Press Releases

Press releases from Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance. Listed in chronological order. Click arrow to expand full press release.

2014 Press Releases

June 21, 2014 | After Oso: Can Landslides Be Prevented in Slide-hazard Areas Like Finn Hill? Experts Will Address Risks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 21, 2014

Contact: Kurt Brunnenkant, Communications,  Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance    
Tel.: (206) 669-0122 email: mtb_keb@msn.com        

After Oso: Can Landslides Be Prevented in Slide-hazard Areas Like Finn Hill? Experts Will Address Risks.

When the massive, muddy Oso landslide sped down a mountainside in Western Washington, damaging dozens of homes and claiming the lives of 43 people, it left our region in shock. The event prompted many to wonder how this tragedy could happen and how disasters like this can be prevented in the future.

Three months since the Oso mudslide tragedy, the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance is holding a special event dedicated to looking at hazards in the Finn Hill/Juanita area of Kirkland, where many landslides have occurred historically. Even in recent years, mudslides have closed roads and endangered homes, property, and lives.

“While a slide on the scale of Oso is highly remote, many homes here are built adjacent to ravines, inclines and steep slopes, where slides are possible,” said Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance President Scott Morris. “What do we know about our landslide geology history? What do homeowners need to know?”  Morris says he hopes this event, being held as part of FHNA’s general meeting, will help homeowners to identify and reduce risks of erosion or slippage.  It will also educate the public on what the city of Kirkland is doing to prevent landslides.

Kathy Troost, a geologist and professor at the University of Washington, will address the group, describing what landslides are and why we’re particularly prone here. Following her keynote talk, a panel of local experts will discuss our special hazards on the western slope of Finn Hill, which rises steeply up from the lakeshore to an elevation of 500 feet.

The meeting will be held 7 pm, June 25th, 2014, at the Finn Hill Junior High.

The Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance is a nonprofit organized to protect the quality of the community’s rich woodlands and waterways.

June 16, 2014 | After Oso: Can Landslides Be Prevented in Slide-hazard Areas Like Finn Hill? Experts Will Address Risks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 16, 2014

Contact: Kurt Brunnenkant, Communications,  Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance
Tel.: (206) 669-0122 email: mtb_keb@msn.com

After Oso: Can Landslides Be Prevented in Slide-hazard Areas Like Finn Hill? Experts Will Address Risks.

When the massive, muddy Oso landslide sped down a mountainside in Western Washington, damaging dozens of homes and claiming the lives of 43 people, it left our region in shock. The event prompted many to wonder how this tragedy could happen and how disasters like this can be prevented in the future.

Three months since the Oso mudslide tragedy, the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance is holding a special event dedicated to looking at hazards in the Finn Hill/Juanita area of Kirkland, where many landslides have occurred historically. Even in recent years, mudslides have closed roads and endangered homes, property, and lives.

“While a slide on the scale of Oso is highly remote, many homes here are built adjacent to ravines, inclines and steep slopes, where slides are possible,” said Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance President Scott Morris. “What do we know about our landslide geology history? What do homeowners need to know?”  Morris says he hopes this event, being held as part of FHNA’s general meeting, will help homeowners to identify and reduce risks of erosion or slippage.  It will also educate the public on what the city of Kirkland is doing to prevent landslides.

Kathy Troost, a geologist and professor at the University of Washington, will address the group, describing what landslides are and why we’re particularly prone here. Following her keynote talk, a panel of local experts will discuss our special hazards on the western slope of Finn Hill, which rises steeply up from the lakeshore to an elevation of 500 feet.

The meeting will be held 7 pm, June 25th, 2014, at the Finn Hill Junior High.

The Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance is a nonprofit organized to protect the quality of the community’s rich woodlands and waterways.  https://finnhillalliance.org

If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Kathy Troost, please call Kurt Brunnenkant, at (206) 669-0122, or email him at mtb_keb@msn.com

2013 Press Releases

Sept. 25, 2013 | Share Your Thoughts on Juanita Drive and Council Candidates at October 7 Finn Hill Meeting

Contacts:
Scott Morris, President
Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance
scott@finnalliance.org
206-972-9493
www.finnhillalliance.org

Share Your Thoughts on Juanita Drive and Council Candidates at October 7 Finn Hill Meeting                      

FHNA Hosts Juanita Drive Corridor Study Open House and Candidate Forum

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KIRKLAND, WASeptember 25, 2013 – Do you travel on Juanita Drive with a car or bike or via bus? Do you have an opinion on what’s good or have suggestions for improvements about that primary route serving 10,000 vehicles daily between Kirkland and Kenmore?

You are invited to share your thoughts with City of Kirkland staff at a public meeting starting at 5:30pm on Monday, October 7 at Finn Hill Middle School. City Council candidates will be in attendance for a Q&A forum held later. Kirkland Fire Chief Kevin Nalder will also provide an update on the new Finn Hill fire station location search.

The open house will be held in the school auditorium at 8040 NE 132nd Street with discussion of the Juanita Drive corridor. City of Kirkland staff will share its recommendations and gather comments until 7pm regarding proposed improvements for Juanita Drive. Preliminary recommendations are expected to be presented to the City Council in November so this is the last best public opportunity for comment. For more background information, visit the city website at KirklandWa.gov.

A Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance (FHNA) meeting then begins at 7pm with the fire department presentation. At 7:30pm, a one hour candidate forum takes place with all City Council candidates expected to be in attendance. Five city council positions are on the November election ballot with two of the seats being actively contested. FHNA is soliciting questions from neighborhood residents for the candidates to address. Questions can be submitted via email to Matt Pruitt at matt@finnhillalliance.org.

FHNA works with an active community of residents and regional partners to preserve, protect, and restore the natural environment of the Finn Hill neighborhood of Kirkland, and to promote the welfare of the Finn Hill community by engaging in civic issues. For more information, visit www.finnhillalliance.org and search for Finn Hill Alliance on Facebook.

Sept. 18, 2013 | Winterize Juanita Woodlands with invasive species removal

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Winterize Juanita Woodlands with invasive species removal

Kirkland, WA – September 18, 2013 – While summer still lingers on, winter will arrive, like it or not. And young trees planted in the Juanita Woodlands will need help surviving the dark months. The Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance (FHNA) is calling for volunteers to remove invasive species like ivy and blackberry vines that are encroaching on young trees in the eastern Juanita Woodlands.

The work party runs from 9am to noon on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Everything takes place on the east side of Juanita Drive. Volunteers can meet at 76th Avenue NE and NE 120th. (Turn east off Juanita Drive onto 120th Street.) Bring work gloves, loppers, and shovels if you can. Coffee and water will be supplied.

The 40-acre Juanita Woodlands was saved from development with local donors paying more than half a million dollars nine years ago in an initiative to help King County secure the land from the state of Washington. Since then, hundreds of volunteers have done clean-up work in the area bordering both sides of Juanita Drive near Fire Station 25. Thousands of trees have been planted as part of a long-term restoration effort after discovery of diseases affecting mature trees throughout the woodlands.

The mission of the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance is to coordinate our active community of residents and regional partners to preserve, protect, and restore this natural environment, and to promote the welfare of the Finn Hill community by engaging in civic issues. For more information, visit the FHNA website at www.finnhillalliance.org or the Facebook page (search Finn Hill Alliance).

August 15, 2013 | DennyFest returns with live music, dog parade, food contests, and other family fun on Sunday, September 8th

August 15, 2013
Contact: Kristin Pascal kmpascal@comcast.net 425-615-4144

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DennyFest returns with live music, dog parade, food contests, and other family fun on Sunday, September 8th

KIRKLAND, WA – Kirkland’s 5th annual DennyFest, a waterfront celebration of family, food, music and arts for the Finn Hill Neighborhood, is happening on September 8th. The event takes place from noon to 4 pm at O.O. Denny Park, on the shores of Lake Washington. All members of the local community are invited to attend. As always, admission is free.

DennyFest will feature live music, a dog show, chili and pie contests, guided hikes, and activities for kids. Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance (FHNA) President Scott Morris says “DennyFest is a great family event that draws hundreds of local residents.”

