Protecting open space from future development was the priority of City Council members when they voted at their February 6 meeting to purchase 4.1 acres of land for $620,000, to nearly double the size of Juanita Heights Park. The added 4.1 acres consists of undeveloped and forested open space, and contains informal trails connecting to the trail system within the existing park. Expansion of Juanita Heights Park has been part of a discussion on a comprehensive park acquisition plan in order to preserve and protect the existing forest, and is identified in the City’s adopted Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Plan. read more Kirkland Views
The rain held off! The youngest was three, we planted 101 natives near the entrance way and in the park’s meadow. 27 volunteers chose to spend their Saturday morning planting Douglas Fir, Cedar, Hemlock, Elderberry, Indian Plum and many ground covers. It was rewarding to look back when leaving and know we planted something small today that may grow to 150 feet long after we leave! We are huddling around the green flags where we planted a small 6 inch cedar we named Chief Seattle. Volunteers are holding Chief Seattle quotes they read to settle the tree securely. “Man does not weave this web of life. He is merely a strand of it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself….Humans merely share the earth. We can only protect the land, not own it.”
Here we go again, planting 101 plants this fall into Juanita Heights Park. Come join us in planting native trees, shrubs and ground cover in the park. Every year we add 100 native plants to areas that were cleared of invasives. If you have never visited this gem of a park, come join neighbors in helping this Saturday, November 25.
PLEASE BRING A SHOVEL
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
12408 89th Pl. NE
More information and sign up on the Green Kirkland Partnership Volunteer site
The earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected, like the blood that unites one family. This we know. Chief Seattle
Today under a brilliant sunny October sky students from the Environmental and Adventure School (EAS) returned to the park to work. Two years ago the city sold and removed the old A-Frame house situated near the NE 124th St park entrance. After the maintenance crew added fill and graded the area, the weeds grew and the dirt dried out over the summer. We needed to add mulch to this side of the hillside where the house was located. A lot of mulch! We love having the EAS kids in the park. The school is close so they walk over and spend about 3 hours. Thank you EAS!
Thanks to Jeremy, the Green Kirkland Partnership Steward Coordinator for leading the RootMetrics volunteers today as they spread over 5 yards of mulch over 4,000 sq ft in the park. This past Earth Day about 30 volunteers cleared away a massive amount of blackberries from this area. We would like to get mulch over it before the rains come and before the planting restoration takes place. Thank you RootMetrics and Jeremy!
Mountaineers hike through Juanita Heights Park
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 Park. The hikers passed the lagoon in Big Finn Hill Park getting up close to a Great Blue Heron. Near Kenmore they spotted an eagle’s nest with a head looking out the top. The next hike is June 7 from the Kirkland Marina to the Bellevue Transit Center. If you would like more information on joining a hike check out the Mountaineers site.
A whopping 37 adults, youth and children showed up to clear blackberries out of Juanita Heights Park on Saturday, Earth Day 2017. We cleared about 4000 sq ft. This is a big dent in a significant area of blackberries. It was tricky because the area is sloped and the ground was Pacific Northwest spring spongy! Thanks to everyone and a big thanks to Jeremy from Green Kirkland Partnership for keeping your park healthy.
Juanita Heights Park 2017 Earth Day work party