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Dear Finn Hill neighbors, UPDATE The Planning Department has just posted its report to the Planning Commission on zoning issues that will be discussed Thursday evening at City Hall. You can read the report here – and read (or reread) my earlier note, below, about the meeting and the neighborhood plan process. It would be great to hear any reactions you have to the staff memo. I and other FHNA board members will do our best to wade through it and we’ll you email with our observations in the next day or two. Again, we hope to see...read more
The Kirkland Police Department will be accepting Online Police Reports at: www.kirklandwa.gov/onlinereporting. Online Reporting can be used for a variety of crimes including car prowls, vandalism, telephone harassment, littering, lost property, and thefts (including identity theft and mail theft). You can find out more by reading the City of Kirkland press release.read more
Due to the event’s ever-growing popularity, the City is instituting a few changes in 2017 to ensure that all Kirkland residents can be served. Material will only be accepted from Kirkland residents – staff may ask to see resident ID or other proof of residence. Each household will be limited to one carload of material, and trailers and box trucks or moving trucks will not be allowed. Events will be run by contractor StyroRecycle, and hours are changing to 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Residents can drop off their clean plastic foam on designated...read more
Congratulations to Jon Pascal, Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance Board member, on his new position as council member. The Kirkland City Council, in a letter, appointed Jon Pascal to fill the position 2 seat vacated by Shelley Kloba. The Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance board thanks Jon profusely for his contributions and camaraderie over the years that he served as an FHNA board member. When Finn Hill was annexed by the City, Jon was a leader in forging a single Finn Hill neighborhood and in helping the Denny Creek Neighborhood Alliance (DCNA)...read more
Over Thanksgiving weekend, a landslide occurred in Big Finn Hill Park on the trail to O.O. Denny Park. It slid from the very top of the Denny Creek ravine, somewhat narrowly, and like a molten wave poured into Denny Creek and then out and up the other side, delivering sludge about 20 feet up the opposite slope. It flung trees every which way as the mud and debris cascaded down the hillside. Downstream the slide scoured the creek edges, flattened the creek bed, ripped the railing off the second pedestrian bridge, and destroyed the first...read more
Green Kirkland Day Work Party in OO Denny November 12th Join hundreds of volunteers in parks throughout Kirkland gathering to celebrate Green Kirkland Day and plant native trees, shrubs, and groundcovers. The event in O.O. Denny Park is from 10am – 2pm *Lunch is provided, find out more information and sign up. These 43 acres along Lake Washington have trails, picnic shelters, beaches, and more. OO Denny Park Trail Guide...read more
Christmas Ship at O.O. Denny Park Sunday, Dec. 18 – Boat stop and bonfire at 7:25 – 7:45 pm The Christmas Ship will visit O.O. Denny Park on the shores of Lake Washington Sunday, December 18. As usual, the flotilla will stand offshore and regale us with caroling and their beautiful Christmas lights. And we’ll have a roaring bonfire and free hot chocolate to keep us warm. FHNA is providing the hot chocolate and the city is providing the firewood — for which we are very grateful. The Christmas fleet is scheduled to arrive at 7:25...read more
The FHNA Board of Directors recently sent the attached letter to the King County Parks Director raising concerns about the relocation of soil storage bins at Big Finn Hill Park. The new location interferes with King County residents’ use of the park and is environmentally inappropriate. We are requesting the County move its storage bins to their previous location or another site that is not used for public recreation, and that does not create the risk of polluting streams or wetlands. We also request that the County restore the field to its...read more
Tree Removal NOT associated with development activity: Tree removal which does not involve the removal of more than two or the last two trees on the property and/or restrictions do not apply to the property (e.g. critical areas, subdivision restrictions, etc.) There are no fees associated with this review. Tree Removal associated with development activity has tree retention requirements. A tree retention plan is required with new development. The requirements vary depending on the type of development activity and use on the subject...read more
Due to the risks created by expected high winds, the northern end of Holmes Point Drive will be closed beginning late tonight through the end of the wind storm that has been forecasted for this weekend. The southern end of the Holmes Point Drive will remain open to traffic. The City is also advising residents to avoid parks, trails, and other wooded areas during wind storms.read more