The Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance is an independent, community-based nonprofit, which started out as a grassroots volunteer organization called the Denny Creek Neighborhood Alliance (DCNA), formed in 1994. Organized to protect the quality of the community’s rich woodlands and waterways, it also raised public awareness of these natural backyard treasures over many years’ time.
Below you can read a series of articles about the history of the FHNA and DCNA. If you have a story to share, please let me know!
Learn about the history of the Bonfire and Christmas Ships. Who makes the bonfires? How many Christmas Ships have come to O.O. Denny Park? Join us on December 16th to learn about this and much more. This is the time of year when we get together with friends and family to celebrate and share our many holiday traditions. One such tradition is our sojourn to O.O Denny Park to greet the Christmas Ship with its carolers and entourage of smaller vessels that come to the park’s shores to serenade us each December. An important part of this event is...read more
Have you ever wondered, as you write down your address, or read the road signs while stopped at a traffic light, what the O. O. of O. O. Denny means, or why Arrowhead and Champagne Points have those names, or how the Finn got in Finn Hill? Here are some historical answers to how our neighborhood’s place names were...read more
Dear Finn Hill neighbors and friends: This is just a quick reminder that the annual FHNA member’s meeting is scheduled for this Wednesday, November 6, at 7pm in the Finn Hill Middle School Cafeteria (8040 Northeast 132nd Street Kirkland, WA 98034). We’ve got 3 main items on the agenda: Election of FHNA directors Update on Juanita Drive Corridor study Finn Hill Park & Recreation District (FHPRD) presentation on use of surplus funds ($185k) for Finn Hill parks and open spaces. And we’ve received a lot of comments on how the FHPRD should...read more
Dear Finn Hill neighbors and friends: The Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance is holding its annual members’ meeting next Wednesday, November 6, at 7pm in the Finn Hill Middle School cafeteria. (8040 Northeast 132nd Street Kirkland, WA 98034.) This is a public meeting and all Finn Hill residents are encouraged to attend. We have some important official business to address and then we’ll cover several local government initiatives that will significantly affect us on Finn Hill. Agenda items include: Election of FHNA directors: The terms for 5...read more
Dear Finn Hill friends and neighbors: The Finn Hill Park & Recreation District (FHPRD) has $185,000 that it wants to designate for Finn Hill park and open space projects by November 7. The FHPRD commissioners have identified uses for the money but they would like to give the public a final opportunity for suggestions. Read on to learn more – and please plan to attend the FHNA meeting on November 6 to hear from the commissioners directly and to offer your ideas. Background: Since 2003, the FHPRD has maintained O.O. Denny Park with funds...read more
Here is a history lesson for you on OO Denny Park. The story is by Donald Mackey called: Memoir of O.O. Denny Park — The sky was blue over the lake, with a soft ripple, that Sunday afternoon last winter.. Donald Mackey and his wife Dianne were savoring the rare sunny day, walking along the slope of the hill, past the railroad ties. Near the bridge over the mouth of O.O. Denny Creek, Donald lingered by the water’s edge, taking in the woodsy scent of the river where he fished for trout as a kid. Often his parents and grandparents would...read more
Highlights from the Wednesday, May 29th Finn Hill Neighborhood meeting include presentations covering our neighborhood’s park trails, Juanita Drive corridor study, and the health of our streams and surface water management. There are upcoming June meetings on all these issues. Be sure to attend if you can and consider sharing the information with your neighbors. Other announcements:  Tuesday, June 25th is set for the first Finn Hill Neighborhood Plan meeting at the Finn Hill Middle School Cafeteria at 7pm. Address: 8040 NE 132nd St. . ...read more
Members Meeting Agenda Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at 7:00-8:30 pm Finn Hill Middle School Auditorium 8040 NE 132nd Street Kirkland, WA 98034 Topic Speaker Time Meet & Greet Everyone 6:45 Introductions/Announcements Scott, FHNA 7:10 Big Finn Hill Park Trail Plan Dave K., KC Parks 7:20 Juanita Drive Corridor Study Don A., City PW 7:45 Surface Water Master Plan Jenny G., City PW...read more
With the first day of April came the end of the decade-long management of Finn Hill parks by elected commissioners using funding generated by a tax local residents voted to place upon themselves. The Finn Hill Park and Recreation District was approved on November 20, 2002 following passage of ballot Proposition No. 1. The proposition was spurred by King County funding shortfalls that closed O.O. Denny Park in 2001 for lack of maintenance. Park neighbors rallied Finn Hill residents to create a taxing district, which received voter approval in...read more
Finn Hill Neighbors and Friends: April-May 2013. Here’s a quick report on notable events and developments on Finn Hill. There is a lot going on: Saturday, April 27 – Fabulous Finn Hill Garage Sale Extravaganza: If you looking for deals this weekend, or just need an excuse to hopscotch around Finn Hill, check out all of Finn Hill’s garage sales this Saturday. You’re bound to find that lava lamp you’re looking for. A map and details on what’s being sold are available on our website. (Note: you’ll find 3 garage sales in Hermosa Vista alone....read more