Finn Hill is the home of a vibrant and active trail system in OO Denny Park, Big Finn Hill Park, St Edwards Park, and other areas. FHNA is committed to being a partner in efforts to restore and maintain these important community assets. Currently we are involved in two major projects. First, we are working on identifying, mapping, and marking trails and historic areas in OO Denny Park. Second, we are actively participating in a Big Finn Hill Park trails planning project coordinated by King County. We need walkers, bikers and all trail users who are interested in volunteering for work parties and sharing their ideas about the trail system.
For more information about the trail system or to volunteer email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
The Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance (FHNA) submitted four neighborhood safety project applications to the City of Kirkland on May 8th to improve several important crossings. The grant applications are part of a new program the Kirkland City Council authorized in February 2014 and is called the Pilot Neighborhood Safety Program to address neighborhood pedestrian and bicycle safety needs. The projects submitted by FHNA were based upon a review of over 150 project ideas submitted by residents of the neighborhood over the past two years to the...read more
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 has been released! You can download it here. Hard copies will be available for public distribution at FHNA’s annual DennyFest on Sunday, September 9th. 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
On April 19, 2014 we’ll walk the Perimeter trail at St Edward State Park, meeting by the ranger’s office at 10:00 AM. April 19, 2014 is a free day for state parks, so you will not need to pay parking or display your Discover Pass ($10/day or $30/year). Plan on about 1 to 1 1/2 hours for the 1.5 mile loop (because we stop and point out interesting aspects of the park), although there are many opportunities to quickly cut back to the parking lot. Children (including those in strollers) and on-leash friendly dogs are welcome....read more
What is the best way to clear masses of blackberry bushes and carpets of ivy out of a park? Invite the Environmental & Adventure School (EAS) to spend a couple of hours over two days. Thank you 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students! EAS is a Lake Washington 6th through 8th grade Choice School meeting students needs through a rigorous and stimulating academic program that includes a focus on environmental and adventure education. More photos at...read more
Dear Finn Hill neighbors and friends: The Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance is hosting a meeting for all Finn Hill residents this Wednesday, March 12, at 7pm in the Finn Hill Middle School cafeteria, 8040 132nd Street NE. Please come! The agenda will cover some very important topics: Trails in Big Finn Hill Park: If you walk or bike through Big Finn Hill Park you need to come to Wednesday’s meeting for this topic alone. Over the past 18 months, King County has worked with Park users to craft a plan for trails that will accommodate the needs of...read more