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One last summer hike on Finn Hill

Posted by on Aug 26, 2017 in Blog, Parks, Trails | 0 comments

One last summer hike on Finn Hill

Big Finn Hill Park is a King County park located on Finn Hill.  It has 220 acres and 9.5 miles of trails to explore Douglas Fir, Madrona, Cedars, ferns and spotting deer, owls and owls. King County description:  This 220-acre park has a range of recreation options, as well as being a wooded urban oasis along Juanita Drive. To the east of the road, the park offers ballfields, a play area, a picnic shelter and natural surface trails; to the west of the road, trails loop through the forest. The trails are frequented by mountain bikers, dog...

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Trees Wanted: Dead or Alive!

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in Blog, Parks, Stewardship Committee | 1 comment

Trees Wanted: Dead or Alive!

Several years ago we had a Birch tree in our yard that was clearly dying. Since it wasn’t close to our house or any other structure, we decided to top it, cutting off the main branches and leaving a snag about 20 feet high. Our hope was that it would provide some habitat for wildlife, but I have to admit I felt a little self-conscious leaving a dying tree standing in our suburban neighborhood. I began to doubt our decision when an acquaintance who volunteers for Audubon suggested that, because of the snag’s relatively short height, it...

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Bulletin: Bothell Council to vote on preserving Wayne Golf Course on June 20 (Tuesday)

Posted by on Jun 18, 2017 in Blog, Parks, Policy Committee | 1 comment

Bulletin: Bothell Council to vote on preserving Wayne Golf Course on June 20 (Tuesday)

Dear Finn Hill Neighbors: Wayne Golf Course, which straddles the Sammamish Slough at Bothell Way and the north end of 100th, was slated for development a few years ago, until a group of neighbors — OneBothell — stepped up. With Forterra’s help, they bought time to gather funding for a terrific 89 acre park. Millions have already been raised, but now OneBothell needs support from Bothell’s City Council, plus additional financial resources from the state. The Council meets on Tuesday, June 20. If you like the idea of...

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Forest Bathing on Finn Hill?

Posted by on Jun 3, 2017 in Blog, Parks | Comments Off on Forest Bathing on Finn Hill?

Forest Bathing on Finn Hill?

In recent weeks, I’ve had conversations where people have mentioned reading or hearing about the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing.” The general idea is that spending time in the forest has been shown to reduce stress and improve health. Even though the term may be new to us and suddenly popular in certain circles (you can read more about it in this Washington Post article), it’s certainly not a new idea or specific to the Japanese. Many cultures—hundreds of years before our urbanized lifestyle—prescribed time among the...

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June 3 workparty Juanita Woodlands

Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Blog, Juanita Woodlands, Parks, Stewardship Committee | 1 comment

June 3 workparty Juanita Woodlands

Volunteer Event Information – Juanita Woodlands Park, June 3, 2017 from  9am-1pm King County Parks Day of Event Contact – Lina Rose 206.491.5014 Please RSVP directly to Lina prior to the event if you are planning on attending so that they know how many tools to bring to remove Himalayan blackberries. The event will be rain or shine.  In the event of hazardous weather, the King County staff member leading your project will be in contact via email the morning of the project if weather conditions dictate any changes to event plans. Plan to check...

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Mountaineers hike Finn Hill

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Blog, Parks | Comments Off on Mountaineers hike Finn Hill

Mountaineers hike Finn Hill

25 Mountaineers hiked over the top of Finn Hill from Kenmore to Kirkland on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. The Wednesday hike was one of a series of Mountaineer day hikes around Lake Washington. The Kenmore to Kirkland hike was designed to avoid Juanita Drive and find a way through the neighborhood forests from Kenmore to the Kirkland Marina. The hike was more than 12 miles through Big Finn Hill and Juanita Heights Parks. The hikers passed the lagoon in Big Finn Hill Park getting up close to a Great Blue Heron. Near Kenmore they spotted an...

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Recap of Friends of Big Finn Hill Park Trails 2017 annual meeting

Posted by on Apr 28, 2017 in Blog, Parks, Stewardship Committee | Comments Off on Recap of Friends of Big Finn Hill Park Trails 2017 annual meeting

Recap of Friends of Big Finn Hill Park Trails 2017 annual meeting

Bill Blanchard opened the well-attended meeting at 7:05 by welcoming attendees and guests. After a brief presentation outlining the origin, vision, accomplishments, and challenges of the Friends of Big Finn Hill Parks Trails group, Bill called the evening’s guests to the stage. Kevin Brown, Director, King County Parks and Recreation Division Michael Cogle, Deputy Director, Parks for the City of Kirkland Jon Pascal, Kirkland City Council   Each of the guests introduced himself with a personal story of their interest in and commitment to...

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Join the gardeners at Thoreau Sat, April 29

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in Blog, Schools | Comments Off on Join the gardeners at Thoreau Sat, April 29

Join the gardeners at Thoreau Sat, April 29

Join the Herbicide-Free Thoreau Elementary School Committee in helping get the school ready for spring! There will be weeding and mulching around the school grounds so bring your gardening gloves and small weeding tools. This is a fun opportunity to help beautify Thoreau elementary school and the community. For more information contact Amy at Finnhillalliance.org Who:  Thoreau Elementary School What: Mulching flowerbeds, general weeding around the buildings Where: Thoreau Elementary School on the corner of 138th Street and 84th Avenue When:...

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How the Himalayan Blackberry came to be

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Blog, Juanita Woodlands, Parks | Comments Off on How the Himalayan Blackberry came to be

If Luther Burbank could see what his Himalayan Blackberry invention did to the Pacific Northwest, maybe he wouldn’t have tinkered with the berry. Because he did there is a big workparty in the Juanita Woodlands on June 3.  Please volunteer and help the woods. “Down the coast in Santa Rosa, Calif., an eccentric guy named Luther Burbank was hard at work on his experimental farm. Burbank didn’t have any formal training, but he was working feverishly to breed strange and wonderful new kinds of plants”….the rest of...

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Earth Day at Juanita Heights Park

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 in Blog, Eastern Finn Hill Expansion, Parks | Comments Off on Earth Day at Juanita Heights Park

Earth Day at Juanita Heights Park

Under a sunny morning Earth Day sky, 37 volunteers cleared blackberries out of a 4,000 foot area in Juanita Heights park. We cut back the canes, piled them on rafts made from woody debris, then shoveled and picked our way beneath the root crowns. There it was, the earth, rising up beneath a drift of impenetrable blackberries.  Thanks to every volunteer who came out this morning to give back to the earth!

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