For more updates and information about DennyFest, follow FHNA on Facebook.

O.O. Denny Park is located at 12032 Holmes Point Drive, about a mile off Juanita Drive. Access Holmes Point Drive either at the intersection where Fire Station 25 is located or across from Inglewood QFC.

Live Music

Eastside favorite Finn Hill Jazz with vocalist Kay Bailey will entertain the crowd with their special blend of vocal jazz standards and a mix of Latin, Blues and contemporary tunes. The Geoffrey Castle Band is also performing. Castle is a pioneer on the electric six-string violin and popular draw at Eastside venues.

Dog Parade and Contests

Always a fan favorite, the dog parade and dog competitions will return this year. The parade will begin at 1:30 pm and will be followed by a variety of competitions including Most Talented, Best Dressed, and the ever-popular Dog-Owner Lookalike Contest. Prizes will be awarded to the top dog in each category.

Registration occurs at the event.

Chili Cook-off and Pie Contest

Visitors to DennyFest always enjoy samples supplied by contestants in a chili cook-off contest and dessert competition. Looking for bragging rights? The top three vote-getters, as determined by the attendees, will receive a medal commemorating their efforts. If you have a great chili recipe, contact Jane Burgan at jane@finnhillalliance.org. To enter a delicious pie, contact Marianne Christian-Griffith at mchristian369@gmail.com or Marlien Paine at marlienp@comcast.net for details. It’s a fun, popular event, and the more participants the better.

Trail Tour

Lou Berner will be leading an interpretive forest walk as part of the DennyFest celebration. Berner will share his passion for the outdoors and describe area vegetation, wildlife, and history.

Activities for Kids

Fun activities and entertainment are targeted specifically at kids and include organized arts and crafts and hands-on interactions with fire trucks. Ruben Barron will entertain with his magic tricks and great sense of humor.  Additionally, Wild Child Portraits will be sketching her subjects with fur and feathers, webbed feet and wings, channeling a Noah’s ark of creatures from our own woodlands and waterways — and beyond.

Kirkland Fire Department and Other Participants

The Kirkland Fire Department will be offering public safety awareness information, with the City of Kirkland also having representatives from different departments on hand.

Volunteers Welcome

You can be a part of DennyFest if you would like to volunteer.  Volunteers are needed to help with the Arts and Crafts projects (one hour shifts), the Dog Show, set-up, and clean-up.  Please contact meg@finnhillalliance.org if you would like to help. Tents, tables and chairs are also needed for the day of the event.  Please contact meg@finnhillalliance.org if you can loan us any of these items.

About Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance

FHNA, formerly known as the Denny Creek Neighborhood Alliance, is a 19-year-old non-profit organization which brings neighbors in the Finn Hill area of Kirkland together through land conservation and environmental stewardship, as well as programs that support and enhance the Finn Hill neighborhood. For more information about FHNA, visit http://finnhillalliance.org.

July 22, 2013 | Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance Board Votes to Endorse August 6 King County Parks Levy

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Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance Board Votes to Endorse August 6 King County Parks Levy

Kirkland, WA – July 22, 2013 – King County Parks, which include Big Finn Hill Park and Juanita Woodlands, are at risk of falling into disrepair and closure if a proposed bond levy is not passed by voters on the August 6th ballot. The Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance (FHNA) Board of Directors has voted to recommend that voters approve the measure known as King County Proposition 1. Ballots were mailed to households last week.

Proposition 1 is expected to generate about $60 million annually for maintenance and operations of King County’s regional parks system consisting of over 200 parks and 175 miles of regional trails. The levy will make up approximately 70% of the park division’s operating budget because the King County Council eliminated general fund support for the parks system in 2011.

“The levy is essential if our county parks on Finn Hill and throughout our region are to remain clean, safe, and open,” said Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance Board Member Mathew Pruitt, who also served on the parks levy task force that recommended the levy to the King County Executive Dow Constantine.  “The lack of general fund support in the county budget puts our parks at severe risk.”

