Volunteer Event Information – Big Finn Hill Park on Aug. 27th

Volunteer Event Information – Big Finn Hill Park on Aug. 27th

King County Parks

King County’s award-winning Parks and Recreation system consists of 200 parks, 175 miles of trails and 28,000 acres of open space. In our 200 parks, you’ll find ballfields, playgrounds and pools, as well as lush forests, quiet meadows, and many other Northwest ecosystems.

Volunteer Event Information

Location: Big Finn Hill Park
Date: August 27th 9am-1pm
Day of Event Contact: Lina Rose, 206.491.5014. Please contact Lina directly to RSVP prior to the event lina.rose@kingcounty.gov

Why your Volunteer Service is Important

Forests need to have diversity in order to be healthy and thrive. When forests are thriving, they can they can provide many benefits to our community like filtering pollution, mitigating erosion and storm damage and providing habitat for wildlife and green spaces where people can connect with nature and the outdoors. Aggressive noxious weeds like English Ivy and Himalayan Blackberry were brought to this area and planted by for their desirable characteristics of staying green all year round or tasty fruits. These plants have upset the balance that our forests need to survive and thrive. Removing these aggressive plants and planting native plants can help restore the balance to a damaged ecosystem.

Big Finn Hill Park is 220-acre multi-use park. It is an active recreation site and a wooded urban oasis along Juanita Drive. To the east of the road, the park offers recreation facilities including ballfields, a play area, a rustic picnic shelter (no water/power) and) multi-use trails; to the west of the road, trails loop through the forest. The trails are frequented by mountain bikers, dog walkers, and hikers. Trails at Big Finn Hill Park connect with trails at St. Edwards State Park to the north. Steep climbs in the north and south combine with moderate rolling terrain on the ridge tops. With its variety of flora and terrain, visitors occasionally spot deer, owls, hawks and eagles.

What to Expect

Event will begin with a discussion that includes information about King County Parks, the park that you are serving in, why this work is important and tool use and safety. King County will supply work gloves, a jug of water, light snacks, all instruction and tools. Young people under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Any minors under the age of 18 attending the event without a parent or legal guardian must also bring a signed youth waiver to event in order to participate.

Please plan to arrive on time for the start of the event and allow extra time to find parking. Valuable information about the park and instruction on the project is given at the start of the event and it is important for all volunteers to be present. Our project for the day is to work on removing the invasive plant English Ivy from an area in the park.

What to Bring

  • Our events run rain or shine so please arrive prepared for the weather. We want you to enjoy your time with us!
  • Layers of warm clothing that can get dirty. Jeans or thick pants are ideal, stretchy leggings, shorts or capris are not recommended
  • Rain jacket and rain pants
  • Closed–toed shoes are essential. Sturdy sneakers, rain boots or hiking boots are ideal
  • Full water bottle
  • Lunch and snacks

Directions

Please do not use GPS or Google Maps alone to navigate to parks. If you use GPS, please double check against this map and/or these directions to ensure the GPS is sending you to the correct meeting spot.

  • Big Finn Hill – Directions to West Entrance* – from 405 N.
  • Exit 405 at 20A, for NE 116th St.
  • Keep left at the fork to continue toward NE 116th St.
  • Turn left onto NE 116th St.
  • NE 116th St. turns slightly right and becomes NE Juanita Dr.
  • Continue on NE Juanita Dr.
  • Turn right (east) onto NE 138th St.
  • Pull into parking area and look for our registration table near the shelter.

*Note that there are several entrances to the park, please follow these directions to reach the correct meeting spot.

Big-Finn-Hill-Volunteer-map

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