This is big, big news for our small park!
The City of Kirkland Approved the Acquisition of 6 Parcels to Expand Juanita Heights Park – March 19, 2013 Adding to Juanita Heights Park is important because the park is located in the midst of an endangered green belt on the eastern side of Finn Hill, which lacks protected open space. It’s vital to do everything we can to set aside properties on this side of the hill for recreational use.
The Juanita Heights Park_Warsinske Acquisition_March 2013 request by Kirkland Parks and Community Services was approved.This acquisition will expand the park’s footprint by 2/3 and provide an entry point at the end of 124th street,vastly improving accessibility. The cost of the property is $666k, a portion of which will be funded from the new park levy that voters approved last year.
On Tuesday, March 19, the City Council considered the recommendation from the Parks Department and the Parks Board to purchase 2.16 acres of open space adjacent to Finn Hill’s Juanita Heights Park. In case you didn’t know, Juanita Heights Park sits on the southeastern brow of Finn Hill, overlooking Juanita Beach and the lake. It’s a great little park, about 3.5 acres, but is little known because the only access is via a circuitous route snaking from 124th Street to 88th Place and then to the cul de sac at the end of 89th Place. More on the Finn Hill Neighborhood Alliance website. Also see the article in the Kirkland Views and Kirkland Reporter