and an updated project report, including new cost estimates, can be accessed on the City’s ARC webpage.

And don’t forget to browse the FHNA website

We’ve got some great new articles on our website, thanks to Michael Gruskin, Mackenzie Bakewell, Francesca Lyman and others.  And let us know if you have a story: we can always use new material.

Scott Morris

Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance – President
(formerly Denny Creek Neighborhood Alliance)| 206-972-9493
PO Box 682, Kirkland WA 98083

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