Trails

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 matt@finnhillalliance.org.

April 19 Walk in the Park: Perimeter Trail in St. Ed Park

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Blog, Featured, Parks, Stewardship Committee, Trails | 0 comments

April 19 Walk in the Park: Perimeter Trail in St. Ed Park

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. If...

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EAS Kids vs Blackberries in Juanita Heights Park

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in Blog, Parks, Stewardship Committee, Trails | 0 comments

EAS Kids vs Blackberries in Juanita Heights Park

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...

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Neighborhood Mtg March 12, 2014

Posted by on Mar 9, 2014 in Blog, Events Committee, FHNA History, Neighborhood Plan, Trails | 0 comments

Neighborhood Mtg March 12, 2014

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...

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Future of Big Finn Hill Park Trails

Posted by on Mar 9, 2014 in Blog, Maps of Finn Hill & Kirkland, Stewardship Committee, Trails | 1 comment

Future of Big Finn Hill Park Trails

If you walk or bike through Big Finn Hill Park you need to come to Wednesday’s meeting, March 12, 2014. Over the past 18 months, King County has worked with Park users to craft a plan for trails that will accommodate the needs of everyone. There was a lot of spirited debate over that plan, but a compromise was hammered out. The hard part now is implementing the plan in a way that’s faithful to that consensus. FHNA is announcing the formation of Friends of Big Finn Hill Park to act as a “meeting place” for park users to discuss plan...

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Volunteer in Big Finn Hill Park Sat. Dec 14

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Volunteer in Big Finn Hill Park Sat. Dec 14

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...

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Walk in the Park: Big Finn Hill Park west side

Posted by on Nov 17, 2013 in Blog, Parks, Trails | Comments Off

Walk in the Park: Big Finn Hill Park west side

Complexities of Life Simplified with a Walk in the Woods  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...

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