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Good news! On Tuesday night City Council authorized staff to move forward with the purchase of another parcel of land to expand Juanita Heights Park. The parcel was in a family trust and is being sold to the City for $10,000, which is 1/5 of it’s assessed value! Great job City of Kirkland! FHNA is still working to acquire more than 8 acres adjacent to the park....read more
Beautiful day for a parade last Friday and FHNA was well represented in downtown Kirkland on the 4th. FHNA Board member Francesca Lyman rode with Deborah Stelfox, Michael-Ellyn Schetzle, Marc Ackerman and Marit Zimmerman in two antique cars graciously loaned by Finn Hill residents Tony and Dee Zimmerman. Carol Ann Parker (in hat) and Sandy Noll graciously volunteered to carry the banner as music from the ’40s played from the cars to go along with the theme this year of celebrating D-Day’s 70th anniversary.read more
Do you love a parade? Are you a walker or hiker? FHNA seeks members to walk with our brigade in the old fashioned Kirkland Fourth of July parade. If you’re interested, please be in touch. Thanks! Here are Some Easy Tips for Pet Safety A couple years ago, a 15 year old large breed dog belonging to a Finn Hill neighbor ran off from her home during the fireworks. She barely survived and was only found after six days, parched and dying in the woods of O.O. Denny Park — by a fellow dog. She did survive and lived for many months...read more
FHNA Board Members took Kirkland City Manager Kurt Triplett on a tour of land adjacent to Juanita Heights Park on June 30th. There are five parcels for sale by a private landowner and they cover more than eight acres of densely wooded terrain; the forest canopy is healthy and the ground covers are remarkably free of invasive plants. An additional expansion of Juanita Heights Park would anchor the existing wooded areas that still blanket the southern and eastern slopes of Finn Hill. Preserving these open spaces would benefit wildlife and act...read more
UW’s Kathy Troost keynotes, with a panel including city officials, a local biologist, and a geotech engineer. Three months after the terrible mudslide tragedy in Oso, WA. the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance held a first-ever special event exploring the threats of landslides and mudslides in our corner of Kirkland and Kenmore. Held as part of FHNA’s general meeting, June 25th, 2014, the event attracted more than 125 residents and concerned homeowners, many interested in learning to identify and reduce risks of erosion or slippage on properties...read more
Great turnout at the general meeting Wednesday night with lots of interest in the main topic regarding landslides. The good news is that there isn’t a large scale catastrophic disaster likely soon on Finn Hill based on examination of topographic clues. But continued development in combination with natural conditions can mean isolated incidents of landslides. Watch our website in coming weeks for a downloadable version of the slide presentation shown by Kathy Troost, a UW geologist and professor. See our website for background on what...read more
Dear friends and neighbors: The Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance cordially invites you to our general meeting next Wednesday, June 25, at 7pm in the Finn Hill Middle School Cafeteria (8040 NE 132nd Street). Please come – we’ll be focusing on a very “slippery” topic: Landslides and Mudslides. We probably don’t have to worry about an Oso event (although something very much like that occurred here hundreds of years ago). But Finn Hill does have ravines with steep slopes and unstable soil, so our neighborhood is uniquely susceptible to erosion and...read more
Be sure to attend our June 25th meeting at Finn Hill Middle School where we’ll have presentations from experts who will provide insights on landslides and provide tips on how you can mitigate potential risks. Date & Time: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 7 pm. Location: Finn Hill Middle School Cafeteria (8040 Northeast 132nd Street Kirkland, WA 98034.) Come hear an eye-opening talk on landslides by a UW geology professor, followed by a panel of experts on landslides, the conditions that give rise to these dangers, and what you can do as a...read more
Inglewood’s Neighborhood Kitchen Annette loves people and cooking, and she is starting a community kitchen here on Finn Hill. The purpose of a community kitchen is to come together, cook the food, then eat it together. Next Kitchen: June 27th, 6-9pm at Inglewood Presbyterian Church. Proposed Menu: Greek Themed Evening of Chicken souvlaki, Greek salad, tzatziki, feta and olives (of course), and a honey-walnut cake Cost: $5 (to cover ingredients) Contact: email@example.com About Community Kitchens Canada has hundreds of...read more
Monday and Tuesday, June 9 and 10, the Environmental & Adventure School kids spent 5 hours in Juanita Heights Park on a community service project. They were removing blackberries and ivy. The kids were in the park this past March working on removing invasives. At that time they learned how to construct an ivy raft so that bundles of ivy would dry and die. The raft starts out in an area cleared of ivy, large branches make up the frame and coffee sacks from Green Kirkland are laid inside the frame. In the past, before we used burlap...read more