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The latest Aquatics-Recreation-Community Center update: At its June 16, 2015 meeting, the Kirkland City Council approved Resolution R-5132, (PDF – 813k) authorizing the evaluation of the Christ Church property as a possible site for the proposed Aquatics-Recreation-Community (ARC) Center and allowing property acquisition discussions to begin between the City and Christ Church representatives. The City Council also set a public hearing date for the formation of a Metropolitan Park District (MPD) for July 7, 2015. You can get more details...read more
Think before you dig! Are you missing shovels, lawn chairs, buckets? Is Juanita Woodlands attracting your kids and their bikes? Many on Finn Hill have worked hard to preserve open green spaces with money and time. These green spaces are fragile but attract ideas for recreational activities that may be detrimental to the health of the areas. This year, unauthorized large bike playgrounds have been constructed in Juanita Woodlands which is a King County Park. These large bike jumps continue to be removed by King County Parks. Let’s...read more
Our next meeting will be Wed, July 22 at 7 pm. Interested in attending? Email Susan Vossler (firstname.lastname@example.org) Updates on our Recent Activity This month, the Kirkland Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby met on June 7. We have joined forces with Carbon WA’s campaign to get an initiative to fairly price carbon on the ballot in 2016. For information on I-732 please visit Carbon Washington’s website. We are looking for volunteers for the signature gathering process. To get this on the ballot, 310,000 signatures are required. If you...read more
O.O. Denny Park Trail Guide Do you have a copy of the newest Finn Hill Trail Guide? With spring in the air, now is the time to get it! Last May, a new trail guide showing the trails, trailheads, and points of interest within O.O. Denny Park, MacDonald Memorial Preserve, and a portion of Big Finn Hill Park was release. You can download it here. A special thanks goes to FHNA’s trail mapping subcommittee including Kristen Lloyd, Scott Maco, Ellen Haas, and Francesca Lyman for developing the trail...read more
Hello Finn Hill neighbors, I am happy to share with you a longish list of courses you might take in your spare time for the environment-minded. Attached are some Free Online Courses offered by some of the world’s renowned universities working particularly on disaster preparedness, environmental awareness, and climate change. The first set of classes are only offered during specific dates. Introduction to Household Water Treatment & Safe Storage This class is 5 weeks long and begins on June 1 and goes until July 11th 2015. In this course...read more
Jon Pascal, FHNA Board member, presented a brief overview of FHNA. He started out with the Alliance mission statement: “To preserve, protect and restore our natural environment and to promote the welfare of Finn Hill community be engaging in civic issues.” He also shared with the audience some of FHNA’s accomplishments, and what the all-volunteer organization is working on right now. The Neighborhood Plan process and expanding Juanita Heights Park east up to Goat Hill were featured as the key 2015 initiatives. Mayor Amy...read more
Young Artists Exhibition at the Kirkland Summerfest Music & Arts Festival Calling all young artists – you are invited to exhibit your artwork at the Young Artists Exhibition at the Kirkland Summerfest Arts & Music Festival. The festival is August 7-8, 2015 and the Young Artists Exhibition is a one-day show that takes place Saturday, August 8th during the 4th annual Kirkland Summerfest. Submit your artwork between June 30th and August 1st. For full details about the theme, prizes, and submission, please view Entry Form...read more
“I had known this barn and house for my entire life, because I lived across the street from them. I loved them. They had many sentimental and historical values to me. Upon seeing that many of the older houses in my neighborhood were being demolished, I decided to try and preserve the history in my neighborhood, particularly the barn and house.” by Victor Bahna Here is the latest issue of the Kirkland Heritage Society newsletter. This edition features a story by Victor Bahna about a Finn Hill barn and house built in 1910. This...read more
Dear Finn Hill Neighbor: As a way of keeping in touch with the interests and needs of the community, the Kirkland City Council would like to meet with you and your neighbors on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at Finn Hill Middle School (8040 NE 132nd St). This is a great opportunity to meet Council Members and City staff in an informal setting to discuss issues which may be of interest to you and your fellow neighbors. Please plan to arrive at 6:45 p.m. for casual conversations with your Council Members. The general meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. To...read more
Kirkland Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) will meet next on June 7 at 7 pm. We are a grassroots group formed by concerned local residents that has affiliated with the national CCL organization. We focus on enabling ordinary citizens to take positive action to combat climate change. We are working to close the door on fossil fuel in order to open the door to a modern clean energy economy. Recently, some of our group met with Rep Suzan DelBene to discuss climate change. We’ll share results of that meeting and discuss more ways to “create the...read more