History of FHNA

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!

Francesca Lyman  

Responses from: What would YOU do with $185,000

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Archive, Blog, FHNA History | 1 comment

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...

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Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance Annual Meeting – Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 in Archive, Blog, Board of Directors, Community Meetings, FHNA History | 3 comments

Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance Annual Meeting – Wednesday, November 6, 2013

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...

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Finn Hill Park & Recreation District asks: What would YOU do with $185,000?

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 in Archive, Blog, FHNA History | 16 comments

Finn Hill Park & Recreation District asks: What would YOU do with $185,000?

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...

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Halcyon Days at O.O. Denny Park

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in Blog, FHNA History, History Project | Comments Off on Halcyon Days at O.O. Denny Park

Halcyon Days at O.O. Denny Park

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...

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May 29th Neighborhood Meeting Recap

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Archive, Blog, Board of Directors, Community Meetings, FHNA History | Comments Off on May 29th Neighborhood Meeting Recap

May 29th Neighborhood Meeting Recap

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: [1] 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. . [2]...

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FHNA May 29 Meeting

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Archive, Blog, Board of Directors, Community Meetings, Events, FHNA History | Comments Off on FHNA May 29 Meeting

FHNA May 29 Meeting

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...

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FHPRD Ends Reign

Posted by on Apr 28, 2013 in Archive, Blog, FHNA History | Comments Off on FHPRD Ends Reign

FHPRD Ends Reign

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...

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Latest News on Finn Hill April-May 2013

Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in Archive, Blog, Board of Directors, Denny Fest, Events, FHNA History, Juanita Drive Corridor Study, Neighborhood Plan, Surface Water Mgmt, Trails | Comments Off on Latest News on Finn Hill April-May 2013

Latest News on Finn Hill April-May 2013

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....

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March 6th is an Important Meeting

Posted by on Feb 28, 2013 in Archive, Blog, Board of Directors, Community Meetings, Events, FHNA History | 1 comment

March 6th is an Important Meeting

The Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance (FHNA) is holding an important members’ meeting next Wednesday, March 6, at 7pm in the Cafeteria of the Finn Hill Middle School on 132nd Street at 84th Avenue. We will cover a host of developments affecting our neighborhood and will introduce King County Council Member Rod Dembowski, who was just appointed to fill the council seat for our district that Bob Ferguson vacated after he was elected as Attorney General. Our main topics, however, will be zoning changes that the City will consider in the near...

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Neighborhood Meeting Agenda – March 6

Posted by on Feb 28, 2013 in Archive, Blog, Board of Directors, Community Meetings, Events, FHNA History, Neighborhood Plan | 1 comment

Neighborhood Meeting Agenda – March 6

The Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance will hold a neighborhood meeting on Wednesday, March 6th in the Finn Hill Middle School cafeteria. All Finn Hill residents are invited to attend. The meeting is from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM.  Issues for discussion include the Juanita Drive Corridor Study, introduction to the new King County District 1 Council member Rod Dembowski, land use issues, the Comprehensive Plan Update Process and committee reports including Stewardship, Policy, Communications/Community Development and Events.  Members Meeting Agenda ...

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