Finn Hill residents invited to learn the latest on Juanita Woodlands, annexation, and a fire station during annual environmental group meeting

The ongoing work to restore the 40 acre parcel of wooded lands along Juanita Drive that were saved in a campaign by area residents who donated half a million dollars will be highlighted at the next annual general meeting held by the Denny Creek Neighborhood Alliance (DCNA).

The meeting will be held in the cafetorium of Finn Hill Junior High on Thursday, April 28. Deb Powers, City of Kirkland’s urban forester, and Nona Ganz, City of Kirkland Green Team volunteer, will give a presentation.

This past winter, volunteers planted 2500 trees and pulled ivy, blackberry bushes, and other invasive plants from the wooded area behind fire station 25.

In addition to the Juanita Woodlands discussion, there will be updates on the upcoming formal annexation of the area to Kirkland and the latest on the proposed relocation of a new fire station.

In March, Fire District #41 commissioners and Kirkland Fire Chief Kevin Nalder held a public hearing attended by about 180 area residents, most of whom voiced objections to the plans to accept a 1.8 acre parcel of parkland in Big Finn Hill Park from King County for use in relocating a new fire station.

Fire district commissioners have issued a notice that they intend to continue the public process and they have a regularly-scheduled meeting on April 26th so there may be more to report at the DCNA general meeting.

Additionally, there will be various project updates and a new Board of Directors will be nominated for election. Finn Hill Junior High is located at 8040 Northeast 132nd Street, two blocks east of Juanita Drive. The meeting will start at 6:30pm and runs until 9pm.

DCNA, a 15-year-old non-profit organization charged with protecting and preserving the Denny Creek watershed and adjacent areas on Finn Hill, holds a general meeting each year focusing on a local topic of special interest. All area residents are invited to attend the discussion.

For more information about DCNA, visit www.dennycreek.org.