As drivers and cyclists head westward on 116th Avenue past Juanita Village and Juanita Bay Park, they ascend on Juanita Drive above Lake Washington’s northeastern shores. Within minutes, the sight of businesses and hillside homes is replaced by towering canopies of Douglas fir trees–a lush 40-acre urban forest amidst the neighborhoods on Big Finn Hill’s eastern slopes. As they pass by, commuters may notice a blue sign that identifies the stand as the “Juanita Woodlands Park.” What they may not know is that just a few years ago, this impressive stand of trees was marked for removal and replacement by a subdivision.
Over a five-year period, the community banded together to save the woodlands. Today, thanks to the efforts of local residents, businesses and government representatives, the grove is now a park that preserves an important habitat for native species and provides countless benefits for humans, including recreational opportunities–not to mention beautiful roadside scenery.
Dear Finn Hill neighbors and friends: Here’s a summary of upcoming opportunities to improve your neighborhood and have some fun at the same time: Comment on 100th Avenue improvements Comments are open through Friday, August 5. The City of Kirkland is planning a host of improvements to 100th Avenue, running south from Simonds Road along the eastern boundary of Finn Hill down to 132nd (the intersection with Juanita Elementary). You can learn more about the plans and provide your comments online through Friday, August 5. Click here for the...read more
April is Earth Month! Volunteer in Finn Hill forests during Earth Month. There are many opportunities for children, youth, adults and families to work together in our parks during Earth month. Choose an event! April 9th – Juanita Woodlands Work Party 9 to noon (even 30 minutes is appreciated!) Meet at the Corner of NE 118th Place and 76th Ave NE. Activity: Remove blackberries and other invasives, which are burying our baby trees. Bring: heavy work gloves, sturdy footwear. We’ll provide shovels, coffee and snacks. More information here...read more
Plan on attending the April 9 Juanita Woodlands work party. For more information contact Date: April 9 Time: 9 to noon (even 30 minutes is appreciated!) Location: Corner of NE 118th Place and 76th Ave NE Activity: Remove blackberries and other invasives, which are burying our baby trees. Bring: heavy work gloves, sturdy footwear We’ll provide shovels, coffee and snacks.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
A huge thank you to the 50 volunteers that worked in Juanita Woodlands to create a deer meadow on Saturday, September 27. Currently the deer frequent a grassy area that is slated for development. This will ensure they have a place to go and keep them off Juanita Drive and out of your yard. The volunteers worked in 10 ft by 10 ft plots. The process was to grub the ground about 4 inches deep. King County had the soil tested and determined about 2 lbs of lime per plot was needed. The lime was spread with hand held spreaders and lightly raked it...read more
Help keep the deer of Finn Hill fed! This is the only woodlands event this year. What: Volunteers are needed to help plant vegetation and to remove invasive species in Juanita Woodlands to create deer meadow. When: Come join us on Saturday, September 27th at 9am Where: Meet at 120th Street trail head on the east side of Juanita Drive at 76th. Over the past few years, many of you have helped restore the Juanita Woodlands by planting over 5000 trees and removing seemingly endless mats ivy, blackberries, and archangel. This year, we’ve got...read more
Finn Hill friends and neighbors: This is a quick note to alert you to 2 community events coming up in September. DennyFest, Sunday, September 7 Yes, it’s our annual neighborhood celebration in O.O. Denny Park from noon to 4pm. As always the music will be terrific – Geoffrey Castle and his band will be back, joined by Bochinche, a fantastic Afro-Caribbean group – and the chili and pies will be great, and the dog show will be fun… and it will all be free! The bouncy house, the fortune teller, the magician, the crafts table will be there, along...read more
Juanita Woodlands Log Blog What’s Growing & Going On In the Park. Fifth Edition: Fall 2013 Volunteers Wanted for Clean-up Event Saturday October 5th 9am-noon Be part of the action! Pull unwanted invasive plants, like Himalayan blackberry, ivy, and holly to enable young native trees to grow and flourish. Volunteers planted 745 native trees in January 2012 (Oregon Ash, Paper Birch, Shore Pine, and Western Red Cedar), but now invasive plants are crowding them out. Mike Crandell, and staff from King County Parks will be overseeing the event...read more
While summer still lingers on, winter will arrive, like it or not. And young trees planted in the Juanita Woodlands will need help surviving the dark months. FHNA is calling for volunteers to remove invasive species like ivy and blackberry vines that are encroaching on young trees in the eastern Juanita Woodlands. The work party runs from 9am to noon on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Everything takes place on the east side of Juanita Drive. Volunteers can meet at 76th Avenue NE and NE 120th. (Turn east off Juanita Drive onto 120th Street.) Bring...read more
Oops! Don’t let this happen to you! Living here in the great Pacific Northwest is truly a gift wrapped in green. We are blessed with the majestic splendor of the tall, beautiful, beneficial, lean, and green Douglas fir. Some benefits of these trees are: Just three strategically placed trees can decrease utility bills by 50% Childhood asthma rates are lower in neighborhoods with healthy tree cover An acre of trees every year absorbs the amount of carbon produced by driving a car 26,000 miles. However, along with the beauty and benefit,...read more