Proposition 1 is a six year property tax levy lid lift of 18.77 cents per $1,000 of assessed value or about $56 per year for a family living in a $300,000 home. It will replace two county parks levies, amounting to 13.4 cents per $1000 of assessed valuation, that expire at the end of 2013. The increase works out to roughly $16 annually for a family living in a $300,000 home.

The money raised by the levy will allow King County Parks and Recreation Division to fund maintenance and operations of the parks system, perform infrastructure repair and replacement, acquire and conserve open space, and develop regional trail corridors.  Some of the levy funds will help develop the Eastside Rail Corridor in Kirkland and eight other cities.  The levy also provides enough funding to acquire and protect approximately 450 acres per year of open space land. Approximately $4.2 million dollars per year will be distributed to the county’s 39 cities to support local park and trail systems, and another $4.2 million per year will go to the Woodland Park Zoo to fund conservation and environmental education programs.

“The Finn Hill Alliance is committed to preserving, protecting, and restoring the extraordinary natural environment of our community,” said board president Scott Morris. “The levy is in line with our values as a community and is a modest investment toward a park system we all benefit from,” he added.  “We need the levy funds to continue restoration work in our Big Finn Hill and Juanita Woodlands Parks. We strongly encourage residents of Finn Hill and Kirkland to vote yes on August 6.”

For more details, visit www.finnhillalliance.org and click on the link to the King County web site page regarding the levy proposal.

Follow-up contact: Mathew Pruitt

March 24, 2013 | Spring cleanup in Juanita Woodlands is great way to get limber

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Spring cleanup in Juanita Woodlands is great way to get limber

Kirkland, WA – March 24, 2013 – With the sun starting to show itself, what better way to prep for warmer weather than by prepping the woodlands for successful tree growth? The Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance (FHNA) is calling for volunteers to rein in ivy and invasive weeds and finish re-tagging the trees in the eastern Juanita Woodlands.

The work party runs from 9am to noon on Saturday March 30, 2013. Everything takes place on the east side of Juanita Drive. Volunteers can meet at 76th Avenue NE and NE 120th. (Turn east off Juanita Drive onto 120th Street.) Bring work gloves, loppers, and shovels if you can. Coffee and water will be supplied.

Know a teen that needs volunteer hours? This is a great option. Want to bond with the kids? Nothing like the possibility of seeing Sasquatch to bring you closer together. Relatives in town? Bring ‘em by!

The 40-acre Juanita Woodlands was saved from development with local donors paying more than half a million dollars nine years ago in an initiative to help King County secure the land from the state of Washington. Since then, hundreds of volunteers have done clean-up work in the area bordering both sides of Juanita Drive near Fire Station 25. Thousands of trees have been planted as part of a long-term restoration effort after discovery of diseases affecting mature trees throughout the woodlands.

The mission of the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance is to coordinate our active community of residents and regional partners to preserve, protect, and restore this natural environment, and to promote the welfare of the Finn Hill community by engaging in civic issues. For more information, visit the FHNA website at www.finnhillalliance.org or the Facebook page.

2012 Press Releases

October 5, 2012 | Volunteers needed to help prep Juanita Woodlands before winter sets in

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Volunteers needed to help prep Juanita Woodlands before winter sets in

Kirkland, WA – October 5, 2012 – Before the winter takes over, the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance (FHNA) is calling for volunteers to rein in the weeds and re-tag the trees planted in the past year in the eastern Juanita Woodlands.

The work party runs from 9am to noon on Saturday October 27, 2012. Everything takes place on the east side of Juanita Drive. Volunteers can meet at 76th Avenue NE and NE 120th. (Turn east off Juanita Drive onto 120th Street.) Bring work gloves, loppers, and shovels if you can. Coffee and water will be supplied.

As it happens, thousands of others across the country will be doing similar work with the Alliance for Community Trees having declared October to be National NeighborWoods™ Month. The non-profit organization founded in 1993 recruits volunteers in 44 states and Canada to plant and care for millions of trees.

