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!
The Kirkland Heritage Society has the January/February 2015 Blackberry Preserves newsletter available. View PDF: KHS_2015vol22issue2 The feature article is by Vic Armfield who writes about Kirkland’s Part in the WWII War Effort. He has an aerial view guide to help orient the WWII era Kirkland buildings. Loita Hawkinson, the Editor writes, “On May 27, 2015 please join us for an evening lecture with State Architectural Historian Michael Houser. Mr. Houser will be sharing his knowledge of Post WWII design and construction and how a...read more
The Farr Family Based on an Interview with Grant Farr by Bonnie Rimawi, on May 24, 2013 “My full name is Sheldon Grant Farr, Jr., but I go by Grant because my dad was Sheldon; that way we didn’t get each other confused.” So begins the interview about a boy, Grant Farr, growing up in the family home in the forest of what is now known as part of O.O. Denny Park. The story was told to two members of the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance (FHNA), and is replete with descriptions of the family’s property, their house and landscape and their friends...read more
Dear Finn Hill neighbors and friends: The Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance is hosting a meeting for all Finn Hill residents this Wednesday, March 12, at 7pm in the Finn Hill Middle School cafeteria, 8040 132nd Street NE. Please come! The agenda will cover some very important topics: Trails in Big Finn Hill Park: If you walk or bike through Big Finn Hill Park you need to come to Wednesday’s meeting for this topic alone. Over the past 18 months, King County has worked with Park users to craft a plan for trails that will accommodate the needs of...read more
Dear Finn Hill neighbors and friends: Here’s a snapshot of what happened at our members’ meeting on Wednesday, January 15: Bylaws amendment: The members approved an amendment to the FHNA bylaws that allows our treasurer to sign FHNA checks so long as he or she has obtained prior approval in writing from another FHNA officer. (Previously, we needed to have another office sign the checks themselves, which led to delays in issuing reimbursements to vendors and to volunteers who had purchased supplies for FHNA events like DennyFest.) The...read more
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