2017 Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance Annual Report

2017 Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance Annual Report

Annual Report PDF

Neighborhood Plan/Holmes Point Tree Ordinance (HPO)

• Attended and spoke at Planning Commission meetings in January, March, April, June, August September, and October on neighborhood plan; co-hosted (with City) community meeting on plan in October
• Holmes Point residents’ ad hoc group met with City staff on monthly basis to redraft HPO; secured emergency ordinance requiring integrated development plans in Holmes Point
Juanita Heights Park Expansion
• Working with City of Kirkland, secured $250,000 grant from King County Conservation Futures Trust Fund and City match of $250,000 to acquire open space on next to Juanita Heights Park
• Negotiated property acquisition from landowner adjacent to Juanita Heights Park

• Continued to participate in the Kirkland Alliance of Neighborhoods (KAN) representing Finn Hill residents
• Met with Thoreau Elementary administration to discuss community concerns and potential improvements to school walk route safety
• Continued to participate in Kirkland’s Neighborhood Safety Program (NSP), including working with the City to implement the following safety projects:
Widened shoulder and raised curb along NE 134th St and 84th Ave NE, to improve school walk route safety o Improved corner of 87th Ave NE and NE 138th St for pedestrians waiting to cross to/from Thoreau Elementary School o Proposed two new projects for 2018 NSP funding
• Represented Finn Hill on Kirkland’s Strategic Housing Committee

• Juanita Woodlands: Facilitated six work parties (including Expedia) to remove invasives
• Juanita Heights Park: Organized 4 work parties to remove invasives/restore native vegetation
• Big Finn Hill Park: Organized 11 work parties (including EAS, Latter Day Saints) to remove invasives &reroute/close trails damaged by seasonal ponding. Represented neighborhood in Friends of Big Hill Park. Worked with County and City on remediation of landslide from McDonald subdivision
• O.O. Denny Park: Finn Hill residents Dave Kreul and Ken Goodwin led weekly and quarterly work parties under auspices of Green Kirkland Partnership
• Water management: Completed rain water harvesting system for Inglewood Presbyterian Church and secured a $20,000 grant from King County to fund to replace culvert with foot bridge over O.O. Denny Creek east of Juanita Drive

• Egg Hunt: In April, organized Finn Hill’s first annual egg hunt in Big Finn Hill Park
• Garage Sale: In April, organized annual Finn Hill garage sale, with more than two dozen participating homes
• DennyFest: In August, organized annual neighborhood picnic/celebration featuring live music, food, arts and crafts, kids’ activities, dog parade and contest, chili cook-off, and pie bake-off
• Christmas Ships: In December, FHNA supported bonfire & Christmas Ship visit at O.O. Denny with hundreds of cups of hot chocolate

• Held neighborhood meeting in March and neighborhood plan open house in October
• Website and social media: Continued to maintain and expand content on the FHNA website (www.FinnHillAlliance.org) – 23,500 click-throughs in 2017 – and Facebook page (Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance) covering local civic and environmental issues (including monthly meetings of Climate Change Lobby’s neighborhood chapters)
• Staffed booths at Wednesday and Friday Night Farmers Markets (downtown Kirkland and Juanita Beach) to publicize Finn Hill issues and promote community engagement


Individual Donations $17,256.00
Matching Donations 660.00
Interest 24.59

Event Income:
Egg Hunt 53.00
DennyFest 1,102.67
Christmas Ships 41.00
Grants 5,000.00

Total Income $24,137.26

Administrative $ 1,380.01

Event Expense:
Meetings 573.13
Egg Hunt 1,844.44
DennyFest 9,187.72
Christmas Ships 67.98
Land Acquisition 10,000.00

Total Expenses $23,053.28

Operating Account $ 8,887.16
Reserve Savings 5,015.95
Juanita Woodlands 42,163.82
Greenspace 74.09

Total Funds $56,141.02

2017 FHNA Officers and Directors
Scott Morris, President
Marc Ackerman, DennyFest/Treasurer
Amy Falcone, Events/Neighborhood Safety
Jeanette Leach, Stewardship
Kathy Schuler, Outreach/Communications
Kurt Brunnenkant, Outreach – Community
Matt Pruitt, Policy
Mike Fehlauer, Policy
Ed Hunt, Meetings/DennyFest
Bill Blanchard, Outreach/Land Acquisition

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