FHNA has been around for just as long (then known as Denny Creek Neighborhood Alliance) and has a long history of tree preservation. The 40-acre Juanita Woodlands was saved from development with local donors paying more than half a million dollars eight years ago in an initiative to help King County secure the land from the state of Washington. Since then, hundreds of volunteers have done clean-up work in the area bordering both sides of Juanita Drive near Fire Station 25. Thousands of trees have been planted as part of a long-term restoration effort after discovery of diseases affecting mature trees throughout the woodlands.

The mission of the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance is to coordinate our active community of residents and regional partners to preserve, protect, and restore this natural environment, and to promote the welfare of the Finn Hill community by engaging in civic issues. For more information, visit the FHNA website at www.finnhillalliance.org or the Facebook page.

May 16, 2012 | Park trails, stormwater details, and public opinion that prevails to be discussed at Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance public meeting

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Park trails, stormwater details, and public opinion that prevails to be discussed at Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance public meeting

Kirkland, WA – May 16, 2012 – It’s a potpourri of parks, water, and personnel updates at the next Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance (FHNA) public meeting on Wednesday, May 23 at 7pm in the Finn Hill Junior High cafeteria.

David Kimmett, King County Natural Lands Program/Project Manager, will review information on trail improvements in Big Finn Hill Park. An update on a proposed city of Kirkland parks bond will be offered along with thoughts on open space acquisition. And Lou Berner will present a surface water management report following his survey of Finn Hill residents to identify concerns he is sharing with City of Kirkland staff.

Emergency Medical Technicians from Fire Station 24 will be recognized. The volunteers had been absent for a short time but returned after area residents lobbied the City of Kirkland Fire Department for reinstatement of the program.

Six FHNA Board of Director members are exiting the Board as part of the agreement established last fall when Denny Creek Neighborhood Alliance (DCNA) transitioned to FHNA and took on six new Board members. The exit of the six DCNA veterans returns the Board to 11 members. The six – Teresa White, Lou Berner, Barb Walsh, Kristen Lloyd, Bruce White, and Jeff Hoerth – will be recognized for their service.

There will also be an update on the new lacrosse sports field set to be installed at Big Finn Hill Park.

The meeting location, the Finn Hill Junior High commons, is located at 8040 Northeast 132nd Street, two blocks east of Juanita Drive.

The mission of the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance is to coordinate our active community of residents and regional partners to preserve, protect, and restore this natural environment, and to promote the welfare of the Finn Hill community by engaging in civic issues. For more information, visit the FHNA website at www.finnhillalliance.org.

April 7, 2012 | Help with next step for evolution of Juanita Woodlands by cleaning areas around trees planted last year

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Help with next step for evolution of Juanita Woodlands by cleaning areas around trees planted last year

Kirkland, WA – April 7, 2012 – Thousands of trees have been planted in the 40 acres of Finn Hill forest known as the Juanita Woodlands. To give those trees a better chance of survival, volunteers are asked to help do clean-up in the area around the trees so growth isn’t stifled by ivy, blackberries, and other horticultural hazards.

The Juanita Woodlands work party runs from 9am to noon on Saturday April 21, 2012. Everything takes place on the west side of Juanita Drive. Volunteers can meet at 76th Avenue NE and NE 120th. (Turn west off Juanita Drive onto 123rd Street, then south onto 76th Avenue NE, and the gathering will be near the dead end.) Bring work gloves, loppers, and shovels if you can. Coffee and water will be supplied.

The event date is a day before Earth Day so the work party offers a great way to acknowledge and participate in the Earth Day Network’s Canopy Project, with its goal of planting a billion trees worldwide to help offset carbon emissions and encourage sustainability.

The Juanita Woodlands was saved from development with local donors paying more than half a million dollars seven years ago in a Denny Creek Neighborhood Alliance initiative to help King County secure the land from the state of Washington. Since then, hundreds of volunteers have done clean-up work in the area bordering both sides of Juanita Drive near Fire Station 25. Thousands of trees have been planted as part of a long-term restoration effort after discovery of diseases affecting mature trees throughout the woodlands.

The mission of the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance is to coordinate our active community of residents and regional partners to preserve, protect, and restore this natural environment, and to promote the welfare of the Finn Hill community by engaging in civic issues. For more information, visit the FHNA website at www.finnhillalliance.org or the Facebook page. Learn more about Earth Day Network’s Canopy Project at www.earthday.org.

