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Sparks flew during our work party to upgrade the Big Finn Hill kiosk base on Saturday Dec 7. That’s what happens when one uses a pick ax on frozen soil with rocks. We had an excellent turn out but chopping through the permafrost was slow and the volunteers were very warm. After we discovered the gravel was frozen into the dump truck and the pile of dirt had a frozen crust, we decided to reconvene on Saturday Dec 14 (9:30 am) if Mother Nature permits. Please stop by to enjoy the new bench, a solid, comfortable work of art by King County...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
Volunteer this Saturday at the planting work party in Juanita Heights Park, November 30th from 9-11:00 AM. Juanita Heights Park is located at the end of 89th PL NE. The area is east of St John Vienny church. The park includes a portion of the east side of Finn Hill. Volunteers work together to pull ivy and plant trees, shrubs and ground cover. This is a small park with a 1/4 mile loop trail. Dress for the weather, wear gloves and bring a shovel if you can. We will be planting about 50-70 small native ground covers and shrubs. More...read more
There is a maintenance work party in Big Finn Hill Park scheduled for Saturday Dec 7 from 9:30 am to noon. We’ll meet by the Big Finn Hill Park sign on 138th PL about 100 yards west of Juanita Drive. The focus of our activities will be to build an elevated base for the new kiosk so that people who are less than 7 feet tall can read the signs on the boards. Wheel barrows and shovels for moving gravel will be useful. Of course, bring gloves and bottles of water. Jeanette Leach is on the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance...read more
The FHPRD Board (Finn Hill Parks and Recreation District) approved an amendment to our agreement with the City of Kirkland last night to transfer $175,000 in park funds to the city for the purpose of constructing a second picnic shelter and sprinkler system at OO Denny Park with the remainder of funds to be designated to Juanita Heights Park. The city council will consider the amendment to the agreement on November 19. Design and placement of the picnic shelter will be discussed further with the City of Kirkland Parks Commission. The amount...read more
You Are Invited to the Grand Opening of Your Finn Hill Shell Gas Station. Join us for free FOOD and DRINKS! We want to celebrate and connect with our new friends and families in the Neighborhood. We are working to serve the customer better and bring the Kirkland/Finn Hill community together with this Grand Opening. From 11AM-2PM, get 10 CENTS OFF PER GALLON of GAS from the posted price and a FREE CAR WASH. You will be entered into a Raffle drawing for lots of cool prizes, such as: a XBOX 360 with Kinect and games, $100 Cash $50 Best Buy Gift...read more
During our Sunday walk, 10 adults, five children and four dogs hiked the long perimeter trail in Big Finn Hill Park west of Juanita. The 1.5 hour trail walk led us through carpets of fern, thimbleberry, salal with tall trees of Douglas Fir, Maple, Alder and the Madrona Grove. George Meredith joined me in leading the nature hike. He pointed out some of the elements highlighting historical uses of the park including where old homesteads were located the large central blackberry patch, old roadbeds and garbage tips. It has always been a great...read more
Come join us for a fun walk in the park! On Sunday Nov 17, 2013 at 1:30 pm we’ll be leading another in our popular series of walks in our big wonderful Finn Hill Parks. Big Finn Hill Park (a King County Regional Park) has more than ten miles of natural surface trails, so it is a great place to get to know. Who Can Join Everyone is welcome including well-behaved children and well-behaved dogs on leashes. This is a great chance to learn more about our parks and explore new trails. Where to Meet Meet at the Big Finn Hill Park sign on the...read more
The magnificent magical Christmas Ship with its sparkling elven entourage advents in late afternoon on the shoreline of Denny Park this year: 4 – 4:20pm, Sunday, December 22. The firemen build us a rip roaring bonfire, the live music of The Dickens Carolers echoes across the water, the paths are lined with luminaries, hot chocolate warms the bellies, children’s eyes sparkle all along the waterline, and throngs of neighbors LOVE this annual event. Come one, come all, and bring your friends for the best Christmas Ship park party of...read more