June Events: O.O. Denny work party and Wed June 15 neighborhood meeting…more

June Events: O.O. Denny work party and Wed June 15 neighborhood meeting…more

Here are some June neighborhood events that we hope you’ll participate in and some updates that may be of interest. And this bulletin finishes with a BIG thank you to all of you who contributed to the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance during the GiveBIG event last month.

O.O. Denny Park restoration party on Saturday, June 11 – Volunteers needed!  The Green Kirkland Partnership is sponsoring a work party this Saturday from 9am to noon at O.O. Denny Park. The objective is to remove forest-killing invasive species like ivy and blackberries. You can find details and register on the City’s Green Kirkland Partnership web page. You can also contact Ken Goodwin, who will be leading the work party, at goodwin.hp@gmail.com.

Finn Hill neighbors’ meeting on Wednesday, June 15 at St. John Vianney Church. The Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance invites all Finn Hill residents to a meeting in the Social Hall of St. John Vianney Church on June 15 at 7pm to hear presentations on:

  • Options for rapid transit on the Cross Kirkland Corridor
  • Proposed development of the St. Edward seminary building in St. Edward Park
  • Update on location of future fire station to serve eastern Finn Hill

St. John Vianney Church is on 84th Avenue, just south of Sandberg Elementary. The address is 12600 84th Avenue. We’ll publish more information regarding the agenda and speakers in a few days. But please send in any questions you may have about these topics to us by commenting below. We’ll forward those inquiries to the folks who will be making presentations.

DennyFest scheduled for Saturday, September 17. It’s never too early to save the date for DennyFest, so we’d like to let you that this year’s celebration in O.O. Denny Park will be held on the afternoon of September 17. We’ve scheduled it for a Saturday (as opposed to a Sunday) because – well – we didn’t want to you to be distracted by the Seahawks game that day. (Yes, there’s Huskies game on Saturday; fortunately, it doesn’t start until 5pm.) More information about DennyFest will be sent out soon, but let us know if you are interested in volunteering.

Removal of hazardous trees. Several Finn Hill residents have asked about the City’s plans to remove trees that are diseased or leaning over the road at both the southern and northern ends of Holmes Point Drive. The City is coordinating a schedule with Puget Sound Energy to cut the trees at the end of summer. Both the City and FHNA will send out notices once dates are fixed. Contact Bobbi Wallace, in Kirkland’s Public Works Department in you have questions in the meantime.

Noxious weeds. FHNA has received reports from residents about the spread of noxious weeds. We’ll post an article on our website (and send out an email) with information about how to address weed infestations in the near future. However, if you want to learn more about King County’s weed control program or if you want to report a weed outbreak, check out the County’s noxious weed website.

Residential development on Finn Hill. A hot housing market is stimulating increased development in our neighborhood. FHNA’s website is now posting information that FHNA receives from the City about applications for zoning amendments and requests for variances related to residential housing projects. Citizens have a limited time to submit comment on such applications before City staff must act. You can see what’s pending on the FHNA website.

AND THANK YOU to all of you who contributed to the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance during the GiveBIG event in May. Thanks to you, and some stretch funds from the Seattle Foundation, we raised about $3500. (We’re waiting for a final number from the Foundation.) Your support is immensely helpful and deeply appreciated!

Scott Morris
President, Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance

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