Feb. 28, 2012 | Learn how to figure out what’s what at Kirkland City Hall in presentation at Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance public meeting

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Learn how to figure out what’s what at Kirkland City Hall in presentation at Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance public meeting

Kirkland, WA – February 28, 2012 – Feeling lost on where to go or who to talk with regarding matters related to your new Kirkland jurisdiction? Wondering what information is even available or what questions can be asked? The Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance (FHNA) will host Kirkland Communications Program Manager Marie Stake at a public meeting on Wednesday, March 7 at 7pm in the Finn Hill Junior High cafeteria.

It will be the first public meeting held since Denny Creek Neighborhood Alliance adopted a new name and mission statement in order to become the neighborhood association recognized by the City of Kirkland.

Stake will explain the ins and outs of the Kirkland city website which contains a wealth of information regarding the goings-on at City Hall, permitting, business rules, neighborhood issues, and too many other things to be able to list here.

Mike Cogle, city Assistant Parks Director, will also be on hand to explain an initiative to create a voter-approved park bond for the November ballot. Finn Hill residents may be directly affected if a decision is made by the city to take over maintenance of O.O. Denny Park.

A Finn Hill Park & Recreation District commissioner will explain what’s up with the Northshore Utility District sewer line project at O.O. Denny Park. And FHNA Board member Ellen Haas will discuss an April event that encourages people to get outside with the resulting videos and stories posted to social media outlets like YouTube and Facebook, then networked nationally.

Other reports may be presented by representatives of newly formed committees developed following a retreat by FHNA Board members in January.

Finn Hill Junior High is located at 8040 Northeast 132nd Street, two blocks east of Juanita Drive.

The mission of the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance is to coordinate our active community of residents and regional partners to preserve, protect, and restore this natural environment, and to promote the welfare of the Finn Hill community by engaging in civic issues. For more information, visit the FHNA website at www.finnhillalliance.org.

2011 Press Releases

Dec. 1, 2011 | Longtime Finn Hill environmental group takes steps to become a neighborhood association recognized by the City of Kirkland

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Longtime Finn Hill environmental group takes steps to become a neighborhood association recognized by the City of Kirkland

Kirkland, WA – December 1, 2011 – The Denny Creek Neighborhood Alliance (DCNA) has changed its name to the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance (FHNA) and will act as a direct liaison with the City of Kirkland following votes of its members and Finn Hill residents on Wednesday, November 30th.

During a general meeting held at Finn Hill Junior High, DCNA members voted to approve a change to its bylaws identifying all residents within the Finn Hill borders as members of FHNA.  The organization’s mission statement was broadened and five new people were elected to its Board of Directors.

DCNA, incorporated as a non-profit group in 1996 to “preserve, protect, and restore the natural resources of the area and promote stewardship of wildlife and the environment,” has led efforts to restore Denny Creek, helped draft King County ordinances protecting mature trees and native vegetation, raised funds to help purchase a 40 acre parcel of land known as Juanita Woodlands, and produced a detailed study of watershed issues. The revised mission statement maintains the organization’s strong environmental emphasis while adding that FHNA will “promote the welfare of the Finn Hill community by engaging in civic issues.”

The City of Kirkland works closely with neighborhood groups to communicate with residents regarding issues and concerns. Neighborhood associations are non-profit organizations that are legally independent of the City though they do receive some grant money from the City to use for projects and communications.

Following approval of the bylaw amendments, meeting attendees – numbering more than 100 – endorsed the organization’s evolution to be a neighborhood association and elected new Board members. Joining the current 12-member Board will be Ted Marx, Jon Pascal, Mathew Pruitt, Kathy Schuler and Connie Winter.

“Finn Hill residents feel strongly that their neighborhood is uniquely blessed with parks, creeks, and green spaces, which they are committed to preserve,” said FHNA Board President Scott Morris. “We look forward to maintaining and building on that commitment while addressing other civic issues that are important to the neighborhood’s welfare, including such matters as transportation, public safety, and land use.”

More information about FHNA will be posted at its website. The current URL is www.dennycreek.org; in coming weeks, a new web address consistent with the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance name will be adopted: www.finnhillalliance.org.

April 21, 2011 | Finn Hill residents invited to learn the latest on Juanita Woodlands, annexation, and a fire station during annual environmental group meeting

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Finn Hill residents invited to learn the latest on Juanita Woodlands, annexation, and a fire station during annual environmental group meeting

Kirkland, WA – April 21, 2011 – The ongoing work to restore the 40 acre parcel of wooded lands along Juanita Drive that were saved in a campaign by area residents who donated half a million dollars will be highlighted at the next annual general meeting held by the Denny Creek Neighborhood Alliance (DCNA).

The meeting will be held in the cafetorium of Finn Hill Junior High on Thursday, April 28. Deb Powers, City of Kirkland’s urban forester, and Nona Ganz, City of Kirkland Green Team volunteer, will give a presentation.

This past winter, volunteers have planted 2500 trees and pulled ivy, blackberry bushes, and other invasive plants from the wooded area behind fire station 25.

In addition to the Juanita Woodlands discussion, there will be updates on the upcoming formal annexation of the area to Kirkland and the latest on the proposed relocation of a new fire station.

In March, Fire District #41 commissioners and Kirkland Fire Chief Kevin Nalder held a public hearing attended by about 180 area residents, most of whom voiced objections to the plans to accept a 1.8 acre parcel of parkland in Big Finn Hill Park from King County for use in relocating a new fire station.

Fire district commissioners have issued a notice that they intend to continue the public process and they have a regularly-scheduled meeting on April 26th so there may be more to report at the DCNA general meeting.

Additionally, there will be various project updates and a new Board of Directors will be nominated for election.

Finn Hill Junior High is located at 8040 Northeast 132nd Street, two blocks east of Juanita Drive. The meeting will start at 6:30pm and runs until 9pm.

DCNA, a 15-year-old non-profit organization charged with protecting and preserving the Denny Creek watershed and adjacent areas on Finn Hill, holds a general meeting each year focusing on a local topic of special interest. All area residents are invited to attend the discussion.

2010 Press Releases

April 15, 2010 | City staff to discuss annexation transition issues related to environment with Finn Hill group audience on Earth Day

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City staff to discuss annexation transition issues related to environment with Finn Hill group audience on Earth Day

Kirkland, WA – April 15, 2010 – Finn Hill area residents will hear more on the transition to Kirkland cityhood at the general meeting of the Denny Creek Neighborhood Alliance (DCNA) on Thursday, April 22nd at Finn Hill Junior High.

The discussion, led by City staff, will focus on the environmental aspects of the transition with discussion of surface water management, tree protection, shoreline master program, parks, and recycling. The annexation discussion will start about 8pm following a review of DCNA accomplishments and projects, an election of the 2010 Board of Directors, a brief presentation on the environmental aspects of the upcoming Finn Hill Junior High construction, and a review of how to connect with nature presented by Ellen Haas, DCNA co-founder and co-author of Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature.

DCNA, a 14-year-old non-profit organization charged with protecting and preserving the Denny Creek watershed and adjacent areas on Finn Hill, holds a general meeting each year focusing on a local topic of special interest. All area residents are invited to attend the discussion.

DCNA, established in 1996, seeks to preserve, protect, and restore the natural resources of the Finn Hill area and promote stewardship of wildlife and the environment. The group was instrumental in restoring a salmon stream located in O.O. Denny Park on the shores of Lake Washington at Holmes Point Drive. It also worked with King County to establish land use regulations protecting mature trees to reduce the chances for soil erosion and mud slides in the Finn Hill area. DCNA managed a successful campaign to save a 40 acre parcel of woodlands near off Juanita Drive.

Finn Hill Junior High is located at 8040 Northeast 132nd Street, two blocks east of Juanita Drive. The meeting will be held in the cafeteria/auditorium. Refreshments will be served. Doors open at 6:30pm with a Q&A session following the City presentation to end by 9pm.

Follow-up Contact: Jeff Hoerth (visit FHNA Contact page)